Business Today

Cover story | January 31, 2016

India's growing grocery e-tailing in dilemma

India's growing grocery e-tailing in dilemma

Online grocery is hot. Hundreds of players have jumped in. Several hundred million dollars were invested in 2015 alone. But it has also been a graveyard for start-ups.

January 31, 2016



People Business

Mary Barra, the Chief Executive of General Motors, was elevated as the Chairman of the Board on January 5, making her the first woman ever to head a global auto company.




CEOs of some of India's largest retail companies will deliberate on the future of retail, new trends, including omni-channel.


The government drops Aamir Khan as brand ambassador of Incredible India campaign. His supporters perceive this as the backlash to his intolerance comments.

RCom eyes second spot but challenges galore

Reliance Communications' plan to become India's second-largest telecom player looks promising, but is difficult to put into practice.

Domestic industry hit by rise in steel imports

Import of steel grew by a staggering 71 per cent last fiscal and has continued unabated in the first half of the current financial year. Imports are up 31.2 per cent now, and at 7.45 million tonne, it has already exceeded the full year 2013/14 tally. gearing up to make a big splash

The pet products market may still be small, but fresh infusion of funds in the company from Ratan Tata may make a big difference.

How to keep the buzz going on social media

It is a no-brainer when you think about it really. Any event you plan, whether it is a global conference or a small networking mixer, is social by design, right?

What it requires to be a delightful consumer brand

R.S. Sodhi, MD, Amul, talks about giving adequate value to the 3.6 million farmers feeding milk to his organisation.

This year will be about awakening of virtual mind

If 2015 was the year of innovations in the hardware space, with fancy gadgets hitting the stores every other day, 2016 promises to showcase what these innovations are capable of.

Japanese Warrior

Hybrids seem to be the future of computing devices and Toshiba's Z20t comes with a detachable 12.5-inch screen, which allows it to work in a true-tablet mode.

Why oil price crash has not helped the economy

What is worrying is that this unexpected boost has not produced any buoyancy in the economy. Alongside declining exports, domestic demand also remains low, undermining corporate appetite for investment.

That Grocer Online

The grocery delivery business in India is somewhat more complicated than it is in the US.

Venezuela: A New Beginning?

India needs to watch the political developments in Venezuela closely and enhance its engagement with the eventual dispensation.

Lessons in Managing Family Businesses

The book provides insights on how to overcome stiff challenges in managing family businesses.

Objectives of DTC seem to have been abandoned

While some proposals of the abandoned Direct Taxes Code are already in force, its wider objectives seem to have been abandoned.

Corporate Wisdom on Tap

The book is an incisive guide, though not comprehensive, to creating winning businesses and forging fulfilling careers.

Will Budget 2016 help economy get on track?

While pre-budget meetings with the FM happen every year, industry leaders were never so anxious to put out a list of things that they wanted to see in Budget 2016.

Need to inject demand into the economy: CEA Arvind Subramaniam

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian's mid-year analysis of the Indian economy indicates that while the country has done well in macroeconomic stability, a lot more needs to be done to boost growth and investments.


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Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.



Can Sun Pharma bounce back in 2016?

Since the past eight months the merged entity has been trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange, nervous investors have been asking two questions - is Shangvi's magic fading? Or, is the slump just a small hitch in Sun's glorious journey over the past one decade?

Tough time ahead for Delhi diesel vehicles

Analysts tracking the automotive industry say that the ban may change the buying cycles in the largest market. Companies are evaluating options to bring new fuels like biodiesel as a lesser polluting option.



Bears on the Prowl

Bears had the upper hand on Dalal Street in 2015.

There Are No Free Lunches

Facebook is projecting its Free Basics service as a purely altruistic exercise. It is anything but...

Equity markets off to a shaky start in 2016

As is the case every year, the forthcoming Budget will impact the market, with the extent of government spending playing a key role in reviving sectors such as infrastructure.

Chennai industry output hit by floods in December

One of the worst affected is the automotive industry on Chennai's outskirts, where factories of top companies such as Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Renault-Nissan, Daimler, Royal Enfield and Apollo Tyres are located.

CAG report points to the need for transparency in fund utilisation

The report says Rs 64,000 crore was collected as cess on secondary and higher education between 2005/06 and 2014/15. "Neither was a fund designated nor were schemes identified for the same," it says.