Amidst the global tensions and the pandemic raging down, we got the opportunity to have a chat with Mr Rishi Kishor Gupta, Vice-President (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India.
In our conversation with Rishi, we touched on some critical issues surrounding the current market situation, what Huawei’s future plans are and more.
On with the interview:
247Techie: How has the year 2020 gone so for Huawei?
Rishi: This year has been momentous for Huawei as we have grown despite numerous challenges. This also tells how Huawei as a brand transcends boundaries and enjoys consumer trust and support and is committed to India’s digital journey. From the viewpoint of consumer products, Huawei launched numerous products this year in India. In the wearable segment, Huawei launched the Huawei Band 4, FreeBuds 3, Huawei Watch GT 2e, and Freebuds 3i. Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 and Huawei MatePad T8 were launched in the tablet category. Huawei Y9s was also launched this year. All the products received an overwhelming response from the consumers as well as from the media in their respective category.
247Techie: How have the sales number been in the current Flipkart and Amazon festival sales?
Rishi: There has been a positive response to Huawei products during the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale and the Flipkart Big Billion Days sales. As per our company policy, we cannot disclose sales figures yet, but having said that, every product of Huawei has received a phenomenal response from the consumers during the sales. . Huawei India has offered many exciting deals and focused on our most sought after products such as Huawei Watch GT 2, Huawei Watch GT 2e, Huawei Band 4, Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10, and Huawei FreeBuds 3i.
247Techie: How has the wearable business faring?
Rishi: In the wearable segment, we have been making strong strides in India and worldwide. Huawei has designed some of the most sought after global products in this category, such as Huawei Watch GT series and Freebuds series. The products are armed with advanced tech and unique features, such as heart rate monitoring, SpO2 feature that monitors the oxygen level in the blood and will be very helpful during the COVID period. The sleep monitoring systems, sports features, as well as several workout modes, have also been enabled. The Indian population has experienced limited mobility due to the lockdown and this has accelerated the need, adoption, and acceptance of wearables that cater to health and wellbeing. This has infused the much-needed optimism in the sector, which has led to growth in sales figures in India since March. Huawei is committed to consumers in India and we would continue to bring the best and latest of the tech products at democratized cost for a larger impact.
247Techie: With the recent pandemic induced Work from culture, getting optimum productivity out of the workforce is a challenge, how is Huawei coping with this.
Rishi: The pandemic has indeed set numerous challenges in terms of manufacturing and business operations across the world. However, It has also fast-tracked the way India was already headed which is to embrace a nationwide digital infrastructure for strong digitalization. During the time, Huawei chose to prioritize employee wellbeing and continued to operate under strict safety measures throughout this lockdown and thereafter as well. Huawei’s dedicated employees are the reason behind Huawei’s sustainable development approach and they are the key to sustain its competitive edge and leadership position.
247Techie: Looking at Huawei’s China product catalogue, we see some IoT products, can we expect something similar for the Indian market as well, since IoT’s are the rage this year.
Rishi: India is an emerging market when it comes to IoT. Huawei has several plans to materialize the Indian consumer’s dream to use a super-advanced IoT system. IoT defines how our future would look like. Huawei’s 1+8+N strategy uses a mobile phone as the main entrance, and 8 commonly used terminal devices such as speakers, tablets, PCs, and watches as auxiliary entrances, and then uses 1+8 to connect all smart IoT devices.
With this short conversation, we have a bit of an idea about the company’s future direction and possible growth areas. Thank You, Rishi, for taking out some time from your schedule and answering our questions.