The Great Indian (GI) Retail Group leverages the power of Innovation and Technology to enable the aspiring Indian business men and self employed to improve the standard of living and also enhance the business competitiveness and efficiency using GI’s products and services.
About us

Who we are

GI Retail started in the year of 2009 to provide consumer focused technology enabled products and services to enable and aspiring Indian to improve the standard of living.

Currently GI Retail is focussed on building enterprise solutions using cutting edge technologies including IoT & Artificial Intelligence in the logistics, hospitality & financial services industries to enable the aspiring Indian business men and self employed to improve the standard of living and also enhance the business competitiveness and efficiency using GI’s products and services.

Logistics

GI Smart E Cargos Private Limited

An integrated logistics company with technology at its heart thereby enabling customers do smart cargo movement and enhancing Corporate India’s global competitiveness. GI Smart E Cargos has made substantial investment into creating the most calculated and intuitive technologies using IoT and operational systems in the Cargo and logistics industry today to enhance the efficiency and lowering total cost of logistics to Corporate India.

India’s first online cargo and storage solutions company targeting fastest movement of high value and time sensitive cargo within India and abroad. The Cargo Store focuses on Customer centricity as a mission, carefully designing the customer experience with the frontline fully empowered to ensure timely submission of everything from documentation to delivery along with with real time tracking of cargo.

India’s first online cargo and storage solutions company targeting fastest movement of high value and time sensitive cargo within India and abroad. The Cargo Store focuses on Customer centricity as a mission, carefully designing the customer experience with the frontline fully empowered to ensure timely submission of everything from documentation to delivery along with with real time tracking of cargo.

Hotel & Hospitality Technology & Services

GI Retail Private Limited (Hospitality Division)

EaseStay is a unique platform that works on Corporate Accommodation and Mice Solutions for India’s top corporates enabling them to seamlessly expand their operations and their people movement across the world and within India.

EaseRoom provides you with the most innovative hospitality technology solution provider with more than 9 cutting-edge digital transformation products which gives any Hotel, Service apartment or Home Stays an edge over its competition in terms of distribution, yield management, revenue management, reputation management and customer care solutions.

EaseTours is renowned for their exceptional tours and vacation plans that will inspire you to pack your bags and set out to explore the world. Enjoy the pristine nature and the depth of the world around you with our proficient guides who provide you with enthralling experience of your lifetime.

EaseTours also specialized in yoga, wellness, spiritual destinations etc.

Our Leadership

Founders

Mr. Ramu Annamalai

Managing Director

Mr. RM Palaniyapan

Executive Director


GI Retail Private Limited and its group companies were founded by Ramu Anamalai Ramasamy and Palaniyapan Ramasamy, two serial entrepreneurs born in Chennai, India.

Ramu obtained a master's degree in Management Studies from BITS, Pilani31 in 1996, after which he worked with Morgan Stanley before joining the family business of paper trading in Chennai. Palani holds a master's degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and joined the family business after university.

In 2000 Ramu and Palani founded their first of many e-commerce ventures culminating ultimately into what is today the Great Indian (GI) Retail Group.

Ramu and Palani are passionate about developing products and services, which help to improve the standard of life of every aspiring Indian

We are proud of our achievements


GI retail has served more than 60 million customers for travel and payment services across all our agent network in 2014

Over the past years, we meted out more than 35 million money transfer accounts for financial institutions, including our own ICASH wallet

On peak days, we process about US$10 million in payments.

In 2014 our flagship travel website GetMyTrip was recognized as "Best Travel Portal" at the India Travel Awards.

In 2015 GI Retail bagged "Best Prepaid Card Programme (Scholar Card)" at elets Knowledge Exchange Awards.


ICASH is the customary payment method on Indian Railways (IRCTC), India's leading e-commerce site

In 2014 we were pegged as "Winner Financial Inclusion through Innovation" at India's Financial Inclusion Conference

We act as payments and ticketing partner for Indian Railways and more than 120 domestic and international airlines, including Air India, Indigo and Jet Airways

We were recognized by NPCI's National Payments Excellence Award for being the largest processor of IMPS payments in India in 2014.

In 2015, we became the winners of NPCI's National Payments Excellence Award in the category Prepaid Payment Issuer.

Some of the successful subsidiaries of GI Retail

GREAT INDIAN (GI) RETAIL PRIVATE LIMITED

India’s No. 1 Retail assisted E-Commerce network with more than 2 Lakhs agents across in India & Philippines. Hermes provides services such as Travel, Money transfer, E-commerce payments. GI Retail exited this business in 2015 -2016.


GI Technology’s ICashCard is India’s largest prepaid payment instrument & non-bank player using IMPS platform for domestic money transfer and is used by more than 14 million people across India.

It had been awarded/recognized by National payment excellence award three years in a row.

GI Retail has entered into a Joint venture in 2016 with Germany’s Wirecard bank for further expansion of this business.

  • Phone  :+91 44 66506028
  • 117-A, Fourth Wing, Ground Floor
  • Nelson Towers, Nelson Manickam road
  • Chennai - 600 029.