Margin concerns for Indian FMCG firm Marico

Business Standard

Marico Ltd, maker of the Parachute and Saffola range of products, could face margin headwinds in the March quarter. While the company has witnessed sluggish volume growth in the recent quarters, rising prices of its key raw materials — copra (dried coconut), kardi oil and rice bran oil — will only add to its worries, believe analysts.


RetailWATCH: Charting a path for Electronic Article Surveillance - AM, RF-EAS and RFID

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) is an important defense against the rise of casual and organized retail theft. Traditional approaches use Acousto-Magnetic (AM) or Radio-Frequency (RF) technologies developed for EAS (RF-EAS). Retailers are also investigating the adaptation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for use in EAS.

RetailWATCH: Environmentally responsible retailing, a systems approach

 It’s easy and tempting to focus on a single responsibility or activity—narrow initiatives are easier to launch, and their impacts will be easier to achieve and measure. Plus, it’s generally good business sense to focus and specialize. But it’s the wrong approach for the environment, where interconnections between actions and consequences are typically deep and complex, and nothing takes place in isolation.

RetailWATCH: Tyco Retail Solutions Wins Coveted Green Supply Chain Award

Tyco Retail Solutions, a leading global provider of retail performance and security solutions announces they have earned a prestigious “2012 Green Supply Chain Award” from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

RetailWATCH: Tyco Retail Solutions Traffic Intelligence Offering Optimizes Store Performance and Helps Drive Incremental Revenue

Tyco Retail Solutions, a leading global provider of retail performance and security solutions sold through ADT and authorized business partners worldwide, today announced leading retailers such as Belle and GUESS are optimizing store performance and driving incremental revenue through Tyco’s Traffic Intelligence solution.

RetailWATCH: How Courts battled shrink, upped shopper engagement

Electronics and home appliance retailer Courts Singapore Pte Ltd. (Courts) offers a diverse line of home product brands, aimed at consumers who seek the best value for their dollar.

For Courts, catering to customers’ needs is essential, and this adage has never wavered since the retailer began operations in 1974 in Singapore.

Prepared foods, household goods to drive Indian FMCG consumption growth

Rising incomes and changing household spending partners are driving the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in India, leading to a shift towards pre-packaged foods and growth in sale of household products.

These were some of the findings of the new white paper published recently by economic forecaster The Economist Intelligence Unit and consumer market expert Mintel that analyzed key trends in the FMCG categories in emerging markets, including India.

Groupon: Know your customers more than themselves

To stay competitive in the market place, retailers in Asia need to stay ahead of the curve and predict consumers' needs even before they know it, said Sophia Lai, Groupon Hong Kong's head of marketing at the Retail Innovation & Management Forum 2012 in Hong Kong.

According to Lai, an accurate prediction of customers’ need rely on two major elements—customer engagement and analytics.

India's Dabur to spin off retail business

Business Standard

FMCG major Dabur India will look for strategic investors for its retail subsidiary H&B Stores that operates New U Stores across the country.

Sunil Duggal, Dabur India chief executive officer, said the company would spin off the retail business eventually, and with the government opening up foreign investments in retail, it is essentially looking for foreign retailers as strategic investors.

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