2013, the year that was..

As the year draws to an end, its that time of the year, when we are urged to look back, ponder, cherish, lament, pride or feel whatever, at the year that’s going by. But what each of us looks forward to with a glint in our eyes, I’m sure, is a hope for the year ahead, that will be greater than the one we’re bidding goodbye to. On that note, let me tell you that personally and professionally, the year 2013 was a mixed bag, with  lot of good happening, but also peppered with things that could have been better. 

On the business front, we have had a very busy and fulfilling year. We’ve explored new avenues, built new relations while nurturing and catering to the existing cadre. Not only externally, but internally too we have encouraged, appreciated and rewarded the GMS family so that they not only continue do the great work they have been doing so far, but also set higher standards for themselves and outdo the same this coming year. End of the day, we believe strongly in our philosophy of GROWING WITH ONENESS which basically means, that to achieve true growth, all the stakeholders associated with us need to grow too.

On the Sports front, while Sachin Tendulkar has departed from active Cricket, he seems to have left behind a behemoth of inspiration with talent showing up in the form of Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. Though one should always ignore instances like the West Indies One Day Series. So let’s look ahead at what is there to be achieved, than rue at what hasn’t been. Isn’t it? 

With issues like Telangana formation still on the tenterhooks with nothing coming out of it as this piece is written, things on the business front have been lukewarm, one must say. Hopefully with the Assembly elections round the corner, there seems to be a wee bit of hope one can look forward to. Whatever said, but we as citizens should take it upon ourselves to keep the wheels of life chugging, as we’ve been doing all along.

On a parting note, the world has been left in a void with the passing of the Great Nelson Mandela. Truly, his principles, his fight for a better South Africa, and a better world, is more than inspiring. His thinking will live on and am sure will be a great lesson for our children and the generations to come. One has to immortalise him with books, videos and whatever material we could lay our hands on, to share it with our future.

So that’s all for now. While one cannot stop what’s destined, I believe one can at least make the future better. Here’s looking forward to a Happier New Year.


An Introduction.

GMS Group is today a fast-growing conglomerate headed by me, Praveen Agarwal. I believe that if you are into a line of trade, you need to be an expert in every service and solution at hand, reason why the GMS Group comprises companies that service the Furniture and Interiors stream, primarily those that have to do with Plywood and Veeners.

I have been brought up in an environment that nurtures values and gives it a premium. The same values reflect in our business practices, attitude towards customers & employees and the need to be fair, honest and ethical. I now head all the business units of the GMS Group, and am eager to take this conglomerate forward in different segments.

At GMS Group, we believe in the philosophy of ‘Growing with Oneness’ .We believe that if we are one, each can help the other grow. And constant growth is something which everyone desires in this world. Growth can happen in many ways: in the way one lives; in the way people bond; in one’s thinking. To me growth that’s mutual and growth as one are of primary importance.

We at the GMS Group always believe in being a couple of steps ahead of the rest – both in strategy and execution. Our motive is always to come up with innovative ideas for selling and marketing our brand. I once again reiterate that it is my philosophy to ensure that everyone who associates with the GMS Group grows with us.

We take pride in being veritable trendsetters in the Plywood world. Evidence of this can be seen in schemes like the Plymiles Royalty Program (PLYMILES.com) and the Diamond Dealers Club. The Plymiles Royalty Program (PLYMILES.com) rewards Greenlam and Decowood dealers & clients earn Plymiles for every sheet bought from GMS and redeem them for GIFTS. On the other hand, the Diamond Dealers Club is a club for the elite – the Top 51 dealers out of 400 dealers. Not only do these schemes identify and reward dealers in this business in a manner unheard of so far, they epitomise a blend of innovation and enterprise.

Through my Blog, I hope to establish a new medium to communicate with my audience and address any concerns you may have. Please feel free to leave any comments/ queries below and I will personally address them.