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Grant Thornton releases interim physical survey report on more than 3,000 Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra


Vakrangee had appointed M/s Grant Thornton India LLP as consultant to carry Outlet Quality Analysis of Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra to ensure standardization, referring to the look and feel of the outlet, availability of the services and validating customer and franchisee satisfaction index.

The engagement with Grant Thornton is to conduct an independent physical survey of the current and upcoming Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra outlets in the country.

The key objectives of the survey are as follows:

* Ensure the physical availability of the Kendras as per coordinates shared by Vakrangee

* Confirm exclusive service availability in each Kendra

* Compliance to the standard branding guidelines

* Draw inference of franchisee satisfaction and customer satisfaction

The survey parameters have been designed in accordance with the objectives, goals, and objectives of Vakrangee. The parameters for analysis of survey data are as follows:

* Physical availability of the outlet

* Standardized look and feel of the outlet

* Skill capability of the employees of the outlet

* Service availability at the outlet

* Most utilised services at the outlet

* Customers trust in critical services

* Average footfall of the outlet

* Is Vakrangee outlet a successful venture

* Vakrangee outlet creating awareness about GOI schemes and other related schemes

Grant Thornton team has conducted the physical survey in 19 states in 3006 Nextgen Vakrangee outlets, which was held between May 2019 to Nov 2019. The comprehensive list of outlets against each state is mentioned below:

After conducting the physical survey of 3006 Nextgen Vakrangee Kendras, Grant Thornton has determined the following:

* The outlets were reachable with the given GPS location

* The branding and compliance of the Kendra has been strictly followed by the franchisee owners

* Franchisees/outlets are well equipped to handle Vakrangee operations. The skillset of the franchisee owner/employee are aligned to the norms set up by the firm as in for e.g., basic ATM maintenance, customer complaints, information delivery regarding different services and more.

* More than 91 per cent outlets have assisted e-commerce functional at their outlet signaling the deepening presence of online shopping in rural India. More than 99.5 per cent have ATMs present in the outlet and banking services active in 2554 outlets.

* The ATM service at the outlets is the most utilized services with franchisee owners stating the same. In spite of RBI's focus to deepen the digital payments, the rural and the unorganized sector still follows the culture of cash transactions and not digital payments. Pull services such as banking and ATM are more utilized in the outlets in the initial phase of activation as customers have more trust in these services.

* Vakrangee outlets have become popular as more than 1,400 outlets have more than 50-80 customers visiting the outlet on a daily basis to avail of various services.

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First Published: Tue, December 10 2019. 12:35 IST