All stories by Arnab Dutta
Lava plans to turn up the heat on Chinese brandsRediff.com8 Feb 2021
Expansion of distribution network, venturing into new markets, supplementing production capacity, and ramping up workforce are all on the cards. Instead of trying to fight with brands having massive war chests, it will pass on the benefits to consumers by offering them phones at lower prices.
5G: Smartphone makers poised for a sharp rebound this yearRediff.com18 Jan 2021
Even if 5G is not launched by operators this year, the handsets market will certainly witness a strong supply ecosystem for 5G ready smartphones in 2021.
PM urged to drop 'harsh' norms on sale, promotion of tobacco productsRediff.com8 Jan 2021
New proposals like booking of retailers selling loose cigarettes and 7 years of imprisonment, are unacceptable, traders argued.
Durable makers end 2020 at record low, sales down 30% amid Covid-19Rediff.com31 Dec 2020
The Rs 1.5-trillion-a-year industry has ended the year with a 30 per cent fall in sales because after a steady recovery in the festive season, multiple factors dashed its hopes of revival at the end of the year.
Battle of the brands: H&M takes on ZaraRediff.com16 Dec 2020
Zara could rake in Rs 1,571 crore sales in 2019-2020. H&M, which came in five years later, grew its revenue to Rs 1,729 crore.
Smartphones costing Rs 35,000+ grow 91%Rediff.com26 Nov 2020
E-learning and work from home have forced a section of feature phones users to shift to smartphones.
Micromax wants to give Bharat an option against ChinaRediff.com20 Nov 2020
With its new line-up, the firm has managed to touch the right chords, but to regain market share from the established players, Micromax will have to fight a protracted battle.
Slaying the dragon: 71% Indians boycotted Chinese goods this DiwaliRediff.com17 Nov 2020
According to CAIT, the estimated loss to Chinese manufacturers this Diwali could be as high as Rs 40,000 crore.
Online sale of durables nearly doubles this seasonRediff.com5 Nov 2020
With consumers staying indoors and e-commerce firms extending their reach to a larger number of pin codes, these giants have snatched a larger share from the offline traders this season.
Latest iPhone 12 sees 25% spike in pre-ordersRediff.com31 Oct 2020
According to sources, in spite of coming with higher price tags, so far over 100,000 orders have been placed for iPhone 12 models.
How India's handset makers are planning a comebackRediff.com30 Oct 2020
At least two of them - Lava and Micromax - are arming themselves against the Chinese rivals which made them insignificant in the local market over the past few years.
Chinese smartphones continue to dominate Indian marketRediff.com22 Oct 2020
In spite of being attacked from all corners, a faltering supply chain and negative sentiments soaring high among the local consumers, top Chinese smartphone brands gained market share during the most critical phase - the April-June quarter of this year.
How Modi's SVAMITVA scheme aims to help rural property holdersRediff.com21 Oct 2020
SVAMITVA is a new government project that primarily aims to demarcate abadi areas that includes inhabitant land, inhabited areas contiguous to abadi and wadis/basties in rural areas, using drone surveying technology.
After almost 2 years, Samsung to resume producing TVs in IndiaRediff.com15 Oct 2020
Citing unviable duty structure on key components like flat panels and open cell parts, Samsung had shuttered its TV assembly lines in Tamil Nadu in 2018.
'Made in India' iPhone 12 soon as manufacturers get govt's nodRediff.com7 Oct 2020
The US tech major is planning to begin local production of its upcoming iPhone 12 by next April - within six months of its launch.
Mobile firms stare at gloomy festive seasonRediff.com25 Sep 2020
Though leading brands like Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Oppo managed to absorb the initial lockdown shock and resumed their local production back to 60 per cent, they would likely suffer a 20-25 per cent loss of sales in the October-December quarter.
Hit by lockdown woes, smartphone makers bank on e-sales to revive growthRediff.com28 Aug 2020
After six weeks into the second half, the faltering offline channel, which traditionally rakes in 60 per cent of sales for the market, has become the biggest hurdle towards the path of revival.
Apple plans to roll out Made-in-India iPhone 12 by mid-2021Rediff.com25 Aug 2020
Till recently, iPhone production in India was limited to older models at a lower price tag. So far, Apple has localised production of five smartphone models - iPhone SE (1st Gen), 6S, 7, XR and 11.
Work from home drives laptop sales amid Covid-19 lockdownRediff.com12 Aug 2020
From market leader HP and premium player Apple to China's Lenovo and Asus, all major brands in the market are witnessing rapid surge in the demand for notebooks.
Smartphone biz in India: It's advantage Samsung for nowRediff.com4 Aug 2020
Streamlining its delivery network and shifting focus back to the mass segment - at a time when competitors were struggling to restore normalcy in operations due to the pandemi - aided the firm's revival.