updated 12:49 pm EST, Fri February 28, 2014
Rules obstacle to Apple Stores
In a bid to open official Apple Stores in the region, Apple is asking the Indian government to relax rules requiring companies to source 30 percent of their components from Indian firms, says the Business Standard. Apple management staff have reportedly met with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion officials for talks. The company's position is that iOS devices simply don't have enough hardware inside to be able to meet the 30 percent rule.
So far, the Indian government is holding fast. "They [Apple] have clearly told us that they cannot adhere to the sourcing norms as they hardly use any hardware for their products. We have also told them that while the government is keen on investments, it cannot make exceptions. However, we can analyze a company's needs on a case by case basis," a high-level DIPP official states.
As in other regions where Apple lacks official stores, the company is currently operating in India through third-party resellers. It has reportedly explored the concept of franchised and/or store-in-store locations, but there are no new developments on that front.