Pune: In an unsound condition
The market has been dull for the past few months but sales in August picked up well
Eight largest metropolis in India and the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is known for its educational facilities and prosperity. Second largest city in the state, Pune has a slew of prominent information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in the district. As one of the major industrial centers for automobile, Pune is also emerging as a growing IT and industrial hub. The city has a number of resellers dealing in a range of IT products and peripherals, including computers, UPS and servers. However, the most selling products in the market are laptops, cabinets and software. In the last two months, the market has been witnessing a good growth, and people are demanding products from major brands, like Acer and Dell.
Yogesh Godbole, CEO, Ace Brain Systems & Software said, "The market has been average since the last six months with no new trends emerging in the market at present." While Devesh Agarwal, owner, The Silver Linings said, "Although the market remained dull for some, we have done a good amount of business." Shital Vijay Nahar of Nahar Integrated System System Services claimed that July was slow, while August picked up little on sales. Talking about the most contributing sector of the region, Godbole said, "Education is the most contributing sector at the moment, as the schools/colleges have opened up after vacations." Nahar was also of the same opinion and voted for education as the most contributing sector. Among the top-selling products, both Godbole and Nahar bet big on laptops to be on the top. According to Godbole, approximately 20,000 laptops were sold in Pune in the last 3 months.
Talking about the most active association of the city, Computers and Media Dealers Association (CMDA), Godbole said, "CMDA is very active in the region. It organizes technical seminars every now and then for engineering students. It also conducts meeting frequently. CMDA also published some trade guidelines recently, which helped in smooth business transactions in the city. We have less disputes with our vendors now as a result of the guidelines."
Sharing their future expectations about the Pune market, Godbole said, "I see a slowdown in the future in terms of manufacturing, but service and education sector looks bright." Agarwal added, "I think the market will remain dull for quite sometime now." Nahar said, "The future seems dull, as internationally the situation is bad."