Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to visit India this month to launch the company’s first company-owned store in the country, notes a recent media report.
What Happened? According to an Economic Times report, Cook is also expected to discuss strategic issues such as manufacturing expansion and exports with key ministers during his visit.
It is possible that Cook may meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well, whom he met during his previous visit to the country in 2016.
Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California is said to be currently finalizing Cook’s India itinerary, and they will decide on the launch date of the Mumbai store accordingly.
ET sources also mention that Deirdre O'Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people, will accompany Tim Cook on his visit to India this month.
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Cook had previously met with Bollywood stars and top executives, attended a cricket match, and reviewed Apple’s operations in India during his last visit to the country in 2016.
On Wednesday, Apple unveiled the facade of the Mumbai store, inspired by the city’s iconic ‘kaali-peeli’ taxis, which will be launched later this month at the Jio World Drive Mall. Apple also plans to launch a second store in New Delhi in the coming quarters.
This move comes after roughly two decades since Apple began selling products and services in India, which has become the second-largest internet market.
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