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Cover story | November 17, 2019

Reinventing Kiranas

Reinventing Kiranas

Reliance, HUL, Amazon, Flipkart and Grofers are hooking neighbourhood stores as force multipliers

November 17, 2019

Editor's Note

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If You Can't Beat Them, Join 'em

In our cover story this week, some of India's consumer giants, including HUL, Reliance Retail, Amazon and Walmart-Flipkart, are vying with each other for the kirana's undivided attention

Leadership Spotlight

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Leaderspeak

Under Marzin R. Shroff's leadership, the company is evolving from a direct sales entity to an omnichannel, tech-focussed brand. It is a category leader in vacuum cleaner and water purifier segments, with 85 per cent and 59 per cent market shares, respectively.

The Buzz

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The Outliers

The corporate tax rate cut may have enthused a large section of India Inc, but there are still many companies that do not intend to accept the largesse

Brain-Tuned

ASMR videos are the latest craze on YouTube and similar platforms. Their sound triggers can affect our minds

Data Wars

SIAM, FADA fight over monthly Indian automobile sales numbers

Going Global

Even though Gangwal stands on thin ice if the powers entrusted in the shareholders' agreement are considered; Bhatia has much more to lose if this matter escalates further

Narrowing Interest Rate Window

Benign inflation during the last 12 months and falling GDP numbers have encouraged the RBI to reduce the repo rate by 135 basis points to 5.15 per cent in the last few quarters

Care by Ayurveda

The New Delhi-based company has created a community of Ayurvedic doctors and is empowering them with better access to knowledge and quality medicines

The Hub

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Robo Doc

Robots are changing the world of surgery, including in India

No Exit

Most real estate funds, set up a decade back to help developers with land deals, are facing an existential crisis. They need to take a re-look at their investment strategies to generate positive returns for investors

The RCEP Gamble

Why India dithers on the mega trade deal

Redux At Infosys

Whistleblower allegations fall in four buckets - questionable accounting standards; ethics of top management; disclosure standards; and ethnic slur

Operation Reboot

Sixteen CEOs and economists lay out a roadmap to revive the economy

"We Want Our Swagger Back"

Brian Humphries took over as the Chief Executive Officer of IT company Cognizant in April 2019. While the company is based out of New Jersey, Humphries visits India every few months. The reason isn't hard to see - Cognizant has 2,00,000 employees in India. The country is also emerging as a large business opportunity. Business Today's Goutam Das caught up with Humphries on his most recent visit. Edited excerpts:

The Break-Out Zone

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One Band, Many Benefits

The band comes with a proprietary charger and its battery life is awesome

Audio Delight

The noise cancellation (NC) technology is excellent, but there are times when you should not turn it on, especially when you are driving or walking or at a railway station/airport

That Liverish Feeling

Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease is emerging as a major health concern in India

When Toys Get Smart

Toys powered by artificial intelligence present a huge business opportunity, but unsurprisingly, warning bells are going off in the adult world

Don't Breathe Dirty Air

Air pollution could badly affect your health as Diwali crackers and winter smog make a deadly combination. Here is how to stay safe when you are indoors or travelling in a car

Classic And Vibrant

Unforgettable experiences are the ultimate in luxury, be it staying in a heritage hotel, getting immersed in rare perfumes or sporting an iconic watch

A Journey Extraordinaire

The spectacular rise of a reticent man who has pushed his company to the top but still avoids media glare and limelight

Special Reports

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Ground Report

Large metro airports are suffering from bad planning, but operators can still fix the problems

Lonely At The Top

Leadership talent deficit is affecting the domestic aviation sector

Hitting An Air Pocket

The aviation sector is facing strong headwinds due to economic slowdown and spike in costs

Business Today Leaders

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Power On

NHDC, a joint venture between NHPC and MP government, has been profitable since inception

Celebrating MP's Business Leaders

The state's economic resilience and development potential make it the preferred choice

Making Madhya Pradesh Mighty

The awards function, the first in the Business Today's Business Leaders of State (BLOS) series, also saw three power-packed panel discussions on industrial clusters, food processing industries and manufacturing in Madhya Pradesh

Creating Assets

A good track record in building roads and low debt make Dilip Buildcon a name to reckon with

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