All stories by Viveat Susan Pinto
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 dealRediff.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!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.'
How Dangal TV became a giant killer and topped TRP chartsRediff.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 worsensRediff.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 saleRediff.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'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 channelsRediff.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 everRediff.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 powerRediff.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 plansRediff.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 growthRediff.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 nextRediff.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%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 soonRediff.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 sectorRediff.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 PradeshRediff.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 crackRediff.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 Q4Rediff.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 storesRediff.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 electionsRediff.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