Taking the next step
TTarun Chaudhary Co- Director, Next Step
o be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart," - Sir Thomas Watson. This famous saying from one of the most brilliant minds in history is the philosophy with which Next Step Engineering Pvt Ltd is built on. Today, Next Step is a leading one stop solution for retail design, which offers services starting from strategizing to design, and production to implementation. Bringing together the perfect blend of creativity, engineering and management, the Next Step team comprises of architects, engineers and designers having an experience of more than 12 years in retail and served some of the major blue chip clients. Started by Tarun Chaudhary and Meenakshi Chaudhary, Next Step was founded in 1999 as a proprietorship firm. With humble beginnings of being a glow signs manufacturer, Next Step catered to some well-known clients including Amul, Nestle, VIP and BSNL. As one of its major government project, Next Step produced small glow signs for BSNL where the quantity ran in to thousands. From there on, the company evolved and gradually shifted towards manufacturing of wooden units for retail clients and also started working with metal for large retail projects as well. As its first major project in metal, Next Step created kiosks for tech major Microsoft.
All about the clients
Adhering to quality standards and timelines, Next Step has retained some clients for more than a decade. LG Electronics is one of the firm’s consistent client since 2002, for which Next Step first created shop-in-shop and eventually shifted to brand shops constructed with metal. As of today, the company has completed more than 300 brand shops for LG across India and other countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.
Meenakshi Chaudhary Co- Director, Next Step
Next step has also been associated with Samsung Electronics since 2007. Initially the company worked on shop-in-shop projects for Samsung mobiles and went on to create multi-privilege partner stores pan India. Currently, Next Step has delivered a total of 400 shop-in-shops and more than 150 multiprivilege partner stores. The company has marked its presence across the country and worked with major clients including LG electronics, Sony India Ltd, Dabur, Clarks, Bata, Reliance, Airtel ,Toshiba and Sharp. Speaking about offering the best to their clients, Tarun Chaudhary and Meenakshi Chaudhary, Co- Directors at Next Step explain, “Our aims remains to be available to the client round the clock and providing total retail solution, keeping in mind the price, quality and the timelines which are very important in our field. At Next Step, we have a very hardworking, dedicated and talented team for designing, operations, quality control and production.”
Strength of Infrastructure
In order to offer the best in class retail design solutions, it’s imperative to have infrastructure to meet the rising quality standards and meet tight timelines projected by retail clients. On this front, Next Step boasts of its in-house manufacturing unit which is built on 70,000 sq ft area in Kundli (Haryana) with a work force of more than 300 people. The manufacturing unit has an impressive set of machines for metal work, which include Laser Cutting Machine Turret Punch Machine Press Brake 3m and 2.5m Press Brake 1.5m Robotic Powder Coating Plant As for its woodworking machinery, the Next Step manufacturing unit houses: CNC Machining Centre Edgebanding Machine Hot press Beam Saw Spray Painting booth Highgloss Sanding machine “Today, we can proudly say that we have one of the best machinery and infrastructure in metal as well as wood as far as manufacturing for retail companies or any other sector is concerned. While our current manufacturing unit is in Kundli (Haryana), we have another one coming up in Noida (UP) very soon,” the Directors of Next Step explain.
Hurdles to cross
Although Next Step’s journey which began from a turnover of Rs 9 Lakh in the year 2000 to about Rs 50 crore at present, the founders express that it has had its share of challenges over the last 14 years. “There have been a lot of setbacks, challenges and hard competition through the way. We have had to take big risks in terms of investing in infrastructure and working round the clock to reach where we are today. And we have a long way ahead,” say Tarun Chaudhary and Meenakshi Chaudhary. With a vision to be India’s leading company to provide retail design solution, Next Step believes that its growth lies in constant innovation, dedication and delivering the best to clients. "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" Will Rogers