Organised retailers do not expect the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to impact their sales despite general fears that it could disrupt businesses, and hope to be fully ready for the uniform tax regime in the next few weeks. “As GST will be rolled out from July 1, we have to be prepared. It will lead to better compliance and an organised way of doing things,”
“We are not anticipating any sales disruptions. Nobody has expressed concerns on that…For retailers, benefits will come as and when manufacturer change the prices, which we, in turn, will pass it on to consumers,” he added. July onwards, large retail companies, including Reliance Retail, Future Group, Trent HyperCity and DMart, among others, are looking at aggressive price reductions.
The common objective of all retailers is also that margins should be protected, while ensuring that prices remain under check. “We will reduce prices by 2 to 20 per cent on various consumer products,”
GST will create a level-playing field for modern trade,” he added, explaining that the biggest challenge is to see that customers are not unhappy. “I believe tax rates should not be so complex as to create variations that adversely affect consumers,” he said.
Most retailers are awaiting more clarity on various issues, including input tax credit and e-way bills. Several retail stores have announced big discounts especially in the consumer electronics segment ahead of the GST rollout, in a bid to to clear inventories and to avoid implementation issues.