Retail is the process of selling consumer goods or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution to earn a profit. Retailers satisfy demand identified through a supply chain. The term "retailer" is typically applied where a service provider fills the small orders of a large number of individuals, who are end-users, rather than large orders of a small number of wholesale, corporate or government clientele.Retail markets and shops have a very ancient history, dating back to antiquity. Some of the earliest retailers were itinerant peddlers. Over the centuries, retail shops were transformed from little more than "rude booths" to the sophisticated shopping malls of the modern era.
India is the fifth largest preferred retail destination globally. The country is among the highest in the world in terms of per capita retail store availability. India’s retail sector is experiencing exponential growth, with retail development taking place not just in major cities and metros, but also in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.The Indian retail industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. Retail industry in India is expected to grow to US$ 1,200 billion by 2021 from US$ 672 billion in 2017E.India’s population is taking to online retail in a big way.Revenue generated from online retail is projected to grow to US$ 60 billion by 2020. India is expected to become the world's third-largest consumer economy, reaching US$ 400 billion in consumption by 2025.