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Fair & Lovely: Can HUL go beyond a cosmetic change?

Fair & Lovely: Can HUL go beyond a cosmetic change?

Rediff.com23 hours ago

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 deal

Shapoorji Pallonji may bag UK's largest theme park deal

Rediff.com1 days ago

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!

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 lockdown

The movie theatre experience, post lockdown

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

Movie theatres may reopen around the second week of July.

Full month's curbs saw FMCG decline 34% in April

Full month's curbs saw FMCG decline 34% in April

Rediff.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 FY21

Liquor volumes may take 20% hit in FY21

Rediff.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 Cadbury

Lockdown a bitter pill for Brand Cadbury

Rediff.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 govt

Allow sale of non-essentials: Retailers to govt

Rediff.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 lockdown

Small brands make big impact amid lockdown

Rediff.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'

'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 increase

Dharavi holds its breath as coronavirus cases increase

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions in Asia's largest slum pose big challenges to containment.

Lockdown pushes up TV viewership to record levels

Lockdown pushes up TV viewership to record levels

Rediff.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 companies

Coronavirus impact: Show halts for event management companies

Rediff.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 Network18

RIL consolidates media biz: TV18, Hathway and DEN to merge into Network18

Rediff.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 up

In a slow-moving FMCG market, product prices are moving up

Rediff.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 strategy

How HUL and P&G are shaping their India strategy

Rediff.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 88

Tara Sinha, doyenne of Indian advertisement, passes away at 88

Rediff.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?

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 growth

Shoppers Stop junks 'one-size-fits-all' strategy; readies new plan to boost growth

Rediff.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 chairman

Subhash Chandra quits as Zee Entertainment chairman

Rediff.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 fails

Sony eyes up to 30% pie in Network18 after Zee bid fails

Rediff.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 11

What worked for KBC 11

Rediff.com13 Nov 2019

'Bachchan is thoroughly enjoying himself.'

How Dangal TV became a giant killer and topped TRP charts

How Dangal TV became a giant killer and topped TRP charts

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

Within rural markets, the viewership share of Dangal TV, which is a free-to-air channel, is at 33%.

Tussle between traders, FMCG firms worsens

Tussle between traders, FMCG firms worsens

Rediff.com8 Nov 2019

Companies whose products have not been picked up for distribution in Gujarat under a "non-cooperation movement" include Marico, Dabur, Emami, Britannia, Reckitt Benckiser, and Godrej Consumer Products.

Punit Goenka to continue as Zee MD as lenders prepare for share sale

Punit Goenka to continue as Zee MD as lenders prepare for share sale

Rediff.com6 Nov 2019

Goenka, who is the elder son of Essel group promoter and Zee chairman Subhash Chandra, has been MD of the media firm since January 1, 2010.

Vivo dragged to court over 'plagiarism'

Vivo dragged to court over 'plagiarism'

Rediff.com22 Oct 2019

What will be the first instance of the matter moving beyond industry fora, ad agency Brand David, part of the WPP-owned Ogilvy group, has taken smartphone manufacturer Vivo to court over a campaign it claims resembles a piece of work it presented to the company earlier.

Trai-ing times ahead for small TV channels

Trai-ing times ahead for small TV channels

Rediff.com26 Aug 2019

In its consultation paper Trai addressed three key points including the bundling of channels under bouquets, rampant discounting within bouquets, and the lack of consumer choice.

60-year old, but Fevicol ads are as quirky as ever

60-year old, but Fevicol ads are as quirky as ever

Rediff.com21 Aug 2019

Fevicol has played with its advertising to convert an adhesive, a product that bore none of the glamour and glitz of consumer goods, into a loved and recalled brand.

Why Ramdev's Patanjali is losing its power

Why Ramdev's Patanjali is losing its power

Rediff.com16 Aug 2019

While both Dabur and HUL have been aggressive in the 'naturals' market with new launches across its portfolio, unchecked distribution expansion and inconsistent quality of products have also been at the heart of Patanjali's problems.

RIL may buy more cable companies to push JioFiber plans

RIL may buy more cable companies to push JioFiber plans

Rediff.com16 Aug 2019

Given the fragmented nature of the domestic cable TV market and the need for last-mile connectivity, RIL, said sources, would have to do more to achieve its target of reaching 20 million homes and 15 million business establishments with its broadband services across 1,600 towns in the next few years.

FMCGs turn focus to earnings growth

FMCGs turn focus to earnings growth

Rediff.com25 Jul 2019

Most companies reporting an improvement in operating margins in Q1 as they cut ad spends and other expenses.

Tata most valuable Indian brand; LIC, Infosys next

Tata most valuable Indian brand; LIC, Infosys next

Rediff.com23 Jul 2019

The 2019 list shows a 37 per cent jump in brand value for the Tata group, to $19.55 billion for 2019, the highest in the top 25.

As India bow out of World Cup, ad rates sink over 50%

As India bow out of World Cup, ad rates sink over 50%

Rediff.com12 Jul 2019

While Star was expecting around Rs 1,800 crore as ad revenues from the television and digital media, it may end up getting Rs 1,500-1,600 crore now, after factoring in the washouts and India not being able to reach the final.

Govt will release draft national retail policy soon

Govt will release draft national retail policy soon

Rediff.com26 Jun 2019

For months, offline retailers and traders have been lobbying hard for a national retail policy to protect their business from the growing influx of e-commerce.

Another French Revolution in India's sports goods sector

Another French Revolution in India's sports goods sector

Rediff.com14 Jun 2019

Two French sports retailers - Go Sport and Decathlon - are all set for battle royal to grab market share in India. Both are competing with sports goods makers Nike, Puma and Adidas and footwear major Bata. While Decathlon is already in India for some time, Go Sport opened its first super store in Navi Mumbai recently.

Liquor companies dizzy as prohibition looms large in Andhra Pradesh

Liquor companies dizzy as prohibition looms large in Andhra Pradesh

Rediff.com10 Jun 2019

A phased roll-out of prohibition will hit revenues of companies, which get 5% of their volume sales from the state

Why food and grocery retail looks like a tough nut to crack

Why food and grocery retail looks like a tough nut to crack

Rediff.com29 May 2019

The sale of Nature's Basket, Godrej's chain of food stores in west India, is the second exit by a big group in a year in the category

Why DMart's gross margin shrank 50 bps in Q4

Why DMart's gross margin shrank 50 bps in Q4

Rediff.com20 May 2019

DMart's everyday low pricing model is being replicated aggressively by most players (online as well offline retailers), compelling the firm to keep prices down significantly.

Why India's retail biggies are wooing local mom and pop stores

Why India's retail biggies are wooing local mom and pop stores

Rediff.com17 May 2019

The power of the small neighbourhood retailer can barely be ignored as organised players look to leverage their last-mile connectivity and reach, luring them by promising support in technology, inventory and tax management.

Slowdown in FMCG likely to ease post elections

Slowdown in FMCG likely to ease post elections

Rediff.com13 May 2019

FMCG CEOs indicate that the market should stabilise post the general elections and that some growth should make its way back especially in rural areas

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