Category — India Market Expansion

Rolls-Royce Inaugurates Service Delivery Center in India

With the aim of improving capability and providing faster front-line support for over 750 engines in a range of aircraft in India, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc launched a new defense service delivery center in Bangalore, its first outside the U.S. and U.K.

This  center will deliver real-time solutions through maintenance repair and overhaul, provide first and second line of support, have field service representatives, manage the health of the fleet, manage supply chains and collaborate with the armed forces, reports Livemint. Additionally, the center will service commercial aircraft such as the C-130J, Hawk advanced jet, Embraer and Jaguar, among others.

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The service delivery center will have at least 10 specialized engineers and service personnel to find localized solutions specific to India. Rolls-Royce also has over 1,600 engineers based in India who provide solutions for its global customers, Kishore Jayaraman, president, India and South Asia, said.

April 23, 2017   No Comments

Facing Indian Rivals’ Merger, Amazon Recommits

In an interview with MoneyControl over Amazon’s India strategy to counter a possible merger between India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart, and its rival Snapdeal, Amazon’s India chief Amit Agarwal said, “… no matter what happens, even after 20 years, customers will want great selection, great product and fast delivery. So I am going to keep my focus on that… our strategy 20 years later in India will be the same.”

Moneycontrol says that the Indian e-commerce sector is undergoing a phase of consolidation. Last year, Tiger Global-backed Flipkart acquired fashion e-tailer Jabong and is currently in talks to acquire Snapdeal. Earlier this month, it raised $1.4 billion from eBay Inc, Microsoft and Tencent. As part of the deal, eBay’s India business was merged with Flipkart’s.

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Amazon has been able to grow its market share in India significantly since the time it started four years ago. In 2016, it pushed Snapdeal to the third position to become the second-largest e-commerce firm in India. Currently, its business is very close to Flipkart’s.

 

April 21, 2017   No Comments

Amazon, Netflix Buy Indian Content

Netflix and Amazon have each set aside about $300 million for acquiring content to attract subscribers in India.

A comparison between the two companies shows that in India, Amazon Prime Video has an early lead over Netflix, with 9.5 million active subscribers since its launch in December, while Netflix has less than half the number at 4.2 million a little over a year after its launch in India. Besides, the subscription amount of about $7.7 is the same at both companies with one difference: Amazon Prime Video’s subscribers get unlimited ad-free, on-demand service for year, while Netflix offers a subscription for a single month.

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However, both companies are equally focused on original content and quality to attract new members. The Hindustan Times says: It’s easy to see why India has become the next battle front for Amazon and Netflix for according to venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, the number of Internet users in India grew 40% in 2015 to 277 million.

 

April 15, 2017   No Comments

Crocs Growing over 35% in India

Colorado-based Crocs aims to double its India business in 3 years by widening its product portfolio and expanding the number of its retail stores. The shoe maker’s  Managing director Deepak Chhabra told Press Trust of India, “We are growing at over 35 per cent year-on-year, and are looking at expanding beyond our core beachwear offerings. We plan to expand our brand to a pure casual footwear brand. Over 4-5 years, we want to be a larger player in the casual footwear category and capture 10 percent market share.”

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Business Standard reports that currently in India the company has 1,000 points of sales including over 35 exclusive stores, and Chhabra added, “We plan to open 50 standalone stores this calendar year. Going forward, standalone stores will be an important growth channel for us. We want to expand our retail network in East and North-East part of the country.”

 

April 14, 2017   No Comments

Impact Investor Acumen To Raise India-Dedicated Fund

Headquartered in New York City, global impact investor Acumen is planning to launch an India-dedicated fund, as the investor plans on raising funds from India.

The company was incorporated in 2001 by Jacqueline Novogratz, with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and individual philanthropists. Acumen’s work in India spans four sectors—healthcare, education, clean energy and agriculture.

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Ajit Mahadevan, India director at Acumen said, “Across the four sectors we work in, we will look at these two enabling themes [technology and financing], because on the back of that you can create accelerated impact. All our education companies have a technology element. In agriculture, the focus is on access to markets using technology,”  The impact investor is exploring new avenues such as student and school financing, health insurance and MSME debt financing, reports Livemint.

“Acumen has invested over $100 million globally and the largest country is India. About a third of that has been invested in India, around $32 million, making us the largest non-microfinance investor in our sectors,” added Mahadevan.

April 9, 2017   No Comments