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Will ATMs in India face the brunt of heightened digital payments?

With digital banking picking up, does cash transactions still hold value? Has the ATM industry reached its saturation point? Impact of demonetisation on cash transactions in India   An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is one of the most crucial self-service channels for the retail banking sector that connects banks or financial institutions with customers. The 1st...

US retail store meltdown

Is it the end of the retail industry in the nation? Is e-commerce the sole reason for impact on the industry?   The US retail hold a significant share of the world retail market, especially in the apparel segment where it is 50% larger than China. The twelve of the largest world retailers are from the US. The companies like Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens are among...

Air India for sale, no takers for the national carrier?

Overview of the segments for the sell-off Shortcomings and challenges of disinvestment   Air India, which is India’s premier airline and is run by the government has been facing a financial and operational crisis for the past several years. The performance-related inefficiencies and a continuous loss-making made the operations unsustainable. While the talks for...

Death care industry, a special emphasis on China

Booming death care industry in the nation Death care industry structure Growth drivers and potential threat   The death care industry which offers services such as funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums and memorials is highly fragmented and government controls are imposed in certain countries. The death care industry in the US is estimated to be $20...

Will NAFTA see light at the end of the tunnel?

NAFTA history, significance and trade What are the key contentious issues hindering the NAFTA renegotiation? What is the current standing of NAFTA members regarding the deal?   North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation has been the talk of the town with seven rounds of negotiations having taken place over the past seven months, but without any...

Ride-hailing battle continues in China

The growth of ride-hailing in China Uber vs. Didi, the fiercest battle in the industry ever Didi’s dominance threatened by Meituan    China’s ride-hailing industry is rapidly cruising towards growth, which is infused with huge amount of capital. The industry continues to witness an intense battle between several players. Moreover, in terms of ride-sharing...

Growing market for shared office spaces

Reasons for the growth of co-working spaces WeWork: the industry leader What lies ahead in the industry   The ongoing trend of small teams on specific projects, proximity with customers in B2B companies and fast-growing firms exploring possibilities to set up satellite offices in small cities are few of the major factors pushing the growth for shared office...

Future of the cybersecurity industry

Expanding internet infrastructure and the future of digital security               Cybersecurity in the age of digital currency Are emerging technologies opening new attack vectors for the hackers?   Cybersecurity or digital security is associated with the protection of computers, data, networks...

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 between organised and unorganised players Current market scenario and growth prospect for the MDF industry   The wood panel industry includes plywood sheets, engineered wood panels...

Growing market demand for sanitaryware in India

An overview of the sanitaryware market Reasons for the growing demand in the sector Shift in preference of consumers   Ceramic sanitaryware industry comprises a variety of products such as washbasins, water closets, bathtubs, faucets, cisterns, seat covers, sinks, bidets, other accessories, etc. The Indian sanitaryware market is divided into two sub-categories;...

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 margins?   Rubber gloves are used by several industries, ranging from healthcare to food processing and services, automotive to construction and chemical industries, these are mainly used for...

How crucial are M&A in the hotel industry?

M&A, a popular way to expand business in a short span of time Key factors driving M&A in the hotel industry Main risks involved Long-term benefits vs. short-term gains   In the present world, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is a popular mean to expand business in a short period across sectors (acquiring/merging already existing business opportunities) as...

Medical tourism, connecting health with leisure

Medical tourism landscape and growth drivers Burgeoning growth in the sector Scenario in developed vs. developing economies   Medical tourism or travel mainly refer to a movement from one country/province to another for medical purposes. The concept is not new and has been around for thousands of years. There are archaeological evidence from ancient...

Construction sector in Indonesia, an island of opportunities

Population growth and rising per capita income driving infrastructure and construction The lack of infrastructure in the nation Opportunities for housing construction sector   Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies (as of 2017), it was the 16 th largest economy globally. It was also the 4 th most populated country in the world and had more...

Trump take an aggressive stance to protect domestic steel and aluminium industries

Is Trump trying to repeat the history by imposing stiff tariffs? Can the US afford expensive steel and aluminium imports? How are exporting nations reacting to Trump’s aggressive stance?   President Donald Trump recently announced the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. This was in adherence to his 2016 election campaign for the protection of the...

Indian luxury car market

Growth of luxury car market in India Major players and their future prospects   The automobile market in India is one of the largest in the world and accounts for approximately 7.1 per cent of the country’s GDP. The major factors which contributed to the rise in automobile demand within the country were growing purchasing power (especially in the tier 2 and tier 3...

Impact of the U.S. tariffs on Indian steel

Imposition of the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium Consequences for steel surplus nations Effects of the development in the Indian industry   The U.S. government has finally signed a proclamation on imposing tariffs of 25 and 10 percent on the import of steel and aluminium. The move comes after the announcement was made by the U.S. administration to impose...

Legalisation of cannabis in North America and its effects

Recent effects of legalisation on cannabis industry Major firms in the business and their prospects   The year 2018 marked a new beginning in the history of the United States as California, which is a significant contributor to the U.S. economy legalised cannabis for recreation. California houses the world’s largest information technology centre, the Silicon Valley and...

Car sharing in China

Reasons for the growth of the sector Major players and main types of operators   Car sharing is basically defined as a short-time need-based car rental service (typically charged by the hour). Hence, depending on an individual’s car rental requirement, a smartphone app is needed to find and unlock a car. Thereafter, a vehicle can be ridden which can be parked anywhere...

Harley Davidson, is it too late for a turnaround?

Market scenario for motorcycles Present challenges and threats Area of opportunity    Harley Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer, which was established at Wisconsin in 1903. It has since been a leading player with a solid brand presence. Harley motorcycles appeal to a wide range of customers due to its iconic brand. The company also has a strong...

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 ...

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...

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...

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?   ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...