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Oman– Can the country get rid of its oil dependency?

Oman’s economic dependency on oil revenues Measures undertaken by Oman to diversify economy- Vision 2020 & Vision 2040 plans   Oman, an economy traditionally dependent on oil and natural gas exports, is attempting to structurally diversify and strengthen its non-oil sectors. With the lowest GDP per capita amongst the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nations,...

Apple Music hits 60 million subscribers as it goes head-to-head with Spotify

Overview of the global music industry Dominance and competition between Apple Music and Spotify Road ahead as streaming services takes center stage of the music industry   The global recording music industry is reported to be worth at $19.1 billion as of 2018, registering a growth rate of 9.7% from that of 2017 growing at a faster growth rate than the...

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   Founded by Stewart Butterfield (previously co-founded Flickr, sold to Yahoo @ $20 million), Slack started as a side project for internal use in a gaming firm called Tiny Speck in 2009....

Vietnam’s economic transformation from rags-to-riches

Current scenario in Vietnam Initiatives by the government for economic recovery Impact of automation on the manufacturing hub   Vietnam, which is a hub for low-cost manufacturing continues to attract a plethora of foreign investments. This is despite the trade war that is causing disruptions in the emerging economies, Vietnam’s economy managed to grow at...

The rise of Bernard Arnault and his luxury empire

Overview of Bernard Arnault and his business empire Growth and success of Bernard Arnault and his luxury empire LVMH   The Chairman and CEO of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), Bernard Arnault, often referred as the “Pope of fashion”, has built a multi-billion dollar luxury brand empire over the last three decades. Currently, his luxury brand portfolio consists...

DuckDuckGo upholding user privacy on the internet

DuckDuckGo offering services which protect user privacy Achieved profitability in the last five years, despite non-tracking user data Privacy is increasingly becoming a concern for individuals and governments worldwide   Data is akin to a gold mine in today’s global environment and data safety has become a major concern for individuals and governments...

Facebook plans to disrupt the crypto market

Facebook announced its own digital currency Libra Roadblock in Facebook’s ambitious plan   After a rough 2018, Facebook hogged the headlines in the mid-June of 2019 and unveiled a plan to launch its new digital currency Libra in 2020. Cryptos are an emerging concept in the financial ecosystem and with rising internet and smartphone users, it already has...

China’s tighter emission standards choke its automobile sector

China rolls out the sixth stage emission standard and its repercussions Country’s car sales rise in June owing to deep discounts offered by its dealers Testing times ahead, sales of domestic manufacturers likely to be slower than JV manufacturers   China’s attempt at combating air pollution has pushed the automotive industry into a deep crisis, this is at a...

‘Stranger Things’ happening to Netflix, quite literally!

Is subscriber growth miss in Q2 2019, a big concern for Netflix investors? Will Netflix be able to revive its investors’ confidence in H2 2019?   July 17, 2019 was rather eventful for Wall Street as well as for Netflix. The world’s largest internet streaming firm shook the market when it released its Q2 2019 results, reporting a decline in its domestic paid...

Airbus A321XLR, a generational turning point in the history of aviation?

Overview of the aircraft market over the years Market response on the launch of new Airbus A321XLR   Throughout the aviation history (especially through the 1960s and the 1970s) aircraft manufacturers followed the notion that bigger-is-better, developing massive aircraft such as the DC-10, Boeing 747 and Lockheed L1011 Tristar for intercontinental travel. These...

Boom in the online pharmacy market in India and the challenges ahead

Indian pharmaceutical market and the importance of retail pharmacies Propelling e-pharmacy model in India   The Indian pharmaceutical market was valued at $36.7 Bn in 2018 and stood as the 3 rd largest market in terms of the volume and 13 th largest in terms of the value. It is estimated to grow $55 Bn by 2020 at a CAGR of +12% from 2015 to 2020, amid rise in...

Is Avianca Holdings in trouble?

What got Colombia’s national carrier into crisis United takes control of Avianca along with the appointment of a new CEO Avianca’s transformation plan   Avianca, Colombia’s national carrier hold a whopping 54% share in the domestic market. It is the second-largest airline operator in South America and has demonstrated impressive growth in flights across the...

Video-on-demand platforms, a much-needed break from daily sagas on Indian television

What drove the instant popularity of OTT platforms in India in recent years? Will online content be able to substitute television as the primary source of entertainment in India?   The last few years have been revolutionary for the Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry as it underwent a structural change, particularly in terms of media consumption,...

FedEx decides against the renewal of FedEx Express contract with Amazon

The FedEx Express contract with Amazon An inside overview of Amazon   June 2019 marked an important event in the world of logistics and e-commerce when two big names decided to part. The logistics giant FedEx decided on the non-renewal of its FedEx Express contract with Amazon. Moreover, apart from FedEx Express, the other contracts of FedEx with Amazon will...

With industrial conglomerate DowDuPont ultimately finalizing its split – is it a further indication for the end of the conglomerate era?

Overview of the slow down and split of conglomerates Details of the split for DowDuPont Future outlook on conglomerates   The business model that a single company can manage diverse businesses well in the form of a conglomerate seems to have taken a back seat for some of history’s most successful industrial conglomerate giants. It was back in the 1980s and...

Wave of consolidation in BI and analytics space

BI and analytics market worldwide A wave of consolidation in the BI and analytics space Factors driving the consolidation   Business intelligence and analytics are a combination of two segments; business analytics (BA) and business intelligence (BI). While business analytics uses past data through statistical analysis, data mining and quantitative analysis...

Should eggs be from hens? The market for man-made eggs

Egg production and consumption in the world Artificial egg production techniques Companies producing artificial eggs   Eggs form an important part of the human diet all across the world. China is a leading producer and consumer of eggs in the world with 529 billion eggs produced per annum, this is followed by the United States with ~107 billion eggs....

Rivian, the Tesla of trucks?

Overview of the growing electric vehicle market Emergence of Rivian Future outlook for Rivian and electric vehicles   The global sales of passenger electric vehicle (EV) including both all-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) reached 2.1 million in 2018 and registered 64% higher sales than the previous year. According to the BNEF’s report, the outlook...

Russia’s biggest oil pipeline halted for several days, an act of carelessness or a deliberate disruption?

Who is responsible for the halt of Russia’s biggest oil pipeline? Who will bear the losses incurred from this huge debacle?   Druzhba, a Russian word for ‘friendship’ became infamous lately when Belarus raised a red flag on the oil coming through Druzhba pipeline, which was contaminated with high levels of organic chloride. In effect, the oil supply to all allied...

Wow Air’s bankruptcy, a blow to Iceland’s economy?

Wow Air’s bankruptcy, possible repercussion and government’s response Importance of tourism for Iceland   Iceland is more susceptible to busts and booms with a mere population of 350,000. Tourism is the largest export sector for the country and it accounted for more than 10% of the GDP in 2017, it also accounted for c. 42% of the export revenue, which was...

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,...

Is Mothercare on the verge of collapse?

History of Mothercare What went wrong? Company moved into administration   Mothercare, an iconic brand for babies, children and parents to be, went into...

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...

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...