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Impact of US Visa Suspension on the Indian IT Sector

Suspension of processing and issuance of non-immigrant work visas Impact on the Indian IT Sector   US President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to temporarily suspend the issuance of H-1B visas, a step which is expected to specifically impact a lot of Indian IT professionals, along with other overseas service visas for the rest of the year. Just last year (FY 2019),...

Changing dynamics of Co-Working Industry

Coworking space – an option to work from anywhere Impact of Covid-19 on the coworking space industry   Coworking has been consistently gaining traction over the past few years, wherein the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has further enhanced its importance, making it the preferred workplace of today’s workforce. This can be evidenced by large companies increasingly...

Lock and load, guns and ammunition industry in the US

  What are the reasons behind the volatility in the sector? The two major factors that drive the industry Three key players   The guns and ammunition industry comprises establishments specialising in the retail of guns (shotguns, revolvers, rifles, machine guns, pistols and grenade launchers) and ammunition. The firms operating in this space might also...

Animal feed manufacturing, regional factors continue to drive the industry

Animal feed is food for domesticated animals generally raised for milk, egg and meat. The global animal feed industry was estimated to be around $460 billion in 2016.  The animal feed industry has experienced a healthy growth in the past 5 years, riding on the back of an increase in animal products consumption globally. The Y-O-Y rise in animal products consumption can be attributed to...

Professional soccer clubs, an analysis of key operational parameters

Football aka soccer is the most played and watched sport in the world, with an estimated 3.5 billion viewers or fans. The sport is played by nearly 250 million players, in over 200 countries, in numerous domestic and international matches, making it the world's most popular game. Soccer players are treated as celebrities and statistically, they are the richest sportspersons on globe owing...

Rise of e-waste in Asia

The world is increasingly becoming tech savvy, entering the digital age and this is a phase where kids can operate tablets better than the adults. Moreover, from the early 2000s not only millennials are living an electronic life but the EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has become prerequisites for the survival of an average person. But, what about the things that are discarded?...

The Future of Flexible Office Economy

  The beginning of the flexible office economy The road ahead   Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced all types of businesses to adapt to functioning with remote workforces. The irruption has the potential to re-shape work practices, interaction preferences and attitudes toward technology for decades to come. Having said that, the current...

Analysing growth strategies of key LED manufacturers

The LED manufacturing is a perfect example of an industry where the government, industry participants and consumers came together to create an energy efficient option which proved to be competitive and helped reduce greenhouse emissions. The lighting market was initially dominated by incandescent and linear fluorescent lamps. However, the more efficient but relatively expensive LED has quickly...

What lies in the future for Ingenico and Verifone with the rise of regional POS manufacturers and mobile wallets?

The market for payment processing terminals manufacturing and payment processing has been globally duopolistic until recently. This was dominated by the two companies established in 1980’s, Verifone, based out of the US and Ingenico, based out of France. Traditionally, the industry was marked by entry barriers in the form of a high initial capital requirement, a higher research and development...

Recovery still far away in the global graphite electrode manufacturing industry

The graphite electrodes find application mainly in the steel manufacturing through Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route. EAF steel is mainly produced in EAFs by melting steel scrap through the generation of heat with the help of electricity. Graphite electrode act as an electrical conductor in the furnace owing to its high electrical and thermal conductivity and higher-temperature strength,...

US Fed delivers a hiked rate of 25 BPS, meets the expectations

The US Fed did it again! The Fed during its two-day monetary policy meeting, which ended on the 14 th  of December, 2016 raised the interest rates by 25 BPS in the range of 0.50%-0.75%, this was in line with the broader expectations of the markets, economists and analysts across the globe. Notably, this was the second-rate hike by the Fed in past decade following a similar increase in...

Fed’s December policy meeting, is another rate hike inevitable?

The US Fed kept the benchmark Fed fund rate in the range of 0.25%-0.50%, this was announced in the monetary policy meeting in September 2016. The agency stated through the policy statement and a press conference that the economy will continue to see the growth. The central bank moderately reduced its expectations on the long-term economic and inflation growth, but it was positive on the...

Smartwatch vs. luxury watch, the battle for premier time

A smartwatch is an automated wristwatch which can run mobile applications and allows one to access several functions such as a calculator, compass, applications to book a cab and order groceries. This can also be used to make or answer phone calls and to send text messages. There is a possibility that the luxury watch industry may lose its customers to the smartwatch industry. The luxury watch...

Industrial supplies distribution industry. What operating criteria define success in distribution companies?

The industrial supplies distribution industry consists of companies involved in the business of distribution of supplies such as packaging materials, electrical components, electronic and mechanical parts, etc. for the repair-maintenance of equipment, machinery to manufacture, mining, construction and utility sectors (together they are referred as the industrial segment). The industrial...

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...

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...

Covid-19’s impact on international tourism

  Covid-19 cripples the global tourism industry The road ahead   With around 90% of the world living in countries with travel restrictions, the Covid-19 pandemic has literally brought travel to a standstill. While it is fairly known that the pandemic has bruised many-a-industries, it has etched a scathing impact on global tourism, which in fact accounts for 10% of...

Venezuela’s woes continue as Covid-19 spreads globally

  The country continues to face an economic, political and human rights crises Venezuela battles on many fronts   In our previous blogs, we discussed the extent of financial & human rights crises that Venezuela has been facing over the last several years: a crisis orchestrated by none other than its own leaders. The country’s economy contracted by ~25.5% in...

Malaysian Rubber Glove Industry – Impact of COVID-19

  Surge in global gloves demand due to COVID-19 outbreak Major hindrance to fill demand supply gap Will industry face risk of oversupply after COVID-19?     In our earlier blog on “ Malaysian Rubber Gloves Industry ” we had discussed the growth in the healthcare industry backed by an ageing population, change in healthcare reforms, emergence of new...

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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...

Malaysian Rubber Glove Industry – Impact of COVID-19

  Surge in global gloves demand due to COVID-19 outbreak Major hindrance to fill demand supply gap Will industry face risk of oversupply after COVID-19?   ...

Indian movie theatre industry

Overview of the Indian movie theatre industry PVR and INOX’s operational and financial comparison Way forward for the industry   The movie theatre industry in...

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,...

The untapped potential of ‘chai’ in India

The emergence of start-ups selling the Indian ‘chai’ India, the tea drinking nation   India, which is a predominantly tea-drinking nation has its own domestic...