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Industrial Visit to “Relaxo Footwear Ltd” – ABS PGDM Students (2018-20)

As a part of the corporate grooming initiatives at Asian Business School, management students regularly interact with the industry through various mediums such as guest lectures, industry visits, Distinguished Lecture Series, seminars, conferences, etc. In the same line, ABS conducts periodical industrial visits to various reputed companies situated across the country. The industrial visits are a vital part of the PGDM curriculum, helping in bridging the gap between class room teaching and real time business world. After industrial visit, the students submit a report and present the same in the classroom.

On 10th August students of PGDM 1st Semester batch (2018-20) visited Relaxo Footwear, Bhadurgarh Plant. RFL is one of the largest quality conscious footwear companies in India. Headquartered in Delhi, it maintains a fine combination of comfort, style and workmanship and is embarking on appreciable growth plans for the future. It stepped into the footwear industry in 1976. It started off with the manufacture of Hawaii slippers and subsequently diversified into manufacturing casuals, joggers, school and leather shoes.

Industrial Visit to “Relaxo Footwear Ltd” - ABS PGDM Students (2018-20)

At Bahadurgarh plant, the students were received by Mr. Suraj Narwal, HR Manager along with the technical employees of the Relaxo Footwear. He gave a detailed presentation about the creation, evolution and functioning of the plant and different processes that are combined to manufacture a host of Relaxo products like Flite, Schoolmate, Hawai and Sparx. He also briefed about various other management issues such as cost management of the factory, quality control, export and waste management.

At the plant the students visited various departments where plant authorities explained about the operations of each department. The technical staff and Engineers at the plant also briefed the young management aspirants about the internal management and entire manufacturing process. Students got to know the hidden facts of manufacturing shoes and export/import procedure of the same.
At the end there was an interactive question – answer session. The support staff answered all the queries of the curious students about the complete cycle of manufacturing and the management facts.

Overall, the students were enlightened with the great learning experience of manufacturing process and management skills and equipped with the knowledge of both the technical and management aspects of manufacturing. Students gained first-hand experience of the manufacturing facilities at the factory and had an engaging discussion with senior company personnel thereby gaining practical insight into the business, its manufacturing operations and the industry.