While this brave new world of effortless shopping may seem great for consumers, it might provoke a race to the bottom among retailers. Abraham disagrees. “We’re solving probably the biggest problem that exists for [small retailers], which is giving them exposure on the web and doing it in a way that doesn’t require a lot of technical investment on their part,” he says. The Milo team has been testing a plug-in to make it easy for small retailers to integrate their inventory into eBay search, which would put the local indie shoe store in the same league as mega-retailers like Foot Locker and Zappos. “It levels the playing field,” concurs Alanna Klein, owner of children’s clothing store Honeys & Heroes in Palo Alto. Like many small retailers, Klein, even in an affluent suburb, has been struggling to find new customers. She’s beta-testing Milo’s plug-in. “Now when someone’s searching for a specific piece of … [Read more...] about How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay [Update]
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- Phase 1 (1999 to 2005) – Successful domestic M&A: After having spent five decades in establishing a monopoly in white glue (Fevicol), Pidilite started acquiring and building other adhesive and sealant brands to expand its product portfolio and to extend the firm’s channel presence and intermediary influence. The acquisitions included: a) Ranipal in 1999 for Rs 4 crores; b) M-Seal and Dr. Fixit in 2000 for Rs 32 crores; c) Steelgrip in 2002 for Rs 10 crores; and d) Roff in 2005 for an undisclosed amount. Capital deployed towards acquiring these firms was approx. 11% of the total operating cash flows generated by Pidilite over this period. Most of these acquisitions have become monopolies in their respective categories by now and have delivered RoOCEs substantially higher than the cost of capital for Pidilite. Thanks to this phase of expansion, Pidilite has one of the most diversified distribution networks, with its products … [Read more...] about Saurabh Mukherjea’s investment mantra to navigate through a crisis: Part-2
Reports suggest that investment in ETFs has seen a sharp rise in the recent past. Investors are moving away from actively-managed equity funds. In June, ETFs saw inflows of Rs 4,092 crore, four times higher than the previous month. … [Read more...] about 3 Point Analysis | Why are investors opting for ETFs?
This is a passive scheme based on certain rules. The strategy does not take into account the valuations of the stocks, which are high currently. The product is launched in the ETF format. Most smart beta ETFs in India suffer from low liquidity on the stock exchanges. Also, smart-beta funds are yet to develop a long track record. Therefore, it may be hard to assess how such schemes would perform across market cycles. … [Read more...] about ICICI Pru Alpha Low Vol 30 ETF NFO: Should you invest?