Business dynamics are changing fast. As the industry gets more organised, knowledge support from Retail Jewellery India Forum will help us move smoothly to the next level.
Clearly, a lot of effort went into preparing the sessions, which were very pertinent. The exhibitors' gallery showcased key vendors of value to jewellers.
Ishu Datwani Owner, Anmol Jewellers, Mumbai
Retail Jeweller India Forum is a very inspiring platform as it has lot of idea-exchange and debate amongst a cross-section of jewellers, from independent family jewellers to jewellers from small towns, and retail chain jewellers.
A number of topics relevant to the retail trade were covered.
Saurabh Gadgil Chairman & MD, PNG Jewellers, Pune
Attending this forum helped us to clarify a number of half-formed ideas in our minds. Knowledge from RJIF 2016 will help us apply some of those ideas in our business. It was really good to be surrounded by so many experts. Luxury marketing was my favourite session. I am in high-end jewels with classic designs, so learning how to create a luxury brand is important to me.
Ritu Seth Owner, Belisma, Surat
I am quite impressed with the Summit. The topics were so well-chosen that I found the summit extremely knowledgeable. Being family jewellers, we always have questions in our mind on various aspects of the trade. The summit tried to give us clarity on those issues. The summit augurs well for the industry and helps jewellers to move to the next level of growth.
Ashraf Motiwala Joint Managing Director, A.S Motiwala Fine Jewellery, Mumbai
Retail Jeweller India Forum is a one-stop destination for information that is relevant and useful to retail jewellers.
That’s why I felt great to be there.
I particularly liked the mobile marketing session, which examined how to market diamond jewellery to digital consumers.
Keerthana Grandhi Director, Vaibhav Jewellers, Visakhapatnam
It is interesting to observe how much jewellers value knowledge, how ready they are to share their experiences and learn from others.
The Retail Jeweller is doing a phenomenal service by building this platform.
Sachin Jain President, Forevermark, Mumbai
This is a first of its kind initiative in this industry.
The inaugural edition gave amazing insights into new business and marketing trends.
I gained brilliant perspective on how to attract venture capital from one of the panel discussions.
Princeson Jose Chairman & Managing Director, Prince Gems & Jewellery, Chennai
RJIF 2016, for me, was very fruitful. I learnt of new ideas and concepts in marketing, finance and branding. Experts like A Shivaram, Anita Kotwani and Gaurav Bhatia spoke on upcoming market trends, which was of great value.
I did some productive networking, and found myself encouraged to seek fresh approaches and strategies.
Viren Chokshi Owner, D Kushalbhai Jewellers, Surat
Retail Jeweller India Forum enables information to flow, which is very beneficial. The seminar and expert panelists at RJIF 2016 gave us a holistic perspective on the market, not just a jeweller’s point of view.The discussions generated insights that we can use to strategise for the future by learning and adapting today.
Aditya Pethe Director, Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers, Mumbai
Varuna D Jani with it was an excellent experience to hear professionals from different streams speak on topics of relevance to our industry. I think every member of this industry should attend the Forum.
It helps broaden your horizons, which does not happen if you stay within the four walls of your store.
Varuna D Jani Owner, Varuna D Jani Fine Jewellery, Mumbai
I’ve participated in the Forum for three years now.
It’s interesting to meet experts from outside the industry and learn from them.
The experience leads to lot of positive takeaways. It changes my perspective and improves my planning for the year ahead.
Priyesh Nagar Jewellers Madanlal Chhaganlal, Indore
RJIF is a great place to gain knowledge from experts and peers. I valued the insights into the modern woman consumer, and retailers' tested strategies for targeting specific consumer segments. The GST session was an eye-opener, highlighting upcoming challenges and how to meet them.
Anand Prakash Managing Director & CEO, Abhushan, Agra
Conventional thinking is no longer relevant in jewellery. At RJIF 2016 we gained perspective on how industry leaders and top professionals, experts in retail and luxury, are evolving new and successful approaches to a changing market. Today we compete with a whole lot of lifestyle products so it's very important to know how the customer thinks. It was a fantastic and enriching experience.
Chintamani Kaigaonkar Director, Chintamanis Jewellers, Mumbai
This is the third year in a row that I have attended the forum.
The knowledge sessions were eye-openers, and specifically geared towards the retail business.
The session on ecommerce was informative and the insights into GST were useful. We will benefit from all the learning.
K Sathya Sai Prasad Learning and Development Manager, GRT Jewellers, Chennai
Retail Jewellery India Forum 2016 was a great pleasure. We gained insight into the e-commerce boom. We learned about marketing ourselves as a luxury brand. We appreciated the advice on motivating our staff. We saw that if the market works together as a whole consumer’s will have no option but to accept fair market practices, instead of exploiting the price competition.
Shivek Gupta Director, Tibarumal Jewellers, Hyderabad
Retail Jewellery India Forum was a very good experience. It was definitely a knowledge boost regarding the jewellery industry. The session by Nakshatra Mehta gave a good understanding of retail. The Forum was well organised, but I would have liked the opportunity, between sessions, to interact with senior jewellery players.
Himani Harish Founder, IKIGAAI, Mumbai
The session on digital media where Lavin Punjabi spoke about mobile marketing of jewellery and its technicalities was very informative.
The tips shared were useful and implementable.
Pradeep Palshetkar Partner, Palshetkar Jewellers, Mumbai
The session on social media was very interesting. However, a visual sampling of the instances from the presentations would have been still more informative and brought us quicker to the relevant insights. The cross-category retailing session by Nakshatra Mehta was very well presented.
Srinivasan Pillai Marketing Manager, H. Ajoomal Fine Jewellery, Mumbai
The forum was very well organised. The session on synthetic diamonds was the one I liked most.
Nakshatra Mehta’s session on cross-category retailing was very informative. In next year's forum I would like to see jewellery trends forecasted.
Indra Jadwani Vice President, Design & Merchandise, Hansini Jewels, Lucknow
I attend the forum every year. I think it’s important for the industry to come together and talk about the issues we face, and come up with intelligent ideas about how to deal with them.
The forum touched upon key topics like GST, online retail and social media.
Krisha Ghanasingh Director, Ghanasingh Be True, Mumbai
This was an informative forum. The sessions that brought me the most valuable takeaways were the ones on GST and on synthetic diamonds.
Vaijanti Kaigaonkar Director, Chintamanis Jewellers, Mumbai
RJIF is the best platform for jewellers across India to gain knowledge from experts and each other. In the post-GST world, jewellers need to know how to modernise and keep ahead of the competition. The GST session was incredibly insightful. The ecommerce session was helpful.
Mehul Oswal Director, Mahendra Jewellers, Kolhapur
It was a great experience being at the Forum, just as it was last year. The final session on modern retailing was the one I liked most. As a retailer I could relate to the presentations, and some of the ideas will help me transform my business.
Sachin Jain Owner, Vardhman Jewellers, Haryana
The session on digital marketing was very informative and interesting. The last session, at which the speakers discussed the current scenario in retail, was also interesting. I gained many useful takeaways from each.
Atul Asthekar Partner, Krishna Rajaram Asthekar & Co., Pune
It’s quite fascinating to be here at Retail Jeweller India Forum. It’s a great place to learn what other jewellers are doing. Amazon gave us interesting perspectives on how online retail is developing internationally. Not just one, there were many takeaways from the forum.
Sohail Shah Partner, Star Jewellery, Surat
I’ve been attending RJIF ever since it started in 2015 and every year I see significant growth.
My major takeaway this time was from the digital marketing session, where I learned about innovative branding ideas that can replace regular banners on mobile.
Antony Prince Jose Director, Prince Gems & Jewellery, Chennai
We rarely get the opportunity to engage with our fellow jewellers.
Retail Jewellery India Forum helps bring us up to date on the latest developments and how they impact our industry.
We hope to apply the learnings from the sessions in our business.
Suraj Popley Owner, Popley Eternal, Mumbai
RJIF has brought forward-thinking Indian jewellers together on one platform to share their insights on growth and preparing for the future. I liked the final session, in which a diverse set of retailers talked about defining their markets and their positioning strategies.
Shweta Pathak Executive Director, Aakarshan Gems & Jewellery, Bhopal
This is the first time I have attended an industry-specific forum. It was useful and insightful, and I thank the Retail Jeweller for establishing such a platform. The session on brand-building was particularly interesting. Other sessions covered most of the challenges facing the jewellery industry today.
Poonam Jalan Jewellery Designer, Johari, Mumbai
The Forum is very important for the jeweller fraternity. The industry is facing a number of challenges and needs new thinking to rebuild itself for the future. All the sessions were timely and practical. They will help jewellers understand how to re-strategise our business.
Divyesh Shah Jewellery Retail Expert, Mumbai
Every speaker was knowledgeable as well as engaging. I enjoyed being at Retail Jeweller India Forum and interacting with my industry peers.
D Ashokumar Owner, Dharma Jewellers, Vaniyambadi
The session on brand marketing explained in great detail how to create a brand and how to build its value. It was interesting to know how the modern woman consumer is evolving and how brands should address her.
Nehal Shah Founder, Cool diamond Jewellery (Ennese), Mumbai
Retail Jeweller India Forum 2016 was amazing. It provided us with a year’s worth of knowledge — retail, luxury, changing market scenario, areas that need special focus, etc.
I most appreciated the presentation by luxury marketer Gaurav Bhatia.
Vijay Soni Owner, Mahabir Danwar Jewellers, Kolkata
RJIF is a good place to gain a broad perspective on the business of jewellery retail. New technology, new information for SMEs and funding — these aspects add value. A Shivaram’s sessions were interesting. The discussion on omni-channel retail was worthwhile. After all, knowledge-based improvement at every level of an organisation is always important.
Sanjeev Varma Director, Punjab Jewellers, New Delhi
At RJIF 2016 it was good to gain an understanding of omni-channel retail, and also to get a glimpse of how luxury brands think. These are important learning points. The service providers’ gallery was fantastic, with all the help available on back-end processes. As a key retailer in our region we are always on the lookout for back-end support. It was a very productive day!
Darpan Anand Owner, Punjab Jewellers, Indore
This is a platform where small, independent retailers like us can come and benefit from top-of-the-line thinking about change in the retail world and how to adapt to and profit from it. At RJIF 2016 we gained the clarity and motivation to take the fast track, including online. I came all the way from Goa for RJIF, and it was worth the effort.
Vikram Vehrekar Managing Director, Ulhas jewellers, Goa
There was good learning at RJIF 2016 because there were experts from different industries and retail specialists, not just jewellery. They raised points that we can use. Gaurav Bhatia on luxury marketing was my favourite presentation. I also liked the session on omni-channel retail, which is very new. All these inputs will help me take my brand to the next level in the luxury segment.
Ashutosh Joshi General Manager, PNG Jewellers, Pune
At RJIF 2016 we met a lot of big guys and got information that we couldn’t have gotten by sitting in the showroom. Also, I was overwhelmed to meet so many new jewellers and understand their business strategies. I can see where I may be falling behind, and identify better ways to tap the market and consumers.
Shabana Khan Jewellery Designer, Fine Jewels and Trousseau Lounge, Mumbai
RJIF 2016 foregrounded a vast range of ideas — in finance, branding, merchandizing — that can help us fashion a unique brand and maximise profits. Insights from discussions between various industry experts will help us strategise our products to strengthen our brand and increase customer reach.
Vikas Kataria Director, DP Jewellers, Ratlam
Jewellery retail is very competitive. RJIF is a value-adding forum at which experts and leaders with a lot of experience from diverse fields help us to understand the new thinking of consumers, and how to implement change in the business. The omni-channel discussion in particular was very informative. I eagerly await RJIF 2017.
Vikram Palesha Co-owner, Ashapuri Jewellers, Pune
RJIF 2016 boosted my confidence in and awareness of our industry. It helped me decide what new practices to adopt to keep up with a fast-evolving market. Every jeweller should attend RJIF to gain as well as share knowledge on a single platform.
Subhash Kamath CEO and MD, Abharan Jewellers, Bengaluru
For me, RJIF 2016 was a brilliant platform. It discussed future ideas and possibilities in retail. It showed how consumer tastes and preferences are changing. This helps us anticipate demand, trends, sales. Business cannot be stagnant. Change is good.
Ayush Arora Partner, Khurana Jewellery House, Amritsar
RJIF 2016 helped family-oriented jewellers to see the path towards a more professionalised setup. It brought us the perspective of experts from outside the industry, which otherwise is hard to gather. And it gave us valuable insight into change in the domestic as well as global industry.
Nilaya Rastogi MD, Jugal Kishore Jewellers, Lucknow
The forum was well-organized and topics were extremely relevant. Like me, everyone who was present there at the forum listened to the panelists with rapt attention.
I wish such forum to happen every six months so that we can upgrade out knowledge regularly.
Nandu Deole Head Marketing, P N Gadgil & Sons, Pune
It’s a fabulous initiative. Apart from being informative, the forum acts as a much-needed industry platform for some serious conversation and dialogues to happen. The presence of key industry players made the initiative even more meaningful. The forum inspired debate, ideation to ignite new thought process in the industry.
Vikram Raizada Director, Category Management, Amazon.in
The best part of the forum was that it was interactive. The selection of topics for the panel discussions and presentations were quite comprehensive. Among all the sessions, my favourite was the presentation on business merchandising and planning and people management. forum like this always inspires jewellers like us to push the envelope.
Akshay Verma Director, Verma Jewellers, Solan,Himachal Pradesh