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JP Morgan leads the digital banking revolution with its multi-billion-dollar investment. What other banks can learn?

Overview of the digital transformation in the banking sector Digital strategies initiated by JPMorgan and their outcome   The global banking industry is undergoing a transformational change in its business model due to the challenges posed by a growing prominence and invasion of innovative fintech companies in the financial space. Digital transformation is the rallying...

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 after its successful expansion in India. The company has also entered China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. OYO Rooms is an online application for booking rooms in hotels through the website and...

REITs rise in Asia

What is REIT? The growth of REIT in Asia from 2001 to 2017 Factors for the growth    REIT is a real estate investment trust which owns revenue-generating real estate properties. These properties may be operated by the trust itself or leased to tenants, hence generating revenue from operations or rental revenue from tenants. REITs generally invest in different...

Network densification and data speed in India, are HetNet and small cells a solution?

Worldwide data speed, where does India stand? Reasons for slow internet speed and status of the Indian telecom tower infrastructure How small cells fulfil data speed requirement and solve densification problem   Digitisation and 5G are now talk of the town and hold utmost importance on every government’s agenda for the growth of digital infrastructure and...

Flying vehicles, could it be a reality?

Flying vehicles and potential advantages Companies involved in the manufacturing of flying vehicles Challenges faced by developers in the development and adoption of flying vehicles The combined worldwide productive man-hours are lost due to seemingly increasing road congestion, which are coupled with pollution. This has made governments and enterprises to seek...

IBC is the need of the hour for the Indian NPAs mess?

The state of NPAs in India Introduction of IBC and other measures taken in the country What happened till date?   Non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans arises when banks make a poor lending decision or wherein loans were given after due consideration, though macroeconomic conditions, sector-wise changes or company-wise issues develop at a later stage and lead...

E-wallets dominate China, an analysis of the trend

E-Wallets: meaning and classification Widespread acceptance of e-wallets in China Comparison of PayPal, WeChat and Alipay on the operational parameters   E-wallets are known as digital wallets and are online analogues of physical wallets. One can use these to digitally store credit/debit card details in order to make payments as well as to store tickets, travel...

Vanilla, not ubiquitous but precious

Vanilla, an agricultural commodity and its market Reasons attributable to a dire shortfall, specifically Madagascar; one of the world’s poorest countries Measures to stabilise the vanilla market   Vanilla is what gives a zing to several food items (cakes, cookies, coffees) often consumed by people and provide fragrance to perfumes among others. The crop garners a...

Coca-Cola remains a popular brand despite changing consumer preferences

Rising health concerns have triggered the global sugar war How is Coca-Cola surviving in the war? What makes Coca-Cola a popular company among consumers as well as in the equity market?   The FMCG sector, particularly in the United States and other developed countries is facing the challenge of changing and evolving consumer preferences. This is primarily driven...

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 finance market in India is served by both Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) as well as Non-Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs) such as Housing Finance Corporations (HFCs), these have different dynamics...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate industry in the United States is in danger owing to the growth of online shopping. In the last few decades, the idea of malls, which has its seeds in the US and became a trend of modern retail has...

Social media influencers changing the traditional marketing dynamics and why brands should take a note?

Growing prominence of social media marketing A look into a few successful social media influencers ad campaigns Why should brands adopt influencer marketing   Not long before the popularity of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, scheduled television was virtually the only mass media that consumers had access to and it was the...

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 and is expected to witness a major growth in the coming years. The industry in India can be broadly classified into two categories; the formal education industry comprising schools, colleges and...

Automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system, key trends and analysis

Types of pharmacy automation systems Pros and cons of using automated pharmacy prescription dispensing systems Key factors driving the growth in the automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system market   The technological advancement and increasing use of robotics and artificial intelligence to perform various manual/repetitive tasks across industries have led...

Turkey’s economic crisis, is this just a beginning?

What factors are driving down the economy? Can the crisis spread financial contagion to other nations? What is expected?   The Republic of Turkey, a transcontinental country in Eurasia, was the world’s 14 th largest economy in terms of GDP (purchasing power parity) in 2017 (Source: Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]) and is among the founding members of OECD...

Trade wars – the economic impacts and beyond: By Shiv Dave

When I went to Indonesia, nearly 25 years back (early 1993), I spent almost 5 months in a garment factory of a group that employed me. That was my first encounter with the globalisation of trade. The garment factory employed 500 workers, which was a disciplined workforce that produced shirts and bottoms for exports to the USA and Europe. The products were tailored and packaged with price...

Changing dynamics of iron ore pellets industry

Iron ore pellets and their advantages over other feed Demand drivers for iron ore pellets Future demand and pellet premium outlook in a seaborne market   Iron ore pellets Pellets are small and hardened iron balls with a diameter of 10-20 mm and are used as raw material for iron/steel manufacturing. The pelletizing process was commercially introduced in the...

Brazilian economy, from recession to recovery

Impact of global fall in commodity prices on Brazil Macroeconomics surrounding the recession in Brazil   Brazil, which is one of the major emerging economies and is a part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group has not been in best of its shape over the past few years. The broader economy recuperated positively from the global financial and...

Natural gas, analysing trade flow trends of the cleanest fossil fuel

Production and price trend of the natural gas in the US Consumption/import trend in China Trade war’s impact on the natural gas   Natural gas constitutes 22% of the total energy supply mix globally. The fervent need for cleaner fuel for power generation and industrial purposes led to a 4% increase (~4624 billion cubic feet [bcf]) in the natural gas production in...

US behavioral healthcare industry, lacking the expected growth

Brief about the behavioral healthcare industry Major causes for increasing requirements in the industry Reasons for a sluggish growth despite an increase in behavioral illnesses Current trends in the industry   Stress is an inevitable emotion for humans. While it is good up to a certain extent until it motivates an individual to achieve his or her goals, but...

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   ...

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...

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...

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...