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The untapped potential of ‘chai’ in India

The emergence of start-ups selling the Indian ‘chai’ India, the tea drinking nation   India, which is a predominantly tea-drinking nation has its own domestic version of the beverage. Tea consumption in India outnumbers coffee consumption, wherein, according to the data from Statista 65.8% of Indians drink tea regularly, while 53.5% drink coffee on a regular...

Lyft’s IPO, analysis and implications

Lyft IPO marking the formalisation of the shared economy Profitability is not a mandatory criterion for a successful IPO Lyft to benefit in the US market with a strong revenue visibility   At a driver centre in Los Angeles, Lyft’s co-founder John Zimmer and Logan Green rang the ‘Nasdaq opening bell’ in the early hours of Friday (29th Mar. 2019) and marked an...

German economy, will the slide continue?

Weakening global industrial demand weighs on Germany’s manufacturing sector Inflation and business climate take a hit with broader signs continuing to be subdued Future growth prospects skewed heavily towards external demand   Germany, which is the largest economy in Europe is facing a fresh round of downward spiral if one looks at the major economic...

Humans to be replaced by machines, will Universal Basic Income provide relief?

Need for Universal Basic Income Funding, pros and cons Current scenario and the future outlook   ‘A  basic income  is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement’- Basic Income Earth Network (BEIN). In simple terms, Universal Basic Income (UBI) or Basic Income is a...

Tobacco industry’s outlook, is it set for disruption?

Global tobacco industry Current dynamics Rise of the electronic cigarette (vaping) industry   The global smoking tobacco industry primarily constitutes players that manufacture and sell cigarettes, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, cigars and cigarillos. The industry has a large global presence due to a widespread demand for its products and is considered as a...

The changing face of the beauty industry, from gender-bending products to technological makeover

Overview of the global beauty industry A look into newer products and technology that have hit the beauty market Trends to look for, going ahead in the industry   The global cosmetic product market, which is currently valued at USD 532.43 billion (as of 2017), is growing rapidly and is expected to reach a market value of USD 805.61 billion by 2023, registering a...

Indian movie theatre industry

Overview of the Indian movie theatre industry PVR and INOX’s operational and financial comparison Way forward for the industry   The movie theatre industry in India has undergone a significant transformation, right from small rolling-image boxes on street to mobile-theatres in villages and towns to a single-screen and finally ruling multiplexes across the...

Can the Swiss watchmakers survive the smartwatch revolution?

Overview of the Swiss watch and smartwatch market Analysis of the growing popularity of smartwatches against Swiss watches   The excellent craftsmanship of Swiss watch is intangible and make ‘Swiss-made’ watches one of the most valuable watch brands in the world. But the venerable Swiss watchmakers may have a smartwatch challenge. The popularity of the smartwatches has...

Sugar industry in India, structural changes on the horizon

Indian sugar industry cycles Ethanol production in India   Sugar is one of the major agricultural commodities produced around the world. It is an essential consumer staple and forms a part of the daily dietary intake for consumers around the globe. The overall consumption demand for sugar has a large base and is spread across the world with the average per capita sugar...

Disruption in the candy market

Global confectionery market Changes in the market dynamics of the candy industry The future of candies   ‘Candy’ is an all-time favourite among most throughout the world, especially during the festive season consumers indulge in their craving for candies as an additional dessert delight. The global candy is also called confectionery, its market has three major...

US government pulls out of the global postal policy

What is the UPU ( Universal Postal Union )? Why did the US pull out of the UPU? Impact on the Chinese retailers, currently the major beneficiary of the UPU   President Donald Trump recently attempted to reduce the US-China trade deficit by exiting the multi-lateral agreements (similar to exits from the Paris Climate Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnerships) that...

Sri Lankan economic and political crisis

Sri Lanka’s latest political crisis, who governs the nation? Poor economic indicators adding to the nation’s woes   Sri Lanka is currently embroiled in a political crisis, which is no lesser than a battlefield for the attainment of power. This political flux is the culmination of a power struggle between the country’s ruling coalition, which is currently headed by the...

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...

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...

Economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, connecting the dots

Saudi Arabia historically dependent on oil for economic growth The government is working upon to make the country more diversified backed by ‘Vision 2030’ Economic, as well as societal reforms, are required to achieve its full growth potential    Saudi Arabia, the world’s second largest crude oil producer and the largest producer in the OPEC group has...

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 that is derived during coke production from coal tar or as a by-product of the oil refining process. Needle coke is a high technology intensive product and is manufactured commercially on a large...

Trans-Pacific Partnership, a brief introduction and the changing stance of the US

Overview of the 12 nations Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement How is it different from other regional trade agreements? Trump’s latest stance on the TPP   Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a free trade agreement (FTA) between 12 countries surrounding the Pacific Ocean (Pacific rim countries). On October 4, 2015, the members of the TPP namely; the...

Venezuela facing a deep economic crisis

How the economic disaster plagued Venezuela? Reasons for the catastrophe Maduro wins another 6-year term. What lies ahead?   Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, which are even more than Saudi Arabia, but still, the nation faces a biggest socio-political crisis in the contemporary world. In spite of being oil-rich, it lacks cash reserves....

China, not a garbage dump anymore?

Classification of waste and value recovery process for solid waste China, the largest importer of solid waste Deteriorating environment compelled China to impose a ban on import of 24 types of solid wastes Plastics, the major contributing factor in environmental degradation Long-term benefits of finding biodegradable alternatives   Solid waste or...

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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...

Sri Lankan economic and political crisis

Sri Lanka’s latest political crisis, who governs the nation? Poor economic indicators adding to the nation’s woes   Sri Lanka is currently embroiled in a political crisis,...

German economy, will the slide continue?

Weakening global industrial demand weighs on Germany’s manufacturing sector Inflation and business climate take a hit with broader signs continuing to be subdued Future...

Lyft’s IPO, analysis and implications

Lyft IPO marking the formalisation of the shared economy Profitability is not a mandatory criterion for a successful IPO Lyft to benefit in the US market with a strong...

Disruption in the candy market

Global confectionery market Changes in the market dynamics of the candy industry The future of candies   ‘Candy’ is an all-time favourite among most throughout the...

The untapped potential of ‘chai’ in India

The emergence of start-ups selling the Indian ‘chai’ India, the tea drinking nation   India, which is a predominantly tea-drinking nation has its own domestic...

Is graphite electrode on the verge of a structural change?

Shut down of steel and graphite electrode capacity in China and its effects Reasons behind skyrocketing graphite electrode prices in 2017 Will the industry expand in the next...

Fintech, a wintech in India?

How the fintech ecosystem emerged in India GOI’s initiatives to boost fintech growth  The future of fintech in India   Fintech is transforming the traditional...

Economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, connecting the dots

Saudi Arabia historically dependent on oil for economic growth The government is working upon to make the country more diversified backed by ‘Vision 2030’ Economic, as well...

Global natural rubber market in the near-term

What led to a decline in the prices of natural rubber? Crude oil and substitution of natural rubber with synthetic rubber Did flood in southern Thailand affect the prices? How...

Recovery still far away in the global graphite electrode manufacturing industry

The graphite electrodes find application mainly in the steel manufacturing through Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route. EAF steel is mainly produced in EAFs by melting steel scrap through the...

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...

US government pulls out of the global postal policy

What is the UPU ( Universal Postal Union )? Why did the US pull out of the UPU? Impact on the Chinese retailers, currently the major beneficiary of the UPU   ...

Sugar industry in India, structural changes on the horizon

Indian sugar industry cycles Ethanol production in India   Sugar is one of the major agricultural commodities produced around the world. It is an essential consumer staple...

Indian movie theatre industry

Overview of the Indian movie theatre industry PVR and INOX’s operational and financial comparison Way forward for the industry   The movie theatre industry in...

Tobacco industry’s outlook, is it set for disruption?

Global tobacco industry Current dynamics Rise of the electronic cigarette (vaping) industry   The global smoking tobacco industry primarily constitutes players that...

Can the Swiss watchmakers survive the smartwatch revolution?

Overview of the Swiss watch and smartwatch market Analysis of the growing popularity of smartwatches against Swiss watches   The excellent craftsmanship of Swiss watch is...

Trans-Pacific Partnership, a brief introduction and the changing stance of the US

Overview of the 12 nations Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement How is it different from other regional trade agreements? Trump’s latest stance on the TPP   ...

All about fintech

Exploring fintech landscape and business models The growth of fintech   Despite a vogue in and around media and technology circle, the buzzword ‘fintech’ is still...

What lies in the future for Ingenico and Verifone with the rise of regional POS manufacturers and mobile wallets?

The market for payment processing terminals manufacturing and payment processing has been globally duopolistic until recently. This was dominated by the two companies established in 1980’s,...