COVID-19 lockdown proves a blessing for DTH providers

The Direct to Home (DTH) satellite broadcasting service has emerged as perhaps the only segment that has seen a clear benefit from the COVID-19 lock-down, with all three listed players seeing an increase in their customer revenue during the lock-down. The biggest jump in revenue was reported by Airtel Digital, which saw its revenue jump […]

Domestic textile market to remain subdued in 2020 – Arvind Ltd

Arvind Ltd, one of India’s biggest textile and garment manufactures, said its business revenue was down about 37% in August compared to the previous year due to the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown and it expects domestic market to remain subdued till early 2021. Revenue in August was at Rs 414 cr in August, compared […]

Shoppers Stop to link physical stores with Amazon shopfront

Department store chain Shoppers Stop, the pioneer of organized retail in India and one of the country’s largest retailers of fashion and beauty products, will connect its individual stores to its Amazon shopfront by next month as part of its omni-channel strategy. It also said it would focus on Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns […]

Reliance speeds up Jio Fiber connection deployments

Reliance Jio, which started wired broadband operations in September last year, has started speeding up the roll-out of its Jio Fiber service after an initial slow-down. The company started the service with around 8 lakh connections as of October end, most of which were converts from its trial service. Over the next two months, it […]

Mall footfalls down 75%-80% – Prestige Estates Projects

Prestige Estates Projects Ltd, which operates nine malls including The Forum Mall in Bangalore, said footfalls are down 75%-80% at malls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to investors after detailing the company’s June quarter results last week, company officials also said they were seeing signs of stress among customers of residential properties, even though […]

D-Mart working on new cities, but COVID-19 impact to show

D-Mart, India’s most famous deep discount retail chain, said it is working on expanding its footprint beyond its current footprint of 214 locations, but the ongoing COVID-19 will impact the number of new stores that will be opened this year. The company, which started with just two stores in Mumbai in 2002-03, expanded to 214 […]

NRIs, Digital boost real estate sales for Godrej Properties’ in Q1

Godrej Properties, the fastest growing of India’s real estate majors, saw a surge of NRI (non-resident Indian) customers as well as a huge pick-up online sales during the COVID-19 lock-down. Despite a harsh lock-down in place in India during most of the Apr-Jun quarter, the company managed to sell a whopping 2,130 homes during the […]

D-Mart warms up to e-commerce as JioMart expands

D-Mart, arguably India’s most successful low-cost retailer, may be looking at a multi-city e-commerce launch in coming days, after years of avoiding the sector citing the gruesome economics of online retail in India. Avenue Supermarkets, or D-Mart as most people would know it, is known for its fanatic focus on keeping costs down and its […]

Bharat Matrimony wants to lure customers from ‘all tiers’

Matrimony.com, one of the largest matchmaking companies in the world, said it continue to offer discounts and special pricing to attract new internet users who are coming online via the 4G wireless data revolution. The company, which operates the Bharat Matrimony website and others, has typically charged several thousand rupees for its paid membership. Only […]

Don’t see TRAI NTO 2.0 implemented this year: Zee CEO

Punit Goenka, the MD and CEO of content maker Zee Entertainment Enterprises, expressed reservations about the possibility of implementing TRAI’s revised tariff order in the current financial year. Responding to an investor query on what impact he saw the implementation of the January 1 tariff order would have on his company’s subscription incomes this year, […]

COVID-19 hurts IRCTC’s plans; Ticket sales still down 77%

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, which sells about 73% of India’s reserved railway tickets, said ticket sales continue to be down by about 77%-78%; almost a month-and-a-half after long-distance trains were restarted. “Pre-COVID, we were doing 60 cr rupees worth of tickets a day,” said IRCTC CMD MP Mall. “Now, it’s 13-14 cr.” […]

Airtel becomes first DTH player to unbundle OTT from hardware

Bharti Airtel has become the first major DTH or cable company to free up its content app, Airtel XStream, from its hardware. All other major cable and DTH companies in India offer their app only on their own device — typically a stick or a set-top-box — and do not allow the software to be […]

Dixon Tech to help ramp up ‘disruptive’ COVID-19 test production

Dixon Technologies, the NOIDA-based contract manufacturer of electronics, said it has entered into a contract with Bangalore-based Molbio Diagnostics to manufacture a disruptive RT-PCR COVID-19 test that can give a major boost to India’s Coronavirus containment efforts. It has entered into a Rs 30 cr deal to manufacture 1,000 Qattros, a viral testing machine that […]

Coronavirus lockdown leads to spike in TV sales

India’s Coronavirus lockdown seems to have led to a sharp increase in demand for televisions sold via online retailers, according to inputs from Dixon Technologies, India’s biggest maker of TVs. Company CEO Atul Lall said that while the demand and sales of other consumer durables dipped during the lockdown, demand for TVs rose. Dixon Technologies, […]

COVID reforms to boost mobile manufacturing – Dixon Technologies

Dixon Technologies, India’s biggest contract manufacturer of electronic items, has lauded the recently announced incentive scheme for mobile manufacturing in India, and said it is already able to sense strong interest from global smartphone manufacturers. From being a consuming state, India has — over the last 10 years — managed to get the majority of […]

Ladakh Standoff: Why India holds the edge in Galwan Valley

Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane has confirmed for the first time that Indian and Chinese troops have begun the process of “disengagement” at the Galwan Valley in the northern areas of Ladakh after a series of local military consultations between the two forces. In an interaction with reporters after delivering the keynote address at […]