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. The development fits perfectly with Arc Worldwideâs strategic expansion plans to scale up its geographical footprint in India.
Solutionsâ 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.
Solutionsâ digital data-led approach now provides Arc with a boost that is rooted in technological innovations. The merged entity can now create deep impact in over 100 Indian towns and metros, further delivering on Arcâs âIrresistible Commerceâ philosophy.
Speaking about the merger, Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India and Leo Burnett, South Asia, said, âBy 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 Arcâs 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 clientsâ businesses. The merger is in perfectly in line with our âPower of Oneâ strategy.â
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 agencyâs âIrresistible Commerceâ philosophy moves people to like, share and participate, and ultimately make a purchase. Arcâs key clients in India include Amazon, P&G, Huawei, Heineken, Bajaj and HĂ€agen-Dasz. Solutions is an innovative and ideas-led digital offering serving some of Indiaâs leading including HP, ITC, Fitbit, CP Plus, Usha and Sandisk, among several others.
Speaking about her vision for Arc Worldwide, Verma said, âArc 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.â
Adding his views on the merger, Virender Sharma, COO, Solutions, said, âArcâs superb experiential and shopper marketing capabilities, combined with Solutionsâ 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 clientsâ businesses. We are happy to see the coming together of Arc Worldwide and Solutions at our new Big Apple office in Gurugram.â