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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...

Economic Viability of Wind Energy

The growth of renewable energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations. Globally, installed capacities and production from renewable technology have increased substantially during the last few years. The capacity additions have been supported by policy initiatives from the governments in different regions of the world. However, it is majorly the growth in the generation of solar...

Major iron ore producers continue to flush market. Is excess supply sustainable?

Iron ore, one of the largest traded dry commodities in the world, has taken a big hit over the past few years. It fell by ~24% (CAGR) from ~$150 per MT to ~$57 per MT between January 2013 to July 2016. In an ideal situation, the decline in the price calls for a slowdown in production, however, for iron ore, the story is somewhat different. The iron ore production increased by ~3% despite a...

Falling ARPU, How Telecom Companies Cope

The ARPU (Average monthly Revenue Per User) is an important metric used commonly to measure the performance of a telecom service provider. The ARPU has been falling for over the past decade now and is alike in developed as well as developing markets. An advancement in technology, intense competition leading to price wars and increased usage of data over voice have contributed to this fall. In...

Environment consulting organisations, a comparison of key operating parameters in developed and developing world

The fast-paced industrialisation over the past few decades, across the globe, has undoubtedly led to overall economic growth and improved living standards. However, a serious side effect of this industrialisation is a damage to the environment, through “pollution” which is caused by either reduction in forests cover or air-water pollution, etc. This leads to environmental imbalances and has a...

Hospitals in developing versus developed economies and key operational differences

Hospitals form an integral part of the world economy, they help cure diseases, saves lives of seriously ailing patients and contribute to a healthy and productive economy. The global hospital industry, which is $10.2 trillion in market capitalization (Source: Bloomberg) is highly concentrated in the United States and Australia and together contributes more than 43% of the market...

Digitization a Test of Dynamism for Printing Paper Companies

Backgrounder In our previous blog – ‘ Digitization of Content – a bane for the Paper Industry ’, Televisory brought out the decadal change within the operational environment of the paper industry, with respect to the printing and related segments. And highlighted in the conclusion that the companies continue to look for alternatives for survival. Exploring further with this background, we...

Key coffee growing nations – key operational criteria analysed

Coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities, this is second only to crude oil. Moreover, coffee exports alone account for a $20 billion industry and provide livelihood to nearly 25 million people in key coffee producing nations such as Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Colombia. There are primarily two varieties of coffee and their production in the contemporary world: Arabica and ...

Cotton growing nations and key operational analysis

The key cotton producing nations are China, India, United States and Pakistan. They roughly produce 37% of global cotton, with China and India contributing 67% and 25% respectively of the aforementioned 37% global cotton output. However,  undoubtedly North America was one of the largest producers, which produced 3,222 Mn Kgs of cotton, it has slowly and steadily given way to countries...

Gold mining, movement in gold prices and operating performance of gold players

In the midst of global economic uncertainty caused by several negative factors like Brexit vote, negative interest rates and lately the slowing of the US economy (in the second quarter of 2016). The so-called “safe-haven” the yellow metal is gaining lustre once again, given the inverse relationship between economic confidence and gold prices. All these new developments have pushed gold prices...

Big and small banks, is size, the key? Elucidated through key benchmarks

The banking industry has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past 8 years as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. During this period, many small and large banks performed badly, several were bailed out and various others changed their business strategies and operating models. These steps were taken in order to accommodate cost saving measures and enforce stricter regulations....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?   ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...