APTRA is delighted to learn that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has ruled that duty free shops at Indian airports and ports are to be excluded from new regulations regarding food safety standards. In early June instructions were issued by the Chairman of the FSSAI to all their authorized officers and Food Safety Commissioners to the effect that duty free shops are to be exempt from the FSSAI rules and today the change has been implemented officially by customs officers across India.
Bangalore International Airport, Philippine liquor company Bleeding Heart Rum, luxury Italian lifestyle brand Paul & Shark and books, press and stationery retailer WHSmith have all joined APTRA in recent weeks, further strengthening the association’s support base and legitimacy as the regional trade body for the duty free and travel retail industry.
As announced in May APTRA has opened its membership to companies in the industry that can offer value to APTRA members and drive the growth of the business in the region. APTRA is delighted to announce that the first to take up this opportunity is French luxury research company Luxurynsight. The company offers a “smart data platform” dedicated to the luxury industry which provides brands the data and insights to monitor, analyze and predict the luxury business. The platform is compiled from 800 sources, 2000 brands, 3500 key people, 10000 reports and 38000 news reports, together with a luxury expert team. For more information see www.luxurynsight.com or contact CEO Jonathan Siboni (full contact details in the Members area).
The second edition of the 2016 APTRA Insights Seminar series took place at the JW Marriott in Mumbai earlier this month ahead of the DFNI Conference at the same venue. Around fifty executives from the industry in India and beyond attended the event where a lively and interactive discussion took place on how the industry in India can use technology better to reach consumers at all stages of the journey, before, at and after their arrival at the airport.
APTRA is delighted to announce that Scottish whisky company and APTRA member Ian MacLeod is sponsoring the APTRA 2016 research programme. Ian MacLeod, Distell and any other companies who wish to join them in support of the APTRA research programme will have their logos on the 2016 research reports as well as in relevant sections of the website where the research is made available to download. Sponsorship support for APTRA research and insights seminars has grown this year with 12 companies stepping up to sponsor the insights seminars.
The survey and analysis stages of the 2016 APTRA research programme provided by APTRA research partner m1nd-set, are well under way with the first report scheduled for publication in August. The markets selected for this year’s research include Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. The reports will be released on a monthly basis in that order from August to December this year. Early next year work will commence on the 2017 research which will revisit China, Japan, Korea and India. For China, the research will focus on China’s Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities. For all markets the reports will provide a temporal analysis to highlight the evolution of the shopper behaviour over the past two years since the previous wave was conducted.