Samreen Ahmad

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Online pharmacies go on a hiring spree

Online pharmacies go on a hiring spree

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

Most firms operating in the space claim that they have seen at least a two-fold rise in orders as compared to other times.

How IITs are gearing up to fight COVID-19 menace

How IITs are gearing up to fight COVID-19 menace

Rediff.com31 Mar 2020

While some researchers are developing prototypes for ventilators to overcome their shortage, others have teamed up to develop testing kits.

What if kirana shops run out of stock?

What if kirana shops run out of stock?

Rediff.com29 Mar 2020

'90 per cent of the food and grocery business is still with the kiranas.' 'If kiranas are not allowed to operate, it becomes a serious issue.'

Coronavirus: 'Govt needs to allow treatment by private hospitals'

Coronavirus: 'Govt needs to allow treatment by private hospitals'

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

'We are going to be overwhelmed by the need for hospital beds. There are simply not enough beds in government hospitals.' 'We will need a large number of medical professionals and without the private sector's involvement, the government won't be able to expand capacity.'

Coronavirus fear now spreads to the start-up ecosystem in India

Coronavirus fear now spreads to the start-up ecosystem in India

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

Around half a dozen Chinese venture capital firms with active presence in India have postponed their trips to the subcontinent.

Zoomcar to be electric vehicle-driven by 2025

Zoomcar to be electric vehicle-driven by 2025

Rediff.com29 Dec 2019

The company, which rents cars by the hour, day, week and month, has Mahindra E2O Plus and Tata E Tigor available on the platform for which it charges a subscription fee of Rs 15,000-20,000 per month.

Marriott's mega India dream: 50 hotels in 5 years

Marriott's mega India dream: 50 hotels in 5 years

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

The hotels in the pipeline will include a range of Marriott brand portfolios such as JW Marriott, Tribute Portfolio and Sheraton.

Titan's mega plan to become leader in India's smartwatch space

Titan's mega plan to become leader in India's smartwatch space

Rediff.com26 Nov 2019

Titan is investing heavily on research and development, which will do things beyond a smart watch can do today such as switching off lights, locking, and unlocking doors and making payments. Titan is also working closely with start-ups, too, to develop such futuristic features.

Retailers making the most of 'new' Bharat

Retailers making the most of 'new' Bharat

Rediff.com23 Sep 2019

Riding on this change in aspirations, V-Mart a value retail chain is growing close to 22 per cent year-on-year, and is aggressively looking to expand its footprint, with 60 new stores this year.

FMCG firms staring at worst slump in 15 years

FMCG firms staring at worst slump in 15 years

Rediff.com19 Sep 2019

The slowdown had been brewing since 2016 but was intensified further by several disruptions in the past two years including demonetisation.

Why Google chose this firm for its first Indian start-up investment

Why Google chose this firm for its first Indian start-up investment

Rediff.com13 Dec 2018

After the Google investment, the company's monthly transactions have spiralled up from 65,000 to nearly one million in just a year. According to reports, the start-up is in fresh talks to raise about $6 million from investors, including Google, says Samreen Ahmad.

Tiger Global back on the prowl in Indian start-up arena

Tiger Global back on the prowl in Indian start-up arena

Rediff.com6 Dec 2018

The investor has now put together a fund of $3.75 billion to back private companies.

Yulu bikes: Pedal your way to beat the traffic

Yulu bikes: Pedal your way to beat the traffic

Rediff.com5 Dec 2018

Yulu founder Amit Gupta believes bicycle sharing is the next big thing.

The Complete Man shuns online, sticks to physical stores

The Complete Man shuns online, sticks to physical stores

Rediff.com17 Nov 2018

In this era of online commerce and virtual shopping, Raymond Ltd, one of India's oldest textile manufacturers and retailers, has tailor-made an offline strategy to maintain a strong foothold in the tier III and IV towns. Samreen Ahmad reports.

Swiggy's losses double, but revenue jumps 4-fold

Swiggy's losses double, but revenue jumps 4-fold

Rediff.com29 Oct 2018

Swiggy had in June entered the elite Unicorn club after raising $210 million from a group of investors

Akshaya Patra takes tech help to better feed 1,761,734 children a day

Akshaya Patra takes tech help to better feed 1,761,734 children a day

Rediff.com11 Oct 2018

Its newly-built Jigani kitchen in Bengaluru is piloting the use of technologies such as data analytics, blockchain and Internet of Things to speed up the huge volume of its operations while ensuring strict quality control, reports Samreen Ahmad.

Soon, you will be able to be 'Vokal' in 6 regional languages

Soon, you will be able to be 'Vokal' in 6 regional languages

Rediff.com20 Aug 2018

TaxiForSure's Aprameya Radhakrishna's new venture, Vokal, is a peer-to-peer content generation platform that is a cross between Reddit and Quora.

How Allergan plans to boost Botox sales in Indian market

How Allergan plans to boost Botox sales in Indian market

Rediff.com15 Aug 2018

While the Botox segment is growing annually at around 20-25% in the country, Allergan India's aesthetics business is growing at 60%

Tata Cha brews some nostalgia along with tea

Tata Cha brews some nostalgia along with tea

Rediff.com22 Jul 2018

Tata Cha cafes hope to create a feel of a roadside tea cart, casual college canteens, old Irani cafs and even the chai joints encountered on journeys through the Indian countryside.

Now Tata's coffee at Starbucks' Seattle stores

Now Tata's coffee at Starbucks' Seattle stores

Rediff.com11 Jul 2018

Tata supplies coffee beans to over 100-odd Starbucks outlets in India but is now also looking to become a supplier of coffee for the Seattle-based company globally

How a Bengaluru-based firm is using AI to change the retail game

How a Bengaluru-based firm is using AI to change the retail game

Rediff.com2 Jul 2018

Capillary Technologies building AI-backed products to empower offline retailers

Mumbai still the most expensive Indian city for expats

Mumbai still the most expensive Indian city for expats

Rediff.com27 Jun 2018

India's Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, which has a high population of expatriates driven by the information technology sector, is getting more reasonable on cost of living

If Amul's for butter, will Licious be for meat?

If Amul's for butter, will Licious be for meat?

Rediff.com16 Jun 2018

With India already having a huge population of meat eaters and about 70 per cent of the people being non-vegetarian, Indian entrepreneurs are hotting up the online meat market.

Britannia turns to new-age tech to beef up rural reach

Britannia turns to new-age tech to beef up rural reach

Rediff.com6 Jun 2018

Market experts say that of the total 600,000 villages in India, under two per cent or around 10,000 villages contribute to about half of the rural consumption in the country. Targeting these villages and ensuring that penetration is strong is key for most consumer goods companies.

PhonePe plans to ride on Walmart to become India's e-payments king

PhonePe plans to ride on Walmart to become India's e-payments king

Rediff.com18 May 2018

PhonePe wants to dethrone its Alibaba and SoftBank-backed rival, Paytm, claiming that additional capital that Walmart will bring to the table will help it grow much faster

How Tata Cha plans to brew a storm in a teacup

How Tata Cha plans to brew a storm in a teacup

Rediff.com15 May 2018

Tata Cha has chosen Bengaluru for its first four pilots which include large format stores of 1,200 sq feet and kiosks which will be in shopping malls, IT parks and at prominent street corners.

From Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1K crore: The meteoric rise of Prataap Snacks

From Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1K crore: The meteoric rise of Prataap Snacks

Rediff.com30 Apr 2018

Among the top 10 fastest growing consumer brands in the country, Yellow Diamond leverages the growing preference for local flavours in the snacks market, says Samreen Ahmad.

Here's your chance to play the IPL...

Here's your chance to play the IPL...

Rediff.com3 Apr 2018

'Fantasy players create their own team, get phantom money and start playing the virtual game.'

Here you can be in two countries at the same time!

Here you can be in two countries at the same time!

Rediff.com31 Mar 2018

Welcome to the little slice of heaven called Dawki.