According to The Financial Times, Apple has begun hiring for its first flagship stores in India. Job postings for 12 shop worker positions have been discovered in “different places” across the country, indicating that Apple is nearly ready to create a retail presence in the Indian market.
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The job postings specifically mention the Apple Store, with positions such as store leaders, store managers, technical specialists, and Genius Bar workers. According to the article, at least five individuals working in Mumbai and New Delhi have claimed on LinkedIn that they have been hired for the yet-to-be-named outlets.
Apple has not confirmed its plans to create stores in India, but The Economic Times reported last year that Apple planned to open its first store between January and March 2023, with a showpiece 22,000-square-foot Mumbai store opening first. The store was supposed to debut in 2021, but the worldwide health crisis and economic instability forced Apple to postpone the opening.
Apple is also rumored to be developing a second, smaller 10,000 to 12,000-square-foot store in New Delhi, as well as other outlets in malls and high-end shopping areas across India, with the goal of making retail a significant component of its presence in the nation.
In 2020, Apple launched its online store in India, allowing Indian customers to buy products directly from Apple without going via an authorized premium reseller. Apple’s online store offers a comprehensive selection of Apple products and accessories, as well as shopping guidance from Apple Specialists, EDU pricing for students, free no-contact delivery, financing choices, an iPhone trade-in program, and more.
Cook and other Apple officials have already emphasized the significance of India, which has the world’s second-largest smartphone market. Apple has also been attempting to establish a manufacturing supply chain in India, and in an indicator of the country’s recognized importance as a manufacturing hub, Apple relocated iPhone 14 assembly from China to India in the weeks following its release.