Thursday, 11 September 2014

M-Commerce In Sub-Saharan Africa: Making Sense Of A Growing Mobile Business

M-Commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa: Making Sense of a Growing Mobile Business,’ a new Telecom Insider Report by Pyramid Research, provides an overview of the growing m-commerce sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. It looks at two types of transactions: those completed on a mobile phone and purchases of goods or services using mobile money. To assess the market in more detail, the report uses a four-part framework that consists of product identification, purchase and payment, delivery and post-purchase feedback. These are also the four steps in a consumer’s purchase transaction on a mobile phone using mobile money.


The section on product identification examines the way companies in Africa can target consumers. The second part looks at the existing mobile payment infrastructure, specifically the services offered in Kenya and Tanzania. The third section studies the high transportation costs and poor infrastructure in the region, which play an important part in determining where companies choose to set up their operations; it looks especially at the way Jumia has made chosen certain countries to locate in. The fourth section looks at the existing relationship between customers and companies and how it may change. Finally, the report summarizes the key findings of the research and provides the reader with key insights regarding future market developments. Most of the information in this report was gained through primary research with key market players.

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Key Findings

Pyramid Research expects mobile-money transactions to continue to become more common across the continent.
We believe the key to growth will be an increase in the interoperability of payment systems offered by providers. The combination of mobile money and mobile commerce has the potential to dramatically alter the way commercial transactions are completed in Africa.
Improvements in mobile connectivity are increasing the number of potential shoppers online across Sub-Saharan Africa, but the mobile-money infrastructure remains a constraint for the industry.

Synopsis

Although the term m-commerce is widely used in both literature and news media, understanding of this industry is still lagging. This report provides an overview of the growing m-commerce market in Sub-Saharan Africa by looking at four aspects of mobile transactions.
This report first outlines the current structure of the m-commerce industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. It looks at two types of m-commerce transactions, distinguishing between transactions completed on a mobile phone and purchases of goods or services using mobile money.
The report examines the industry growing around both of these types of transactions. In order to assess the various aspects of the market, we use a four-step framework consisting of product identification, purchase and payment, delivery and post-purchase feedback.
The section on product identification looks at the way companies in Africa are able to target consumers based on a set of criteria revealed through the online content viewed on their mobile phones.
The second part of the report investigates the existing mobile-payment infrastructures in Kenya and Tanzania. It highlights the differences between the two systems and the potential for a payment platform targeting enterprises. 
The infrastructure deficit, both domestic and international, is a key cost to African companies looking to set up an m-commerce platform. The third section explores why companies have located in certain countries.
The report also focuses on the interaction between companies and consumers, providing an understanding of the existing and potential relationships between the two.
Finally, we summarize the key findings of the report and highlight some of the issues that need to be overcome in order for the industry to grow.

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Reasons To Buy

This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and some of the key companies involved in the growth of the mobile-commerce industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The report looks at some of the existing m-commerce infrastructure in Africa as well as the industry’s potential for expansion.
The report looks at a number of the competitors in the sector and assesses their business models and ambitions.
The report discusses existing opportunities in the m-commerce market in region, providing a number of actionable recommendations for market participants.
The report gives key recommendations on how companies should act if they are interested in this market.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Global Intelligent Driving Industry Report, 2014

Intelligent car is now developing towards in-vehicle infotainment and intelligent driving, which have become increasingly practical since 2013. Intelligent driving is based on various driver assistance technologies, chiefly aimed at automated or unmanned driving.

Already-launched automated driving technologies by international advanced vehicle makers are still in the stage of driver assistance or semi-automated driving. In addition to a great many high- and medium-class cars, some economical passenger cars have also begun to adopt driver assistance technologies, and automated driving systems in a particular case like traffic jam assistant have been installed in some streamlined advanced models. Automated driving technologies in the research and development test have entered the highly-automated driving stage. In 2013-2014, several vehicle makers or technology companies e.g. Google launched their highly-automated driving concept models.

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Driver assistance technologies all over the world have ushered in massive configuration of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which is also one of the most-demanding automotive sectors in recent years, expected to see a CAGR of 20% over 2013-2017.

The combined utilization of multiple ADASs can achieve a higher automation and make driving smarter. As a general rule, the more ADAS systems a car carries, the more intelligent it is. On the whole, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Nissan lead the way in ADAS configuration, with more functions, higher automation and supporting ratio. Vehicle makers prefer to apply ADAS systems to new, top-selling and new energy models.

Volvo will sell the first with highly-automated driver assistance system - XC90 at the end of 2014,followed by other leading vehicle makers from 2015. It is expected that mass-produced highly-automated cars will appear around the year 2020, and large-scale commercially-applied fully-automated ones around 2030. 

Global And China Sugar Industry Report, 2014-2017

During 2008/09-2012/13, the global raw sugar output presented a CAGR of 5.4% as the market experienced a shift from a short supply to oversupply. In 2013-2014, the output of raw sugar somewhat declined to 175.7 million tons. It is predicted that in 2014/15 the global raw sugar output will continue to fall, and that high inventory of global sugar will thus be very likely to reverse.

As one of the world's important table sugar producers, China saw the sugar output of 13.318 million tons, up 1.9% from a year earlier, ranking the third place around the globe. Cane sugar is the major sugar variety in China, with its output accounting for over 90% of the total sugar output in the country. With larger planting area, Guangxi leads China in table sugar output, with its sugar output for 2013 occupying 64.3% of the national total.

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Affected by the laws of sugarcane production, the sugarcane output in China will show a downward trend, which would probably last through 2016/17 season. On the other hand, restricted by the factors like natural environment and industry policies, China’s sugar output will grow by a limited margin.

Since 2012, despite a rising downstream demand, China’s sugar manufacturers has suffered great losses, hurt by lower table sugar prices and rising costs of production. In H1 2014, up to 66.0% of Chinese sugar producers made losses. Although sugar factories, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, were facing business difficulties, yet industry integration is difficult.

The acceleration of sugar industry integration through mergers and aquisitions is in line with the government’s expectation, but large sugar manufacturers are generally in a shortage of funds, and if they acquire small and medium-sized enterprises that have no technical and cost advantages, they would suffer losses. At present, some big sugar manufacturers like Nanning Sugar Industry are more inclined to take technological upgrading to improve sugar business while others such as Guangxi Guitang (Group) and Xinjiang Guannong Fruit & Antler Group would reverse the plight by cutting sugar business and expanding other industries.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Overview Structural Electronics (SE) Applications, Technologies 2015-2025

Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. It also addresses, in a particularly elegant manner, the dream of Edison in 1880 that electricity should be made where it is needed. SE is often biomimetic - it usefully imitates nature in ways not previously feasible. It is a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar business.

Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.

The common factor is that both load bearing and smart skin formats occupy only unwanted space. The electronics and electrics effectively have no volume. More speculatively, electronics and electrics injected into unused voids in vehicle bodies, buildings etc., say as aerogel, could also provide this benefit without necessarily being load bearing but possibly providing other benefits such as heat insulation. Some present and future applications of structural electronics are morphing aircraft using shape memory alloys, car with printed organic light emitting diode OLED lighting on outside and inside of roof and printed photovoltaics over the outside generating electricity supercapacitor skin on an electric car replacing the traction battery as energy storage, smart skin as a nervous system for an aircraft and solar boats and aircraft running on sunshine alone. In London, a piezoelectric smart dance floor generates electricity and smart bridges across the world have sensors and more embedded in their concrete, all forms of structural electronics as it is increasingly the way to go.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Global Car Rental Market Opportunities And Challenges

One of the industries which benefitted the most on account of improving world economy is car rental. Car rental is the hiring of a motor vehicle from one party to another party. Car rental companies are the ones which offer cars and vehicles on rent for a few hours to a few weeks, for a fee. These companies generally cater to the requirement of people or travelers who are travelling overseas or out of city or whose vehicle is damaged and repair/ insurance compensation is awaited.

North America holds the largest market share of car rental industry which is one of the prominent regions wherein car rental service has flourished significantly. North America is followed by Europe which holds second largest share for car rental market. The emerging countries such as India, China are steadily growing in the car rental industry mainly due to growing demand in these countries.

Increasing GDP levels, increasing volumes of both inbound and domestic tourists coupled with rise in disposable incomes and improving road infrastructure are factors driving the car rental industry. The emerging business class in India and China along with the green revolution in the automobile industry is further driving the car rental market. However, the volatility in petroleum product prices, along with high gasoline price, is expected to affect both consumers spending levels and economic conditions across the globe, thereby leaving a moderate impact on the global car rental industry. Other major challenge faced by the industry is tightening of emission standards in various parts of the world.

The report, “Global Car Rental Market analyzes the development of the global car rental market, with a focus on key markets of the US, Brazil, Korea, Indonesia and China. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report. The three major players in the industry, Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., Avis Budget Group, Inc., and Enterprise Holdings, Inc., are being profiled, along with their key financials and strategies for growth.

By combining SPSS Inc.’s data integration and analysis capabilities with our relevant findings, we have predicted the future growth of the industry. We employed various significant variables that have an impact on this industry and created regression models with SPSS Base to determine the future direction of the industry. Before deploying the regression model, the relationship between several independent or predictor variables and the dependent variable was analyzed using standard SPSS output, including charts, tables, and tests.