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End-stage for ‘Sears Canada’

Brief history of the company The challenge for the industry or company? Reasons for doom of Sears    Sears Canada was a leading retail chain in Canada since 1953. It was a partnership between ‘Simpsons Ltd.’ and ‘Sears Roebuck’ of the USA. This alliance was dispersed after the Hudson's Bay Co. acquired Simpsons. In 1984, the company changed its name to Sears...

Empiric Student Property Trust, a serious contender in the UK student housing market

Overview of the student housing industry in the UK Factors effecting the industry Detailed analysis of the Empiric Student Property Trust   The growth of student housing industry is directly correlated with the growth of student enrolments in education programmes. There are more than 160 universities in the UK, including the top names such as Oxford, Cambridge,...

Lithium-ion, the power to go

Consumption pattern for lithium Availability and recycling of lithium Li-ion vs. lead-acid batteries   The world is moving towards green environment and acknowledge the carbon footprints. The use of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles (EVs) is gaining more acceptance with the passage of time. Lithium technology is well accepted as a...

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 sugarcane and maize. This is also the most widely consumed staple crop, especially in Asia. Presently, the global harvested area under rice cultivation is 160 million hectares. Moreover, the global...

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 financial services globally through better solutions involving technology and innovation. This was also stated through Televisory’s earlier blog on the subject. Moreover, investments in fintech...

OTT, is it over the top?

Netflix spearheading the OTT revolution Is OTT a threat to the traditional cable industry? OTT market getting overcrowded Future of the home entertainment industry   In past two decades technology has transformed each and every sector in the world. Moreover, with the enhanced use of smart gadgets and internet penetration, the entertainment and media space...

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 misapprehended by many, including tech-savvy professionals. Fintech is basically a blend of two words ‘financial’ and ‘technology’ that applies to an innovative and emerging technology in financial...

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 couple of years?   Graphite electrode (GE), which is primarily used in the steel production via Electronic Arc Furnace (EAF) saw a huge surge in its prices in the past 6-8 months. This was...

Housing finance in India

The growth and scope Stability of housing loan market   Housing is a crucial sector for the global economic growth due to its multiplier effect for driving the demand, especially for several ancillary sectors. The growth of the sector is dependent on numerous factors, the key being housing finance. This play a significant role as it helps bridge the gap between the...

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 crucial will be the role of economic recovery and growth in automobiles?   The global rubber industry has been under doldrums over the past few years with the demand-supply scenario...

US Property and Casualty insurers face pressure on margins and revenues

An overview on the industry Increasing loss ratio and declining insurance margin New lines of insurance and flexible coverage terms   The US Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance industry has been witnessing a decline in the YoY revenue growth from 2013. The industry registered a YoY revenue growth of 2.7% (2016) as compared to 4% (2015). This decline in the...

Internet of Things (IoT), the driver for change?

IoT, an explanation The impact of IoT on the world Sectors that will benefit from the IoT growth   Introduction Ever since the evolution of the internet, the world has been shifting towards the digital and IoT promises to turn everything around to a lot more digitally savvy in the next decade. IoT has the potential to generate large-scale efficiencies within...

Fuel cell industry, performance amidst increasing demand from automobile

Overview on the industry Increase in demand for fuel cell powered vehicles Fuelling infrastructure will play a crucial role in deciding the future of the industry   Fuel cells are alternative energy solutions, which convert chemical into electrical energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen. The fuel cell industry witnessed a significant transformation in the past...

Toys“R”Us, re-birth or last breath?

Is leveraged buyout dangerous for businesses? Can online players capture the toy industry? An outlook on current operations of Toys“R”Us   Toy business has a vast scope and requires a lot of innovation. One of the key names in the toy industry is of Toys"R”Us. This is a US-based company, which was incorporated as a baby furniture store in 1948 and diversified into...

Solar, a prominent part of renewable

Global consumption of electricity continues to rise backed by enhanced economic growth Increasing focus on renewable power generating sources with solar among the top Lower input costs, technological advancements and government policies driving solar power capacity   The power sector has been a major pillar of the world economy along with other segments. The...

Baltic Dry Index, will the recent rise continue?

Trend and movement in Baltic Dry Index Will Chinese demand play a crucial role in the Index? Is dismantling of ships and low order book leading to limiting of supply?   The world economy has seen several ups and downs during the past decade. While the broader economy continues to mend and is backed by a healthy improvement in the major macro and microeconomic...

Global biometrics market, will mobile define the future course?

Prominence of mobile biometrics in the biometrics market Fingerprint, the most significant biometric system in the contemporary world Future of biometrics, iris, face recognition, etc.   In this age of rapid transformation, where information technology has spread its wings through several facets of our lives be it personal, professional or social. The security...

Chinese department store chains, challenges and the future

Performance of department stores in China Preference of the Chinese consumers Steps taken to enhance customer experience   A department store is a one-stop shop for buying different categories of items ranging from appliances and furniture to apparels and cosmetics. Moreover, with an increase in consumerism department store trend also saw an uplift, especially in...

Flourishing private tuition centres, necessity or desire?

The size of the private tuition centre industry The factors for increased demand for private tuition centers How is growing population of attending schools and colleges and increased expenditure on education is supporting the industry?   Tuition centres or cram or preparatory schools have become an integral and ineradicable part of the education system in the...

Online gambling industry, are smartphones changing the dynamics?

How big is the online gambling industry? Which is the major market geographically? How increasing internet penetration and mobile users are contributing to the growth?    Historically, gambling has been a means of entertainment, wherein people gambled at casinos, poker rooms, game parlours, bookmakers and in the contemporary world gambling has moved online. ...

Slack set out to kill E-mail

Started as a side project for internal use in a gaming company High revenue growth with recurring revenues Went Public by offering shares through the Direct Public Offering ...

Will the Big Bang merger drive, of Indian Public Sector banks, provide the required impetus to the slowing economy?

India’s Government announces plans to merge 10 of the country’s public sector banks Probable impact of the mergers   India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?   ...

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...

Housing finance market in India. Is affordable housing driving the growth?

Overview of the housing finance sector in India Key players dominating the segment and their dynamics Factors driving aggressive demand for housing   The housing...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Malaysian rubber glove industry, an update

Rising global demand for gloves Impact of USP 800’s implementation and the US-China trade war on Malaysia’s rubber gloves industry Key challenges for the Malaysian rubber...

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...

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...

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...

Education industry in India, an overview

Growth of private universities in the nation Future potential of the education industry in India   The education sector in India is estimated to be worth USD 91.7 billion...