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  • Striking a Balance Between Profit and Philanthropy

    Bangalore: In December 2005, when Anant Kumar set up a hospital offering maternity and childcare services in Hyderabad targeting low-income customers by pricing services at about a quarter of what other hospitals charged, it was an instant success. Set up as a pilot 25-bed facility by a trust run by India’s largest condom maker, Hindustan Latex Ltd, the facility addressed a need that is felt all over India: affordable mother and child healthcare. But when Kumar decided to expand t...

    Source
    Live Mint (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Design is Not Only for the Elite

    When Pradyumna Vyas took over the charge from Akhil Succena as director of National Institute of Design (NID), he had already set a roadmap for taking the design institute to a global platform. Armed with a masters in design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Vyas has an experience of 25 years in the field of design and has been the principal designer at NID before taking over as its head. In an exclusive interview with Vinay Umarji and Chitra Unnithan, Vyas shares his futu...

    Source
    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Lessons from a frugal innovator

    ENTER the main cardiac operating-room at Bangalore’s Wockhardt hospital on a typical morning, and you will find a patient on the operating table with a screen hanging between his head and chest. On a recent visit the table was occupied by a middle-aged Indian man whose serene look suggested that he was ready for the operation to come. Asked how he was, he smiled and answered in Kannada that he felt fine. Only when you stand on a stool to look over the screen do you realise that his ches...

    Source
    Economist.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Third-World Stove Soot Is Target in Climate Fight

    KOHLUA, India — “It’s hard to believe that this is what’s melting the glaciers,” said Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, as he weaved through a warren of mud brick huts, each containing a mud cookstove pouring soot into the atmosphere. As women in ragged saris of a thousand hues bake bread and stew lentils in the early evening over fires fueled by twigs and dung, children cough from the dense smoke that fi...

    Source
    The New York Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • India still most attractive destination for global retailers

    Organised retail market in India is expected to reach $50 billion mark by 2011. Number of shopping malls is expected to increase at a CAGR of more than 18.9% from 2007 to 2015. Rural market is projected to dominate the retail industry landscape in India by 2012 with total market share of above 50%. Organised retailing of mobile handset and accessories is expected to reach close to Rs 5000 crore by 2010. Driven by the expanding retail market, third party logistic market is f...

    Source
    Food and Beverage News (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • A shrinking fortune at the bottom of the pyramid?

    Small may be beautiful, but not always. Fast moving consumer goods companies (FMCG), which depend heavily on the bottom of the pyramid market are in trouble as far as their small pack sales are concerned. And this is despite the fact that no price increases took place in this segment, even though FMCG companies raised prices roughly 17 per cent for soaps and 24 per cent for detergents. Sample this: According to the latest Nielsen data for the 11-month period from March 2008 to Febr...

    Source
    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Rural India Promises Growth for Retail

    There may be a slowdown in urban retail, but `Bharat’ is still shining for retailers. The next phase of growth is expected to come from rural markets with rural India accounting for almost half of the domestic retail market, which is valued over $300 billion. Rural India is set to witness an economic boom, with per capita income having grown by 50% over the last 10 years, mainly on account of rising commodity prices andimproved productivity. Development of basic infrastructure,...

    Source
    Times of India (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Bottom of the Pyramid Spurs More Indian Ideas

    We have the Nano, we have mastered the art of low-cost surgery, we know how to engineer sports utility vehicles at a fraction of the cost of a multinational corporation, we send spacecraft to the moon and launch satellites at a third of the cost, we have the world’s cheapest mobile phone, we’re the world’s IT champs… So why haven’t we been able to devise cost-effective ways of delivering education and healthcare to the majority of our people? This is ...

    Source
    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
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