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Publicis India merges digital experiential arm Solutions with Arc Worldwide

In a significant move, Publicis Communications has announced the merger of its in-house technology-enabled experiential arm, Solutions, with its brand activation and experiential shopper agency, Arc Worldwide. This merger is effective immediately. This is in keeping with Arc Worldwide’s strategic expansion plans to scale up its geographical footprint in India. 

Solutions’ entire team and its roster of clients will now come under the Arc umbrella. The newly merged entity will be called Arc Worldwide, and will be headed by Vandana Verma, Executive Vice President and India Head at Arc. 

These key changes ensure unparalleled scale and growth for the agency. Solutions’ digital data-led approach now provides Arc with a boost that is rooted in technological innovations. The merged entity can now createdeep impact in over 100 Indian towns and metros, further delivering on Arc’s ‘Irresistible Commerce’ philosophy. 

Commenting on the merger, Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India & Leo Burnett, South Asia, said, “By merging the two entities, Arc can leverage their combined expertise in ways that are unprecedented for the industry. The merger of Solutions with Arc will create even more momentum for Arc’s trajectory in India. Arc has deep capabilities across the entire experience landscape. With Solutions, we will create meaningful value exchange straddling the entire shopping experience for greater impact on our clients’ businesses. The merger is in perfectly in line with our ‘Power of One’ strategy.” 

Arc Worldwide is globally one of the top three agencies in the experiential and shopper marketing gamut. It is present in 40 countries, serving over 400 brands. The agency’s ‘Irresistible Commerce’ philosophy moves people to like, share and participate, and ultimately make a purchase. Arc’s key clients in India include Amazon, P&G, Huawei, Heineken, Bajaj and Häagen-Dasz. Solutions is an innovative and ideas-led digital offering serving some of India’s leading brands, including HP, ITC, Fitbit, CP Plus, Usha and Sandisk, among several others. 

Speaking about her vision for Arc Worldwide, Vandana Verma, Executive Vice President and India Head, Arc Worldwide, said, “Arc is focused on creating meaningful connected experiences. In India, Arc is a key platform within Publicis Communications. Solutions will add immense value to Arc through its expertise across technology-enabled solutions, paperless retail audits, merchandising and real time consumer feedback, among others. The merger will now help us lead experiential planning, data-driven shopper insights, and mobile-tracking and analytics-led initiatives designed to help our clients reach empowered consumers.” 

Adding his views on the merger, Virender Sharma, COO, Solutions, said, “Arc’s superb experiential and shopper marketing capabilities, combined with Solutions’ superior technology-led approach will prove valuable for clients in this market. The merger with Arc means unparalleled access to all clients in the Publicis Communications’ portfolio. I look forward to seamlessly integrating ideas and solutions that will grow our clients’ businesses.We are happy to see the coming together of Arc Worldwide and Solutions at our new Big Apple office in Gurugram.”

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