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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...

Toll road, success defined even before the operations begin?

Toll road (or a tollway or turnpike) is a public or private roadway that makes travel easier and more convenient for commuters. A fee (or toll) is charged from the road user to provide this facility. A low government budget, increased demand for roadways to resolve traffic congestion, both on major highways and large metropolitan cities has facilitated the need for tollways. Nowadays, a large...

Key operational success formula in Retail Industry

The average foot-traffic and the customer conversion ratio are primary operational parameters that drive the revenue of a retail outlet. A retail store in a prime location will yield higher revenue per square foot. However, a rented retail outlet in a prime locality may have a higher rent, this may even exceed the revenue at times. A high rental expense can erode the EBITDA margin of a retail...

Outsourcing in garment manufacturing.

  A road to profit shareholders. Outsourcing can be stated as a real life implementation of the "Comparative Advantage Theory", since outsourcing, earlier has never been considered as significant, as it is in today's globalised business world. The process of sourcing goods at cheaper rates from developing countries, primarily attribute to a low cost of labour. This...

Global steel industry-witnessing integration and specialization.

It is no more a surprise that the steel industry is going through a rough patch, driven primarily by skewed demand-supply ratio. Steel experts predict a continuous slow growth and lack of demand in the near future, owing to slow economic progress in major nations. Thereby, adding further pressure for the survival of most of the existing players.     To add to...

Budget Vs Premium Airlines.

Operational benchmarks that unmask the financial performances. The strong financial performance of an air carrier requires not only a solid brand proposition, but sound operational strategies, that evolve in a continuous dynamic environment. Although the list could be exhaustive, operating characteristics include high operating margin routes, strong network on routes...

Digitization of Content a Bane for the Paper Industry.

Lead Evolution of technology and growth in the penetration of the world wide web has swung and shifted the consumer preference from accessing content in a tangible form (Books, Magazines, Journals, etc.) to retrieving it on the internet, in a digitized format. Over the past decade, this trend has adversely impacted the paper industry, specifically the companies which produce grades of...

Understanding a Classical Market Place Phenomenon Through Operational Benchmarking.

Apple Vs Blackberry In the initial phase, Blackberry was a standard executive gadget for sending and receiving emails, with its very convenient keypad and later it turned out to be a communication cum email gizmo. It was almost unimaginable to contemplate a device that could beat Blackberry in a niche market in the early 2000s. The launch of the tangible iPhone (surge of...

Why a combined Operational and Financial Benchmarking is Needed?

It is normal to come across a comprehensive financial analysis. What is missed is the fact that financial analysis is the end result of the operational performance of a company. Operational performance also highlights key factors that distinguish companies that operate in the developed world (low-interest rates, high wages) and the developing world (normally high-interest rates, low wages) and...

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...

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...

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...

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?   ...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...