Positive signals for capital investment cycle

Jaikishan J Parmar (Research Analyst, Angel Broking):   For the month of November 2017, the index of industrial production (IIP) was sharply higher at 8.4%. However, it needs to be noted that it could be partially attributed to the base effect as November 2016 was the month when IIP had taken a hit due to demonetization. A clearer picture emerges when we look at the IIP for the 8-month period from April to November 2017 which stands at 3.2%. It is the components of IIP that are more interesting. While…

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How Residential and Retail Real Estate Sync Up in India

Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants   Whenever I’m asked how real estate is performing in India, I have to ask the questioner to be a bit more specific. Real estate is not a single industry but consists of various categories/asset classes, and each behaves differently at the same time and at different times. Residential, commercial and retail real estate each serve a very separate and distinct purpose, respond to a different type of demand and attract different types of investors.   However, it is equally true that all three…

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Consolidation of digital payment landscape in 2018

Shailendra Naidu, CEO, OBOPAY   Overall, year 2017 proved to be significantly fruitful for OBOPAY and the digital payments industry as a whole. 2017 witnessed higher awareness and adoption of digital modes of payment by organisations and the people in general. Digital became the buzzword not only in India, but across the world. Strong government initiatives combined with increase in mobile wallet transactions have led to an upsurge for many businesses including alternative lending, financial inclusion, microfinancing and wealth management among others. In the coming year, we foresee further consolidation…

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How Warehouse Operations and Management is Impacted by Automation

  Contribute by: Paul Trudgian (Paul Trudgian Ltd are leading consultants in operational and strategic supply chain planning and they are at the forefront of delivering cost and service performance improvements in logistics operations. Here they discuss the impacts of the rapid development in warehousing operations through automation, artificial intelligence and robotics.) The warehouse really is at the cutting edge of development and implementation of automation, artificial intelligence and robotics. The speed of change that we’ve seen in our warehouses has been lightning fast, and changes are still afoot. No…

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Infrastructure Status for Logistics – Ripple Effect on the Affordable Housing?

Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK,  Property Consultants   ‘Infrastructure status’ typically helps to raise long-term funds at low rates and attract significant foreign investments. The Government’s recent move to grant infrastructure status to the logistics sector is extremely progressive and will to make funding easy and cheap for companies that operate industrial parks, cold chains and warehousing facilities. With massive investments likely to flow in the logistics sector, the Government’s plan to develop 35 MMLPs to serve as centres for freight aggregation and distribution, multimodal transportation, storage & warehousing and value-added services, is advancing in the right…

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Infrastructure Status – A Major Growth Catalyst

Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India   The Indian logistics sector being granted infrastructure status is a landmark move with wide-ranging implications for an industry now set to grow 10-15% annually. Specifically, the logistics sector is now included in the harmonized master list of Infrastructure sub-sectors under a new head ‘Transport and Logistics’, and categories like Multi-modal Logistics Park, Cold Chain Facility, and Warehousing Facility have been clearly defined. This will have decidedly positive implications, making the sector a sought-after asset class for investments: Investments to rise Taking a long-term perspective, the…

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The end of the logistics chain, going the extra mile….

The Logistics and Supply Chain Specialists Gideon Hillman Consulting, offer their insights on the topic of last mile delivery for ecommerce, and what impact it has on the supply chain. The growth of e-commerce and online retail, it seems, surpassed all expectations over the last 15 years. The everyday consumer has quickly become accustomed to the ever-increasing developments in technology, and subsequently, the ability to purchase items online, and receive them, delivered to their doorstep, within a matter of days. The easier it becomes for the consumer to purchase an…

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Demonetisation, a year on…

Shishir Baijal, CMD, Knight Frank India   The aftermaths of demonetisation have perhaps come to a full circle. A year back when the government decided to derecognise high denomination currency, momentum in the real estate sector came to a grinding halt.  There was widespread heartburn across stakeholders but somewhere the industry was hopeful about a greater good in store. The expectations stemmed from the government narrative to flush out black economy and bring consolidation back in the sector. While the industry continued to grapple with hope two more structural reforms…

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Why Supermarkets Are on a Shopping Spree

Pankaj Renjhen, Managing Director – Retail Services, JLL India   The recent acquisition of the Hypercity brand by Kishore Biyani’s Future Group is one of the many instances highlighting a key ongoing trend in the retail industry – cross-category consolidation. Retailers are increasingly exiting businesses that drag down their profits and focusing on strengthening their core businesses to increase their market share and create value for their shareholders.   Earlier this year, online retail giant Alibaba picked up stakes in Chinese supermarket chains Hema and Bailan Amazon bought out grocery chain Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7…

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Monitoring supply chain in the fashion industry

Contributed by: Gideon Hillman Consulting UK Manufacture of clothing usually relies on different processes completed in different factories. The supply chain proves to be complex for all items of clothing, with a variety of different processes, from cotton picking, and weaving, to dying and printing. It may be the case that a clothing retailer is aware of their first-tier suppliers; however further down the chain, due to lack of transparency in the clothing manufacture industry, the retailer may not be able to determine where the cotton for their products is…

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