Miscellany

Miscellany

Delivery set to segment online grocery market

Online grocery chains are segmenting the market in terms of delivery, especially when they compete with each other in same cities. While Grofers has exited ‘express delivery,’ BigBasket plans to take the share of this delivery higher.

Why Twitter let Noto walk away

Twitter Inc’s executives gathered from around the world this week at its offices in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood to discuss the state of the company, goals for the year, and management’s broader ambitions. The twice-yearly meeting is usually a chance for Twitter’s leaders to re-commit themselves and air any concerns to their hundred or so peers.

Plug wars: The battle for electric car supremacy

German carmakers hope a network of high-power charging stations they are rolling out with Ford will set an industry standard for plugs and protocols that will give them an edge over electric car rivals.

At the moment, Tesla and carmakers in Japan and Germany use different plugs and communication protocols to link batteries to chargers, but firms building the charging networks needed for electric vehicles to become mainstream say the number of plug formats will need to be limited to keep costs down.

Apple hits major roadblocks in manufacturing, retail

Apple, the $229 billion Fortune 3 corporation, has hit serious roadblocks in India.

Apart from the sale of approximately 2 million i-Phones in India, a small manufacturing set-up near Bangalore and development of Apple maps out of Hyderabad, the company has made no headway in its multiple and ambitious plans in India.

Apple CEO Tim Cook first visited India over 20 months ago in May 2016 and met with prime minister Narendra Modi to outline Apple’s ambitious plans for India. He even travelled to Kanpur to watch an IPL match in peak heat.

Social media not always good for democracy: FB

Facebook Inc (FB.O) warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.

The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has become a global issue, after accusations that Russia tried to influence votes in the United States, Britain and France. Moscow denies the allegations.

New Mumbai metro will beat traffic, but at what cost?

A new underground metro is expected to ease the burden on Mumbai's notoriously congested roads and railways, but not everybody in India's sprawling financial capital is happy about the multi-billion-dollar project.

Announced in 2014 with much fanfare, the Metro 3 line has been hailed by backers as essential to help solve the city's traffic woes and finally provide a link to its airports.

But campaigners are angry at the felling of thousands of trees, and say it could desecrate temples and lead to the destruction of an urban forest tribal groups call home.

E-retailers innovate to fill gaps in portfolios

As part of their backward integration, e-commerce companies are working with small-scale farmers and manufacturers and branding their products. E-retailers are trying to fill need gaps in their portfolio using such brands.

For organised brick and mortar retailers, private label has been a focus area as they provide higher margins compared to other brands. They get products manufactured by contract manufacturers, brand them and sell it through their stores along with other brands.

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