Market

Weak construction, real estate demand hurt Cera Sanitaryware

Cera Sanitaryware Ltd shares have slipped around 22% since mid-April over concerns of a slowing real estate and housing market. They had, however, touched an all-time high in April on expectations of upbeat revenue growth buoyed by the government’s cleanliness campaign—Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for building toilets. It is the unorganized companies that have benefited from the programme so far, because ... Read More »

Luxury takes a deep dive

Luxury is no longer the preserve of consumers in the metros; the small town buyer is claiming a fair share of theluxury products sold in India according to a CII-IMRBreport ‘Emerging consumers of Luxury – India Tiers 2 & 3’ released recently. Small towns and cities account for about 35 per cent of sales of luxury brands, says the report ... Read More »

Brands look for a spot in the sun

Even as India takes the lead in setting up a global solar alliance, the industry for solar products in the country is caught in a bind. Despite years of research, subsidies and a growing basket of products, none has been able to build a successful national brand and the industry continues to be the preserve of unorganised businesses selling in ... Read More »

Ads pop up and play automatically, daring readers to shut them down with feats of fine motor control. The ads commandeer the screen. They expand and contract. They cover the text and refuse to budge. And then there is the dreaded X – the one that invites you to close the ad yet seems impervious to repeated clicks of the ... Read More »

Twitter twists to Bollywood’s tunes

A few months back, with just a few days to go for Diwali,Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn went on ‘Periscope’, Twitter’s live streaming video app, with a unique offer. He wished his fans the best of the season and gave them a shot at being a part of the first day of shooting for his movie.Shivay, Devgn’s movie releases sometime towards ... Read More »

Learning to manage consumer surplus

Consumer surplus is an interesting word that I picked up recently from a very well-travelled CFO client. Why is it significant? We look at financial numbers every quarter by segment and by region because these are aligned to accountabilities. But do they capture the health of a running business? Businesses make or lose money for a variety of reasons. Analysts ... Read More »

Catching them young

Kolkata based Emami group has launched a kids-only variant of its popular Zandu Balm Last month, Mahindra & Mahindra integrated its Mom & Me brand with its online baby products’ portal Babyoye; M&M acquired the portal early this year In May this year, FMCG major Dabur created a sub-brand Dabur Baby saying that there was an increasing number of parents ... Read More »

Lubes oil the HP brand

There is a quiet transformation that oil marketing companyHindustan Petroleum (HPCL) is undertaking. The PSU is clubbing its profitable and consumer-facing lubricants business under an umbrella brand HP Lubricants. And taking a leaf out of its competitors’ books, (Castrol, Gulf Oil and Elf among others), it is gearing up for an aggressive campaign to promote its lubes brands. While oil ... Read More »

Amul is a premium product for everybody: R S Sodhi

Last week Google celebrated the 94th birthday of Verghese Kurien with a special doodle, which had him sitting on a stool next to a buffalo holding a container used to deliver milk. The association was clear enough to all who know Kurien – the milkman of India, leader of the country’s white revolution and of course, as the progenitor of ... Read More »

GE’s Indian odyssey

Out of its design studio in Bengaluru, GE India for the past several years has been building a suite of innovative solutions. Affordable equipment in healthcare and in power, engineering solutions in infrastructure development and innovative features in entertainment devices – these are just a few examples of the work emerging from the studio. Of late however, eCube, the name ... Read More »