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  • Will Indian Generics Makers Target Niche Pharma Markets in the US?

    With growing interest in low-cost healthcare options, the US pharma market could be a more lucrative opportunity than their domestic markets for Indian generic drug makers.

  • Why Aren’t Negative Interest Rates Feasible For Developing Economies?

    Developed nations are fast adopting the Negative Interest Rates to boost economic growth and shake off money-hoarding. The trickle-down effect of the slowdown in the developed world is impacting the developing economies.
    Naturally, we ask, “Is the unconventional policy really feasible for the developing economies?”

  • 4 Tasks in Facilities Management That IoT Could Take Over

    Recent advances and innovation in the industry pale in comparison to what’s arguably its next big thing - IoT enablement.

  • Oil & Gas Players Need to Weather Serious Regulatory Reforms to Counter Climate Change

    2016 is going to be a year of reckoning for the Oil & Gas industry.

  • How Plastics Can Boost 3D-Printing of Medical Devices

    The wide usage of plastics, especially photopolymers, can evidently unlock the great potential, in terms of applications, of 3D printing of medical devices.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) — Changing the Manufacturing Sector’s Landscape for Good

    Rising consumer demand, increasing technology penetration, and the advent of modern machines are disrupting traditional manufacturing processes, compelling the manufacturing sector to become more autonomous and self-driven.

  • 7 Factors That Are Holding Back China’s Shale Gas Revolution

    China’s aim to replicate the US shale gas revolution by 2020 has been stalled owing to multiple market, economic, and technological challenges.

  • Taking Indian Carriers International - Relaxing the 5/20 Rule

    International traffic handled by Indian carriers increased by 12.0% y/y (17mn) over 2015. Foreign carriers witnessed a similar trend, with international traffic growing by 15.4% y/y (32mn) over 2015.

  • China’s Pollution Problems Could be a Huge Opportunity for Industrial Wastewater Treatment Companies

    The sheer scale of the Chinese economy, growing awareness among industries about water sustainability, and government regulations demanding sophisticated wastewater treatment are driving the wastewater treatment market in China, which offers tremendous opportunities for international players.

  • 8 Things to Look for in a Good Research Partner

    If you're in business, you're at war.

    Odds are you’re also trying to run a lean business, which means you've not got enough manpower to chuck into the trenches.

    When it comes to gathering critical information about the markets, the competitors, or even the feasibility of key business decisions; most firms operating out there have in-house research experts that are a jack of all trades, but masters of none. And this might work in few cases.

    Sometimes though, and this definitely sneaks up on the weary that aren’t wary, you’ll need to spring a little extra for situations that call for specific expertise.

    Your first big decision is whether you want to tackle this internally, or hire a Research Partner. 

  • Social Distancing: Trigger to the new age Robotic Revolution?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be like an apocalyptic movie, complete with the threat of large-scale, global annihilation from the viral spread. It has nearly extinguished economic activity and confined scores of people to their homes. In this scenario, robotics/automation could come to our rescue, saving human lives by enabling continued social distancing. Can robots save the global economy from collapse and help improve productivity? Will robots become the new normal?

  • How single-use technologies drive process optimization in biopharmaceutical manufacturing

    Fixed stainless steel systems have been the desired choice for manufacturing high volumes of biopharma drugs for many decades due to their mass-production capability. Over the last two to three years, Single-use systems has increasingly found application in commercial manufacturing of biologics as they are low in CAPEX and more suitable for smaller and less-funded companies and even contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). Single-use systems eliminate the cleaning process entirely, saving not only on cost associated with manual labor but also on the time required to validate the stainless steel equipment prior to re-use, thus making it more sustainable than stainless steel technology.

  • Four Technological Advancements That Could Change the Medical Tourism Landscape as We Know It

    The next wave of medical tourism growth will be assisted by superior technological systems and services.

  • Voice of Customer in B2B Companies: Unheard in the Absence of C'X'O?

    Are B2B companies focusing on customer experience as much as B2C companies do? Creating happy customers is the key to success and is true for both B2C and B2B companies. To be able to drive initiatives to increase customer satisfaction, B2B companies should have C- level executives. A new profile called – CXO (Customer X-perience Officer) is needed in B2B companies today, who will implement the tools and techniques traditional B2C companies employ for enhancing customer experience.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains

    Supply chain is a highly competitive domain, where optimization is important to reduce costs and inventories. However, the flip side is that this has reduced the buffers and flexibility to accommodate delays and disruptions. Therefore, companies should work toward making their supply chains flexible and resilient in order to effectively offset risks.

  • 2020 Stimulus Plans and Their Impact – Will These Be Enough?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains globally and international trade, nearly shutting down the world economy. Looking at the current scenario, many renowned economists have predicted zero economic growth for 2020. Federal governments across nations are announcing unprecedented stimulus packages to deal with the downturn. While this will have a positive impact, the question is will it be enough, considering that two crises – economic and health – have fused into one, compounding the magnitude.

  • COVID-19: The Worst Time to be a B2B Salesperson. Or is there a Way Out?

    It was the best of times and then suddenly it was over. As coronavirus continues to dominate news and change priorities for virtually everyone, many of us in B2B Sales are likewise gasping in search of ideas that will bring back customers and revive demand for our products and services. What to do?

  • Medtech companies to play larger role in emerging telemedicine space

    The current pandemic is a grim reminder of the significance of virtual healthcare advisory. While telemedicine has been in practice for decades, the COVID-19 outbreak has catapulted its adoption to a completely different scale. It is on the way to becoming mainstream as the urgency of meeting medical needs during this period of social isolation increases. Medtech companies are expected to play a big role in facilitating this by coming up with relevant solutions that will enable physicians and patients to connect in no time and irrespective of location.

  • Polyester 2020 - A Tough Road Ahead

    Polyester prices that continued to decline in 2019 as a result of falling prices of raw materials are expected to fall marginally in H1 2020. Continuous reduction in feedstock prices (PTA and MEG) as well as oversupply of polyester in the market are the other reasons for decreasing prices. Slowdown in the global economy, coupled with the ongoing US-China trade war, has further weakened the demand for polyester, negatively affecting its prices.

  • Patient Experience Mapping - The Roadmap for Focused Pharma Strategies

    Customer experience is pivotal to the success of any business. Taking cues from other sectors, pharmaceuticals too is turning its attention to patient experience-driven strategies. Understanding a patient’s journey, key unmet needs, personas from clinical data, claims data and primary research to include the insights in strategic plans has made the pharmaceutical business more cause-driven and empathetic. Connected health applications and advancements in AI platforms have facilitated access to and use of patients’ behavioral and attitudinal data. In this article, we discuss the importance of a greater patient-driven approach for improving experience, adding value to care and creating a differentiator for the company.

  • Are Electronics and Automotive Manufacturing companies shifting their base from China to Vietnam?

    Vietnam has emerged as a favorable alternative production destination for the electronics and automotive industries. This is due to several factors: the country’s robust economic growth (+6.8% YoY in 2019, driven by increasing FDI), increase in imports (+10.5%) and exports (+7.3%), multiple free trade agreements, rise in industrial production, low raw material costs, and high availability of raw materials and suppliers.

  • Floating Offshore Wind Energy

    The need for environment-friendly resources and technology is rising. Renewable energy resources are gaining popularity, with wind energy being the second largest source. Though offshore wind is the fastest growing source, floating offshore wind source is also emerging as a powerful source of energy. Platforms and turbines are being developed to garner this energy. Though the resource faces challenges in implementation, it is a viable and economic option, and if a few measures are taken, it can easily become a main contributor of renewable energy.

  • AI - A Key Element in Bridging the Security Gap for IoT Devices

    Increasing vulnerability of IoT devices to cyberattacks and other security threats have led enterprises to implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)-enabled solutions. As hacks become more sophisticated and advanced, traditional security measures are being rendered ineffective. Progressive technologies such as AI and ML have helped in improving security by reducing security breaches and increasing operational efficiency.

  • Are you ready for the upcoming transformation in the global lithium industry?

    From mining to production, the race is on to dominate the lithium supply chain. While Chinese companies are aggressively expanding through mergers and acquisitions, new entrants to the market are expected to disrupt the supply dynamics. Lithium production is expected to grow driven by the overwhelming demand for lithium for use in electric vehicle batteries. However, changing demand dynamics are throwing up challenges in areas of capacity utilization, future opportunities, battery packing, and new chemistries. It is thus vital for companies to track the ecosystem so they can plan sustainable actions.

  • Will ESG become the new norm for selecting investments?

    The phrase Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing, often used interchangeably with socially responsible, sustainable, and mission-related investing, was coined at the Who Cares Wins Conference in 2005. The conference was attended by asset managers, institutional investors, global consultants, research analysts, and government bodies and regulators to discuss the importance of ESG in longer-term investments as well as financial research.

  • How SHIELD Framework Can Help PE Firms Benefit From COVID-19 Downturn

    The global economy is heading toward the worst recession in recent decades, and it is well known that inaction is the riskiest response in such a situation for businesses. However, random and unthoughtful action can be as damaging as inaction. PE firms are no different, and they need to act quickly to reduce the impact on their existing investments. Aranca’s comprehensive SHIELD framework can act as a catalyst for PE firms to take well-informed and effective action(s) minimizing the COVID-19 impact and even reaping benefits from this downturn.

  • Compact SUVs – a segment growing against all odds

    As the automotive industry faces a slowdown in India, the compact SUV segment is proving to be an outlier. Relatively new to India (introduced in 2013), compact SUVs, defined as small cars with a higher ground clearance, is the only segment that has recorded positive sales growth and strong bookings in the past few months. Though the trend is unique in itself—sales of expensive SUVs are strikingly higher in a market where consumer confidence is at a six-year low—the implication for OEMs that are struggling in the competitive passenger vehicle market is larger. Basically, it is a strong indicator of shift in Indian consumer behavior that needs to be taken into account by the industry.

  • New safety norms: Creating opportunities for the Facilities Management (FM) industry

    Facilities management consists of two important services: technical/hard and soft services. Over the years, the demand for outsourcing of technical services has been rising as these are deemed to be more complex. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed industry focus on soft services. As governments worldwide slowly reopen and daily activities resume with the required safety protocols, the need for soft services within the facilities management market is expected to increase. The new normal, which includes cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization, has created several opportunities for the global facilities management industry.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines Under Clinical Development

    SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is an enveloped, positive, single-strand RNA virus. Currently, there are no approved vaccines to safeguard people from this virus. More than 100 projects worldwide are centred on developing a potential vaccine for the coronavirus. Vaccines under clinical development vary in type and platforms used; the types of vaccines that are mainly developed are DNA, RNA, VLP, inactivated, live attenuated, and protein subunit vaccines. The list provides details on the vaccines under clinical trial and is a ready reference for all trials in clinical and pre-clinical phases.

  • How has COVID-19 Impacted the GCC Auto Sector

    Historically low oil prices and decreased demand in the aftermath of COVID-19 – a double whammy for the GCC economy – have severely impacted all sectors in the region, including auto industry. Along with low unit sales, traffic on roads has decreased amid the crisis. However, certain growth opportunities are emerging even during the tough times. Additionally, some countermeasures can be taken to help the sector ride out the challenging environment.

  • Can UV-C lighting Help Reopen the World?

    COVID-19 cases are still increasing in some countries. However, the huge downturn suffered by the global economy has forced industries across the world to open while effective solutions to deal with the deadly virus are underway. This has brought UV lighting in focus. UV lighting has been incorporated in medical tools for the past 40 years. Currently, lighting companies are exploring its efficacy during the pandemic. The concept has strong potential in the present scenario, and innovative solutions are being studied by lighting companies for its applications in various industries.

  • Plastic Circular Economy - A Hopeless Dream Post COVID-19?

    Plastic emerged as a savior during the pandemic; it is the core ingredient of most of the protective gear, due to which its demand has increased. Fear of infection also led to a rise in the use of single-use plastic. Moreover, companies which had pledged to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle plastic are unable to follow through, as its expensive for those impacted by the current economic crisis. Hence, would the dream of a plastic circular economy be dashed to the ground?

  • Has COVID-19 Disrupted the Future of the Belt and Road Initiative?

    While China is gradually reopening its economy after successfully containing the spread of COVID-19, it is facing multiple challenges on the economic and political fronts. The lockdowns disrupted China’s manufacturing industry, adversely impacting its economy; at the same time, its standing in the global community has been weakened due to its alleged mismanagement of the virus outbreak. The country has been criticized for originating the pandemic, delaying the response, and not disseminating timely accurate information to the World Health Organization. China worsened the situation by engaging in a violent conflict with Indian troops along its shared border region and exhibiting aggressive behavior in the South China Sea. These developments are expected to impede the progress of China’s golden project – The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

  • Can Antimicrobial, Antiviral Surface Coatings Curb the Spread of COVID-19?

    An antimicrobial surface coating is widely used to control the growth of pathogens on surfaces and in building facilities. Currently, scientists and researchers are working closely with the paint and coatings industry players across the globe to develop antimicrobial, antiviral coating solutions that would prevent the spread of COVID-19 through surface contamination.

  • Digital – the Future of Pharmacy in the US

    Technology has permeated every industry worldwide today, including healthcare. Within this space, the digitalization of pharmacies has surged over the past few years, especially in developed markets. In the US, many start-ups have entered the online pharmacy space and received robust venture capital support. Traditional brick-and-mortar shops have seen the light and moved online while e-commerce giants like Amazon are entering this space via partnerships. Will physical pharmacies eventually give way to digital-only presences in the US? This remains to be seen.

  • Facility Management: Increasing Efficiency Through Adoption of Emerging Technologies

    Facility management is widely regarded as an essential service that helps maintain the health and safety of people as well as increase the lifespan of buildings and the assets within. Emerging technologies have been assisting facility managers to achieve these objectives. The industry’s reliance on technologies is expected to grow and play a crucial role in containing the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Way Towards a Smarter Power Network

    Smart Grid is a power network that uses advance technology to monitor, communicate and control the flow of electricity in the network. It improves the efficiency of the power network, helps reduce the overall cost of operation and enables consumers to monitor their power usage. Digitisation of the power sector is an ongoing process, and in the coming years, the sector will embrace transformational technologies to develop and thrive.

  • Vaccines under clinical and pre-clinical development to combat COVID -19 pandemic

    SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is an enveloped, positive, single-strand RNA virus. Currently, there are no approved vaccines to safeguard people from this virus. More than 100 projects worldwide are centred on developing a potential vaccine for the coronavirus. Vaccines under clinical development vary in type and platforms used; the types of vaccines that are mainly developed are DNA, RNA, VLP, inactivated, live attenuated, and protein subunit vaccines. The list provides details on the vaccines under clinical trial and is a ready reference for all trials in clinical and pre-clinical phases.

  • Has COVID-19 Hit Growth of Renewable Energy Sector?

    COVID-19 has impacted almost all the economies globally. Industries worldwide are adversely affected and racing to dodge the impending recession. The power generation industry, including the renewable energy sector, is also facing the fallout of the pandemic. Though the effects on the sector are vague now, these will become prominent in the upcoming months. In fact, the repercussions could be so vast that the renewable energy sector may take few years to regain normalcy.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines Under Pre-Clinical Development

    SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is an enveloped, positive, single-strand RNA virus. Currently, there are no approved vaccines to safeguard people from this virus. More than 100 projects worldwide are centred on developing a potential vaccine for the coronavirus. Vaccines under clinical development vary in type and platforms used; the types of vaccines that are mainly developed are DNA, RNA, VLP, inactivated, live attenuated, and protein subunit vaccines. The list provides details on the vaccines under clinical trial and is a ready reference for all trials in clinical and pre-clinical phases.

  • Can Quantum Computing Transform the Financial Services Industry

    Quantum computing, a popular concept, is set to transform the financial services industry. The technology has been in existence since 1981 but is still at the nascent stage. Considering its powerful real-world applications, the potential ramifications far exceed the possibilities associated with current technology. This article highlights the likely use cases of quantum computing in financial services that could contribute to the growth of the industry.

  • Solar Power Sector: Would the COVID-19 Pandemic Restrict Growth?

    Prior to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the solar energy sector had been witnessing an upward trend and growth across various geographies owing to project launches and increase in capacities. However, the pandemic has drastically changed the scenario; companies are currently witnessing decline in demand and disruptions in supply chains and will have to bear the long-term effect even after the risk of the pandemic is mitigated. How will the solar power sector respond to this impending threat?

  • COVID-19 Impact on Global Oil Industry

    The oil industry is experiencing a dual supply and demand shock due to COVID-19-led lockdown measures across the world. In 2020, global oil demand is expected to decline by 9.3 mbd compared to last year, posing severe economic threats in oil producing countries.

  • Branchless Banking: Clicks to Replace Bricks

    The fear of contracting COVID-19 and the associated quarantine measures have been keeping customers away from bank branches, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. The lockdown scenario worldwide is pushing customers more towards online banking and to becoming net savvy. As customers become more comfortable in managing finances digitally, are bank branches doomed to become altogether redundant when the pandemic ends? Will bank branches be a thing of the past? 
    We think YES!

  • The Chemicals Industry: Resilient During the COVID – 19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted the global economy thereby altering the growth trajectories of most key sectors. However, the chemicals sector seems to have remained largely unscathed and is in fact poised to benefit from new opportunities that this pandemic has presented.

  • Regulations for Defining Future Infrastructure Development

    Future contracts for infrastructure development will require clear guidelines as to how an infrastructure company should synergize its processes and comply with government regulations. After all, we live in a dynamic environment, where the landscape is changing continuously. Infrastructure is built for the society’s convenience. It is important, therefore, to assess the impact of construction on people, environment, and future-proofing. While government regulations and laws have been in place to address these aspects, adherence is by and large patchy and must be ensured.

  • XaaS – Powering the 'On-demand Economy'

    Changing business environment and increasing competition is pushing the organizations to improve operational efficiency, develop customer centric solutions, increase top-line and enhance innovation capability. In such a dynamic business environment, customers require offerings that are custom-made, available on-demand and allow digitization at a lower up-front cost. To meet these changing demands, enterprises across sectors need to transform their current product based offering to service based offerings and adopt flexible business models such as Everything-as-a Service (XaaS) to be able to form deeper customer relationships and develop predictable revenue streams.

  • Belt and Road Initiative – A Bumpy Ride

    The much-talked about Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious project of China, is set to strengthen connectivity between Europe and Asia. However, the project has run into rough weather, drawing criticism from various quarters—it is largely seen as a move by China to increase influence on smaller economies and gain entry to new markets. Will this project have a positive global impact or is it just another geopolitical move by one country aimed at self-aggrandizement?

  • Industry 4.0 – The Next Big Trend in Manufacturing Sector

    Revolution–Industry 4.0, also known as smart factories, is the forthcoming phase in digitization of the manufacturing sector where machines will interact with each other and make independent decisions. This would enable companies to improve productivity and take competition to the next level. Whether the new technology will find takers or not depends on how sustainable it is in the long term and how effectively it can translate into higher revenue, lower cost and increased productivity.

  • 5 Flaws and Fixes in P2P Lending That Could Make Banking Obsolete

    Online marketplace lending platforms — aka P2P platforms — could be a real threat to the banking sector if they get these things right.

  • 9 Things to Research Before You Enter a New Market

    One man’s ignorance is another man’s opportunity.

    In a world where external forces are impacting business’ success like never before, conventional wisdom and experience can no longer guide future strategies. To gain a strategic advantage, companies must learn about the what, where, and why of the market environment they plan to enter.

    They need a good Competitive Intelligence (CI) strategy.

  • Mobility Trends and Their Impact on Auto Industry

    The automotive industry is ready to transform with the impending transition to shared, electric and connected mobility. The transition is expected to drive change at a tremendous pace and impact all players in the automotive ecosystem. The article chalks out a series of potential scenarios as mobility trends come into full effect, and talks about how players within the ecosystem are capitalising on the opportunities.

  • Open Banking: More Than a New Compliance Norm

    The global banking sector is witnessing a lot of disruption from FinTech players. This has prompted traditional banks to focus on developing/upgrading digital capabilities to avoid being rendered obsolete by new entrants with superior personalized offerings and services.  ‘Open Banking’ is a blessing in disguise, and, if banks want to thrive, they must consider embracing open banking APIs.

  • Blockchain in Telecom – Hype or Reality

    The telecom industry has been in a state of flux as it looks to optimize operations and generate additional revenue streams. It is keen on tapping the benefits of blockchain technology. Blockchain essentially facilitates faster transaction processing and decentralized operations, thereby addressing various problems faced currently by telecom operators.

  • Trash to Treasure: Global Waste to Energy Market Scenario

    The World Bank estimates global waste levels to rise by 70% of the current level by 2050, driven by growth in urbanization and population. Rising waste level, coupled with rapid increase in consumption of energy globally and the growing need for governments to meet their renewable energy targets, has given a boost to the waste to energy market worldwide.

  • Nine Due Diligence Blunders and Ways to Avoid Them

    Due diligence seems understandable on the face of it but is difficult to implement. For PE and VC firms, making the right investment is critical to success, as it carries significant financial risks and rewards. Hence, it is important to be aware of due diligence blunders to avoid huge financial repercussions on the acquirer/investment firm.

  • Is Carbon Fiber the Future of Construction Industry?

    Over the past century, Steel and Aluminum have replaced wood as the primary material for construction projects globally. However in recent years, carbon fiber is being increasingly used to replace steel and aluminum in construction as its low weight and high load bearing capacity make it an ideal material for retro-fitment projects. In this article we have focused on the key factors driving the utilization of carbon fiber and its potential applications in the construction industry.

  • Future of US Grocery Shopping: Cheaper, Smaller, Smarter

    Is the US grocery industry witnessing a “transformation” or “disruption”?

    As grocers try to find an answer to the biggest question, it is certain that the industry is at an interesting crossroads. Grocers are increasingly feeling the impact of intense competition, whether to win price wars or attract customers to pay higher prices.

  • Myth Buster: Is Job Loss in the Financial Services Sector a By–product of the Fintech Explosion?

  • Is your business vegan-ready?

    Have you recently been to a restaurant and encountered an entire section devoted to vegan food options? Or while out shopping, are you finding retail shelves suddenly filled with vegan options for cosmetic and personal care products? If you are, don’t be surprised—this once-niche concept is now going mainstream!

  • Men’s Grooming: A Buzzword Taking Indian Millennials By Storm

    Increasing consciousness among Indian males about appearance is driving a boom in the market for traditional as well as new grooming products. Many startups with innovative offerings are giving competition to traditional market players. The sector, at a nascent stage currently, is expected to witness phenomenal growth in the medium term.

  • Digital Procurement: A Direct Materials Perspective

    Over the past few years, digital transformation has become a buzzword that has infiltrated organizational departments, including procurement. Implementation of digital technologies is considered a top priority for most CPOs in mid-to-large scale organizations. While the software market is relatively mature for indirect material procurement, organizations still struggle to find the right set of solutions to facilitate direct material procurement operations. In this article, we have focused on challenges in adopting digital technologies for direct material procurement and the type of systems global conglomerates currently have for direct procurement operations.

  • Growth and Potential of IoT-based Smart Waste Collection Technologies

    The increase in municipal waste generation, coupled with the existing inefficiencies in waste collection methods have triggered growth of smart waste collection technologies and solutions worldwide. The usage of IoT based smart solutions for waste collection lowers functional costs and allows the entities to undertake operational analytics and optimize waste collection services, thereby increasing their operation efficiencies.

  • Emerging Mobility Trends in Middle East

    Mega trends such as shared mobility, connectivity, electric vehicles and autonomous driving are making inroads into the Middle East automotive market. Changing consumer preferences and growing adoption of new technologies are driving the demand for these new mobility mega trends and shall impact all the stakeholders in the Middle East automotive industry value chain.

  • Insurance Carriers Riding with Uber

    Recent IPOs of companies such as Uber and Lyft highlight the growth experienced by ridesharing companies. However, these companies face incremental risks and cost of insurance to provide cover for their drivers and passengers. In this article, we provide insights on how ridesharing companies can offer opportunities for insurance carriers to expand their businesses and venture into the ridesharing insurance market

  • Gearing up for the Next Wave of AI in Pharmaceutical Industry – From Cost-based to Value-based models

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping business operations in the health industry. Amid the ever-evolving AI infrastructure, growth in tech-savvy patients and availability of big data, the industry is set to make a transition from using AI for controlling costs to utilizing it for improving patient care. The AI in healthcare market is estimated to reach $6.6Bn in 2021 from $600Mn in 2014, recording a CAGR of 40%; in the five years subsequent to 2021, the market is estimated to grow by more than 10 times.1 In this article, we provide insights on the applications of AI in patient-centric models for improving patient care, from diagnosis to post-treatment care.

  • Blockchain: Has It Lived up to the Hype?

    Blockchain is the coolest technology buzzword of the last decade. Has any other technological innovation of recent times generated as much interest? Most narratives over the last few years have been around how this technology was going to be the next internet, transforming the way business is conducted across industries, specifically in the financial services domain.  The reality, however, is quite different. In this article, we look at the ground realities, arguments in its favor and against, successes and failures, and our views on how the future will unfold for this much-discussed technology. Practice Category: Financial Services

  • Fintech Revolution, What’s Next…?

    Fintech revolution is the new buzzword in the financial industry which is constantly evolving. This sector has attracted several startups that are bringing technological innovations to the financial market. Investors are closely watching developments fueled by the new revolution. This article highlights the four upcoming areas in Fintech that have high probability of success and early investment opportunities. Many of these start-ups have the potential to become a unicorn and can yield high returns to its investors.

  • Vietnam - A Promising Alternative to China for Sourcing

    Over the last few decades, China has remained the leading export hub for various categories; however, the country is now losing relevance as a trade partner due to several challenges. On the other hand, due to strong growth in economy, high availability of suppliers, lower labor costs as well as multiple FTAs; Vietnam is emerging as an attractive sourcing alternative for global organizations

  • Connected Packaging: Technology Enabling Experience

    Expectations related to packaging of products are changing as consumers increasingly expect a package to do more than just keep products safe. This has given rise to the concept of 'connected packaging', which acts as an effective marketing channel bringing physical products to the digital world.

  • Connected Drug Delivery Devices: A Solution to Plug Loss of Revenue Due to Medication Non-adherence

    Price hikes, the predominant growth strategy adopted by biopharma companies, is under the scanner due to pricing pressure from patients, payers and regulators across the globe. This has created a pressing need to look at the USD 637 billion potential revenue lost due to non-adherence. In this article, we provide insights on the advantages of connected drug delivery devices in improving adherence and why biopharma companies need to establish partnership with healthcare technology providers to develop and embrace this next frontier of drug delivery devices.

  • Are Mergers and Acquisitions the Way Forward in the Global Reinsurance Industry?

    Massive claims during catastrophe makes reinsurance a risky business. A range of structural trends further undermines their performance. Amidst these challenging environment, mergers and acquisitions are a great way for reinsurers for their survival and growth.

  • Hydroponics: Pathway to food sustainability in GCC offers growth opportunities for American and European technology suppliers

    Food sustainability has become a top priority for GCC countries as rising food imports, coupled with unfavorable climatic conditions, are forcing governments to adopt unconventional farming techniques. Hydroponics is one such technique which can solve food security problems in GCC countries. In recent years, government and private investments in vertical farming in the region have increased. In this article, we provide insights on current and planned hydroponics projects in the region and possible investment opportunities in vertical farming.

  • RegTech: Innovation Meets Compliance

    RegTech, a technological innovation, is gaining traction. Part of the Fintech explosion that has taken over the world, RegTech refers to digitization of the compliance and regulatory framework for quicker and more efficient services.

  • Mini-grids: Bridging the Gap in Electricity Access

    More than a billion people across the world do not have access to electricity; this includes Africa, where a major share of the population lives without electricity. To increase electrification and link remote locations, more and more countries are looking to install mini-grids. Asia and Africa are recording higher growth in installation of mini-grids, and it is expected that by 2030, mini-grids will provide electricity to more than 500 million people globally.

  • Chemical Recycling of PET - Moving Closer to Circular Economy

    Currently, the usage of plastic is linear—it is used and discarded in oceans or landfills after one use only. However, to save the environment, plastic waste should be recycled and reused. Traditional methods used for recycling plastic waste give just 60–70% yield. Furthermore, on subsequent recycling, Recycled PET (rPET) hazes, which is not suitable for the production of packaging products. The objective of this article is to highlight alternate methods of recycling plastic waste which give 100% yield of recycled plastic, with quality as good as virgin plastic obtained from petrochemicals.

  • ‘Meatless’ Meat: Opportunities for Plant-based Protein Ingredients

    Rising concerns over environmental protection, coupled with growing health consciousness and popularity of concepts such as veganism, have created the need for meatless sources of protein. Plant-based protein ingredients are rapidly gaining acceptance as an alternative and their market share is increasing fast.

  • Will Norway Survive The Global Slump In Oil Prices?

    As lower oil prices plague markets worldwide, the Kingdom of Norway — which generates about a quarter of its GDP from the oil and gas sector — has also been affected.

  • How to Mitigate the Impact of Brexit Through Sound Procurement Practices

    While uncertainty about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union may be abating, the slew of changes it entails in everything from exchange rates and laws governing contracts to logistics and trade rules are forcing companies to reconsider their procurement strategies.

  • Lithium Polymer Batteries

    Lithium polymer batteries, or LiPo batteries, are secondary cells that find application in mobile electronics, laptops and radio-controlled equipment. W

  • 3D Printing

    3D printing is a process of creating solid objects, where consecutive layers of materials are set in three dimensions until the desired object is formed according to data fed in the modelling software or from the scan of an existing object.


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  • Winning Shelf Space: Private Labels or FMCG Brands?

    Consumer preference for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), based on quality and affordability, in the high inflationary markets led to the emergence of private labels across geographies such as Europe, China, India, and the Americas.

    Higher margins provided by the private labels in comparison to established FMCG brands have resulted in higher sales push by the retailers and hence, has augured well for the growth of private labels.

    This whitepaper is an effort to delineate the emergence of private labels and its impact on branded products in the FMCG sector.

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    A combination of several factors has resulted in developing countries like China and India replacing traditional steel-producing countries such as the US, Japan, and Germany over the past few years.  There's another shift afoot, however, and new global centers of steel production are likely to emerge before long.

  • FATCA: High-Cost Initiative To Curb Tax Evasion

    Enacted by the United States Congress in March of 2010, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a federal law meant to deter tax evasion.

    Arguably one of the US government's most controversial mandates in recent times, the act aims to curtail routes that wealthy investors and corporations usually take to stash money in tax havens abroad.

    In agreement with 112 countries, FATCA calls for greater reporting compliance and information sharing among multiple tax jurisdictions, impacting various stakeholders in the value chain, from governments, banks, and financial institutions, down to IT and consulting firms, as well as individual US citizens.

  • Obamacare: Sectoral Winners and Losers

    As Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (popularly known as Obamacare), certain sectors have emerged as clear winners and losers from the current state of implementation of the Act.

  • GCC: The Age of Digitalization is Here

    This report delves into digitalization initiatives in the GCC region aimed at improving its digital competitiveness. High competitiveness would enable GCC countries to diversify into new markets, increase industrial efficiency and productivity. Governments in these countries are implementing programs to fast track development. These efforts have prompted businesses to focus on digital transformation. Besides touching upon programs, the report highlights focus areas for stakeholders that are crucial to continue with modernization.

  • E-tail Logistics in MENA

    In this report, we have done a deep-dive analysis of the existing E-tail market and role of logistics within e-commerce in the MENA region.

  • Will COVID-19 Slow Down Electric Vehicle Revolution?

    While 2020 was supposed to fast-track the decade of EV revolution, the pandemic has slowed down its pace, at least for the near term. Delayed production and damping consumer confidence coupled with low oil prices are clearly going to be deterrents for EV uptake. OEMs are clearly in trouble as stock prices crash, supply chain disrupts and raw material price increase.

  • Global Private Equity Factbook

    Private equity deal activity has been resilient even in these turbulent times. The global pandemic and the resultant economic slowdown could test the competence of management and appraisal techniques of global PE firms.

  • China’s Luxury Market — Losing Sheen?

    China’s current economic slowdown has been a bane for the country’s millionaire club.

    A weak currency, strong ant-corruption reforms, and stiff luxury taxes are forcing global luxury brands to rethink their expansion plans in one of the world's fastest growing consumer economies. 

  • The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

    A healthcare application of IoT technologies, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) represents a new era of personalized healthcare and better living standards the world over.

    IoMT will enable machine to machine interaction, data-driven treatment, devices tailored to individual requirements, as well as intervention solutions that could enable real-time response from remote locations, allowing healthcare providers to save lives now more than ever before.

  • India Budget 2014-15 Analysis

    When the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley assumed office earlier this year, he had his task cut out for him.

  • India Budget 2013-14 Analysis

    Given the limited resources at his disposal, expectations from the finance minister were low.