ROI of a distributor or supplier – business turnover, margins and rotations (in e-commerce and FMCG)

Retail excites me a lot because it is a simple business of buying and selling goods and yet it covers almost every complexity under the sun. It has a complex supply chain from raw material to finished goods, yet seeming so simple and convenient when we add items to our shopping cart in offline and …

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Front-loaded and Rear-loaded incentives in marketing

In marketing, there are different types of promotions that are provided to consumers and trade partners. Broadly, they are divided into two categories: front-loaded promotions and rear-loaded promotions.For example, when using price packs, direct mail coupons, FSI coupons or peel-off coupons, consumers obtain an immediate benefit upon purchase or a front-loaded incentive. However, when buying …

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The Global, National, and Regional strategy

Consumers come from different cultures, demographics, psychographics, and are at different evolutionary stages. Different markets have different advantages and disadvantages. The majority of the largest companies in the world produce and distribute products across national borders. Most companies have different products in different continents at an instant of time. Also, based on the different consumer markets …

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A to B and B to A marketing

In marketing, there are two fundamental principles called Attitude to Behaviour (A to B) and Behaviour to Attitude (B to A) marketing. In A to B marketing, you target and change the attitude of the consumer first, so that the change in the attitude may result in a desired change in the behaviour. For example, …

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Brand Activations – An entertaining interaction for the consumer

A visit to any mall and you see it is filled with the in-mall activations and the in-store activations. Brand Activations are catching up fast and becoming a serious BTL activity for the marketers and it is no more only for the awareness, PR and couponing. It is fast becoming an important weapon in marketing …

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Big Mac Index

The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies and provides a test of the extent to which market exchange rates result in goods costing the same in different countries. It "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible". The …

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Why the clock says 10:10?

This is a question that all of us ponder on at some point of time. There is one famous answer, which is that the watch-makers want you to smile. They want people to remember that they should smile and look at their watch. I was also quite satisfied with this answer before. But, the actual …

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Help your audience understand your presentation

Marketers revolve around customers, insights, plans, and strategies. No matter who you are in business, you always attend or deliver presentations. With some experience of delivering and attending presentations, I thought of sharing some of my learnings here for the benefit of others and myself. I happen to attend and deliver some marketing presentations and …

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HBS Case Studies to read

Some of the case studies which are a must-read for every marketer: 1. Marketing Myopia There is a reason for this being the first in this list. This is a revolutionary article on Marketing written by Theodore Levitt. This article made him world-famous and the father of modern marketing. This is one of my favourite …

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Inflation and its affect on the FMCG industry

The last few years were a golden period for the FMCG industry. The economy was growing at a faster rate, imput prices were low, and inflation was low. This year the food inflation is very high around 12%, and the raw material cost has increased upto 15 to 20 percent compared to last year. The …

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Indian Rural Markets and their potential

India is one of the most challenging markets in the world which fooled big marketers and companies across the world. We have over 1500 Gods segmented into 350 broad categories, and we have a God for every single day of the week. There are 9.5 lakh pan shops, 638,667 number of villages, 612 districts, and …

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Akihabara – The Japanese Test Market

Japan is the mecca of electronic products. Experts say, people don't buy products based on their income but on their taste. This variation in taste leads to a huge variety of products in the market, brutal competition, and lots of experimentation. Tokyo is a vast market for new commercial ideas. Tokyo's great diversity, size, and …

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Hindustan Lever and its strengths

Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) is the largest detergent manufacturer in India. HLL is one of the few companies that targeted and delivered to the bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) markets very effectively. One of the key strengths of HLL is their distribution and marketing penetration in the BOP markets. HLL products are manufactured at around 100 locations around …

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Every smoker is a marketer

A smoker is extremely loyal to his brand. A smoker feels that the brand resembles him and he acts as if he resembles the brand. One of the biggest advantages with tobacco companies is it has a process of network marketing for free. Most of the people who smoke would've been taught how to smoke …

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