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A RESEARCH PROJECT REPORT ON

Consumer Perception toward Big Bazaar


SUBMITTED FOR THE PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEGREE OF

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION(MBA)


(SESSION 2008-2010)

UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF: Mrs. Ankita Sanwalia Department of Mgt. Lecturer S.I.M.T

SUBMITTED BY: Tarun Garg M.B.A. (Final) ROLL NO: 108049 UNIV ROLL NO.

SARASWATI INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY KURUKSHETRA UNIVERSITY, KURUKSHETRA


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DECLARATION
I hereby declare that the dissertation entitled Customers perception towards Big Bazaar submitted for the degree of master of business administration is my original work and the award of any degree, diploma, associate ship, fellowship or similar other titles. It has not been submitted to any other university or institution for the award of any degree or diploma.

Tarun Garg

CERTIFICATE

Certified that the research project entitled Customers perception towards Big Bazaar done by Tarun Garg during the period of his study under my guidance and that the research project has not previously formed the basis for the award of any degree, diploma, associate ship, fellowship or similar other titles and that it is independent work done by him.

Mrs. Ankita Sanwalia

Acknowledgement

I take this opportunity to express my profound debts of gratitude and obligation, to my esteemed guide Mrs. Ankita Sanwalia Lecturer SIMT for his most valuable help and creative suggestions at all stages of my work. His learned advice and guidance always kindled inspiration in the face of difficulties encountered in the course of this research work.

I am highly grateful to my all lecturers and dedicated staff of S.I.M.T. for their kind helps from time to time.

I am also thankful to the respondents, all my friends and also to various experts for their kind and valuable guidance, whom I consulted for my present work.

Tarun Garg

Table of Content
Sr. No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Particular Introduction Major Retailer in India Company Profile Research Design Conclusion Bibliography Questionnaire Page No. 9 10 15 18 40 43 44

List of charts and graphs


Chart No. Graph 1 Graph 2 Graph 3 Graph 4 Graph 5 Graph 6 Graph 7 Graph 8 Graph 9 Graph 10 Graph 11 Graph 12 Graph 13 Graph 14 Graph 15 Graph 16 Graph 17 Particular Distribution of gender Marital status of respondents Occupations distribution of respondents Frequency of respondents visiting Customer perception price offered Customer perception product variety Perception of shopping experience at the store Customer perception towards parking facilities Customers perception towards billing system Customer perception towards promotion offers Customers perception towards interaction of sale people Customer perception towards quality of products offered Customer perception towards facilities provided by Big Bazaar Showing the reason for which customers shop Showing customer perception towards private label products Showing customer preference towards brand Show the satisfaction of the customers towards Big Bazaar Page no. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 38 39

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Big Bazaar is a chain of shopping malls in India owned by the Pantaloon Group. Big Bazaar has democratized shopping in India and is so much more than a hypermarket. Here, you will find over 170,000 products under one roof that cater to every need of a family, making Big Bazaar Indias favorite shopping destination. Big Bazaar is the destination where you get products available at prices lower than the MRP, setting a new level of standard in price, convenience and quality. It was started in the year 2001 with the slogan Is se sasta aur achcha kahin nahi. The title of the project is Customer perception towards Big Bazaar(Ambala). The purpose of the study is to understand how the customers perceive the store and provide suggestions for improvement. The type of the research design used was the Descriptive Research design and the sampling procedure that was followed was non probabilistic convenience sampling. The total sample size for the study is 100 respondents across all the ages, income category, occupation and gender. Bar charts and other useful tools are used for the analysis of the study. Some of the limitations of the study include the biased responses provided by the respondents; the sample may not represent the whole population, and most customers were busy with shopping are some of them. Structured questionnaire were used to get the responses from the respondents by personally interviewing them in the store. Some of the suggestions provided by the respondents for improvement include increasing the efficiency of the billing system in weekends and during festive seasons, proper arrangement of the products, reducing too much crowd during festive seasons and improvement in parking facility. Based on the findings the conclusion was that the overall perception of the customers towards the store is good. The overall perception was good but there is still scope of improvement, which are the recommendations given for the study include priority given on the basis of quantity of purchase in the queue to complete the billing formalities, proper trimming or arrangement of the products, making aware and attractive, attracting the customers by conveying the benefits of visiting the store during off season, improving the ambience and making sales personnel interaction more effective are some of the recommendations given for the study.

Introduction

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The Indian retail industry is the fifth largest in the world. Comprising of organized and unorganized sectors, India retail industry is one of the fastest growing industries in India, especially over the last few years. Though initially, the retail industry in India was mostly unorganized, however with the change of tastes and preferences of the consumers, the industry is getting more popular these days and getting organized as well. With growing market demand, the industry is expected to grow at a pace of 25-30% annually. The India retail industry is expected to grow from Rs. 35,000 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 109,000 crore by the year 2010.

Growth of Indian Retail

According to the 8th Annual Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) of AT Kearney, India retail industry is the most promising emerging market for investment. In 2007, the retail trade in India had a share of 8-10% in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the country. In 2009, it rose to 12%. It is also expected to reach 22% by 2010. According to a report by Northbride Capita, the India retail industry is expected to grow to US$ 700 billion by 2010. By the same time, the organized sector will be 20% of the total market share. It can be mentioned here that, the share of organized sector in 2007 was 7.5% of the total retail market.

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Major Retailers in India


Pantaloon:
Pantaloon is one of the biggest retailers in India with more than 450 stores across the country. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has more than 5 million sq. ft retail space located across the country. It's growing at an enviable pace and is expected to reach 30 million sq. ft by the year 2010. In 2001, Pantaloon launched country's first hypermarket Big Bazaar. It has the following retail segments:

Food & Grocery: Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar Home Solutions: Hometown, Furniture Bazaar, Collection-i Consumer Electronics: e-zone Shoes: Shoe Factory Books, Music & Gifts: Depot Health & Beauty Care: Star, Sitara E-tailing: Futurebazaar.com Entertainment: Bowling Co.

Tata Group Tata group is another major player in Indian retail industry with its subsidiary Trent, which operates Westside and Star India Bazaar. Established in 1998, it also acquired the largest book and music retailer in India Landmark in 2005. Trent owns over 4 lakh sq. ft retail space across the country.

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RPG Group RPG Group is one of the earlier entrants in the Indian retail market, when it came into food & grocery retailing in 1996 with its retail Foodworld stores. Later it also opened the pharmacy and beauty care outlets Health & Glow.

Reliance Reliance is one of the biggest players in Indian retail industry. More than 300 Reliance Fresh stores and Reliance Mart are quite popular in the Indian retail market. It's expecting its sales to reach Rs. 90,000 crores by 2010. AV Birla Group AV Birla Group has a strong presence in Indian apparel retailing. The brands like Louis Phillipe, Allen Solly, Van Heusen, Peter England are quite popular. It's also investing in other segments of retail. It will invest Rs. 8000-9000 crores by 2010. Retail formats in India Hypermarts/supermarkets: large self-servicing outlets offering products from a variety of categories. Mom-and-pop stores: they are family owned business catering to small sections; they are individually handled retail outlets and have a personal touch. Departmental stores: are general retail merchandisers offering quality products and services. Convenience stores: are located in residential areas with slightly higher prices goods due to the convenience offered. Shopping malls: the biggest form of retail in India, malls offers customers a mix of all types of products and services including entertainment and food under a single roof. E-trailers: are retailers providing online buying and selling of products and services. Discount stores: these are factory outlets that give discount on the MRP. Vending: it is a relatively new entry, in the retail sector. Here beverages, snacks and other small items can be bought via vending machine. Category killers: small specialty stores that offer a variety of categories. They are known as category killers as they focus on specific categories,
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such as electronics and sporting goods. This is also known as Multi Brand Outlets or MBO's. Specialty stores: are retail chains dealing in specific categories and provide deep assortment. Mumbai's Crossword Book Store and RPG's Music World are a couple of examples.

Challenges facing Indian retail industry The tax structure in India favors small retail business Lack of adequate infrastructure facilities High cost of real estate Dissimilarity in consumer groups Restrictions in Foreign Direct Investment Shortage of retail study options Shortage of trained manpower Low retail management skill

TheFuture The retail industry in India is currently growing at a great pace and is expected to go up to US$ 833 billion by the year 2013. It is further expected to reach US$ 1.3 trillion by the year 2018 at a CAGR of 10%. As the country has got a high growth rates, the consumer spending has also gone up and is also expected to go up further in the future. In the last four year, the consumer spending in India climbed up to 75%. As a result, the India retail industry is expected to grow further in the future days. By the year 2013, the organized sector is also expected to grow at a CAGR of 40%.

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Company Profile:
Type: Subsidiary of Pantaloon Group. Founded: 2001. Headquarters: Mumbai, India. Industry: Retail. Parent: Pantaloon Group. Owner: Kishore Biyani. Slogan: Is se sasta aur accha kahi nahin.

Big Bazaar is a chain of hypermarket in India, which caters to every familys needs and requirements. This retail store is a subsidiary of Future group, Pantaloons Retail India Ltd. and is an answer to the United States Wal-Mart. Big Bazaar has released the doors for the fashion world, general merchandise like sports goods, cutlery, crockery, utensils, and home furnishings etc. at best economical prices. Big Bazaar group offers more than 100 stores all over the country with an amalgamation of Indian bazaars feel and touch with a convenience and choice of the modern retail facilities. The retail format of the Big Bazaar group includes Aadhar, Rural & Home-Town retail chain, Ezone home-improvement chain, sportswear retailer, depot and music chain is few among others.

History of Big Bazaar The worldwide country chain, Big Bazaar, is formed by CEO of Future Group, Mr. Kishore Biyani. The group do not promises more than what it delivers. Their basic attraction associated with reasonable prices is their Unique Selling Price. Though, the products Big Bazaar stores stocks might not be advanced, but the customers are assured to avail the worth of the money spent by them. In 2001, the group opened its first store on the VIP Road, Calcutta, which was the primary departmental store offering regulated services of parking, steel vessels, apparel, electronics etc under the one roof at the competitive prices. Big Bazaar
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has become a massive hit with lower middle-class and middle class people as a major client base. At present, the Future Group comprises various formats and brands like Pantaloons, F123, Copper Chimney, Etam, Staples, One Mobile, Urbana, Brand Factory, LootMart, HomeTown and Central. The Big Bazaar has several stores located all over the India, among that Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi is those metro cities where the stores of Big Bazaars are located. Facilities offered by Big Bazaar

Online shopping: Big Bazaar has an official website, FutureBazaar.com, which is one of the most favorite sites among people of India for online shopping. FutureBazaar is an online business venture of Future Group, which sells an assortment of products such as fashion, which includes merchandise for men and women, mobile accessories, mobile handsets and electronics like home theatres, video cameras, digital camera, LCD TVs, kitchen appliances and many more. Discounts: Hfte ka sabse sasta din was introduced by the Big Bazaar, wherein extra and special discounts were offered on Wednesday every week, to attract the potential buyers into their store. Security check: At each exit of Big Bazaar, they use alarm systems or Electronic Article Surveillance system, which detects the products that has attached tags or not.

Statement of the Problem:


It is very important for any company to know how the customers perceive their products, services or the organization as a whole. It is the customers perception which influences the products and services of the organization. If the organizations makes an attempt to find the customers perception then, it can alter its products accordingly and offer to its customers. So understanding the customers perception is a very difficult and vital task for the organizations. The companies should be dynamic and should update themselves according to the changing needs of the customer. Coming to our study customer perceptions can give a lot of inputs and scope for improvement, lots of customers across all the ages, income groups and occupations visit the store. Different customers have different experiences and perceptions towards the store, understanding these differences and rendering what the customers need is very vital for the survival and the growth of the store. In this study we are attempting to
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understand the customer perceptions so that the store can improve upon in the areas where the customers do not have good perceptions. Ascertaining customers perception becomes very complicated when it comes to retailing, as it is a part of service sector. Lot of complications are involved in ascertaining the perception like firstly, retailing is a service (which is intangible) and secondly, it is very difficult to understand how the customers perceive. So understanding the customers perception helps the store to improve itself in many areas.

Objectives of the study:

1. To know the overall perception of the customers towards Big Bazaar. 2. To know the frequency of the customers visiting the store.
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To know the gender, marital status and occupation of the respondents visiting the store. To ascertain and understand the perception towards the prices, product variety, the shopping experience, parking facility, billing system, promotions offered, interaction of the sales personnel with the customers and the quality of the products offered at BIG BAZAAR.

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5. To know the reasons so as to why the people shop at BIG BAZAAR.


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Whether customers know the private label product or not.

Scope of the study:


The data was collected from the respondents across all the ages, income groups, occupation and gender. The total sample size for the study is 100. The study involves ascertaining the customer perception towards various areas such as price, promotions offered, billing system and parking facility etc. The study also tries to know why the customers visit and shop at BIG BAZAAR and get valuable suggestions from them. So the study tried to get the responses almost all kinds of respondents.

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Type of research design

Meaning: A research design is a method and procedure for acquiring information needed to solve the problem. A research design is a basic plan that helps in data collection or analysis. It specifies the type of information to be collected, the source and collection procedure. A good research decision will ensure that the data collected is relevant to the objectives to be achieved. Types of Research Design: 1. Exploratory Research 2. Descriptive Research 3. Causal Research Design

Exploratory research design: Exploratory research focuses on the discovery of the ideas; the major purpose of this study is to identify the problem. Exploratory study is used in the initial phase of the research. The broad and vague problem divided into small and precise statements. Exploratory research is intended to develop initial insight and provide direction for any other further research needed. Descriptive research design: It is a research, having clearly defined objectives and data requirements and is capable of suggesting a specific course of action to be taken by the decision makers. As the name suggests, it implies to describe something. It is intended to generate data describing characteristics of the groups such as consumers, Salespeople, Market areas; Questionnaires can be used to gather data. Causal research design:

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The design attempts to specify the nature of functional relationship between two or more variable factors present in the problem environment. Experimentation is done to find the effect of one factor on the other. The objective of the causal research includes: to study the Cause-Effect relationship of factors that affect the market.

Research Method
There are mainly five types of research methods used in a study. They are: Observation Experimentation Survey Test Marketing Consumer panel For this study, the survey and observation method were more appropriate then other methods because the study required the responses from the respondents and survey method suited the most.

Type of Data
There are mainly two types of data collection method. They are: 1. Primary data 2. Secondary data

Primary data is the data, which is collected at the first hand either by the researcher or by someone else especially for the purpose of the study. Communication and observation are two basic means of obtaining primary data. Communication involves the questioning of respondents to secure the described information using a data collection instrument. Observation does not involve questioning. Rather it means that the situation of interests is checked and the relevant facts, actions and behaviour are recorded. The primary data for this study was collected through questionnaires. This method of data collection is quite popular, particularly in case of big enquiries.

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The questionnaire has been used to survey the customers who visit the BIG BAZAAR store.

Secondary data includes those data, which are collected for some earlier research work and are applicable in the study, the study researcher has presently undertaken. Efficacious use of secondary data can both save money and time of the researcher. The researcher using secondary data must also know the fundamentals of the primary data collection. Secondary data is a valuable source of data. Though the secondary data is less expensive and can be collected within a short period of time yet, they do not solve the research problems completely. This may be due to different units of its measurement, different classes employed to report data, which may become outdated by the time of its publication, this data may not be adequately processed, it may not be sufficient and so on. The source of secondary data for this research is mainly internet.

Sampling Procedure
In the study of this kind primary data plays a vital role. Regardless of the method used to obtain the primary data (experimentation, observation and survey), the researcher has to decide whether the data to be obtained from every unit of the population under study or only a representative portion of the population will be used. The first approach, which is collecting data about each and every unit of the population, is called census method. The second approach, where only a few units of population under study are considered for analysis is called sampling method.

Sampling plan
Type of sampling: The sampling is non-probability convenient sampling of customers. The respondents are chosen according to the convenience of the
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researcher. The customers who gave visit to the store during the study they were picked randomly according to the researcher convenience. Sample size: The total sample size for the study was 100 responde

Research Instrument
The instrument used in the study is structured questionnaire.

Method of data collection


The data was collected by personally interviewing all the respondents.

Limitations of the study


Every research is carried under some boundaries and this research is not an exception. The limitations of this research are: The opinion of the respondents visiting the BIG BAZAAR store may not represent the whole population.

Due to the limitations of time, a larger respondent base could not be covered and was limited to a sample size of 100 respondents.

There might have been tendencies among the respondents to filter their responses under the given conditions.

The customers opinion might have been biased and may not represent the whole population of the city.

Most customers were busy and pre-occupied with shopping.

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Analysis of data obtained from the questionnaire was done on the Options Male Female Total Responses 53 47 100 Percentages % 53% 47% 100%

assumption that honest and correct information had been given by the respondents.

Table No.1 shows Gender of respondents

Analysis:
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The survey consist 53 male respondents and 47 female respondents. The given Options Married Unmarried Total Responses 39 61 100 Percentage % 39% 61% 100%

gender distribution for the study the male respondents are more than the female respondents.

Table No.2 shows the Marital Status of the respondents.

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Analysis
The above table shows the marital status of the respondents. About 39% of respondents are married and 61% of respondents are unmarried.

Table No 3: shows the Occupation distribution of the respondents. Options Students Business Man Employee Other Responses 32 23 30 15 Percentages% 32% 23% 30% 15%

Students

Business man

employee

other

15% 32%

30%

23%

Analysis
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From the above table students business man and employee have equal responses of the respondents except the other which consist the 15% of the respondent.

Table no. 4 : showing the Frequency of Respondents visiting Big Bazaar stores Options Once in a week Twice in a week Once in a month Occasionally Respondents 16 10 25 49 Percentages % 16% 10% 25% 49%

Analysis and Interpretation:


About 16% of the respondents would like to visit the store once in a week; this day will be mostly weekends .i.e. Saturdays and Sundays. Very few respondents would like to visit twice in a week that are 10%. About 25% of the respondents would find it ideal to visit once in a month, which is second highest
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frequency of visiting the stores. And at last only 49% of the respondents would like to visit occasionally as most of them do not want to miss the experience of shopping or due to need that arise for the products and promotional offer. Table No.5 shows the Customers perception of prices offered Options Economical Competitive Satisfied High Respondents 25 40 30 5 Percentages % 25% 40% 30% 5%

Analysis and Interpretation:


About 25% of the respondents feel that a price of the products at Big Bazaar is economical i.e. they are not too high and not too low. About 40% of the respondents feel that the prices are competitive and 5% of the respondents feel the prices are high and they are unsatisfied price of the product in Big Bazaar. The above table shows that 30% of the respondents feel the prices at the store
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are affordable and price of the product do not bother much while making a purchase decision. Table No.6 shows the Customer perception of product variety Options Narrow(Poor) Average Broad(Good) Total Respondents 7 13 80 100 Percentages % 7% 13 % 80 % 100 %

Analysis and Interpretation:


The above chart show that 7% of the respondents say that product variety in Big Bazaar is narrow. And 13% say that it is average. But 80% of the respondents feel that products variety is broad in Big Bazaar.
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Table No.7 shows the Customer perception towards shopping experience Options Delighted Satisfied Unsatisfied Total Respondents 25 70 5 100 Percentage % 25% 70% 5% 100%

80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Delighted Satisfied Unsatisfied

Analysis and Interpretation: More than half of the respondents fell that the shopping experience at Big Bazaar is followed by 70% who feel that they are satisfied and 25% of the respondent have delighted shopping experience. But 5% have unsatisfied (Poor) experience.

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Table No.8 shows the Customer perception towards parking facility Options Poor Average Good Total Respondents 40 45 15 100 Percentage % 40 % 45% 15 % 100%

Analysis
The above table shows that 45% of the respondents say that the parking facility is average and 15% of the respondents say its good, and finally 40% of the respondents feel that the parking facility is poor. The capacity of the parking facility is about 30 to 50 vehicles. On the weekends customers face difficulty of finding parking place .i.e. both two wheeler and four wheeler vehicle owners. So from the above table it is clear that majority of the respondents perceive the parking facility provided as average followed by the options good and poor.
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Table No.9 shows the Customer perception towards billing system Options Poor Average Good Total Respondents 33 40 27 100 Percentage % 33 % 40 % 27 % 100 %

45 40 35 30 25

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20 15 10 5 0 Poor Average Good

Analysis and Interpretation: The above table indicates that 40% of the respondents perceive that the billing system is average followed by 27% of the respondents perceiving as good and 33% as poor. Customers find it difficult with the long Billing counters during the weekends as compared to the week days. The above table clearly indicates that the perception towards the functioning of the billing counter is average and needs to function more efficiently.

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Table No10: shows the Customer perception towards the promotions Options Poor Average Good Total Respondents 12 46 42 100 Percentage % 12 % 46 % 42 % 100 %

Analysis and Interpretation: 42% of the Customers visiting the stores perceive that the promotions offered at store are good and 46% of the respondents feel that the promotions offered are average and finally 12% of the respondents perceive that the promotions offered are ineffective. From the above table we can say that the promotions offered during the festivals, and in other off seasons are effective and most of the respondents respond to and feel good about the promotions offered at the store.

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Table No 11: shows the Customer perception towards Interaction of Sales people

Options Less interaction More Interaction Total

Respondents 32 68 100

Percentage % 32 % 68 % 100 %

80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 LessInteraction Much Interaction

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Table No.12 shows the Customer perception towards quality of the products offered Options Poor Average Good Total Respondents 2 27 71 100 Percentage % 2% 27 % 71 % 100 %

Analysis and Interpretation: From the above table it is clear that only 2% of the respondents feel that the quality of the products offered at the store is poor, which is negligible. And about 27% of the respondents saying that the quality of the products offered are average followed by 71% of the respondents expressing that the quality of the products is good. So from the above table it is clear that the respondents are pretty much comfortable with the quality of the products offered at the store. Table no.13: Show facilities provided by Big Bazaar much better than other retail store
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Options Yes No Total

Respondents 84 16 100

Percentage % 84 % 16 % 100 %

Yes No

Analysis and interpretation:


The above table show that 84% of the respondents say that the facilities provided by the Big Bazaar, much better than other retail stores. But only 16% of the respondents say no extra facilities provided by Big Bazaar.

Table no.14 show why do customers shop at Big Bazaar Options Good ambiance It is one stop shop Respondents 2 66
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Percentage % 2% 66%

Easy store

accessibility

of 10 8 9 5

10% 8% 9% 5%

Reasonable price Good quality of product All of them

Good Am biance reasonable Price

It is one stop shop Good quality of Product 2% 9% 8% 5%

Eassy accessibility of store All of Them

10% 66%

Analysis and Interpretation: From the above table it is clear that most of the customers shop at Big Bazaar because it offers reasonable prices, about 8% of the customers shop due to this reason. And about 66% of the customers, which is most force to shop because the store is one stop shop and 9% of the customers shop due to the good quality of the products offered in the store followed by 10% of the customers because of easy accessibility of the stores and 2% of the customers because of good ambience at the store. Only 5% of the customers come to Big Bazaar because all of them.

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So from the above table we can infer that reasonable prices is the most dominating factor that make the customers to shop at Big Bazaar and the other factors in the hierarchy include it is a one stop shop, good shopping experience, good quality of the products offered, easy accessibility of the stores and at last which is the least dominating factor is good ambience.

Table no.15 show customers know the private label products

Options

Respondents
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Percentage %

Yes No Total

57 43 100

57 % 43 % 100 %

Analysis and Interpretation This table indicate that very few number of customers know about the private label product which is offered by Big Bazaar. 57% of the respondents know about the private label products and 43% of the customers do not know the private label product.

Table no. 16 show brand prefer by customers Options Local brand Respondents 10
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Percentage % 10%

Store brand Branded Total

42 48 100

42 % 48 % 100 %

60 50 40 30

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20 10 0 Local Store Brands Branded

Analysis and Interpretation: Most of the respondents use the branded product. 61% of the respondents use branded products and 36% of the customers use the store/private label brand. Only 3%of the respondents use local brands So, here we analysis that most of the customers use the branded products as well private label product.

Table no. 17 show the satisfaction of the customers towards Big Bazaar.

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Options Yes No Total

Respondents 92 8 100

Percentage % 92 % 8% 100 %

Analysis and Interpretation: Most of the respondents say that they are satisfied with products which are offered by Big Bazaar. 92% of the respondents say they are satisfied and only 8% of the customers unsatisfied and they reply they are not satisfied.

Conclusion

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The overall perception of the BIG BAZAAR store is good except in some areas like billing system during the weekends, and parking facility. The target market for the BIG BAZAAR hyper market is the growing middle class segment. Customers found the prices are affordable with a good variety of the products available under one roof. Customers responded positively to the promotions offered at the store, with the sales during the weekends and festive seasons picking up nicely. The quality of the products offered at the store was also very well accepted by the customers, and customers also enjoyed the food offered at the food stop. Reasonable price of the products at the store was the driving factor for the customers to shop in the store. Most of the customers found it convenient to visit the store once in a week. So we can conclude that the overall perception of the customers towards the store is positive and are satisfied with the way the store is managed.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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The problem of the billing system comes into picture during the weekends and during the festive seasons, where in it takes a lot of time for the customers to complete the billing formalities. So the store should take certain steps where the customers without any difficulty pays the bill and comes out of the queue as soon as possible. For this the store can give priority for the customers whose purchases are bulky and allow that customer to come out of the queue as soon as possible because of the bulk purchases made by that customer. In this way by introducing certain flexibility the problems can be reduced. During the festive seasons and weekends the store will be too crowded and customers do not find it comfortable to shop. So it is important that there will be smooth flow of the customers within the store and the customer finds it easy to shop during this period. For this reason the store can covey the benefits of visiting the store during the off season to the customer. The same strategy can be used by the store to reduce the problem of parking during the weekends and festivals. The sales personnel in the store also play a very vital role in influencing the customer perception towards the store. As sales people in the store are the one who face the customers and interact with them on the consistent basis they should posses a descent knowledge about the products in which they are involved in selling and make sure that they behave in a right way with the customers. The store should not focus only on one or two areas to improve the customer perception towards the store instead, the organization should involve itself in improving all the customer influencing areas and try to improve the overall customer perception towards the store. The tidiness of the store also helps in enhancing the image of the store. The employees should make sure that the floors of the store are clean and no dust should be found on the products. These small things should be taken care of regularly and should not be ignored thinking that these are small things. The ambience within the store also plays a very important role in influencing the customer perception towards the store. The ambience, such as the lighting in the store, the music that is being played etc. should be taken care of. Good ambience for shopping improves the customer perception.

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One bad instance in the store can disappoint the customers. So the employees in the store should make sure that, no bad instance is faced by the customers while shopping. Practicing this enhances the customer perception towards the store. Last and not the least all the employees should work as a team to provide a better shopping experience to the customers. At the end of the day what counts is, what is that the customers have taken away from the store. So all the employees should work as a team and provide a good shopping experience to the customers so that the customers visit the store frequently.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Internet
MARKETING MANAGEMENT

GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA.COM


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QUESTIONERE

Name No

Contact

Gender: Marital status: Occupation Employee

Male Married Student Others

Female Unmarried Business Man

Sir/Madam I am a student of Saraswati Institute of Management & Technology Teek,(Kaithal) doing a study on consumer perception towards Big Bazaar. Kindly answer the question listed below. Responses provided would be strictly used for academic purpose.

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How frequently do you visit Big Bazaar? Once in a week Once in a month Twice in a week Occasionally

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How do you perceive the price offered at Big Bazaar? Economical Competitive
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Satisfied

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The product variety at Big Bazaar is? Average Broad (Good)

Narrow (Poor)

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The shopping experience at Big Bazaar is? Satisfied Unsatisfied

Delighted

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The parking facility at Big Bazaar is? Poor Average Good

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How is the billing system at Big Bazaar? Poor Average Good

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The promotion offers by Big Bazaar are? Poor Average Good

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The interaction of sales people with the customer in the store is? Less interaction Much Interaction

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The quality of the product offered at Big Bazaar is?

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Poor

Average

Goods

10.

Do you think the facilities provided by the Big Bazaar, are much better

than the other retail stores? Yes No

11.

You shop at Big Bazaar because of Good ambience Reasonable price it is one stop shop Good quality of product easy accessibility of store All of above

12.

Do you know about the private labeling products? Yes No

13. Local

Which type of brand you prefer while doing shopping? Store brand/private label Branded

14.

Are you satisfied with products which are offered by Big Bazaar? Yes No

15.

Have you faced any problem while shopping at Big Bazaar?

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