2021 will be an exciting year for retail as brands try to sustain their digital momentum while ensuring a great in-store experience, and more importantly - strategizing the interplay between the two worlds.

But with vaccines on the horizon, will ecommerce continue its rapid growth or will consumers switch back to in-store shopping?

These are some of the questions we'll be discussing during the latest edition of our virtual fireside chat 'Retail 2021: Vision, Approach & Strategies' featuring Mr. Ashish Dikshit (Managing Director of Aditya Birla Fashion Retail) - the driving force behind India's biggest fashion labels like Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, and Allen Solly & Aneesh Reddy (CEO and Co-founder, Capillary Technologies).

Key Takeaways

  • Learnings & reflections on 2020
  • Consumer spending trends in fashion retail
  • Casualization and premiumization of fashion
  • The retail outlook for 2021
  • The future outlook for franchises and exclusive brand stores
  • Will Ecommerce eat up offline retail?
  • The fashion startup scene & partnerships with enterprise brands

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Ashish Dikshit

Managing Director

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail

Mr. Ashish Dikshit is currently the Managing Director of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) - a fashion group within the US$ 48.3 billion Indian multinational Aditya Birla Group which has a presence in 34 countries across the globe. ABFRL is present in 750 cities through a massive network of 3,031+ stores and the group's brand portfolio includes renowned labels like Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, Allen Solly and Peter England with over 35mn loyal customers. In a career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Dikshit has worked in diverse roles across industries and functions. He started his career at the Aditya Birla Group with Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, a branded apparel business of the Group, where he worked in different functions such as sales, brand management, supply chain and sourcing for over 15 years. He was appointed President of its lifestyle business in 2007 and went on to become its CEO in 2012. He was honoured with the 'Outstanding Leader Award' in the year 2011 by the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group.


Aneesh Reddy

CEO & Co-Founder

Capillary Technologies

Aneesh Reddy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Capillary Technologies. An alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur, Aneesh has been recognized as a "Forty Under 40" leader by Fortune Magazine and the Economic Times. He is an active contributor to the start-up ecosystem. He's also an avid trekker, long-distance runner and traveler.