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Benchmarking Construction Industry in Developed and Developing World

The construction industry plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. It contributes approximately 10% to the GDP for the developed economies and more than 4% for the developing ones (data from UNCTAD Stats). While major challenges such as capitalization, availability of labour (skilled and unskilled), technological constraints, proper planning of project timelines, etc....

Power generation: changing landscape with fluctuations in fuel costs and challenges involved.

Dominance of Coal Historically, the power generation industry has been dominated by coal as a source of fuel. The fossil fuel fulfilled 1,520 Mtoe of the 3,292 Mtoe of additional global primary energy need from 2000 to 2012, or a little more than 46%. The Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) projects, that global electricity generation is likely to increase by 69% from 21.6 trillion kWh in 2012...

Toll road, success defined even before the operations begin?

Toll road (or a tollway or turnpike) is a public or private roadway that makes travel easier and more convenient for commuters. A fee (or toll) is charged from the road user to provide this facility. A low government budget, increased demand for roadways to resolve traffic congestion, both on major highways and large metropolitan cities has facilitated the need for tollways. Nowadays, a large...

Key operational success formula in Retail Industry

The average foot-traffic and the customer conversion ratio are primary operational parameters that drive the revenue of a retail outlet. A retail store in a prime location will yield higher revenue per square foot. However, a rented retail outlet in a prime locality may have a higher rent, this may even exceed the revenue at times. A high rental expense can erode the EBITDA margin of a retail...

Outsourcing in garment manufacturing.

  A road to profit shareholders. Outsourcing can be stated as a real life implementation of the "Comparative Advantage Theory", since outsourcing, earlier has never been considered as significant, as it is in today's globalised business world. The process of sourcing goods at cheaper rates from developing countries, primarily attribute to a low cost of labour. This...

Global steel industry-witnessing integration and specialization.

It is no more a surprise that the steel industry is going through a rough patch, driven primarily by skewed demand-supply ratio. Steel experts predict a continuous slow growth and lack of demand in the near future, owing to slow economic progress in major nations. Thereby, adding further pressure for the survival of most of the existing players.     To add to...

Budget Vs Premium Airlines.

Operational benchmarks that unmask the financial performances. The strong financial performance of an air carrier requires not only a solid brand proposition, but sound operational strategies, that evolve in a continuous dynamic environment. Although the list could be exhaustive, operating characteristics include high operating margin routes, strong network on routes...

Digitization of Content a Bane for the Paper Industry.

Lead Evolution of technology and growth in the penetration of the world wide web has swung and shifted the consumer preference from accessing content in a tangible form (Books, Magazines, Journals, etc.) to retrieving it on the internet, in a digitized format. Over the past decade, this trend has adversely impacted the paper industry, specifically the companies which produce grades of...

Understanding a Classical Market Place Phenomenon Through Operational Benchmarking.

Apple Vs Blackberry In the initial phase, Blackberry was a standard executive gadget for sending and receiving emails, with its very convenient keypad and later it turned out to be a communication cum email gizmo. It was almost unimaginable to contemplate a device that could beat Blackberry in a niche market in the early 2000s. The launch of the tangible iPhone (surge of...

Why a combined Operational and Financial Benchmarking is Needed?

It is normal to come across a comprehensive financial analysis. What is missed is the fact that financial analysis is the end result of the operational performance of a company. Operational performance also highlights key factors that distinguish companies that operate in the developed world (low-interest rates, high wages) and the developing world (normally high-interest rates, low wages) 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 ...