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Success mantra for social networks

How smartphones and rising internet penetration influenced the industry? What differentiates a popular social network? What lies ahead in the industry for established and new players?   In 2004, Google’s social networking website, Orkut and its only major competitor, Facebook commenced operations. Orkut was an open social networking site, whereas Facebook was...

Decline of rigs in the US, are oil and gas prices to blame?

Top 4 encountered a decline of 40% Will recent stabilization of prices increase the rig demand?   The global oil and gas prices witnessed a significant downward pressure in the past couple of years with both the commodities weighing down by a persistent increase in supply. A higher than normal growth in output coupled with stable to low growth demand pushed the...

Uranium, is this the commodity for future?

What was the role of Fukushima Daiichi disaster? Did production cuts from Kazatomprom help? An analysis of 5 major uranium producers in the world   The global uranium market remained under tremendous pressure during the past ten years, this was mostly driven by the skewed demand-supply equation and pushed the commodity into surplus. However, the metal was one...

Lock and load, guns and ammunition industry in the US

What are the reasons behind the volatility in the sector? The two major factors that drive the industry Three key players   The guns and ammunition industry comprises establishments specialising in the retail of guns (shotguns, revolvers, rifles, machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers) and ammunition. The firms operating in this space might also retail a wide...

Canadian oil sand, corporate exits, is this the end for the industry?

Why there was a 62% decline in Canada’s oil and gas sector spending? Did domestic players help the sector? How crucial are the exports to the US?   Canada is one of the fastest growing oil producers in the world, in the past decade, the country saw a rise in the production at a CAGR ~4%. Canada managed to enhance its oil production from approx. 2.74 MBPD (2007)...

Brand Bolina

What were the reasons for a decline in profitability of Bolina? Did increase in patents help the firm? How successful was the strategy to launch brand ‘Bolina’?   Bolina Holding Company Limited designs and manufactures toilet seats, wash basins, urinals, bidets, squat pans, soap containers, faucets and bathroom fixtures. In 2002, it began as an Original Equipment...

Slump in digital photography, are smartphones to blame?

Why inbuilt swamped while interchangeable was afloat? How Canon relatively performed better than Nikon? Is 2017 a turnaround year?   The global digital photography market comprises cameras, lenses, software and processing equipment. This stood at approx. $78 billion (2015) and is expected to reach around $111 billion (by 2021 according to Zion Market Research)....

What led to an exponential growth of the movie theatre industry in China?

An analysis of the performance of leading movie theatre operators in China vs. the US Did liberalization help the sector in China? Why co-production was a win-win situation? How crowdfunding assisted the industry?   The global movie theatre industry registered a nominal growth of 4.8% CAGR (2005-16), which was affected by the global economic slowdown in 2008....

Will the supply of zinc drive its future?

Key factors that drove the zinc supply Did offloading play a major role? How China influenced the demand for the metal? Why will zinc be in deficit in 2017?   In 2008-09, during the recession all base metals prices declined significantly (~30%). However, even after 7-8 years most of these are unable to recover and reach the pre-recession levels. The prices...

Is intermodal the future of rail freight?

Why are firms investing in intermodal? Why coal is shrinking and intermodal is growing?   The rail freight industry consists of companies that provide rail based transportation services for a wide range of cargo such as dry bulk, petroleum products, chemicals, etc. This industry plays a vital role in the transportation of goods from numerous logistics centres to far...

Social media in China, the world within

How protectionism helped the Chinese companies? Cloning of social networks in China Does longevity ensure profitability? How competition in China is high despite protectionism?     Summary The internet and the online content is highly regulated in China. This has limited the entry of the global social networks in the country. The censorship has...

Top ceramic tiles producers in Indonesia, benchmarking, analysis and trends

An examination of Mulia Industrindo, Arwana Citramulia and Keramika Indonesia Which of these entities effectually managed the employee costs in a labour-intensive industry? Which one is the most efficacious out of the three firms?   In 2015, the global production of ceramic tiles was 12.4 billion square metres and the consumption was 12.2 billion square metres....

How real is the food vs. fuel debate?

Biofuels in the US, is it a necessity? Why crude oil imports to total crude oil consumption declined from 58 to 25%? Why cultivation of wheat and other food crops declined by ~14%?   Traditionally, agriculture has been practised to cultivate crops and for animal husbandry to meet the food requirement. However, with technological advancements crops are also being...

Did unethical practices exterminate for-profit education behemoths in the US?

Why Corinthian and ITT declared bankruptcy? Did both institutions misguide students? How crucial is Title IV funding?  Summary Televisory’s previous blog ‘ Changing landscape of private universities in the US ’, evaluated the substandard educational institutes and the legislations introduced by the US Department of Education (ED) to crack down on these...

Museums and galleries, the jewel in the British crown

Why museums and galleries are so vital for Britain? How these help the English economy and the brand UK? How these institutions are meeting the challenge of increasing visits? The British Museum and the National Gallery     Museum and gallery industry comprises organisations (mostly not-for-profit or trusts) that are engaged in the preservation,...

Glass packaging, how few sailed while others waded?

Why there is a slow growth in the glass packaging? Why Vidrala and Shandong’s revenue increased? How few firms raised their profitability, while some saw depleting margins? Did global factors played a role? Key initiatives undertaken for sustenance of profitability Summary In the packaging industry, the growth was the lowest for glass packaging segment (at...

Games and toys, not any more child’s play

The leading toy brands The cost of sales and what forms the major chunk of this cost? How Lego Group managed its cost of sales?   The 21 st century has seen a tremendous transformation in the gaming and toys industry as compared to the developments in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, gradually shifting its focus to achieve technological sophistication. Hence,...

Programmatic buying, the future of advertising

Is programmatic buying the future of advertising? How mobile advertising gained prominence? Marketing agenda ‘mobile first to the only mobile Although still in its initial stages, why programmatic media buying and selling is extremely significant   The global advertising revenue in 2015 was $494.2 billion and is reported to be around $532 billion (Source: IHS...

Beer, pubs and pubcos in the United Kingdom

Why there has been a decline in the pub industry? Why beer is most affected? Did tax play a role?   The pubs in the United Kingdom are termed as ‘the heart of England’. The bars in the nation serve drinks as a part of an establishment such as hotels, restaurants, universities, etc. or independently as wine bars, style bars, private membership bars, etc. However,...

The reasons for the success of Sponge Iron Industry in India

Why EAF contribute more than half of the crude steel production? Scrap iron vs. Sponge iron. The coal based Sponge iron plants in India. What 2017 holds in terms of steel demand in India?   Iron and steel form the backbone of global infrastructure. Roads, railways, bridges, airports, industrial plants, buildings, automobiles, etc. use steel and allied...

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...