On Future Brands + Future Logistics of Pantaloon

Exclusive CoverageFuture Brands, a subsidiary of Pantaloon [PRIL] plans to not only take existing PRIL private labels national but also do brand consulting and launch international brands in India. Future Brands plans to select some of PRIL’s private label brands such as John Miller and take them national by launching both Exclusive Brand Outlets and selling through multi brand outlets. Future Brands will focus on building the brand and appoint a national distributor for each brand to roll out distribution. For John Miller, the company has appointed Indus League as their national distributor.

Future Logistics is likely to manage PRIL’s entire supply chain from supplier to store warehouse for a fee that is likely to be lower than PRIL’s existing supply chain cost. PRIL has already transferred all its existing 40 warehouse operations to Future Logistics. The immediate action plan for Future Logistics is to consolidate the number of warehouses to around 6-7 in the next 2-3 years and simultaneously bring in supply chain efficiencies in apparel sourcing. It is implementing conveyor systems to alter the delivery of apparels in cartons to hangers. This should not only reduce the operational cost but also improve inventory management, thereby reducing working capital required to run the business. Future Logistics currently has 2 msf of warehouse space, the plan is to build nearly 8 msf over the next 3-5 years.

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