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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?

  • ISO 20022: The Future of Payments

    ISO 20022 is an upcoming standard that would considerably improve the efficiency of payments and establish checks, enabling companies to transfer payments seamlessly. It is the global language for electronic payments, which would help systems worldwide to communicate and transmit significantly more data through payments. This standard would not only streamline international cross-border payments, but also drastically mitigate the reconciliation issue.

  • 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.

  • Five Benefits Insurers Can Reap From Blockchain

    Till date, the insurance sector has been weighed down by conventional, outdated, and labor-intensive operating models. However, as the industry progresses with the recent technological advancements, innovative Blockchain-based solutions could provide opportunities for insurance companies to expand as well as increase profitability. Blockchain could be the solution to various challenges encountered by global insurers.

  • Has COVID-19 Impacted the Growth Prospects for Wide Bandgap Materials?

    The COVID-19 outbreak abruptly paused the supply chain for wide-band gap materials, however reoccurrence of demand green shoots in 2Q 2020, is likely to reset the market from a proverbial pause mode to an active fast forward stage as wafer suppliers mitigate the existing supply chain conundrum and plan for a longer haul in the semiconductor material market.

  • Solutions in Medical Devices – A Rising Trend

    Technological transformations in the field of healthcare have brought forth several brilliant lifesaving innovations in medical devices. From helping individuals monitor their health regularly to acting as life support, these devices are present across the value chain. Thanks to technological advancements, many new smart devices have now entered the market, enabling healthcare providers to offer the best treatment possible.

  • Global Shortage of Shipping Containers

    Global trade has come to a standstill due to misplacement of shipping containers. While Asia is facing a major shortage and is unable to transport goods, these containers are being piled up in the US and other European countries. Asian nations are considering various solutions to streamline container requirements and resolve supply chain disruption. However, the repercussions of this shortage could be felt until 2022.

  • Sustainability Measures and Government Regulations to Bolster Aluminium Recycling

    Better recyclability and lower energy consumption have driven the adoption of recycled aluminum over past decade. However practical challenges with the collection mechanism, coupled with resistance from primary aluminum producers have relatively slowed down the rate of growth in demand. Going ahead, a favorable regulatory environment and on-going work on developing closed loop ecosystems are expected to help the recycled aluminum industry tide over the challenges.

  • The Need for Sustainable Building Material

    The demand for sustainable building materials has been slowly rising over the past few years. Apart from the eco-friendly factor, there are several other advantages of using these materials; yet their adoption rate remains limited. There is an imminent need to increase awareness about these materials and the benefits they accord as this would further encourage the construction industry to deploy sustainable material on a large scale.

  • Organic Food - A Growing Trend Amid the Pandemic

    Health, fitness, and organic have been buzzwords on the global food scene for some years now. The recent pandemic has further accorded prominence to the concept of healthy living via food choices. This trend has spurred an increase in the demand for health supplements, fitness programs, and organic food. Data shows that demand for organic foods, which was already on a steady rise over the past few years, has suddenly spiked in the backdrop of the pandemic. So, is this a short-term trend or a long-term effect that would outlast the pandemic?

  • Alternative Funding Options for Start-ups During the Current Recessionary Times

    Due to the current recessionary times, investor sentiment is at an all-time low. This has hit start-ups seeking funding from venture capitalists and the investor community. However, entrepreneurs can currently explore alternative funding options. Benefits of these options could increase their prominence in the future.

  • The Future of Commercial Real Estate

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, commercial spaces across the globe have remained shut, but have now started opening gradually. Currently, offices and commercial spaces are functioning at limited capacity, and companies are implementing stringent safety measures to ensure the health of their employees. The rental earnings of many commercial spaces have been impacted, as most industries are suffering from the financial fallout due to the pandemic. Companies are reconsidering the commercial real estate spaces they own, and they are planning to downsize or invoke WFH strategies as part of their operational guidelines. What will be the future of commercial real estate in these uncertain times?

  • What will be the “New Normal” for Physical Retail?

    As the lockdowns ease and the world restarts, one of the worst-hit sectors, physical retail stores, have also opened their doors. While various countries are working on or introducing vaccines, the fear of COVID-19 will not be erased soon. To combat this, the retail sector will have to redesign the shopping experience and introduce new ideas to ensure that all safety regulations are met and business continuity is maintained.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Privatization of India’s Power Sector – A New Opportunity

    The Indian government recently proposed the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, which could help re-energize the country’s power sector and attract foreign investment. The advent of the pandemic worsened the situation for a beleaguered industry already battling operational and financial inefficiencies. The reforms proposed could well be the solution to revive the sector. The bill proposing privatization of electricity distribution is currently with state governments for approval. If passed, it will open the doors to this sector for private domestic players as well as international entities seeking to explore its potential.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Green Chemistry: Promoting Sustainability in the Paints and Coating Industry

    Rising concerns such as chemicals leaching into the environment, occupational health hazards faced by workers, etc., have led several companies to proactively adopt “green chemistry” or sustainable chemistry, which promotes the development of sustainable products as well as efficient processes and systems.

  • Construction Technology Trend – Prefabrication

    The construction industry is in the throes of a massive shift as it embraces innovative technologies to improve productivity, reduce lead times, and ensure the safety of its workforce. One such new trend – prefabrication – is rapidly gaining popularity. Prefabrication allows the optimal utilization of resources, enables smooth operations, and ensures high-quality construction work.

  • Evolution of the Bio-based Chemicals Market: Growth and Commercialization Strategies

    The bio-based chemicals and polymers market is growing exponentially owing to the increasing need for environmentally sustainable solutions. Key players have introduced innovative products and processes and are also collaborating with back-end players in the value chain to further fuel the growth of this market. Backed by government incentives and the growing awareness of the need to control climate change, the bio-based chemicals and polymers market is expected to flourish in the coming decade.

  • Gig Economy – An Emerging Concept

    Gig economy refers to a new work environment adopted by young professionals. While the concept has many takers in developed countries, it is being encouraged in emerging economies as they look to improve their employment rate and economic value. Certain preconditions need to be met to ensure the success of gigs as a source of income. However, the outlook for this business model is positive and it is soon expected to be a big contributor to the global economy.

  • Sustainability in Procurement – Textile Industry

    Sustainability is the need of the hour and industries across the world are embedding this concept in their strategic plans. The textile industry, which forms the backbone of the fashion trade, is introducing changes in its processes and gradually implementing them. However, textile, apparel, and fashion companies face certain challenges in the complete adoption of sustainability. Can they overcome these obstacles and move ahead?

  • Recycling Construction Waste – Toward a Sustainable Future

    Increased awareness regarding the environment has brought to fore the need to adopt sustainable and environment-friendly practices by various industry verticals, including construction. By the nature of its activity, the construction sector accounts for a significant share in construction and demolition waste. Instead of ending up in landfills, this waste can be more productively used to create sustainable by-products. With new government regulations and LEED certification requirements, construction waste management has gained prominence. There are numerous methods for construction companies to reuse waste. This practice not only has a positive impact on the environment but is also cost-effective for companies and boosts their brand image.

  • Sustainability In Procurement – Packaging Industry

    The objective of achieving sustainability has cascaded to all industries and raw material, including packaging. One of the main components of the packaging industry is plastic, which is known to have a harmful effect on the environment. The industry is now looking at other options to lessen the use of plastic, thus majorly impacting procurement in the packaging industry.

  • Do Legal Firms Need Market Research?

    Like any other organization, legal firms need to conduct market research to develop a strategic blueprint for their long-term growth plans. Market research allows a legal firm to gain access to data regarding their customers, markets, competition, and the overall external business environment. This allows a legal firm to effectively compete with its peers, as well as retain customers.

  • Emerging Trends in Beauty Industry in 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and the way we live. Likewise, the beauty industry is adapting to the new normal. The beauty market, which was growing steadily, saw an initial drop when the pandemic hit, but remained resilient and has now bounced back. New ideas and initiatives are being introduced by big beauty brands to ensure continued consumer interest and loyalty. The beauty industry is now evolving and embracing the new trends brought by the pandemic.

  • Sustainability in Procurement – Chemical Industry

    The chemical industry has always been in the red zone and accused of being the major contributor to environmental degradation. However, rising concerns about sustainability have prompted this industry to make changes in procurement and other processes and thereby contribute its bit to help the world meet its sustainability targets. The industry is, therefore, looking at renewable raw materials to create bio-based plastics, pesticides, and surfactants. One of the main participants of ‘bio-economy’, the chemical industry is evolving to become more environment-friendly.

  • Air Purification Devices – A Growing Business

    Amid the growing threat of air pollution, demand for air purification devices has increased. While these devices have been around for some time, new technologies and innovations in this sector have facilitated their upgrade for higher efficiency and effectiveness. The outlook for the sector is positive in the light of its growth potential.

  • How Can Gig Economy Become Sustainable?

    The growth in gig economy notwithstanding, there are several hurdles to its largescale adoption. Lack of regulation, zero benefits and absence of job security are some of the major challenges confronting this model. Other issues are payment delays and uncertainty about payment creating mental distress. For gig economy to become sustainable and get integrated with a country’s economy, it needs to be more structured.

  • Online Retail – Massive Shift Due to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated expansion in online shopping, which was already on a steady growth trajectory. E-commerce has become the only retail option for several consumers and even the technically shy customers are gravitating toward it. The boost has given an impetus to the Direct-to-Consumer business model and various FMCG brands are quickly adopting this model to evolve. Is this shift to online retail permanent or will customers prefer physical retail once the pandemic ends? It remains to be seen.

  • Sustainability in Procurement – Paints and Coating Industry

    Sustainability has become a key goal of companies across industries. The paint and coating industry is also taking measures to embed sustainability within its value chain. Companies in this industry are adopting bio-degradable and renewable sources of raw materials to restrict carbon footprint. However, they should be consistent in their efforts to make a reasonably positive impact.

  • Sustainability in Procurement – Consumer Goods Industry

    Consumer goods – especially FMCG – is a growing market due to the booming population. Unfortunately, their manufacture, packaging, and disposability are significant contributors to environmental degradation. As consumer awareness of environment protection increases, consumer goods companies now find it imperative to build in sustainability in their value chain and procurement practices. Many companies have already started moving in this direction while others will have to soon follow.

  • Increase in Industrial-Grade Ethanol Prices: The COVID-19 Impact

    The COVID-19 outbreak led to a surge in the demand for industrial ethanol for sanitizer applications in 1H20. However, the supply chain disruptions caused by the worldwide lockdowns resulted in shortage of ethanol in Europe and the US. This supply and demand gap spiked the prices of ethanol in various regions of the world.

  • Value-based Healthcare: Redefining Access and Reimbursement

    Healthcare is becoming increasingly expensive and complex across the globe, with the development of new-age therapies, treatments, and drugs. Among the emerging models of healthcare, value-based healthcare is gradually gaining acceptance worldwide. A proactive, efficient, and preventive health model, it is based on an integrated approach of managing wellness instead of just disease and illness. It also includes use of available technologies and data to enhance the treatment for patients. Value-based healthcare models are beneficial for both caregivers and patients.

  • Sustainable Procurement – Moving Toward A Cleaner Future

    Years of environmental degradation and pollution have finally brought about the dreaded climate change, the effects of which are evident in the rising global temperature. Is there a way to maintain the delicate ecological balance and stop further harm to our planet?

  • Can an Export Promotion Council Become a Catalyst for the Economy?

    An export promotion council (EPC) is established with the objective of boosting a country’s presence in foreign markets and consequently strengthening its economy. EPCs of some emerging countries are unable to meet these expectations due to various reasons. While there is no dearth of local wares that would find a foreign market, certain inefficiencies hold them back. Can EPCs across the globe play a pivotal role in enhancing a country’s exports?

  • Alternative Investment Funds in India - A Comparison with the West

    India’s alternative investment space is an expanding domain, where investors are investing significantly for ownership and leveraging a higher risk/reward potential. The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced alternative investment funds (AIFs) in 2012, primarily to boost asset classes such as venture capital, private equity, angel, and real estate funds. These funds are mainly intended for investments from HNIs and institutional investors. This article ponders upon the current AIF scenario in India and draws a comparison between the AIF industry in India and in the West (the US and Europe), and how the latter has benefitted from retail participation in the AIF sector.

  • The Green Era and Sustainable Fashion

    Fast fashion debuted on the world scene barely two decades ago, but soon made inroads into wardrobes everywhere. With various brands jumping on the bandwagon, the trend caught on quickly. However, its negative impact on the environment and spiraling labor exploitation issues have tarnished its shine. Brands are now looking at sustainable, ethical practices to remain the top choice of new-age, environmentally aware consumers.

  • Healthy Fast Food: Will This be a Sustainable Trend?

    Fast food has always been associated with terms such as “unhealthy”, “fat-laden”, and “cholesterol booster”. Recently, these concepts are fallings away as a new trend of healthy fast food emerges, catching the fancy of millennials and Gen Z. Rising awareness about consuming healthy meals and promoting an environment-friendly lifestyle are factors prompting a change in consumer preferences. The demand for vegetarian, organic, and vegan options is on the rise; the global pandemic also played a key role in popularizing healthy consumption habits. The fast-food industry is now ready to cash in on this emerging trend.

  • Digital Therapeutics: Transforming Medical Treatment Experience

    Digital therapeutics (DTx), an emerging segment of the digital health industry, comprise software- and evidence-based therapeutic interventions; these interventions can prevent, manage, and treat medical disorders such as chronic diseases. DTx enhance drug efficacy using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, thereby enabling the transformation of medical treatment experience. The way forward for industry stakeholders is to facilitate the adoption of DTx. The solution providers must identify the current gaps in medical treatment, pharma companies should find the right technology partners with experience in DTx, and insurance companies must provide coverage for DTx products.

  • 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!

  • GCC Infrastructure & Construction: Impact of COVID–19

    Amongst the GCC nations, Saudi Arabia and the UAE account for nearly 2/3rd of the construction & infrastructure projects planned in the GCC region. With some of the mega infrastructure projects mainly driven by government, the unprecedented decline in oil prices due to COVID-19 will make a huge dent in government’s revenue streams indirectly cutting back spends on infrastructure projects. While construction sector in the GCC witnessed a slowdown in 2020, the strong pipeline of projects across the region and the governments’ focus on diversification towards non-oil sectors will drive the revival in construction post 2020.

  • Growth of Organic Skincare Products

    Organic skincare has caught the fancy of new-age consumers exploring natural and sustainable products in all categories. Its steady growth across the globe took a moderate hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the market is now set to recover and continue its upward trajectory. The segment has its set of challenges, despite which the sector would grow, as gauged by the increase in interest from investors, along with positive estimates.

  • Challenges from Changing Biocides Regulatory Environment

    Biocides, often used as disinfectants and preservatives in paints and coatings, water treatment, personal care and home care products, have increasingly been subjected to a stringent regulatory environment. This has resulted in significant cost increases for companies due to compliance requirements. Due to this many small and mid-sized players are pushed out of the market as they are unable to undertake such extensive capital outlays on market authorizations. Product formulators are striving to develop suitable environment-friendly alternatives to high risk biocides, as an increasing number of countries are implementing regulatory controls on their usage.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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  • Can Banking Shape Up in a Digital World?

    While we’re still trying to figure out the “Internet of Things” and how it could possibly change anything, you’ve probably missed a silent revolution that’s already well underway.

  • Improved Wastewater Recycling Technologies — Feasible Solutions to Future Scarcity

    Over 663 million people across the world don’t have access to clean drinking water.  We’ll have 40% less potable water than what we’ll need in 2030. With growing populations relying on shrinking freshwater sources, it’s imperative that we, as a species, get serious about sustainability and prudent use of our dwindling water reserves.

  • Can China’s Steel Industry Survive Increased Global Protectionism?

    As China’s biggest customers stem the flood of cheaper Chinese steel to safeguard their domestic markets, her overstocked steel industry will have to shape up to compete on a level playing field.

  • Robust Growth Expected in the Global Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Industry

    A synergy of structural aesthetics and solar technology could be a world of new possibilities for eco-friendly architecture.

  • Clean Energy — The North American Way

    The North American continent has united to embrace clean energy for the future.

  • IoT Could Make a Difference in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Supply Chains

    The digitization of data and processes across the value chain coupled with the Internet of Things (IoT) could transform the pharmaceutical industry. 

  • Engineering Plastics Growth in the US Led by Nylon and ABS

    There’s a growing market for engineering plastics in the US, spurred by metal replacement, 3D printing and photovoltaics.

  • Chinese Crude Imports Driven by OPEC Debt, Not Local Demand

    China’s insatiable thirst for crude oil imports isn’t due to a surge in consumption; it’s got more to do with a spot of luck that’s allowed the country to shore up its strategic petroleum reserves.

  • China Joins The FATCA Ride; Introduces Own Version

  • Russia Criticizes the US FATCA; Follows Up With A Last-Minute Law

  • QSR Strategy In India: On Fast Route To Smaller Towns

  • FATCA Making Hong Kong A Costly Route To Mainland China

  • Privatizing India’s Cottage Industries — Popular Apparel Brands Retail Khadi Wares

    India’s home-grown hand-spun fabric is going mainstream, with big apparel brands taking up the erstwhile cottage industry.

  • Artificial Intelligence Could Boost Good Governance

    Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) is definitely gaining significant ground among enterprises. It can also help governments to usher in better governance, and ultimately, improve overall growth and development. 

  • Why P&G’s Deal with Coty on its Beauty Business May be a Win-Win

  • Why the U.S. Needs Automation to Keep Manufacturing Jobs Viable

    The current Trump administration, in conjunction with the manufacturing sector, would have to address a growing need to convert an existing ‘semi-skilled’ workforce to a ‘tech-skilled’ workforce, which would directly align itself with the march of automation.

  • The Bayer Monsanto Deal is Set to Transform the Agri-business Industry

    Under pressure to shield its turf from increasing market consolidation, Bayer may have finally found the firm footing it needs.

  • Could Private Labels Dominate Seasoned Brands in India's Growing FMCG Market?

    Competition is heating up in India’s FMCG market with retailers peddling their own private labels.

    Should big brands be wary?

  • Transport and Communication Services are the Fastest Growing Sectors in India

    With over 1.33 billion citizens, India has a lot of people that need to get around and keep in touch.

  • Discovering Opportunities for Business Growth Through Market Sizing

    In the competitive and changing business environment today, it is difficult to sustain growth. Organizations across geographies are faced with the same fundamental question – how do we grow?

  • Things to avoid while on-boarding a market research company

    Access to relevant and current information is the key to success in today’s highly competitive business environment. However, this is not always easy to do in-house. It may become essential to involve a market research agency. Having said this, there are certain do’s and don’ts that need to be followed while engaging one. This article takes a look at things that should be kept in mind.

  • Go To Market Strategy: Key to Success

    Every organization keen on introducing new products/services must have a clear go to market strategy or roadmap for a successful and smooth launch. The strategy clearly defines the role of each function and the need for collaboration among them for a seamless market entry. There are various aspects that need to be evaluated and analyzed to create a comprehensive and effective blueprint.

  • Five emerging trends likely to shape the workplace

    Digital transformation is modifying our work environment gradually. With more sophisticated technologies and wider connectivity, workplaces as we know today will undergo a complete change in the coming decade. Needless to add, this cannot happen without a simultaneous shift in mind-set. The articles explores some key trends likely to usher in the revolutionary change.

  • Significance of Procurement Research

    Large organizations are shifting their focus toward developing a procurement strategy based on detailed procurement research. Procurement research, including detailed insights on the current and future market trends (check this addition), allows organizations to manage supply chain risks, as well as achieve operational efficiency.

  • Feasibility Study – An Essential Aspect of Project Planning

    Every organization evaluating a new business opportunity needs to do an in-depth assessment before taking the plunge. The process, a feasibility study, not just helps the organization in deciding whether or not to proceed with the idea but also helps in aligning objectives with the external environment to create a winning strategy. The study also enables key stakeholders such as financial investors and senior management to take an informed decision.

  • Hotels: Can the Industry Ride Out the Downturn?

    COVID-19 has affected all industries, hospitality being the worst hit. The complete ban on travel is costing the tourism sector billions of dollars. Challenges notwithstanding, the point is can hotels use this time effectively to prepare for the new reality likely to emerge in the post-pandemic period?

  • Five Rules to Successfully Innovate During a Downturn

    Companies should focus on saving cost and treading cautiously amid downturns, right? Yes, but this is also the time to re-strategize and re-invent. Innovations and investment in R&D (where possible) should become an important consideration during these tough times. This would help in being cost-effective, increase efficiency, and realize long-term benefits. Here are a few tips for companies in this regard.

  • COVID–19: Making Case for Digitalization in Procurement

    Procurement, a key process, if affected adversely could result in a huge loss for the organization, especially in manufacturing. The current pandemic has unveiled the threats facing supply chain and how vulnerable it can be rendered. However, digitalization in procurement could help organizations to be better prepared.

  • Trends Changing the Face of FMCG in Asia

    The FMCG sector is growing, especially in Asia. Various technological, demographic and economic changes in the region have given rise to certain trends. For multinationals looking to enter the Asian market, lured by its attractiveness, it is important to scrutinize the trends and accordingly plan out their business strategies.

  • Back to Work – What Will Be the New Normal at Workplaces After COVID–19?

    The pandemic led to months of lockdown, restrictions on movement, and sealing of borders, pushing the global economy to the verge of collapse. Now, workplaces and offices are reopening. However, safety rules and regulations will need to be incorporated to ensure there is no resurgence. What lies ahead is a ‘new normal’, which we must accept and adapt to.

  • New Category Creation: A Decisive Growth Strategy

    New category creation is a well-established and successful route to tap new markets. It refers to upgrading an existing class of product or service to a new level by modifying or adding features. While usually associated with disruptive technologies and innovations, it can also be a part of regular strategy to yield more benefits. However, despite the advantages, category creation is not as widely adopted as it should be.

  • Miracle Drugs - Promising Hope

    Advancements in medical research have led to the discovery of drugs that cure diseases earlier considered fatal, thereby increasing the lifespans of those suffering as well as improving their quality of life. Currently, pharmaceutical companies are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, and going by previous track records, may soon be able to help the world win this battle as well.

  • Data Monetization - A Potential Revenue Stream

    Due to technological advancements and IoT-connected enterprises, organizations have access to massive amounts of data generated on a daily basis. While companies primarily use data internally to improve their products, services, and processes, data can also become a potential revenue stream. Many companies have already recognized data as an invaluable asset, and they are devising strategies to use data for commercial purposes. However, successful implementation of such strategies requires cultivation of “data culture”.

  • Social Enterprises: A Business Model for Change

    As the world slowly starts to emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, it needs to change its ways. As businesses move on, they realize they cannot work with the sole objective of ‘maximum profit’. They also need to contribute to society and the environment they thrive in. Hence, the concept of social enterprises will gain prominence as more incumbents and new businesses adopt this model and design strategies around it.

  • Need for Digital Innovations in the Infrastructure Industry

    Innovative technologies are disrupting every industry including infrastructure. Digitization would soon change the style of development and operation of infrastructure. Such innovations would ensure that labor-intensive activities involved in the construction of infrastructure become increasingly mechanized, facilitating the reduction in both cost and time taken to have these essential structures up and running.

  • Can Blockchain Revolutionize the Procurement Process?

    Technology continues to change the way businesses operate, bringing in efficiency, improving productivity, and reducing errors. Among several technologies, blockchain has seen acceptance in various aspects of a business, including the procurement process. Due to its many advantages, organizations across the world are now adopting blockchain to streamline their supply chain. Blockchain has many benefits, such as creation of smart contracts and removal of middlemen, due to which it can add immense value to the procurement process.

  • Seven Ways a Market Research Company Can Add Value

    Market research entails systematic gathering and analysis of data for a specific business environment. The company can use the information collected to take strategic decisions regarding its product or service. An essential process for both existing and new businesses, it helps in avoiding costly mistakes.

  • Business Models for Cloud Kitchens

    Cloud kitchens, or virtual/ghost kitchens, are eateries that operate only on the delivery model and do not have a dining area. With the expansion of e-commerce and the preference to have everything, including food delivered to your doorsteps, this concept in now catching up. Multiple benefits and flexible business models are attracting an increasing number of food entrepreneurs and startups to this sector, which is poised to grow exponentially.

  • Satellite TV in a tussle with OTT wave

    The evolving entertainment landscape has endured various changes. Today, satellite and cable TV face intense competition from over-the-top (OTT) platforms, which offer personalized content at a faster rate. Will satellite and cable TV be able to fight this threat or will this new innovation lead to their slow death? A perspective.

  • Additive Manufacturing — The Next Industrial Revolution?

    Often heralded as ‘the next industrial revolution’, Additive Manufacturing’s  unique processes, techniques, and technologies open up new grounds for innovation, offering a range of logistical, economic, and technical advantages in the manufacturing space.

  • Does FATCA Translate To Higher Reporting And Compliance Costs?

  • The Healthcare Industry Could Have a Lot Riding on IoT

    Although just a small sub-set of IoT’s potential applications, its ability to revolutionize the mundane in healthcare and medicine is spurring some interesting developments.

  • 5 Differences the Internet of Things (IoT) Can Make to Healthcare

    With all the imaginative, nay, fanciful solutions to real-world problems that IoT can deliver, the healthcare industry has a lot to gain.

  • IoT Could Save Billions in Healthcare Costs Across the US and Europe

    Despite its nascent stage of development and deployment, the global healthcare industry could leverage IoT to develop an affordable, accessible, and quality care ecosystem.

  • The Global Smart Lighting Market is Poised for Growth

    Factors such as government subsidies, growing demand for energy-efficiency, as well as next generation intelligent utility and facilities management solutions will drive the smart lighting market.

  • Microbial Fuel Cells Could Power the Future

    Technologies that utilize microbial metabolisms to break down organic/inorganic matter in order to produce an electrical current could be a promising solution for both power generation and waste management in the future.

  • The Great Media Sale Is On!

  • Why Measuring Supplier Satisfaction Is More Critical Than It Looks?

    Suppliers are a mission-critical component of any supply chain. However, ironically, businesses tend to miss out on assessing supplier satisfaction qualitatively. Here’s why it is imperative to regularly measure the pulse and know where to begin.

  • Can New Shape Memory Alloys Become The Next Big Actuators?

  • 4 Ways to Get the Best ROI on Supplier Satisfaction Surveys

    Supplier satisfaction drives optimal quality and performance down the supply chain, and influence customer satisfaction and business prosperity. Hence, knowing what to ask to measure it regularly is critical. Here are the 4 ways that help you get the best out of your supplier satisfaction surveys.

  • Will India’s Auto Industry Pay the Price for Clean Air?

    13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India.

    In a quest to reduce air pollution, the Indian Supreme Court banned registrations for cars with diesel engines that exceeded 2,000cc capacity, a ban imposed within the nation’s capital until March 31, 2016.

    This ban has now been extended indefinitely, and will likely be enforced in other states as well.

    While a noble and necessary reform, could this policy cause more harm than good in India?

  • What Trump Presidency May Mean For Manufacturing?

    Following a protectionist policy alone will not help the US in the long run as the global shifts in manufacturing will always follow both demand dynamics and cost advantages. Intense lobbying is expected in early 2017 between the Corporate America and the Trump administration, and a compromise solution is the one that is most likely to emerge.

  • Supplier Diversity — Are You Benchmarking Correctly?

    An inability to determine the right parameters for success and not knowing the best performance benchmarks can easily derail even the most robust supplier diversity program. Benchmarking is your first step. Know what's the best way forward.

  • Secondary Sale — How Not to Turn it Into a 409A Nightmare

    A Founders’ Stock sale can have serious and far reaching implications on the pricing of stock options due to 409A provisions.
    While the extent of the impact can vary significantly, it’s important to understand when this affects companies the most as well as how they can structure such transactions to mitigate these effects.

  • Will Rising Oil Prices Hit Saudi Arabia's Petrochemical Margins?

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical sector could see a dip in their margins post 2Q if oil prices keep rising.

  • Founder’s Stock Sale — How Not to Turn it Into a 409A Nightmare

    A Founders’ Stock sale can have serious and far reaching implications on the pricing of stock options due to 409A provisions.
    While the extent of the impact can vary significantly, it’s important to understand when this affects companies the most as well as how they can structure such transactions to mitigate these effects.

  • Abolishing Subsidies — Saudi Arabia’s Quest to Curb Deficit

  • Are Smart Homes Still a Thing of the Future?

    Smart home technology is becoming a very serious business.

    We take a hard look at the market, which, like the others, is grappling with economic challenges and imbalances.

    Are entrepreneurs in the space seeing their grand vision come true?

    Are start-ups really making a mark?

    Is innovation living up to its hype?

    Read on for some of the answers.


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30 special reports found for business-research:

  • 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.

  • The Disruptive Power of Virtual Currency: Is it Real?

    Virtual currency has been a debated concept within the technology community in the past few years, as transactions through this medium do not require any third party’s involvement.

  • Is the Center of Steel Production Shifting Again?

    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.

  • Pipeline Assessment – Immuno-oncology and Gene Therapies

    Immuno-oncology (I-O) and gene therapy, given their therapeutic significance, have attracted substantial commercial interest recently. The US NIH and 11 pharmaceutical companies formed the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), focused on advancement of treatments in the I-O space. Innovation in gene therapy has the potential to transform patient care by replacing long-term therapy with a single treatment. Increasing investment in R&D activities, coupled with the growing prevalence and diagnosis of target diseases such as cancer and neurological conditions, is expected to drive growth in these markets.

  • Small Is Powerful – Micro M&A in the US and Europe

    Micro M&A are deals having a transaction size of less than USD100 mn. In the last five years, there has been considerable activity (~38,400 announced deals) in the micro M&A market in the US and Europe across well-established traditional as well as technology-focused sectors. Interestingly, large companies (revenue >USD500 million) are also very active in this space, creating significant value for their shareholders.

  • Global Private Equity Fact Book – Q2 2021

    Private equity (PE) activity across the globe grew significantly with a rise in capital invested, despite the decline in deal volume in Q2 2021. Deal activity is expected to remain robust due to abundant dry powder and strong valuation.

  • Global Banking Social Media Index

    Social media is no longer a novel concept but is being widely used by billions of users around the world. For the last few years, a number of corporates and financial institutions have been employing social media as the means of primary digital communication between them and their customers. This approach has enabled many global banking firms to broaden their reach to customers and address them at large. However, are all banks doing everything right to make their social media usage impactful? Are the strategies for every bank in place to get the best out of social media platforms? This report looks at how banking giants across the world are performing on social media metrics by assessing them on certain parameters. The report also identifies top banks that stand out as effective users of social media channels and what are they doing right in terms of strategies.

  • Microbiome Based Therapies - Emerging Therapy Area

    Microbiome-based therapeutics is a promising field with applications in various therapeutic areas. It has attracted significant commercial interest, especially in the oncology and immunology spaces. Around 575 clinical trials were launched and over 640 microbiome-related patents granted in 2020. Entry of major pharmaceutical players, government initiatives, product development in multiple therapy areas, rapid scientific innovations and newer technologies are some of the key drivers for the microbiome market. MSD, Takeda, and AstraZeneca are among the major pharmaceutical players investing in the microbiome space through partnerships/collaborations with key emerging biotech players.

  • Emerging Trends Shaping the Collision Repair Industry

    With the COVID-19 pandemic slowing mobility in most countries, VMT and collision levels have fallen to an all-time low. Multiple waves and newer variants are further dragging recovery down. Despite the chaos, certain mega trends in the industry and changing customer demand continue to attract stakeholders worldwide. Players are focusing on improving shop performance and building a stronger technical infrastructure to gain competitive advantage in this space. Here is a sneak peek into the emerging trends and their likely impact on the prospects of the collision repair industry.

  • Global Clean Energy Industry Outlook Special Report

    The renewable energy sector recorded significant growth over the last decade driven by technological innovation, reduction in cost and government support. Solar and wind are the key segments of renewable energy witnessing higher adoption, especially in Europe, the US and APAC countries. During the first half of 2020, both segments recorded sluggish growth principally due to COVID-19-triggered lockdowns. Consequently, the entire renewable energy supply chain took a hit, resulting in project delays. However, recovery in the sector is expected to be fast as countries have increased focus on sustainable sources of energy in the post-COVID-19 lockdown period.

  • Single-Use Plastics Directive (A Shift Towards Sustainable Food Packaging)

    Europe accounts for 1/5th of the world’s plastic production. Europe’s share in global plastic production dropped from ~25% at the start of the decade to ~20% in 2019. In recent years, Europe has witnessed a fall in plastic demand due to awareness about sustainable economy. Waste collection and treatment processes in the region have been significantly modified to increase recycling and decrease landfill.

  • Global Private Equity Fact Book (Special Edition)

    The traditional sectors such as TMT, manufacturing, and industrials have been dominating the global private equity investments over the years. However, over the last few years, investment in new age sectors such as FinTech, enterprise applications and infrastructure, and HealthTech are gaining interest, which has been further accelerated by the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Unlocking Private 5G Network Opportunities – Where is the Money?

    With spending on private 5G networks expected to cross USD4.5 billion by 2025, this is too important an opportunity to be missed by vendors and service providers. Download our report to get more details on the markets and use cases driving this market and the critical questions one must answer to capitalize on this growth.

  • Global Infrastructure Fact Book with Focus on APAC - Q4 2020

    In the post-lockdown phase, countries are implementing measures to reignite their economies. Policymakers view infrastructure development as a critical tool to boost employment and support economic recovery. This report evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on some key economies in the APAC region, the major ongoing projects there, and the recovery trajectory expected by these economies to revert to their pre-COVID-19 construction levels.

  • What's Behind Japan's M&A Boom

    Japan's M&A activity has remained resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with Japanese firms investing around USD115 Bn to acquire domestic and international companies. The M&A activity has been primarily driven by focus on global expansion and diversification strategies.

  • Global Structural Bio-polymers Market

    Recyclability and sustainability initiatives, coupled with regulatory developments, are driving increased adoption of bio-polymers globally. Aranca’s special report on the structural bio-polymers market assesses the current market dynamics, recent developments and outlines the key tailwinds and challenges that are likely to shape the outlook going forward.

  • Shopping for Digital Capabilities – What’s Driving M&A Activity in Global Insurance?

    For several years, the financial services industry has led technological adoption to streamline business operations. Following its suit, the insurance ecosystem is also looking to shift from conventional methods and acquire technologies focusing on risk management, data analytics, and digital marketplaces.

  • 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.

  • Global Private Equity Fact Book

    The global private equity (PE) segment was characterized by an increase in deal sizes and a significant increase in exits in Q4 2020. The rapid recovery in investment activity is expected to continue in 2021.

  • Global Private Equity Fact Book

    Private equity (PE) investment activity rebounded in Q3 2020, as economies reopened and edged toward the path of recovery. The PE sector has been resilient even amid the current turbulent environment and is expected to pick up further with the opening of markets and uptick in economic activity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Global Private Equity Fact Book - Q3 2021

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