Category — Economy

Good Rains Will Boost Agriculture in India

With the El Nino phenomenon not in play this year, heavy rains in India have created the right conditions for crop planting in the key agricultural states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Officials say the good rainfall in north India has boosted soil moisture that is needed for the new crop, reports the Economic Times.
A USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN report notes that the Indian Meteorological Department’s second forecast for the Southwest Monsoon predicts a normal monsoon for 2017 and suggests that June to September rainfall will be 98 percent of the Long Period Average or LPA.
Monsoon 2017 in India

Source: Indian Meteorological Department

June 20, 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.

Tata Technologies Logo

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

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.
Retail Marketing
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

Diebold Nixdorf Targets over 30 percent Revenue Growth in India

With 49 percent market share in the ATM segment, and a presence in 4,000 Tier I cities in India, Ohio-based Diebold Nixdorf plans to shift its focus to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. This is part of its strategy to grow its retail business in India the company’s managing director S. Asia, and vice-president, operations, Asia-Pacific, Jaivinder Singh Gill, told BusinessLine. “We have started work [entering Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities]. We should get returns in 2018-19. We need different solutions and products for that market,” he said.

Diebold Nixdorf PoS machine

Gill sees ample opportunities to grow the retail (ePoS) side of the business in India. The target is to grow retail revenues by 30-40 per cent this fiscal, he said. The company will also look to manufacture ePoS machines under the ‘Make in India’ program, Gill added.

 

June 16, 2017   No Comments

ATM Maker Diebold Says India is a High Growth Market

With a presence in over 4,000 cities and towns, Ohio-based Diebold has operated in India for more than 25 years and is well versed in the country’s banking and financial narrative. The company recently completed integration after acquiring German corporation Nixdorf.

In an interview with CXO Today, Jaivinder Singh Gill, managing director – South Asia and vice president Operations – Asia Pacific, Diebold Nixdorf, discussed the future of the banking and e-Point of Sales (PoS) market in India.

Lightly edited excerpts from the interview:

The current scenario of banking

Gill: The number of banking outlets in the villages went up from 67,694 in March 2010 to 586,307 in March 2016 after India’s central bank permitted the appointment of Banking Correspondents – entities engaged by a bank to provide banking services in geographical territories where banks are under represented. A banking correspondent works as an agent of the bank and substitutes for the brick and mortar branch of the bank. The number of urban locations covered through such Banking Correspondents also surged from 447 in March 2010 to 102,552 in March 2016.

On the changing consumer patterns in Indian banking

Gill: Since currency demonitization in November 2016, ATM transactions have increased by 26% and the value of ATM transactions is up by 83%. Customer transaction behavior is now a mix of both ATM and PoS transactions. We see the increasing usage of mobile phones as a banking channel and the use of social media by millennials to interact with banks.

On the implications of India moving towards a digital economy

Gill: The PoS market is expanding fast in India with digital adoption on the upswing. Some data facts highlight that there has been a 67% growth in the absolute number of terminals across the country. There has been a 64% growth in the number of P0S transactions in India.

The PoS market is directly linked to the growth in the retail industry which has a very high growth potential in India. This high growth will be see in Tier 2 and 3 cities/ towns due to rapid urbanization, growing aspiration levels, and availability of credit.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are two key levers which retailers need to focus on to drive footfalls. Adopting an Omni-channel approach is another major criterion on which the retailers need to shape their strategy on.

On how products like PoS or ATM machines will support the economy

Gill: The Indian retail industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industries due to the entry of several new players. It accounts for over 10 percent of the country’s GDP and around 8 per cent of the employment. India is the world’s fifth-largest global destination in the retail space and the Indian retail market is expected to nearly double to $1 trillion by 2020, driven by income growth, urbanization and attitudinal shifts.

The e-POS solution delivers a seamless, Omni-channel retail experience to enhance competitiveness. It can rapidly roll out pre-configured templates to support diversification into different retail sectors and accelerate international expansion with centralized store-lifecycle management. The technical benefits are also immense: it enables a reliable, secure and easily manageable platform for retail asset management based on trusted industry standards. It also comes with comprehensive data exchange options and offers support for centralized and client/server configuration.

On the roadmap for the India market in the next one year

Gill: We expect high growth in cash recycling with almost 30% y-o-y market growth expected in 2017/18 per our internal estimates. Branch redesign and teller automation is also a focus area for banks to reduce their operational costs. Growth is also expected in cash system logical security solutions, multi-vendor software solutions, services, and e-POS growth in Tier 2/ 3 market segments. The ATM replacement market with banks opting for technology refresh also has immense potential. This growth market is predicted to reach up to 52% of the overall procurement by 2021.

Mobile and Stationary PoS

June 14, 2017   No Comments