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IIM Ahmedabad signs MoU with Snapdeal for Retail Tech Research



The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), has signed an MoU with Snapdeal to collaborate on research issues related to retail technology.

The Centre for Digital Transformation (CDT) at IIM-A is leading this academia-industry collaboration.

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“Snapdeal will join CDT as part of its Retail Tech Consortium that will undertake nationwide retail surveys, development of case studies, the conduct of field experiments and research studies, retail tech webinars, conferences, and more,” the statement said.

One of the initiatives being undertaken by the consortium is a nationwide survey about the effect of online shopping on consumers. 

“The research will cover more than 30,000 consumers across the country and will help ecosystem participants, academia and policymakers arrive at an updated understanding in this regard,” the statement said.

Outlining the collaboration, Professor Pankaj Setia, The IIMA Chair Professor & Founding Chairperson of the Centre for Digital Transformation at IIMA said, “Digitization of retail is happening very fast in India and poses many challenges and opportunities, both for online retailers as well as traditional retailers. Digital technologies are being intertwined with retail processes, opening newer avenues for retailers of all types. Through the Retail Tech consortium, we are taking a deeper look at this changing landscape and presenting solutions that enhance the overall well-being of society. We are looking forward to working with Snapdeal to enable our endeavors.”

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Commenting on the collaboration, Rajnish Wahi, Senior Vice President at Snapdeal said, “Retail Tech is at the heart of creating a new, contemporary and future-ready retail ecosystem for India – one that builds upon the existing strengths of India’s diverse and vibrant retail sector. With our acute understanding of value commerce and our close linkages with Bharat, we look forward to adding value to this important initiative of IIM-A.”

The Centre for Digital Transformation at IIMA has been set up to help businesses understand and leverage the all-embracing implications of the new digital revolution. The Centre focuses on producing interdisciplinary research on new and emerging technologies and their impact on innovation and business management for the next few decades. 

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The Centre has also set up an Advisory Council on Responsible Digital Transformation that will help develop best practices and guidelines designed to benefit all stakeholders and achieve broader goals.


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Krishna Mali
Krishna Mali
Founder, CEO & Group Editor of TechGraph.

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