The 40th Chennai International Book Fair kick-started at St. George School on Poonamallee High Road. This time, the BAPASI has launched a new token system that will ease purchasing experience by people.
There are over 700 book stalls set up in alphabetical order. Following the recent demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in India, BAPASI has launched the internal token system for comforting the publics’ experience in shopping for books.
Hinting about this, Olivannan Gopalakrishnan, the Treasurer of BAPASI said the association has been continually organizing the book fair for the past 39 years, making notches at all stages to give better experience.
The primary concern this time was the cash crunch that resulted out of demonetization. Hence, an internal token system is introduced where one can buy Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 or Rs 100 tokens. These can be used to buy books or snacks.
Increase in POS machines
There are many small scale dealers who are unable to buy point of sale machine. And hence we have increased our POS machine stocks to 50. Furthermore, he stated that a major portion of the share of these stalls is with Tamil publishers.
A mobile app is also introduced this time. This will guide book lovers with stall information. There are two units in the book fair each having five entrances. There is also a lounge where they can relax amidst shopping. The timing will be between 2 pm and 9 pm during weekdays and 11 am and 9 pm during weekends.