In India, Trent Hypermarkets, Tata Group’s retail venture with UK-based retailer Tesco Plc that operates the Star Bazaar hypermarkets and Star Daily supermarkets, will expand to 200 stores in 20 cities by 2018 in partnership with state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation.
The expansion is part of the second largest oil marketing company’s shop-on-go initiative which was launched about three months ago.
With shop-on-go, BPCL will offer home-delivery services for food and groceries to its customers for which it will use the Star Bazaar stores as the back-end. Additionally,
Trent Hypermarkets will open its Star daily stores at the BPCL outlets. “We have tied up with Trent for our shop-on-go venture. A customer would place the order on BPCL’s website shopongo.in. BPCL will do the invoicing and our cooking gas delivery boys would deliver the order baskets. The back office will be run by Trent and we are integrating, our software and accounting,” said a senior official from BPCL on condition of anonymity.
The Trent Hypermarket joint venture operates in states like Karnataka and Maharashtra which allow foreign firms such as Tesco to own as much as 49% stake in retail chains.