All stories by Viveat Susan Pinto
Bharat spurs growth of FMCG companiesRediff.com3 days ago
While sales momentum from rural areas may last another three to six months, sales growth in urban areas could stage a comeback by next year's June quarter as people learn to live with the coronavirus and economic activity gradually improves in the cities.
Retailers defy pandemic woes to add new storesRediff.com5 days ago
Real estate experts say rentals have corrected by 5-10 per cent across formats, including office, retail and housing, with a pick-up expected over the next few quarters as the economy recovers.
Challenges DMart faces in its battle against Reliance RetailRediff.com11 Oct 2020
Ramping up e-commerce operations and going beyond its current strongholds are key challenges for the grocery chain in its battle with Mukesh Ambani's retail behemoth.
IPL 2020: From shampoo to face masks, brands score a six this seasonRediff.com5 Oct 2020
Small and big advertisers are making their presence felt this year far more than they did earlier, bringing a smile to the faces of the tournament's organisers and partners.
Advertisers feel the heat of Bollywood drug abuse probeRediff.com1 Oct 2020
Advertising agencies admitted that conversations had begun with their clients to exercise restraint while using brand endorsements featuring film actors whose names appeared in the probe.
From Rs 60 cr to Rs 300 cr, India's hand sanitiser market has grown five timesRediff.com24 Sep 2020
From paints to apparel and lifestyle majors, brewers, distillers and fragrance makers have stepped into the market, even as the frontline companies including FMCG players, pharma and healthcare majors were the first to seize the opportunity created by Covid-19.
When will Mumbai's restaurants re-open?Rediff.com22 Sep 2020
The plan is to start with 20-25 per cent capacity by early next month as part of Unlock 5.0, before moving to 50 and then 100 per cent.
IPL 2020: Disney-Star may earn Rs 20 billionRediff.com19 Sep 2020
95 per cent of advertising inventory has been sold on television and 18 on-air sponsors have been signed up so far, the highest for any season.
Durable firms gearing up for Dussehra-Diwali businessRediff.com14 Sep 2020
Categories such as washing machines, refrigerators and television sets have seen sales growth of around 8-10 per cent in August compared to last year, industry sources said, with September also reporting a similar growth trajectory.
Loan recast: Little impact on retail, media, food services industriesRediff.com9 Sep 2020
Analysts say large firms in these segments don't need loan recast due to the efficient manner in which many of them operate.
DMart vs Reliance Retail: Stage set for mother of all retail battlesRediff.com9 Sep 2020
The bigger threat for DMart is that the Reliance-Future combine now has grocery revenues that are nearly 2.5 times of it, putting pressure on the former to improve stickiness of its consumers.
Pandemic heat spreads to large restaurant chainsRediff.com27 Aug 2020
A third of the total restaurant market in India - valued at Rs 4.25 trillion - could be wiped out in the current financial year, since many players have simply been unable to sustain operations in the absence of customers.
FMCG story slides into slow lane; Britannia bucks the trendRediff.com13 Aug 2020
While green shoots are beginning to emerge, with June sales rebounding to pre-Covid levels thanks to a rural revival, most FMCG chief executives have voiced concerns about localised lockdowns that began in July and have extended into August in some states.
In times of Covid-19, drive-through restaurant biz boomsRediff.com10 Aug 2020
in the last three months, brands such as Tata Starbucks, KFC, and Pizza Hut have launched drive-through or kerb-side delivery services at their restaurants to catch consumers nervous about dining in.
This year's IPL could be a big hit with advertisersRediff.com3 Aug 2020
'That it is happening in the second half of the year, during the festive season, will only encourage many to step up advertising.'
JioMart taps more daily orders than BigBasket, AmazonRediff.com24 Jul 2020
While JioMart is doing 250,000 orders per day, BigBasket and Amazon pantry are doing 220,000 and 150,000 orders, respectively.
Beauty products lead FMCG's smart recovery in JuneRediff.com18 Jul 2020
Overall, the domestic FMCG market bounced back to levels of 98 in June compared with 75 in May and 101 in March before the nationwide lockdown was announced. The pre-Covid March index for foods was 103, and for non-foods, it was 99.
Shoppers Stop's MD quits, panel to run retail groupRediff.com11 Jul 2020
Rajiv Suri's resignation is effective August 25, the company said in a stock exchange filing. Suri quit for personal reasons and would pursue a career outside India, it added.
Fair & Lovely: Can HUL go beyond a cosmetic change?Rediff.com7 Jul 2020
For a product initially positioned as a "closet mate" which could help improve a woman's marital prospects, HUL Chairman Sanjiv Mehta says the communication now is all about women's empowerment.
Shapoorji Pallonji may bag UK's largest theme park dealRediff.com6 Jul 2020
Pegged at $1.8 billion in construction deal size, The London Resort, which is located 17 minutes outside London, has attracted bids from three other construction majors from across the world.
Which films are coming up on OTT? Find out!Rediff.com19 Jun 2020
Prime was the first to grab streaming rights for seven titles for an estimated Rs 300 crore.
The movie theatre experience, post lockdownRediff.com14 Jun 2020
Movie theatres may reopen around the second week of July.
Full month's curbs saw FMCG decline 34% in AprilRediff.com23 May 2020
Clearly, the domestic market has taken sharp knocks in April, which is likely to be visible in May as well, said analysts tracking the market, as FMCG companies are grappling with improving capacity utilisation and dealing with labour shortage.
Liquor volumes may take 20% hit in FY21Rediff.com14 May 2020
Almost 70 per cent of alcohol distribution in India happens through liquor vends or shops, while 30 per cent happens on-premise, that is, in bars, pubs, and hotels.
Lockdown a bitter pill for Brand CadburyRediff.com30 Apr 2020
Companies from Unilever to Proctor & Gamble, Nestl, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have all alluded to lockdown challenges in India and the globe as well as the impact it will have on April-June as well as full-year numbers.
Allow sale of non-essentials: Retailers to govtRediff.com23 Apr 2020
Retailers are also demanding that home delivery across all forms of retail should be allowed to ensure a level playing field.
Small brands make big impact amid lockdownRediff.com19 Apr 2020
Data from market research agency Nielsen shows that 152 new players entered the hygiene market in March as the lockdown was implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. The trend is expected to continue, the agency says, as hygiene and health emerge as key themes.
'PM's complete silence on economic package worrying'Rediff.com15 Apr 2020
'Clearly, the next few months will be very challenging for industry.' 'We are clearly in a phase where recovery is a dream.'
Dharavi holds its breath as coronavirus cases increaseRediff.com6 Apr 2020
Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions in Asia's largest slum pose big challenges to containment.
Lockdown pushes up TV viewership to record levelsRediff.com3 Apr 2020
News viewership was the biggest gainer during the first full week of lockdown, growing 298 per cent versus the pre-COVID period between January 11 and 31. Ramayana, whose rerun has begun on Doordarshan, was the top-rated show on Saturday and Sunday.
Coronavirus impact: Show halts for event management companiesRediff.com23 Mar 2020
Cancellation of at least Rs 3,000-crore worth of business has happened in the past few weeks.
RIL consolidates media biz: TV18, Hathway and DEN to merge into Network18Rediff.com18 Feb 2020
RIL's stake in Network18 would reduce to 64 per cent, from 75%, following the merger
In a slow-moving FMCG market, product prices are moving upRediff.com14 Feb 2020
The first to see price hikes will be soaps. In the past six months, domestic palm oil prices have increased by 46 per cent. Palm oil is a key input going into soaps.
How HUL and P&G are shaping their India strategyRediff.com23 Dec 2019
While Unilever has been aggressive, both organically and inorganically in the country, P&G's approach has been about achieving 'balanced growth' in terms of top line and bottom line.
Tara Sinha, doyenne of Indian advertisement, passes away at 88Rediff.com12 Dec 2019
Sinha, who had both agency and client experience having worked at Coca-Cola in the 1970s and early 1980s, was the first woman to set up a national advertising agency. While Tara Sinha Associates was launched in 1985, Clarion was launched way back in 1955 at the start of her career.
Will Punit Goenka manage to 'rescue' Zee?Rediff.com11 Dec 2019
With founder Subhash Chandra no longer in the driver's seat at Zee, the acid test for Punit Goenka would be to take the financial investors along with him even as he strives to weather the latest storm. The question, now, is how he will deal with the challenges of being a professional CEO rather than an owner-CEO in the aftermath of his family offloading most of its promoter stake to a clutch of financial investors. However, the silver lining is that Zee remains the most profitable of the top four broadcasters in India.
Shoppers Stop junks 'one-size-fits-all' strategy; readies new plan to boost growthRediff.com9 Dec 2019
The store segmentation approach that Shoppers Stop is taking is intended to improve its hit rate at a time when local and international fashion retailers are crowding the market with new merchandise across price points.
Subhash Chandra quits as Zee Entertainment chairmanRediff.com26 Nov 2019
Chandra, who will turn 69 years old on Saturday, becomes non-executive director with immediate effect.
Sony eyes up to 30% pie in Network18 after Zee bid failsRediff.com22 Nov 2019
Apart from a stake buy, some other options on the table include a merger of the entertainment businesses of Sony and Network18 Media.
What worked for KBC 11Rediff.com13 Nov 2019
'Bachchan is thoroughly enjoying himself.'