Founding Roots

Shivaram is a much sought after Mentor, Consultant, Trainer and Speaker across multiple industry platforms. He founded Retail Gurukul in 2012 as a Consulting & Training company. Shivaram has since helped and continues to help retailers and manufacturers, significantly improve their business performance across various metrics.

He was earlier Tanishq’s Head of All India Merchandising, Training and Regional Sales for many years. His other experience includes stints in Exports, Watches, Pharma and Projects businesses across India.

He has a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Warangal and a PG Diploma in International Trade from The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

He is also a regular columnist for the Retail Jeweller magazine sharing this knowledge and expertise. He is also an author of handbooks for the Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager roles in the jewellery industry. Since late 2016, Shivaram has expanded his learning into Digital Marketing also regularly uses Facebook Live and other e-learning courses to connect with his clients.

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Clients

He works with clients in Mumbai, Kolkata, Kota, Lucknow, Delhi, Cochin and Dubai.

A partial list of 100+ clients includes:

  1. Tanishq Jewellery
  2. Manubhai Jewellers
  3. WHP Jewellers
  4. Kama Schachter
  5. Platinum Guild International
  6. Carl Zeiss
  7. Puma Sports
  8. Harsha Electronics
  9. Titan Watches
  10. Velvetcase.com
  11. Tata Health+
  12. JD Solitaire
  13. Retail Jeweller India Mag
  14. Senco Gold and Diamond
  15. Kirtilals
  16. 7Cs – Dubai
  17. Tata Health Plus and others.

Focused Businesses

He and his all India team, have worked closely with:

  • Family & Professionally Run Chain Stores
  • Single Stores
  • Online Retailers
  • International Organisations
  • Manufacturers across India & Dubai.

Varied Segments and Industry

Clients come from various segments like Jewellery, Watches, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Durables, Sports Wear, Mobiles, Salon & Spa, Eye Wear etc.

Profitability through Consulting

Profitability improvement for Retailers through:

  • End to end analysis and focus on their biggest constraints
  • Significant Improvement in Availability of Right Merchandise
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Sales Performance Improvement Programs
  • Personal Coaching Services for Owners and Senior Management Personnel of companies.

Passionate Trainer

Trained 6000+ people in Selling Skills, Soft Skills, Product Merchandising. Both Open and Client specific programs.

Experienced Team

The Retail Gurukul team includes professionals from the Jewellery business across various levels of expertise, experience and roles. Shivaram has a wide range of contacts across in the jewellery industry and beyond, which they leverage to meet clients’ objectives.

Mr Arun Kumar

Bangalore based Arun Kumar, has 26 + years of hardcore jewellery retailing experience, having worked with the family-run retail stores, chains store like Tanishq and running his own Silver jewellery retailing business.

He was the Store Manager for Tanishq’s no. 1 store in Bangalore for many years before setting up his own Silver Jewellery Retailing business. He has trained retail store staff across the country for Retail Gurukul Platinum Guild International Training Programs for years, across the country.

He is also a certified trainer for the Government Skill Council.

He has deep domain expertise not only in-store staff management but also in “lean retailing”, stock turn improvement, managing customer satisfaction, grooming, product knowledge, multi-skilling, selling techniques etc.

He is also experienced in improving making charges with deep product knowledge- selling opportunities, maintaining visual control, Kanban etc.

He was Shivaram's colleague at Tanishq.

He conducts training in English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil.

Mr Sheevendra Malik

Sheevendra Malik

An Allahabad University Alumni, basically a hard-core academician with a chance entry in Retail Industry 16 yrs back, Sheevendra has very successful and enriched experience of varied formats of Retail Industry.

Exposure to the concept of hypermarket while associated with Vishal Mega Mart Ltd. For 2 yrs.

During the 14 years stint in TITAN Industries Ltd., handled all the three formats – Franchise as well as Company Stores of TANISHQ; and also the LUXURY format of TITAN named ‘ZOYA-A TATA PRODUCT’.

A real-time on-field player, he understands ‘Retail and Sales’ to its very core; being a keen observer and an all-time learner, his understanding of the functioning of ‘a Showroom’ OR to say of ‘a Brand’ is immense.

His training strategy revolves around his strong belief in the motto ‘Keep Evolving, keep Adapting; Change is the ultimate Truth’. This platform has provided its services to many Jewellery brands in the last few years.

He was Shivaram's colleague at Tanishq.

Mr Krishnakumar R

Krishnakumar R

Krishnakumar R, popularly known as KK, is a Retail Professional with over two decades of experience working with leading retailers like Titan / Tanishq, Arvind Brands & Mahindra Retail, in sales & operations, supply chain, merchandising and sourcing functions.

He co-founded Melorra.com, an online fine-jewellery venture, which targets young & fashion-conscious women.

He supported CKC Jewellers, Bangalore, in putting together systems & processes for their Merchandising function.

He is involved with various e-com start-ups in the last 4 years.

He was Shivaram's colleague at Tanishq.

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