Category — India Market Expansion

India Ratifies UN’s Convention for Goods Transit

India is the 71st signatory to the United Nations’ TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, an international transit system that facilitates the seamless movement of goods throughout countries in Asia and Europe.

TIR is the global standard for goods customs transit managed and developed by IRU, the world road transport organization. IRU, will work closely with all relevant stakeholders in India on training, development, and outreach efforts to prepare the country in six months in implementing the convention said Umberto de Pretto, secretary general of IRU.

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India recently ratified the trade facilitation agreement of the World Trade Organization, and this move will help India access transnational multi-modal connectivity.

Kazem Asayesh, senior advisor on TIR and Trade Facilitation said, “The TIR system has been facilitating trade and international road transport for over 60 years, by allowing customs-sealed vehicles and freight containers to transit countries, without border checks.”

A study in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific region estimated that implementing TIR can generate economic benefits ranging from 0.14 to 1.31 percent of national GDP, reports the Times of India.

June 22, 2017   No Comments

Amazon Considers Inorganic Growth in India

After buying Whole Foods in the United States, Amazon is targeting groceres in India. Bangalore, India-based BigBasket, a five-year-old e-grocer, has signed a 60 day exclusivity agreement with Amazon India  during which time Amazon will conduct a due diligence on the company’s assets with a view to acquisition

Valued at $450 million since its last round of funding, BigBasket’s asking price of  $700 million stalled the transaction, reports ET Retail. A final value will be decided once the inquiry is completed successfully. It is uncertain whether Amazon will go ahead with the final deal and so BigBasket is also on the lookout for fresh capital.

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Acquiring BigBasket, which has created a supply chain and back end infrastructure, will add to Amazon’s e-commerce growth; it will also enable Amazon’s entry into the hugely untapped grocery and food market in India. Technopak pegs the grocery and food market in India at $400 billion of which organized retail contributes $12 billion to the industry, while online e-grocers have a 4% share, its report said, outlining viable prospects for the players.

June 21, 2017   No Comments

Warburg Pincus to Invest in India’s Tata Technologies

New York-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus will invest $360 million in Tata Technologies for a 43 percent stake, of which 30 percent will be acquired from Tata Motors, the parent company, and 13 percent from Tata Capital.

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Tata Technologies provides outsourced design, research and development services to the automotive, aerospace, and industrial machinery industries, and has about 8,500 employees in 23 countries. Warren Harris CEO of Tata Technologies said, “As the engineering services outsourcing market has matured from cost arbitrage and staff augmentation to increasingly high-end, strategic work, Tata Technologies has been there leading the charge.”

Vishal Mahadevia, managing director and co-head of Warburg Pincus India, said that the PE firm will leverage its global network and prior experience in the engineering services sector to help Tata Technologies grow both organically and through acquisitions, reports Bloomberg.

 

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Intel Invests $178 Million for R&D in India

Santa Clara, CA-based Intel Corporation will invest $178 million in India to set up a new research and development center in Bangalore said Intel India’s general manager Nivruti Rai at a news conference. This fresh investment is in addition to the $4.3 billion  Intel invested in the country over the last 15 years since it set up its largest design center outside the U.S.

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 Spread over a 44-acre campus, the new center will have a computer software development, hardware design services and verification facility. “The nine storied building with 620,000 sq.ft. of office space will be completed in the next nine months,” said Rai. “The new facility will enable us to continue our momentum in doing cutting-edge innovation and design work from India,” he added.

The company’s Indian subsidiary has about 7,000 engineers to design and power semiconductor chips for its global customers, including original equipment manufacturers of computers, smart phones and other electronic devices, reports ET Telecom.

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Over 50 Global Retailers to Set Up Shop in India

More than 50 mid-rung global retailers are planning to enter India within the next six months, according to data compiled by Franchise India. The majority of the brands are from the United States and Singapore, and they will invest $300-500 million in India.
The Economic Times reports that the latest brands are mostly smaller ones that rely on the franchise system for global expansion. These companies want to focus on smaller and untapped markets such as Tier 2 and 3 cities. Of the incoming brands, 18 are in the food and beverage space followed by 13 each in apparel and lifestyle products and education products.
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Recently, India replaced China as the most promising retail market in the world, according to an AT Kearney report. The report said, “Government efforts to boost cashless payments and reform indirect taxation with a nationwide goods and services tax are expected to accelerate adoption of modern retail.”

The Indian retail market is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2026, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 10%, according to the India Business of Fashion 2017 report. With food and grocery retail just 3% of the overall market, several global food chains sense an opportunity in India.

June 19, 2017   No Comments