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Crude oil, trend in global demand-supply, prices and its impact on major players

Crude oil is one of the largest traded and consumed commodities across the world and has significantly fallen during the past couple of years. In Televisory’s earlier blog on the crude oil, we discussed the demand-supply structure of the commodity pertaining to the US economy. In this blog, we focused on the changes in the global demand-supply dynamics amidst falling prices and its...

Smartwatch vs. luxury watch, the battle for premier time

A smartwatch is an automated wristwatch which can run mobile applications and allows one to access several functions such as a calculator, compass, applications to book a cab and order groceries. This can also be used to make or answer phone calls and to send text messages. There is a possibility that the luxury watch industry may lose its customers to the smartwatch industry. The luxury watch...

The impact of the declining prices on Silver

The financial crises in 2008 led to the downfall of the majority of commodities, except silver and gold, which witnessed a rise in the prices as both are considered safe havens for the investment. The financial crises and economic slowdown compelled investors to park their money in the yellow metal, driving its prices to a higher level between 2008 to 2011. Gold touched an all-time high of USD...

Automobile manufacturing, market leaders and analysis of their operational strategies

The transformation of the automotive industry is happening at an incredible pace. In today’s world, three powerful forces are rolling the auto industry, which is the shift in the consumer demand, strict regulatory requirements for safety and fuel economy, and the increasing necessity for the automation of the manufacturing processes. In a continuous dynamic environment, a strong financial...

Grocery price war and supermarket biggies, the key impact and changes on their operational background

A price war is an outcome of a business decision to the lowering of the prices of the products in relation to those of the direct competitors in a market. The competitors, in turn, may further lower the prices of their products as a response, an initial strategy or as a defensive strategy to protect their market share. Globally, the grocery price war among the supermarket biggies began more...

Natural gas industry with a focus on Shale Gas, development and present scenario in the US

Over the last decade, the US has witnessed a significant increase in its oil and natural gas production, which is backed by the development in fracking technology. Televisory’s previous blog on crude oil discussed the demand-supply dynamics of the black liquid in the country. In this blog, Televisory focused on the development of natural gas industry and present scenario succeeding the huge...

Plastic Packaging Industry: striving for niche amidst growing environmental scrutiny (Part II)

Backgrounder In the previous blog , Televisory explored the past trends in the industry and found that while the overall plastic packaging industry is losing market to non-plastic packaging, soft drinks and food packaging were the forerunners and drove the demand in plastic packaging. Further, Televisory examined the regions driving this demand as well as the potential market size of the...

Industrial supplies distribution industry. What operating criteria define success in distribution companies?

The industrial supplies distribution industry consists of companies involved in the business of distribution of supplies such as packaging materials, electrical components, electronic and mechanical parts, etc. for the repair-maintenance of equipment, machinery to manufacture, mining, construction and utility sectors (together they are referred as the industrial segment). The industrial...

Asian e-commerce giants Alibaba and Rakuten: a comprehension of their key operational parameters

The e-commerce came into existence in the year 1994 and has ever since grown to the present USD 1800 billion industry globally. The growth came on the back of increasing internet users’ base and increasing consumer preference for purchasing goods online, owing to the ease of shopping. The e-commerce industry in Asia accounts for 52% of the global e-commerce industry and has mirrored the...

Online Travel Agents Industry and the Changing Business Dynamics

The online travel industry comprises online travel agents (OTAs) who act as intermediaries for travel related products and services, such as airline tickets, car rentals, hotel accommodations, cruise line tickets, etc. They act as a go-between the product providers and end users through web portals and/or mobile platforms, in turn, earning commission revenue. The OTAs offer consumers a...

Benchmarking global hubs of IT-BPM outsourcing industry

The global IT-BPM outsourcing market has expanded rapidly from the year 1990, with India emerging as the largest exporter among developing economies. However, others such as the Philippines, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Mexico and Eastern European nations have caught up with the time as India’s share of international offshoring declined from 67% in 2004 to 56% in 2015 (source: NASSCOM)....

Digital transformation of newspaper and magazine in publishing industry?

If you are reading this on-line, then the title partly substantiates its content. The consumption of the digital media and the way people consume news through magazines or newspapers has changed drastically, the average time spent by a user on a handheld device for consuming online content has risen from 18 minutes in 2008 to 3 hours in 2015 (Source: eMarketer). The dawn of smartphones and...

Hotel Business: The impact due to the onset of sharing economy

Traditionally, the hotel industry has catered to the lodging, dining and other amenities of travellers or guests. The industry operates across the different value chain by offering services and facilities as per the preferences and paying capacity of guests’. Typically, players in this industry own assets and or franchise their brands or manage third party assets. The hotel business is highly...

4G LTE, Opportunities and Challenges

The LTE is a network technology and is adopted by telecom companies in order to achieve 4G speed, the term LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”. There has been a considerable investment in accessing this technology, but in spite of huge capital investments, tech manufacturers have failed to attain the minimum speed set by the ITU-R (International Telecommunication Union-Radiocommunication) for...

Plastic Packaging Industry: striving for niche amidst growing environmental scrutiny

Plastic is gradually losing the market share in the packaging industry Internationally, every year around 4-5 billion units of material is used for packaging. The usage of packaging material has grown approx. 2.5 per cent CAGR between 2006-14. This is composed of 4.5 per cent CAGR for non-plastic units’ growth against 1.8 per cent CAGR for plastic units. A higher growth in non-plastic...

Copper: Impact of falling prices on operational performance

The copper prices in December 2008 dropped to as low as USD 2,800/MT after the financial crisis,  following the highs of USD 8,000/MT in the same period a year ago. This significant drop was brought about by a fall in demand amidst the global financial and economic crisis. The revival of the world economy recuperated the copper prices to its record levels, which rallied as high as USD...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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?   ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What’s in store for India’s first commercial REIT as it hit the market with Blackstone teaming up with Embassy Group

Overview of the partnership and assets of Embassy Office Parks Comparison of the Indian commercial office market space with other developed markets Road ahead for India’s...

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...

OYO Rooms, an Indian start-up to enter Japan

Growth story of OYO Rooms in India Business model of OYO Rooms Analysis of strategy to enter Japan   OYO Rooms, the Indian start-up has decided to venture in Japan...

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...

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...

German economy, will the slide continue?

Weakening global industrial demand weighs on Germany’s manufacturing sector Inflation and business climate take a hit with broader signs continuing to be subdued Future...

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...