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Working up a Six Pack – Six ways to muscle up for the changing Indian consumer landscape
May, 2017
Growth in the branded FMCG market in India appears to be picking up in 2017 after a couple of less robust years -- and the longer-term outlook for the market is solid. But competition is intensifying. How can manufacturers make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead? Read on to find out the six mantras that can help FMCG manufacturers capture their share of market growth -- and more

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Avalon Perspectives 2017 – Black & White And More
January, 2017
The much awaited annual feature by Mr. Raj Nair, Chairman, Avalon Consulting is finally here! It discusses the impact in 2017, of the 3 Black Swan events of 2016 namely - Brexit, Trump’s Presidency and Modi’s demonetization. Read on, for an interesting glimpse into to what we can expect as a fallout of these events, and why.


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The Future Is Here
January, 2017
Mr. Raj Nair, Chairman Avalon Consulting delivered an address to the IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, where he shared how we often miss out on impending changes because we are trained to look for direct cause-effect relations for point events, while disruption and major shifts happen due to a culmination of various factors. Which are the dots which we should try to connect? How will the patterns that emerge, impact the future of our businesses and our industries? Read the text of his speech here, for a fascinating take on what we can expect in 2017 and beyond.

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The Six Intelligent Men at Kitzbuhel
January, 2016
Six world leaders hold an emergency summit at the Austrian ski town, Kitzbuhel, to discuss how the ISIS crisis, oil, commodities and China’s slowdown could drown the world in 2016 unless they jointly did something. This group of ‘Six Intelligent men at Kitzbuhel’ on December 28, 2015 was aptly named, KI 6 for obvious reasons, and also because KI 6 happens to be the acupuncture point just below the ankle, which if pressed would rid the body of fear, and fear is what brought these six men together.


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Recent Developments in China and Implications for India
October, 2015
China has been at the centre of a lot of controversy following its currency devaluation and the sudden crash of the stock market. Many observers especially in the developed world are accusing it of currency manipulation to defibrillate exports and hence the economy – a charge that has been levied many times in the past. However China has changed in many ways. The new China is realizing the sins of its past and is also looking far into the future. So are these recent moves a knee-jerk reaction to sluggish economic growth or part of a carefully thought-out grander master plan designed to chart China’s course into the future?

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The Euro Tragedy
June, 2015
Mr. Raj Nair, Chairman, Avalon Consulting shares his views on the situation unfolding in Greece.


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Flashback 2014: Beginnings of 'Achche Din'?
- Presented at Apex'15, India's Premier Investor/Entrepreneur Interface
March, 2015
In continuation with last year’s edition on PE/VC investment and exit scenario in India, Avalon Consulting has released a report on the PE scenario in India against the backdrop of election results and favourable macro-economic developments in 2014 based on analysis of data from Venture Intelligence and inputs from industry participants.

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Budget 2015: No drastic surgery but rehabilitation
March, 2015
Wondering what to make of the budget presented by the Finance Minister? Find out how Budget 2015, is ‘no drastic surgery, but a rehabilitation’ by accessing the transcript of Mr. Raj Nair’s speech, delivered at the Indo American Society, on March 2nd 2015.


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For Whom The Bell Tolls
January, 2015
As part of our annual series of articles on the outlook for the coming year, you can read our Chairman, Mr. Raj Nair’s views on the economic prospects for 2015 and the implications of the oil price on the global economy and what it means for companies in India.


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Whither Customer Loyalty & Loyalty Programs
October, 2014
We are no more in the world where the asymmetry of information favoured the seller. The digital customer is increasingly becoming aware of the product prices and offerings faster than the store sales persons themselves. There is an inherent need for customer loyalty programs to adapt to the changing retail dynamics.


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A Smart Partner
August 2014
Girija Pande, Chairman, Apex Avalon Consulting Pte. Ltd. shares his views on how Singapore can help India build “Smart Cities” in the country. The article was published in Business India magazine and talks about the need for multi-dimensional planning & organising to successfully implement smart cities project in India which was announced during the new government’s maiden budget.


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Budget 2014 Decoded
July, 2014
The new government's maiden budget was a much-anticipated event. India Inc. was hopeful that many of the items on their long-pending wishlists would be addressed. But there were no bold, radical announcements, something that India has come to expect.


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How can India, China win in each other's market?
June 2014
Girija Pande, Executive Chairman at Apex Avalon Consulting, explains the challenges faced by Chinese and Indian firms when doing business in each other's country during an interview on CNBC.


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India’s Foreign Outreach: "Look East" Policy of India
June, 2014
Girija Pande, Chairman Apex Avalon Consulting Pte. Ltd. shares his views on the shaping up of "Look East" policy for India. He further discusses how the new government would enable stronger India-China bilateral ties in trade and investment in the future.


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The Looming Exit Crisis - Finding a Way Out
March 2014
This document presents an overview of the PE/VC investment and exit scenario in India based on analysis of data from Venture Intelligence and inputs from industry participants. The data we have analysed excludes Real Estate deals.


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The Five Go To Delhi Amidst Optimism
January, 2014
In this paper, Avalon Consulting’s Chairman, Raj Nair, focuses on whether gradual reduction in Quantitative Easing by the US will impact India which is just beginning recover from the down turn in 2013.


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India: Looking Beyond the Obvious
October 2013
In this paper, Avalon Consulting’s Chairman, Raj Nair, has explored why, despite the gloom, the India growth story cannot be written off and that India is likely to bounce back sooner than expected.


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Will You Feel Good Tomorrow?
January 2013
In this paper, our Chairman, Raj Nair gives his view on the economic outlook for India and what one can expect in 2013


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The Icebergs have come...... Now What?
January 2012
Raj predicts that the world will not end in 2012, the Euro zone is not likely to collapse and that a new world is likely to emerge from the financial holocaust of the past 3 years.


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Icebergs are Coming…
January 2011
2011 may be the year when several European countries and some US States are adrift in a sea of debt with dangerous icebergs floating around. This will also be the year of fake recovery in some countries and real growth in many.


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The Sun is Rising in the East
January 2010
2010 will be pregnant with opportunities for Indian companies. The recession has accelerated the shift of the center of gravity from the West to the East.


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