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Old 31st May 2019, 17:12   #76
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The Mumbai store will open by July. Staff has already been hired and trained. Obviously it's best to avoid going for the first 3 months or so till the regular tourist crowds are visiting en masse
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The better half and I drove to the HYD store a few weeks ago.

It's humongous, but is organized with clockwork precision. Well-trained staff, clearly marked/located items and a self-service area to pick up flat-packed stuff ready-to-ship. Their app is great to make lists and to track down exactly where the bit you want is located in the warehouse. Neat!

We bought a bunch of furniture (shipped via their partner Xpeed), and carried a load of smaller items by ourselves. Shipping charges added up to a reasonable ~10% of our total items purchase (they charge 1500 INR for the first 50 kgs, then INR 19/kg), and stuff was delivered in 5 working days to our doorstep undamaged.

Very impressed, and we could possibly return in the future. The roads are lovely for a long drive too, so neither of us was complaining at the end of it.

P.S. The stuff itself seems well-built, though it's early to comment on durability. Instruction manuals are pictorial with minimal text (so no language barriers for a DIY) and necessary tools are usually included (except regular stuff like screwdrivers). We were able to assemble everything by ourselves, quite a workout though!

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Spotted this en-route home.

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