1- already base in agrigarian sector, since 1990. ibd was created in order to generate foreign exchange 4 india.

2- Faced competition from other companies and decided to start wid e choupal. 3- Created e choupal to overcome trhe challenges of mandi system in order to maximize its profits. 4- Initiative of e-choupal , increased trust, less procurement cost(see d mail 4m suj)see and copy d tables 4m ppt and analysis(profits of e choupal). 5- They used marketing strategies:b-They get free marketing thru networking done by e choupals 4 their other products.(see abt free marketing)- itc e choupals-choupal sagar. Search abt be and bi a-Brand equity; Brand image-trust building in people. Leads to 6- Creation of sagar choupals. They sell their other products thru choupal sagar.(itc e choupals) (india 1st) (see d images of their other products 4m ppts; imzages of sagar choupals). 7- Create malls; increase std. of living 4 farmers; gv them morew facilities.. all are adding to its good image.(trust). 8- Companies coming together(outlook) ; see the images of d companies which are comingtogether. 9- 1/3rd of profits(outlook) 8- Going deeper. (value creation; creating employment) other companies comin together are also creating jobs.) 10-Future plans of expansion b coz of huge profits.( make tables). 10- Agenda by 2012 20000 e choupal kiosk 1lakh villages foreign exchange 4 india. 15 states Current- 10 states. ORIGINS OF E-CHOUPAL The ITC group is one of India¶s foremost private sector companies with a market capitalization of around US$4 billion and annual revenues of US$2 billion. ITC has a diversified presence in tobacco, hotels, paperboards, specialty papers, packaging, agri-business, branded apparel, packaged foods and other fast moving consumer goods. Spurred by India¶s need to generate foreign exchange, ITC's International Business Division (IBD) was created in 1990 as an agri-trading company aiming to ³offer the world the best of India's produce.´ Initially, the agricultural commodity trading business was small compared to international players. By 1996, the opening up of the Indian market had brought in international competition. Large international companies had better margin-to-risk ratios because of wider options for risk management and arbitrage. For an Indian company to replicate the operating model of such multinational corporations would have required a massive horizontal and vertical expansion. In 1998, after competition forced ITC to explore the options of sale, merger, and closure of IBD, ITC ultimately decided to retain the business. The Chairman of ITC challenged IBD to use information technology to change the rules of the game and create a competitive business that did not need a large asset base. Today, IBD is a US$150 million company that trades in commodities such as feed ingredients, food-grains, coffee, black pepper, edible nuts, marine

from research to procurement to distribution.´4 This view of social consciousness allowed ITC to recognize the unique opportunity of blending shareholder value creation with social development. Brand equity refers to the marketing effects or outcomes that accrue to a product with its brand name compared with those that would accrue if the same product did not have the brand [1][2][3][4] . ITC¶s translation of the tactical and strategic challenges it faced and its social commitment into a business model demonstrates a deep understanding of both agrarian systems and modern management. and processed fruits. Through its tobacco business. And. ITC has worked in Indian agriculture for decades. at the root of these marketing effects is consumers' knowledge. The sustainability of the engagement comes from the idea that neither the corporate nor social agendas will be subordinated in favor of the other. ITC practices this philosophy by not only driving each of its businesses towards international competitiveness but by also consciously contributing to enhancing the competitiveness of the larger value chain of which it is a part. VISION AND PLANNING BEHIND THE E-CHOUPALS Implementing and managing e-Choupals is a significant departure from commodities trading. In other words. and ITC is widely recognized as dedicated to the cause of nation building. The study of brand equity is increasingly popular as some marketing researchers have concluded that brands are one of the most valuable assets that a company has[7]. C.´ ³ITC believes that its aspiration to create enduring value for the nation provides the motive force to sustain growing shareholder value. Corporate and social responsibility is an integral part of ITC¶s philosophy. Brand equity is one of the factors which can increase the financial value of a brand to the brand owner. Deveshwar calls this source of inspiration ³a commitment beyond the market. name consumers' knowledge about a brand makes manufacturers/advertisers respond differently or adopt appropriately adept measures for the marketing of the brand [5][6]. although not the only one [8] .products. The social impact of the e-Choupals as envisioned by ITC ranges from the short-term provision of Internet access to the long-term development of rural India as a competitive supplier and consumer of a range of goods and services in the global economy. Chairman Y.

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