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Parking at the bottom of the Piramyd!

11/20/2005 07:05:00 PM, posted by anand

Ah, the title is a play on a recent (6 m+ ago) book that I read "Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid", which talks about the jackpot waiting to be claimed by catering to the people in the emerging economies like India, China, Latin America etc.

So yesterday we went to get Ashna's haircut at the salon located inside Piramyd. Now, Piramyd is a HUGE megastore with its own hair salon, mini mart, bookstore and ofcourse all the usual stuff like clothes, shoes, utensils etc...

It is located in a busy neighborhood - near Parimal garden. It is a three storey building with the interiors pretty much done in glass. Here are some of the things that had my eyeballs rolling:
  • They had taken care of parking problems (a HUGE nightmare in Ahmedabad), by providing underground parking in the basement of the building.
  • They had Sensormatic electronic survelliance equipment. This is pretty common in the US, but I hadnt seen one in India, until yesterday. Video survelliance camera's in the parking lot.
  • They had escalators from Schindlers. Again, these things are common in the US, but uncommon here.
  • Solid infrastructure, not the ususal crap that you see around. Seems that India Inc, has started investing in good infrastructure. Now only if Bharat Sarkar also did the same.
btw, Ashna's haircut cost a freaking 70 rupees. I got mine done a couple days ago at a local hair salon for Rs. 30 + Rs. 10 diwali bakshish, which was demanded by my hair-stylist.

Check out this article on Rediff, where the CEO of Piramyd talks about the lessons they have learnt. (S?)he does talk about theft and car-parking problems.
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11/21/2005 3:28 PM, comment by Blogger Manish

I like that!!! Keep it coming.    

11/21/2005 3:36 PM, comment by Blogger Manish

I did come across this Electronic surveillance when I had been to Pantaloons on CG Road. If they have become common-place that would lend itself to a great shopping experience.    

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