Processing. Global retailers will prefer to have their product go through a processing chain, starting from quality control and grading, through cold storage, processing and packaging to labelling. Generally, trade margins rise along with the level of processing, with the top profitability items always to be found in assortments such as processed sugar and starch based products, cool drinks and meatstuffs. 

Complex logistics. For all retailing chains, the prime competitive factor is company logistics. Logistics concepts which have proven efficient in Europe and the US will probably be rolled out in India one to one. With increased processing, the delivery process becomes multi-stage, meaning that food travels through many stations before reaching the consumer. It is expected that even though the logistics processes will be more professional and more streamlined than in conventional supply setups, the average food mileage is to increase at least by 200 per cent.