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Indian aviation sector woes, Jet Airways facing the brunt

Indian aviation sector, the fastest growing in the world Indian market is unique and is a buyer’s market Jet Airways facing the liquidity crunch and is on the block   India is currently the seventh largest and the fastest growing civil aviation market globally, it has witnessed a healthy passenger traffic growth of 13.4% CAGR (2012-13 to 2017-18) and is poised to...

China’s new way of retail ‘new retail’

Strong growth in China’s retail industry and market outlook What is the ‘new retail’? Investment in the Chinese retail industry   With the advent of online retailing, biggies such as Amazon are disrupting the retail space. Past two years have been tough for the typical brick-and-mortar stores all around the world, which have witnessed many of these giants fall...

JP Morgan leads the digital banking revolution with its multi-billion-dollar investment. What other banks can learn?

Overview of the digital transformation in the banking sector Digital strategies initiated by JPMorgan and their outcome   The global banking industry is undergoing a transformational change in its business model due to the challenges posed by a growing prominence and invasion of innovative fintech companies in the financial space. Digital transformation is the rallying...

OYO Rooms, an Indian start-up to enter Japan

Growth story of OYO Rooms in India Business model of OYO Rooms Analysis of strategy to enter Japan   OYO Rooms, the Indian start-up has decided to venture in Japan after its successful expansion in India. The company has also entered China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. OYO Rooms is an online application for booking rooms in hotels through the website and...

REITs rise in Asia

What is REIT? The growth of REIT in Asia from 2001 to 2017 Factors for the growth    REIT is a real estate investment trust which owns revenue-generating real estate properties. These properties may be operated by the trust itself or leased to tenants, hence generating revenue from operations or rental revenue from tenants. REITs generally invest in different...

Network densification and data speed in India, are HetNet and small cells a solution?

Worldwide data speed, where does India stand? Reasons for slow internet speed and status of the Indian telecom tower infrastructure How small cells fulfil data speed requirement and solve densification problem   Digitisation and 5G are now talk of the town and hold utmost importance on every government’s agenda for the growth of digital infrastructure and...

Flying vehicles, could it be a reality?

Flying vehicles and potential advantages Companies involved in the manufacturing of flying vehicles Challenges faced by developers in the development and adoption of flying vehicles The combined worldwide productive man-hours are lost due to seemingly increasing road congestion, which are coupled with pollution. This has made governments and enterprises to seek...

IBC is the need of the hour for the Indian NPAs mess?

The state of NPAs in India Introduction of IBC and other measures taken in the country What happened till date?   Non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans arises when banks make a poor lending decision or wherein loans were given after due consideration, though macroeconomic conditions, sector-wise changes or company-wise issues develop at a later stage and lead...

E-wallets dominate China, an analysis of the trend

E-Wallets: meaning and classification Widespread acceptance of e-wallets in China Comparison of PayPal, WeChat and Alipay on the operational parameters   E-wallets are known as digital wallets and are online analogues of physical wallets. One can use these to digitally store credit/debit card details in order to make payments as well as to store tickets, travel...

Vanilla, not ubiquitous but precious

Vanilla, an agricultural commodity and its market Reasons attributable to a dire shortfall, specifically Madagascar; one of the world’s poorest countries Measures to stabilise the vanilla market   Vanilla is what gives a zing to several food items (cakes, cookies, coffees) often consumed by people and provide fragrance to perfumes among others. The crop garners a...

Coca-Cola remains a popular brand despite changing consumer preferences

Rising health concerns have triggered the global sugar war How is Coca-Cola surviving in the war? What makes Coca-Cola a popular company among consumers as well as in the equity market?   The FMCG sector, particularly in the United States and other developed countries is facing the challenge of changing and evolving consumer preferences. This is primarily driven...

Housing finance market in India. Is affordable housing driving the growth?

Overview of the housing finance sector in India Key players dominating the segment and their dynamics Factors driving aggressive demand for housing   The housing finance market in India is served by both Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) as well as Non-Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs) such as Housing Finance Corporations (HFCs), these have different dynamics...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate industry in the United States is in danger owing to the growth of online shopping. In the last few decades, the idea of malls, which has its seeds in the US and became a trend of modern retail has...

Social media influencers changing the traditional marketing dynamics and why brands should take a note?

Growing prominence of social media marketing A look into a few successful social media influencers ad campaigns Why should brands adopt influencer marketing   Not long before the popularity of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, scheduled television was virtually the only mass media that consumers had access to and it was the...

Education industry in India, an overview

Growth of private universities in the nation Future potential of the education industry in India   The education sector in India is estimated to be worth USD 91.7 billion and is expected to witness a major growth in the coming years. The industry in India can be broadly classified into two categories; the formal education industry comprising schools, colleges and...

Automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system, key trends and analysis

Types of pharmacy automation systems Pros and cons of using automated pharmacy prescription dispensing systems Key factors driving the growth in the automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system market   The technological advancement and increasing use of robotics and artificial intelligence to perform various manual/repetitive tasks across industries have led...

Turkey’s economic crisis, is this just a beginning?

What factors are driving down the economy? Can the crisis spread financial contagion to other nations? What is expected?   The Republic of Turkey, a transcontinental country in Eurasia, was the world’s 14 th largest economy in terms of GDP (purchasing power parity) in 2017 (Source: Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]) and is among the founding members of OECD...

Trade wars – the economic impacts and beyond: By Shiv Dave

When I went to Indonesia, nearly 25 years back (early 1993), I spent almost 5 months in a garment factory of a group that employed me. That was my first encounter with the globalisation of trade. The garment factory employed 500 workers, which was a disciplined workforce that produced shirts and bottoms for exports to the USA and Europe. The products were tailored and packaged with price...

Changing dynamics of iron ore pellets industry

Iron ore pellets and their advantages over other feed Demand drivers for iron ore pellets Future demand and pellet premium outlook in a seaborne market   Iron ore pellets Pellets are small and hardened iron balls with a diameter of 10-20 mm and are used as raw material for iron/steel manufacturing. The pelletizing process was commercially introduced in the...

Brazilian economy, from recession to recovery

Impact of global fall in commodity prices on Brazil Macroeconomics surrounding the recession in Brazil   Brazil, which is one of the major emerging economies and is a part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group has not been in best of its shape over the past few years. The broader economy recuperated positively from the global financial and...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate...

Brewing industry in Canada, craft beer leading the race

Origin of the beer industry in Canada Changing drinking pattern of consumers and emergence of craft microbreweries Key growth drivers for the beer industry Industry’s growth...

Asia the emerging saviour for glass packaging

Summary The glass packaging industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. The changes were marked by low demand growth due to the replacement of glass as a medium, the...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 1)

What is blockchain? How is blockchain revolutionary? Cryptocurrency, the new money ICOs, the new way of raising money Summary Blockchain is a software architecture...

Islamic vs. conventional banks in the GCC

Islamic banking has gained a lot of significance in the past decade owing to its immense growth potential. This banking model is expected to fuel dampened growth in conventional banks. Islamic...

An analysis of Malaysian rubber glove industry

How big is the international rubber gloves market? Reasons behind the healthy and steady growth Malaysia’s role in the industry Why are companies struggling for stable...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 2)

Few of the major use cases of blockchain Responses of sovereign governments to blockchain and cryptocurrencies The future of blockchain   Blockchain changing the way...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature...

Can lithium-ion anode demand for needle coke reduce availability for electrode players?

What is needle coke? Uses of needle coke Lithium-ion battery manufacturers demand needle coke   Needle coke? Needle coke is a specialised form of petroleum coke...

Construction sector in Indonesia, an island of opportunities

Population growth and rising per capita income driving infrastructure and construction The lack of infrastructure in the nation Opportunities for housing construction sector ...