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Impact of crude oil prices on cruise line operators’ performance

The cruise line industry grew globally at a CAGR of 8% during 2009-15 and raked over USD 39.0 bn of revenue in 2015 (Source: Statistica). The industry derives over 75% of the revenue from the sale of tickets to passengers, while other sources of revenue include onboard services like a casino, equipment rental, and retail concessions. Onboarding expenses (food, concessions, etc.) are a...

Benchmarking the cement industry in India and China

Cement production is mostly localised and the industry is typically driven by a surge in construction activity and infrastructure development projects globally. An advancement in technology, urbanisation, high disposable incomes and a rise in the number of nuclear families have resulted in the growth of demand for houses and supporting infrastructure, this has led to an increase in demand for...

Fed’s December policy meeting, is another rate hike inevitable?

The US Fed kept the benchmark Fed fund rate in the range of 0.25%-0.50%, this was announced in the monetary policy meeting in September 2016. The agency stated through the policy statement and a press conference that the economy will continue to see the growth. The central bank moderately reduced its expectations on the long-term economic and inflation growth, but it was positive on the...

An analysis of the key players and their strategies in the passenger car rental industry

The car rental industry not only offers mobility and convenience to those who do not possess a car, but is a lucrative commuting option for business and leisure travellers. The economic development, a rise in per capita income and rapid transportation across the globe have contributed to a growth in the industry. The sector is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during 2016-21 (Source:...

OPEC confirms Algeria Accord, oil markets rally globally

The oil market witnessed a significant demand-supply imbalance during the past 2 years and this led to a sharp decline in the global prices. The prices for the major international benchmark, ICE Brent declined from its peak of ~$100 per barrel (in the mid-2014) to the intermittent lows of around ~$35 per barrel (in the first half of 2016). The surplus situation was mainly due to a persistent...

GPS device manufacturers, mapping the way for a healthy market share

The GPS (Global Positioning System) industry has grown in the civil market over the years, whereas initially it was only used for military purposes. In today’s world, various industries around the globe have broadened the use of GPS. The GPS market generated $9.1 billion in 2011 and is expected to generate $26.36 billion by the end of 2016, registering a growth at a CAGR of 23.7%. The demand...

Falling crude oil prices and its impact on the synthetic rubber industry

Rubber is one of the most widely consumed commodities in the economy. This is used in the tyre industry, the manufacturing sector (belting, etc.) and is also widely needed in the healthcare sector. Additionally, among all the segments, tyre accounts for 3/4 th of the total rubber consumption globally. The rubber industry as a whole is sub-divided into two divisions, natural rubber (made from...

Crude oil, trend in global demand-supply, prices and its impact on major players

Crude oil is one of the largest traded and consumed commodities across the world and has significantly fallen during the past couple of years. In Televisory’s earlier blog on the crude oil, we discussed the demand-supply structure of the commodity pertaining to the US economy. In this blog, we focused on the changes in the global demand-supply dynamics amidst falling prices and its...

Smartwatch vs. luxury watch, the battle for premier time

A smartwatch is an automated wristwatch which can run mobile applications and allows one to access several functions such as a calculator, compass, applications to book a cab and order groceries. This can also be used to make or answer phone calls and to send text messages. There is a possibility that the luxury watch industry may lose its customers to the smartwatch industry. The luxury watch...

The impact of the declining prices on Silver

The financial crises in 2008 led to the downfall of the majority of commodities, except silver and gold, which witnessed a rise in the prices as both are considered safe havens for the investment. The financial crises and economic slowdown compelled investors to park their money in the yellow metal, driving its prices to a higher level between 2008 to 2011. Gold touched an all-time high of USD...

Automobile manufacturing, market leaders and analysis of their operational strategies

The transformation of the automotive industry is happening at an incredible pace. In today’s world, three powerful forces are rolling the auto industry, which is the shift in the consumer demand, strict regulatory requirements for safety and fuel economy, and the increasing necessity for the automation of the manufacturing processes. In a continuous dynamic environment, a strong financial...

Grocery price war and supermarket biggies, the key impact and changes on their operational background

A price war is an outcome of a business decision to the lowering of the prices of the products in relation to those of the direct competitors in a market. The competitors, in turn, may further lower the prices of their products as a response, an initial strategy or as a defensive strategy to protect their market share. Globally, the grocery price war among the supermarket biggies began more...

Natural gas industry with a focus on Shale Gas, development and present scenario in the US

Over the last decade, the US has witnessed a significant increase in its oil and natural gas production, which is backed by the development in fracking technology. Televisory’s previous blog on crude oil discussed the demand-supply dynamics of the black liquid in the country. In this blog, Televisory focused on the development of natural gas industry and present scenario succeeding the huge...

Plastic Packaging Industry: striving for niche amidst growing environmental scrutiny (Part II)

Backgrounder In the previous blog , Televisory explored the past trends in the industry and found that while the overall plastic packaging industry is losing market to non-plastic packaging, soft drinks and food packaging were the forerunners and drove the demand in plastic packaging. Further, Televisory examined the regions driving this demand as well as the potential market size of the...

Industrial supplies distribution industry. What operating criteria define success in distribution companies?

The industrial supplies distribution industry consists of companies involved in the business of distribution of supplies such as packaging materials, electrical components, electronic and mechanical parts, etc. for the repair-maintenance of equipment, machinery to manufacture, mining, construction and utility sectors (together they are referred as the industrial segment). The industrial...

Asian e-commerce giants Alibaba and Rakuten: a comprehension of their key operational parameters

The e-commerce came into existence in the year 1994 and has ever since grown to the present USD 1800 billion industry globally. The growth came on the back of increasing internet users’ base and increasing consumer preference for purchasing goods online, owing to the ease of shopping. The e-commerce industry in Asia accounts for 52% of the global e-commerce industry and has mirrored the...

Online Travel Agents Industry and the Changing Business Dynamics

The online travel industry comprises online travel agents (OTAs) who act as intermediaries for travel related products and services, such as airline tickets, car rentals, hotel accommodations, cruise line tickets, etc. They act as a go-between the product providers and end users through web portals and/or mobile platforms, in turn, earning commission revenue. The OTAs offer consumers a...

Benchmarking global hubs of IT-BPM outsourcing industry

The global IT-BPM outsourcing market has expanded rapidly from the year 1990, with India emerging as the largest exporter among developing economies. However, others such as the Philippines, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Mexico and Eastern European nations have caught up with the time as India’s share of international offshoring declined from 67% in 2004 to 56% in 2015 (source: NASSCOM)....

Digital transformation of newspaper and magazine in publishing industry?

If you are reading this on-line, then the title partly substantiates its content. The consumption of the digital media and the way people consume news through magazines or newspapers has changed drastically, the average time spent by a user on a handheld device for consuming online content has risen from 18 minutes in 2008 to 3 hours in 2015 (Source: eMarketer). The dawn of smartphones and...

Hotel Business: The impact due to the onset of sharing economy

Traditionally, the hotel industry has catered to the lodging, dining and other amenities of travellers or guests. The industry operates across the different value chain by offering services and facilities as per the preferences and paying capacity of guests’. Typically, players in this industry own assets and or franchise their brands or manage third party assets. The hotel business is highly...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...