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Tea industry’s sustainability in the face of rising production and operational cost

Tea is one of the most popular, most consumed and low-cost beverage in the world. It is due to its specific requirement and sensitivity to changes in growing conditions, that its cultivation is confined to the specific regions of the globe. The major producers and exporters of tea are China, India, and Sri Lanka, they together account for a total 60% of the world’s tea production. The Global...

Movement in crude oil prices and its impact on the US oil-gas players

The companies operating in the oil and gas industry have witnessed a roller-coaster ride during the past few years amidst the steep decline in international crude oil and natural gas prices. The two major global benchmarks for the oil prices, the US-based WTI and the UK-based Brent have witnessed a price decline of more than 60%. This was from the peak of nearly $100 per barrel in the mid-2014...

Construction and Mining Machinery Manufacturing, an Analysis of Performance in the Wake of Global Economic Slowdown

Backdrop: In the aftermath of the global financial meltdown in 2008, the world GDP growth rate slumped and was negative in the year 2009. The world economy recovered in 2010, this was mainly supported by a large stimulus package from the governments of developed economies and continued strengthening of the developing economies. However, this growth in momentum weakened subsequently to...

Major Sugarcane Producing Nations and Analysis of their Key Operating Criteria

Sugarcane is a diverse crop with a complex demand structure. The profitability of producers mainly depends on the revenue from three by-products: sugar, ethanol and energy which are derived from this highly versatile crop. The major producers and exporters of sugar are Brazil, India and Thailand and all these nations have a varied economic structure. There is also a significant disparity in...

Economic Viability of Wind Energy

The growth of renewable energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations. Globally, installed capacities and production from renewable technology have increased substantially during the last few years. The capacity additions have been supported by policy initiatives from the governments in different regions of the world. However, it is majorly the growth in the generation of solar...

Major iron ore producers continue to flush market. Is excess supply sustainable?

Iron ore, one of the largest traded dry commodities in the world, has taken a big hit over the past few years. It fell by ~24% (CAGR) from ~$150 per MT to ~$57 per MT between January 2013 to July 2016. In an ideal situation, the decline in the price calls for a slowdown in production, however, for iron ore, the story is somewhat different. The iron ore production increased by ~3% despite a...

Falling ARPU, How Telecom Companies Cope

The ARPU (Average monthly Revenue Per User) is an important metric used commonly to measure the performance of a telecom service provider. The ARPU has been falling for over the past decade now and is alike in developed as well as developing markets. An advancement in technology, intense competition leading to price wars and increased usage of data over voice have contributed to this fall. In...

Environment consulting organisations, a comparison of key operating parameters in developed and developing world

The fast-paced industrialisation over the past few decades, across the globe, has undoubtedly led to overall economic growth and improved living standards. However, a serious side effect of this industrialisation is a damage to the environment, through “pollution” which is caused by either reduction in forests cover or air-water pollution, etc. This leads to environmental imbalances and has a...

Hospitals in developing versus developed economies and key operational differences

Hospitals form an integral part of the world economy, they help cure diseases, saves lives of seriously ailing patients and contribute to a healthy and productive economy. The global hospital industry, which is $10.2 trillion in market capitalization (Source: Bloomberg) is highly concentrated in the United States and Australia and together contributes more than 43% of the market...

Digitization a Test of Dynamism for Printing Paper Companies

Backgrounder In our previous blog – ‘ Digitization of Content – a bane for the Paper Industry ’, Televisory brought out the decadal change within the operational environment of the paper industry, with respect to the printing and related segments. And highlighted in the conclusion that the companies continue to look for alternatives for survival. Exploring further with this background, we...

Key coffee growing nations – key operational criteria analysed

Coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities, this is second only to crude oil. Moreover, coffee exports alone account for a $20 billion industry and provide livelihood to nearly 25 million people in key coffee producing nations such as Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Colombia. There are primarily two varieties of coffee and their production in the contemporary world: Arabica and ...

Cotton growing nations and key operational analysis

The key cotton producing nations are China, India, United States and Pakistan. They roughly produce 37% of global cotton, with China and India contributing 67% and 25% respectively of the aforementioned 37% global cotton output. However,  undoubtedly North America was one of the largest producers, which produced 3,222 Mn Kgs of cotton, it has slowly and steadily given way to countries...

Gold mining, movement in gold prices and operating performance of gold players

In the midst of global economic uncertainty caused by several negative factors like Brexit vote, negative interest rates and lately the slowing of the US economy (in the second quarter of 2016). The so-called “safe-haven” the yellow metal is gaining lustre once again, given the inverse relationship between economic confidence and gold prices. All these new developments have pushed gold prices...

Big and small banks, is size, the key? Elucidated through key benchmarks

The banking industry has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past 8 years as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. During this period, many small and large banks performed badly, several were bailed out and various others changed their business strategies and operating models. These steps were taken in order to accommodate cost saving measures and enforce stricter regulations....

Restaurant Business–The Story of Long-Term Survival

The Restaurant Industry plays a pivotal role in shaping today’s world economy. The food brings distinct cultures and communities together in a truly globalised environment. With over $780 bn of sales (2015), the industry provides employment to millions of people and is one of the largest private sector employer. Although the industry is marked by low barriers of entry, the restaurant...

Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing: key operational criteria that define survival

The motor vehicle parts manufacturers sustain operations based on a healthy demand, driven by sales of new automobiles and demand from the replacement market.  An efficient operator in this industry will need to be extremely focussed on its cost structure to sustain the multiple volatilities that are driven by automotive demands and changes in prices of key costs. The industry consumes a...

Retail industry: analysing performance in the face of on-line retail

The global e-commerce sales were USD 994.5 billion in 2015 and are forecast to be around USD 1,506 billion in 2018 (Source: Televisory's Research). The consumer trends and preferences are changing, but these are not going to lead to the death of brick and mortar stores in the near future.     Televisory carried out a research on global companies, in a number of industry...

Surviving Coal Mines - what operational parameters have changed for surviving coal mining industry with depressing financial results

A lot is happening in the coal mining industry of late, most of which is quite painful for the stakeholders involved. There have been mine closures, suspension of coal fired power plants, bankruptcies and layoffs, to name a few. The coal industry today is stricken with number of interlinked problems, all at once: price decline, overcapacity, continuous demand contraction, haunting...

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...

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   ...

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?   ...

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...

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...