Archive for the ‘Business’

  • Changing Face of Retail Business In India>
    Changing Face of Retail Business In India
    The retails business in India has seen a drastic change in the last few years, and domestic retailers are changing their business models to brace up with the tough competition that they are facing with the opening of the 45 billion USD retail industry. From the traditional locations of residential or high streets, retails brand are moving up to enter shopping malls to have a direct competition with their high end foreign counter parts on a same level playing field. With real estate costs working out more reasonable at these complexes, brands are shifting focus to massive size stores to enhance product offerings. Logically the rentals are around 15% of the retailers brands turnover at a mall as against 25 to 30% on a high street and sales have been growing twice as fast in shopping malls as  [...]
    at November 1st, 2012 at 04:11 am
  • Why Insurance is Important for Start-Up Businesses>
    Why Insurance is Important for Start-Up Businesses
    The term ‘start-up Britain’ is used quite a lot these days, mainly because the recession has forced many people to look at alternative ways of supporting themselves financially.  Gone are the days of a ‘job for life’ – today, you’re lucky if you have a job for a year’s fixed-term contract.  If you have a job, you may not have received any bonuses or even a cost-of-living raise for several months or even years, whilst all your outgoings continued to rise. Many people faced with redundancy or unable to find work have decided to start up their own business, and Britain now has thousands of small businesses, with many of those being run from home. Running a start-up company isn’t easy; it’s especially hard to switch from receiving a regular salary to relying on trade to be able  [...]
    at June 28th, 2012 at 07:06 am
  • Do online marketing through “About Us” page!>
    Do online marketing through “About Us” page!
    The online marketing or most commonly called internet marketing is a path to draw the attention of net users who presently form a big pool consumer. Website is prime online property for a company to make its mark in the huge world of web. As a result you need to be very meticulous about the design and the content that is published into your website. Slightest mistake in the design can make the website heavy to load or too awkward to look at and snag in content will slowly make your website ebb away from the focus of search engines as well as the visitors. But which page should you concentrate on while making the website? Usually people pay attention to the home or index page to woo the visitors, but the page of About Us can be a used as a marketing tool as well. This fact is unknown for most  [...]
    at May 11th, 2011 at 12:05 am
  • Business credit cards – Possessing handful of them is trendy, but not friendly>
    Business credit cards – Possessing handful of them is trendy, but not friendly
    Having a business credit card is a must today as it helps a company to obtain a payment history and eventually a credit report. With time the business credit card will offer a good credit score, if handled properly. However, the recent trend is to acquire as many cards as possible can be a potentially harmful for a business. Business owners are driven by several myths regarding improving their company credit score by possessing several credit cards. And the lure from the credit car companies is immense to make business owners fall into the trap. A business gets damaged by too many business credit cards since having many cards gives a wrong signal to the credit agencies and banks. The banks typically consider a business owner with too many cards as capable of handling debt. This makes them reject  [...]
    at April 13th, 2011 at 03:04 am
  • Groupon deals are not for everyone>
    Groupon deals are not for everyone
    There have been so many success stories of retailers enhancing their businesses by using groupon deals that it is hard to ignore their success stories. . If you are not familiar with groupon, it is a web-based company that ties up with local businesses and sends off daily coupons to its members that can be availed of at these businesses. If members do buy these coupons, they end up getting discounts in the region of 50 to 70% on the regular price, so it’s a win-win situation for these buyers. As for the retailers and businesses, Groupon splits the sales value with them. That generally leaves retailers with something in the region of 20 to 25 cents per dollar of retail. It might sound good on paper, but it only takes a few minutes of digging for you to realize that Groupon, and by extension  [...]
    at November 29th, 2010 at 01:11 am
  • Japanese companies could do with a reshuffle>
    Japanese companies could do with a reshuffle
    Age. It’s a terrible thing and it can do terrible things to you. Take the case of what is arguably the oldest company in the world. Kongo Gumi is a construction firm that operates out of Osaka in Japan. Certain Buddhist shrines that were constructed in 578 AD were said to have been built by them, and 40 generations passed and still a man with the surname Kongo presided over affairs. It was a very familial affair. When you consider the next four firms by age, they are also Japanese companies. And if you were to believe Yasuchika Hasegawa, chief executive of Takeda Pharmaceuticals (a company that was founded in 1781), 20,000 Japanese companies, maybe more, are at least a century old. That’s a lot of age packed into one corporate environment. In a world where companies enter and exit  [...]
    at November 24th, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Movie business isn’t just all glamor>
    Movie business isn’t just all glamor
    Jimmy Maynard had taken a close look at the movie business some years back, and what he saw was best described as “encouraging”. Companies were folding, credit lines were being squeezed and talent was cheaper than before thanks to a labor war that was driving down prices. All said and done, it was an excellent time to invest in the movie theater business and it brought a smile to his face. Maynard is not alone. Several investors much like him circled like vultures as studios started to scale back their investments, leaving a lacuna for people like Maynard to step up to the plate and hit one out of the park. For Maynard, it made perfect sense as he has “always made a living by buying or buying in when things are bad”. Just how bad is Maynard talking about? I’ve got a name for you,  [...]
    at November 17th, 2010 at 05:11 am
  • Troubled Assets Relief Program rumbles back into life>
    Troubled Assets Relief Program rumbles back into life
    It is perhaps the single most stale joke spouted by opponents of the Troubled Assets Relief Program; it’s acronym might be TARP, but what it really is a trap. They probably imagine that Admiral Ackbar is saying that when imagining it in their heads, but all of that is besides the point, really. What is more to the point, however, is the fact that the single largest fire in the history of Wall Street is about to rumble to life again. One investment company has actually gone so far as to call it “the Great Liquidation”. It has been two years since the White House came running to the rescue of Wall Street, buckets of cash in hand and bailed them out. And what incredibly large buckets they were; hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money was poured into all of these bad investments.  [...]
    at November 15th, 2010 at 01:11 am
  • A lemon called Lehman>
    A lemon called Lehman
    The second anniversary of the bankruptcy that shook the world has come and gone and economists will continue to debate whether the bank should have been brought back from the dead or not. But for all of its creditors and former clients a more serious question remains; what can be saved from the wreckage that is now Lehman Brothers? To think that this giant once had over $600 billion in assets now boggles the mind and really, where did it all go so wrong for America’s most complex and famous corporate failure? Since that day 2 years ago, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has been restructuring and dismantling Lehman’s holding company and sifting through 65,000 claims from myriad creditors and company derivatives that are convoluted and confusing. It has some 200 people toiling away at the derivatives  [...]
    at October 6th, 2010 at 01:10 am
  • A surprisingly hard sell>
    A surprisingly hard sell
    It is often said that insurance is not sold to people, it is bought by people and that is so very true for AIA, which is insurance giant AIG’s Asian life insurance division. AIA has been crying itself hoarse trying to sell itself this year and this is the third attempt this year to try and sell itself to a potential buyer to no avail. No one is willing to get anywhere near AIA and a listing was approved on September 21st in Hong Kong and the offer is now expected to go public on October 29th. Given the ridiculous ineptness and gross corruption and misconduct on the part of AIG, it will almost miraculous if AIA manages to get some sort of a deal done. There was an early attempt to list AIA but this was pulled out of in March because a deal seemed to be materializing for Prudential to buy out  [...]
    at October 4th, 2010 at 01:10 am