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Changing landscape for private universities in the US

Summary The for-profit institutions in the US are facing progressively tough legislative territory to operate. This is due to a slew of measures adopted by the US Department of Education (DoE) to weed out institutions providing sub-standard education as this results in high student loan debt against lower relative income. The situation resulted in high defaults on student loans and...

China’s pork production recovery a bane for the EU?

Pork, poultry and beef are the three most consumed meat types in the world. The global meat production has increased by a CAGR of 1.7% from 219 (million MT in 2006) to 258.2 (million MT in 2016), whereas global consumption has increased by a CAGR of 1.4% from 221.7 (million MT in 2006) to 255.1 (million MT in 2016).       Internationally, pork is also the most produced...

Analysing factors affecting gold prices in the last 5 years

Gold, the precious yellow metal has historically been one of the most sought commodities for investment and jewellery throughout the world. The metal is also considered as a hedge against inflation, an alternative asset during economic and political upheaval for individuals. In addition, corporates, as well as governments, store the metal as wealth and reserves. Nevertheless, the metal has not...

Impact of volatility in natural rubber and crude oil prices on tire manufacturing industry

The primary demand for tires arises from the automobile industry which accounts for 65-70% of the global tire demand. The remaining emanates from mining and construction equipment manufacturing, aviation and industrial sectors. The demand for tires can be categorised into demand from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and replacement market. The demand from OEM is a function of new...

Booming market for the aircraft leasing industry

The sizable portion of the growth in the aircraft leasing industry can be attributed directly to consistent demand from the emerging markets, rising per-capita GDP, growth in passenger traffic and increasing international tourist travel. Airlines lease aircraft to either reduce the financial burden associated with procuring aircraft or to provide flexibility to meet variations in demand. A...

Luxottica: How vertical integration has made it the world leader in eyewear

Luxottica with revenues of €8.8 billion clearly emerged as the market leader in Televisory’s earlier analysis through a blog on the eyewear industry. In addition, it emphasised on the operational and financial position of the selected key players. In this blog, Televisory analysed Luxottica’s vertically integrated business model, that enabled it to acquire more than 50% of the market share....

NPA in the Indian banking industry

  In the past, few years, it has been observed that the Indian banks are incurring huge losses due to the mounting pressure of Non-Performing Asset (NPA loans where the default in payment exceeds 90 days). The rising crisis of NPA gained significance when the former RBI governor urged banks to clean their balance sheets and soon recognise NPA. A phenomenon which was earlier neglected....

Benchmarking market research firms

Presently, the market research industry is undergoing a rapid phase of transformation, this is led by changes in operating environment of businesses across the globe. Nowadays, businesses are competing with digital disruptive models, these are changing the competitive landscape and becoming truly global through an extension of their reach beyond geographies. In accordance with this, market...

Exponential growth of digital advertising

The world is fast moving towards digital advertising with the advent of technology. This has challenged older mediums such as print and TV advertising through an introduction of innovative strategies. The digital advertising surpassed TV in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~11% and reach $260 billion by 2020. The recent growth in digital advertising was largely driven by the mobile...

E-commerce boosting express courier

The express parcel delivery market has experienced a drastic change since the exponential growth of e-commerce. In addition to being a saviour, e-commerce has been a key for the boom in the express courier market. Every year, sellers need an increasing number of parcels for delivery and this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. The total global express and small parcels...

Brazilian ethanol industry’s performance and key trend analysis

Brazil is the second largest producer and consumer of ethanol, accounting for one-third of the global ethanol production and ethanol consumption. In Brazil, ethanol utilises sugarcane as feedstock. The emergence of the ethanol industry in Brazil dates back to 1930s when the ethanol was blended with gasoline in order to accommodate fluctuations in sugar demand coupled with a need to reduce...

Soybean price trend analysis

Soybean is a cash crop and is one of the most versatile crops. It is a foremost provider of the vegetable oil, protein and feed in the world. It accounts for 8% of the total arable land available globally. The production of soybean is highly concentrated within the four countries, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and China. These nations account for 86% of the total crop output. The...

The closure of Finish Line sportswear stores, reasons and outcome

Finish Line is regional sportswear retailer in the United States and few of the significant peers of the firm are Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. In the past 5 years, the revenue of Finish Line, Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods increased at a CAGR of 8.4%, 7.1% and 8.7% respectively as shown in the below graph. The revenue growth was due to an increase in Finish Line...

Power generation in the US, shifting landscape from coal to NG

Historically, the United States which is the world’s largest economy has maintained a significant share in the total global power generation sector. In 2015, its share in the overall power generation stood at 17.6% second only to China, whose share was 24.11%. The analysis of the power industry’s structure in the US, specifically during last two-three decades reveals that the country has seen...

US ethanol industry, exports to drive the growth with saturation in the domestic market

The ethanol produced from biomass is used in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beverages, fuel additive, etc. In the past few decades and especially in the last ten years it has emerged as an alternative source of clean fuel across the world due to its favourable blending qualities with gasoline. This includes a high octane number, high oxygenation, lower GHG emissions and...

Analysing growth strategies of key LED manufacturers

The LED manufacturing is a perfect example of an industry where the government, industry participants and consumers came together to create an energy efficient option which proved to be competitive and helped reduce greenhouse emissions. The lighting market was initially dominated by incandescent and linear fluorescent lamps. However, the more efficient but relatively expensive LED has quickly...

Ambulatory surgery centers, an alternative to hospital outpatient departments?

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are health care facilities that offer short-stay surgical and emergency procedures to patients, who do not require an overnight stay in a hospital. ASCs came into existence around four decades ago in Arizona (USA) by two physicians as an alternative to overcrowded and costly HOPDs (Hospital Outpatient Departments) at hospitals marred by slow operation room...

Footwear marathon, an analysis of operations and returns

The global footwear market is expected to reach US$ 350 billion in revenues by 2020. Presently, the market size is pegged and estimated at US$ 260 billion, with c. 35% or approx. US$ 92 billion of the market share, attributed to Athletic Footwear (A.F). The remaining 65% of the market share is claimed by Non-Athletic Footwear (N.A.F). However, the athletic footwear industry is expected to grow...

Eyewear manufacturing industry, a study of present operational scenario and future potential

The global eyewear market, which is primarily driven by demographics, lifestyle and the ageing population, stood at USD 102.7 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 141 billion by 2020. Spectacles hold a major share in the eyewear market with over 55% of the total volumes. However, the market for contact lenses and sunglasses is expected to grow substantially at a CAGR of 12% and 9%...

Potash market facing a glut

Potash is one of the three main nutrients in the global fertiliser industry and 90% of the produced potash is consumed as a fertiliser in agricultural crops such as wheat, rice, corn, oilseed and sugar. The global demand for potash has been increasing owing to a rise in demand from China, India and Latin American nations since they lack indigenous production. But, this increase has led to a...

Baidu’s Apollo, the underdog of autonomous driving platform

Overview of the autonomous vehicle sector in the global automobile industry Search giant Baidu’s entry into the autonomous driving space Baidu’s approach in becoming a front-runner...

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...

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...

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...

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide...

US commercial space launch industry at a tipping point with the rising of small rocket players

The commercial space launch industry witnessing a transition towards Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite launches Emergence of numerous small rocket start-ups Increased consumer...

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,...

Rice industry outlook 2018

Major rice producers and consumers Global rice trade Factors dominating the trade   Rice is the 3 rd largest produced agricultural commodity in the world, after...

Used car market in India, online start-ups organising the sector

Per capita car ownership is low as compared to other developed nations and the global average Used cars were not a preferred means of ownership due to lack of trust among buyers and...

Unnoticed growth of the media and entertainment industry in India

Overall industry brief Growth of the M&E industry and its segments Major supporting elements of this growth   Media and Entertainment (M&E) is a very wide industry...

Impact of the legalisation of cannabis on the consumer goods sector in the US

Cannabis is perceived to be the healthiest intoxicating compound in the world Consumer preference is shifting from smoking to drinking/eating cannabis Cannabis or marijuana as it...

Rapidly growing Indian online food delivery industry and its unrealised profits

Evolution of online food delivery industry in India Geographical penetration and scope for expansion Key players and their zeal to balance revenue and costs   Online...

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   ...

Can PepsiCo turnaround the performance of its North American beverage segment?

What led to the consistent decline of PepsiCo’s trademark drinks in the last few years? Can the recent improvement in top-line numbers for PepsiCo’s beverage segment be maintained in...

Is the radio broadcasting industry in the U.S. dying? An analysis

Radio, the most powerful medium of reach in the U.S. Why the industry is moving at a slow pace? Radio’s health is still sound, will it continue in the long-term?   ...

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...

Battle for the textile and apparel industry in Southeast Asia

The reasons for China’s decreasing presence in the industry Initiatives by the governments in Southeast Asia to boost the textile trade Vietnam and Bangladesh’s quest to conquer...

Rise of Ant Financial, will the success story continue?

What is Ant Financial? Journey to become king of unicorn Will regulatory curbs hinder its success journey?    Ant Financial, an affiliate and integral part...

SAP’s acquisition of Qualtrics, a costly affair or a strategic move?

History and evolution of SAP and ERP. Will experience measurement add value to SAP ERP?   On November 12, 2018 ERP software giant SAP announced an $8 billion acquisition...

Indian wood panel industry, growth drivers and present trends

Current market scenario in the Indian plywood industry Growth in the housing sector and rapid urbanisation to provide the boost GST rationalization to reduce price difference...