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  • Impact of digitization on Indian E-tail market

    Digitization, aided by remarkable growth in internet and smartphone users as well as reduction in smartphone prices, has triggered a major transformation in the Indian retail market. The rapid development of the digital market, coupled with favorable government reforms, higher capital outlays, and investment by foreign majors, is driving a gradual shift from retail to online retail. The uptrend in online retail is only expected to strengthen, unleashing immense growth opportunities.

  • 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 There an E-commerce Bubble in India?

    The 1600s witnessed a surge in the demand for tulips.

  • Will COVID-19 be a game changer for retail fashion?

    Stephen Covey once said, "If there's one thing that's uncertain in business, it's uncertainty."
    This holds true especially in current times, given the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty surrounding its impact on the society and economy. Despite the challenges posed by epidemics, they often pave the way for innovation and bigger opportunities. This article explores how fashion retailers are coping with the crisis and looking at alternative avenues.

  • Payment Banks: A Paradigm Shift in India’s Banking System?

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted 'in-principle' approval to eleven entities that allows them to set up payment banks.

  • Are institutional brokerage rates in the US headed toward ‘zero’, in line with retail brokerage rates?

    On October 2, 2019, some of the largest online stock brokers in the US – Charles Schwab, E*Trade, and TD Ameritrade – mirrored each other’s moves in cutting the commission/fee charged for online trading to zero. The impact was immediately reflected on their shares prices that tanked as much as 12% (Schwab) to 28% (Ameritrade), depending on the share of revenue generated from commissions. While the quick succession in which fees were slashed has caught everyone’s attention, the latest round is only the most recent in a multi-year battle to retain customers and attract new ones (younger) amid direct competition (the ‘Robinhood’ model of zero fees) and changing industry dynamics (continued shift to passive investing). The decline in revenues following the cut in fees would prompt retail brokers to look for various ways to bridge the gap (cost cuts, consolidation, and diversification of revenues). While it is difficult to predict what would follow next in the retail broking space, the pressure on institutional broking will most likely intensify as the ripple effects of rates being slashed to zero spread industry-wide.

  • 3 Reasons Why Most European Banks Will Recall Legacy Tier 1 Bonds in 2017

    Commerzbank and Standard Chartered surprised bondholders in November last year when they decided against exercising the call option on high-coupon fixed-rate legacy tier 1 bonds that are due in 2017.

    Their decision could be outliers rather than ominous however, driven largely by factors that aren’t likely to sway most other European banks.

  • Six Sectors That Could Boom During the Trump Administration

    Here’s where to put your money if the Trump administration sticks to its guns.

  • Investing in Saudi’s Consumer Staples

    Consumer Staples, prized for their slow but steady growth in investment portfolios, are generating higher alpha than ever before.

    They’ve not only been more resilient to the usual market headwinds but also have tremendous potential to grow, bolstered by technological disruptors and a growing consumer base among the world’s emerging market middle class.

  • 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.

  • Smart Clothing – Apparels That Can Sense, React & Adapt to Stimuli

    The increasing trend of patent filing in smart clothing over the last five years is indicative of the extensive research undertaken in the design and fabrication of smart apparel.

  • Indian Government Invalidates Large Currency Denominations — Could This Affect the Nation’s Liquidity and GDP?


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  • 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!

  • Why Tech Watch Should Be a Part of Your Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategy

    “Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

    ― Andy Rooney

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Why Technology Surveillance Tools Are Not Enough for Tech Watch

    When technology evolves at a breakneck pace, it is necessary for dynamic organizations to track the innovations and technological developments affecting their area of business, and be aware of the opportunities — and threats — coming their way.

  • Ramadan - The Impact on Saudi Stock Market

    We observed that the Ramadan has a pronounced impact on the Saudi stock market as measured by its all-share index TASI, when we analyzed past eight years’ stock market data.

  • Yes Bank Fiasco: End of AT1 bond issuance in India?

    Yes Bank had been under stress for some time, marred by low capital adequacy and asset quality issues. RBI, which had been monitoring the situation closely, has now decided to step in and act decisively. Its sudden decision to impose a moratorium and announce restructuring has caught markets and investors unaware. One of the casualties of the proposed restructuring are the AT1 bondholders, whose entire investments would be written down and rendered worthless. This then raises the question: is the solution viable? Is this the first time that bonds are being written down, while equity investors are being compensated?

  • 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

  • Will Credit Growth Revive the Saudi Banking Sector?

    As Saudi Arabia begins diversifying its economy in earnest, the banking sector is looking forward to some favourable tailwinds amid government reforms and favorable demographics.

  • Macau's Gaming Sector - It's a Good Time to Roll the Dice

    The preferred playground of the gambling world’s high rollers, Macau is aggressively expanding its hospitality and tourism sectors and is well on its way to becoming the premium global gaming and tourist destination by 2018.

  • Innovative Plastics & Polymer Additives for Smart Packaging

    The smart packaging market is gaining traction, especially among sectors such as food and pharma, and is likely to boom in the coming years. 

  • Contactless Delivery – Saving Lives Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, measures are being taken across the world to practice social distancing and limit human contact. In such a scenario, emerging technologies such as drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles have come to the rescue and are being deployed to perform various functions. Their usage has helped hospital staff, security personnel, and retailers. Will these technologies continue to be deployed even when the crisis is overcome, or are they only being used as a temporary arrangement?

  • Nearly One-third of Saudi Stocks are Trading Below Book Value

    Despite some headway in reducing its reliance on oil, the Saudi economy and stock market is showing signs of stress in the face of declining oil prices.

  • 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?

  • Transformational Technologies During and After COVID-19 Lockdown

    COVID-19 is changing the world around us. While technological transformation was already underway in most industries, the pandemic has quickened its pace, making its adoption necessary. Due to social distancing and restricted movement, various sectors across the globe are facing disruption. However, technological advancements in transportation and logistics, factories, and healthcare can help automate the most essential tasks. What are the emerging technologies that can help us navigate through these difficult times?

  • The US IPO Market is on an Upswing in 2017

    While the number of IPOs in the US decreased from 275 in 2014 to 105 in 2016, the US IPO market has rebounded in 1H2017. The rebound can be attributed to a backdrop of stable economic indicators, strong job growth & improved corporate earnings, all of which should make for low market volatility in the coming quarters.

  • Impact of NB-IoT and LTE-M in Manufacturers and Logistics sectors

    IoT is increasingly being incorporated by businesses, indicating its growing significance. The connectivity facilitated by this system plays a key role in boosting efficiency. Currently, the most popular connectivity technologies are LTE-M and NB-IOT, characterized by low power consumption and wide area of coverage. Here, we mainly discuss their impact on logistics and manufacturing industries, including the role they would play in further growth in the two domains, and the outlook for these technologies.

  • North American Cannabis Sector: Challenges Facing Cannabis Companies in the US and Canada

    While 2019 may have been a difficult year for both Canadian and US cannabis companies, 2020 is expected to provide more reality checks. Even as the pace of legalization continues in the US with presidential candidates assigning cannabis a key position in their campaigns, multi-state operators (MSOs) are battling with operational and capital issues, and cash crunch. On the other hand, Canada grapples with supply issues. Canadian regulators are working to remove bottlenecks through efficient licensing.

  • Hydrogen Economy - Are Liquid Hydrogen Carriers the answer?

    Hydrogen, despite being the smallest and the lightest of all elements, is difficult to transport. Amid its rising popularity as an alternative fuel, the logistics of delivery and storage pose a concern. Various methods are used for delivery, of which some are costly or complex. Liquid hydrogen carriers (LHCs) could be the solution to the logistics problem.

  • Business Continuity After COVID-19 - Can Consultants Design the Blueprint?

    The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown political, economic and social orders in disarray across countries. Businesses and industries are struggling with taking the steps that will help them navigate through the expected economic recession, likely to be similar in scale to the Great Depression after the Second World War. It is a challenging time for businesses as they try to stay relevant and survive the crisis. Can consultants help business leaders take correct decisions? This article elaborates on why it would be a strategically judicious move to have consultants on board in these troubled times.

  • 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.

  • Investment opportunities in distressed assets amidst Covid pandemic

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, nations are deploying various measures to limit causalities. The crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia isn’t helping either. The negative impact of the outbreak is felt across sectors. The distressed debt industry will now go into an overdrive as businesses face shutdowns and unemployment rises. Which sectors get affected? How severe will be the impact? 2020 will be the crucial year…

  • Wearable ACs – The New Future

    The digital age has increased awareness about global warming. With the help of technological advancements, efforts are on to come up with innovations that would tackle the increasing fluctuations in temperatures. One such attempt is the development of a personal wearable AC, which is highly power-efficient and provides relief from too much heat or cold. Sony recently launched a wearable AC, although it is not the first to venture into this domain. The volume of research underway in this space currently indicates new possibilities in innovative wearables.

  • 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.

  • Multivariate Model - An Optimal Method for Valuing Football Clubs?

    The Multivariate Model is a well-known method to carry out the valuation of football clubs. Its main components are revenues, transaction fees cost, assets owned by clubs. While a more optimal approach compared to DCF and Relative Valuation, it also suffers from certain limitations.

  • ‘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.

  • Market reactions on Coronavirus, Is it overhyped?

    The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China has already started affecting various business sectors either directly or indirectly. As the death toll in the country climbs, China is forced to take preventive measures and focus its efforts on people’s health and safety. Increased leaves in factories, along with decreased travel and shopping, are already dragging a few sectors down. Will these effects lead to a global downturn or will they be a short-term panic attack? What will be the impact of this virus on the world economy? We attempt to answer these questions in this article.

  • India’s Newest FMCG Upstart is Making Rivals Sweat

    India’s newest FMCG upstart is unsettling her markets.

    A home-grown brand that touts itself as holistically ayurvedic, Patanjali Ayurveda Limited is growing aggressively enough to displace other veteran and more well-established brands in the Indian market.

  • Long-Term Trends Likely to Emerge in TMT Sector as an Aftermath of COVID-19

    COVID-19 has led to increased usage of internet as well as technology, media, and telecom (TMT). As the virus continues to force nations to remain under lockdown, these trends will be long-term and may become part of the “new normal.” While the developed countries already had a large base of online users, they still saw a surge in numbers. The emerging nations are continuing to see a rise and yet have unexplored potential that could lead to further growth.

  • Saudi Arabia’s "Vision 2030" to Transform its Economy

    The oil-dependent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a long-term blueprint to transform itself into a more diversified economy, with non-oil government revenues projected to increase six-fold to SAR1tn by 2030.
    It’s an ambitious dream to transform an economy that relies on crude oil exports for more than 70% of government revenues.
    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 15-year economic plan is the boldest attempt yet in the Kingdom’s history to spur additional revenue streams amid a steep fall in commodity prices.

  • Fiscal Deficit Overview in the GCC

    A sustained slump in oil prices has eaten into the fiscal buffers that GCC countries built up over years of plentiful oil revenues.

    While the region witnessed an acute deterioration in its external and fiscal balances over the past three years, GCC countries anticipate a relatively lower fiscal deficit in 2017 as compared to the previous year, likely due to a series of reforms within the region as well as a rally in oil prices due to production cuts. 


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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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Do you know the value of your technology assets?

    Technology’s growing dominance in every aspect of life has heralded a boom for technology companies. Emerging startups are disrupting processes and operations across industries.  This is particularly noticeable in traditional markets such as retail and banking. In this scenario, as technology assets gain prominence, it is vital to get their valuation right.

  • US Bankruptcy Dashboard – March, 2020

    Q1 2020 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the US were at par with the trend seen in 2019. That said, almost all leading indicators are currently suggesting Q2 and Q3 could see a major spike. Some of the most vulnerable sectors are retail, consumer discretionary, wholesale traders & manufacturers as well as energy.

  • 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.