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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...

Global paper and board packaging industry has a positive outlook

Global packaging industry by packaging material type Emerging trends in the paper and board packaging industry    Global packaging industry The global packaging industry has a significant value addition to the global supply chain and the current industry size is estimated at ~$850 billion (2017). The industry is classified into two major types, which is...

Global plastic packaging industry sees a positive outlook ahead

Global packaging industry by material type Emerging trends in the plastic packaging industry     Global packaging industry by material type The global packaging industry has a significant value addition to the global supply chain and the current industry size is estimated at ~$850 billion (2017). The industry is classified into two major types, which is...

United Technologies Corporation’s new restructuring plan to create a new kind of giant?

Overview of the United Technologies Corporation’s spin-off Dominance of the United Technologies in the aircraft supplies space with the new acquisition Road ahead for the aerospace industry   United Technologies Corporation (UTC), the global leader in providing high-technology products and services to the aerospace and commercial building industries worldwide is...

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...

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 affordability for space launches   In the past decade, the global commercial space launch industry witnessed a boom in both the interest and the development, mainly from the communication...

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 is generally known is a psychoactive drug used for medical or recreational purposes in different parts of the world. In our earlier blog ( Legalisation of cannabis in North America and its effects ),...

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 in the autonomous driving sphere   The global automobile industry is undergoing a rapid transformation and with the rise of new technology and innovation, the economics of the business...

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 sellers Online start-ups brought back the trust factor through transparency Makeover for used cars in India, no longer a social taboo   Owning a car has evolved from being a...

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 the long-term?   PepsiCo is the world’s second-largest food and beverage company. Its top line, as well as profitability, has been consistently growing over the last few quarters. The...

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 and constitute segments like television, online gaming, animation and VFX, Out of Home (OOH), music, digital advertising, films, print and radio. It is a sunrise sector of the Indian economy as each of...

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 of Qualtrics, an experience management company that tracks and collects feedback and data across vital areas of  businesses from customers, employees, products and brand and helps clients take...

Analysing the price behaviour of the volatile cryptocurrency market

A brief introduction on the types of cryptocurrencies Reasons for the spike in 2017 and the slump in 2018 Is cryptocurrency a bubble?   On November 15, 2018, the market capitalisation for cryptocurrencies stood at $184.51 billion, which was 351% lower than its peak on January 7, 2018 ($831.39 billion). 2017 was the year of boom for cryptocurrencies, with a mammoth...

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...

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?   Radio broadcasting companies operate radio broadcast studios and engage in the broadcasting of music, news, talk shows and other radio programs. These companies are divided into two basic groups; one...

Carbon black industry, strong potential for supernormal profitability?

What is carbon black? Its uses Impact of the environmental curbs in China   What is carbon black? Carbon black is a fine carbon powder and it is a disorderly form of graphitic carbon, which is produced by an incomplete or partial combustion of heavy petroleum or hydrocarbon products under a highly controlled condition. The products like FCC (fluid catalytic...

Indian aviation sector woes, Jet Airways facing the brunt

Indian aviation sector, the fastest growing in the world Indian market is unique and is a buyer’s market Jet Airways facing the liquidity crunch and is on the block   India is currently the seventh largest and the fastest growing civil aviation market globally, it has witnessed a healthy passenger traffic growth of 13.4% CAGR (2012-13 to 2017-18) and is poised to...

China’s new way of retail ‘new retail’

Strong growth in China’s retail industry and market outlook What is the ‘new retail’? Investment in the Chinese retail industry   With the advent of online retailing, biggies such as Amazon are disrupting the retail space. Past two years have been tough for the typical brick-and-mortar stores all around the world, which have witnessed many of these giants fall...

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...

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...

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...

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?   ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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   ...

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...

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...

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...

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...