Plant-Based Diet

Top 5 Benefits of Healthy Plant-Based Diet

The study by DuPont Nutrition and Health found that 65 percent of consumers on a global scale are turning their diet to plant-based food. Though the taste of plant-based food is a challenge, consumers felt that switching to a plant-based diet is a healthier option.

A plant-based diet is an eating pattern that focuses on food derived from plant sources. The food includes vegetables, fruits, pulses, legumes, grains, nuts, and meat substitutes. 

Benefits of Plant-Based Diet

1. Better Nutrition and Improved Digestion

Plant-based food is rich in nutrients. They have a sufficient amount of vitamins, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. A plant-based diet helps improve digestion as dairy products are avoided. Green food removes toxins from the body as they contain a lot of fiber. 

2. Weight Management

Weight Management

Weight gain today is an epidemic across the world. Switching to plant-based diet aid in weight loss as well as weight management. People following a plant-based diet have lower Body Mass Index compared to omnivores. Plant-based foods are low in calories than animal-based products. It contains healthy nutrients.  The diet maintains a healthy weight in the long run. 

3. Reduce risks for Chronic Diseases

People with unhealthy eating lifestyle are prone to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Whereas plant-based eating patterns reduces such risk. The study in early 2019 found that people consuming a plant-based diet have higher insulin sensitivity, which is important for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. 

4. Helps naturally boost energy

As plants are super high in nutrients, they boost energy levels. Consuming plant-based diets that are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients results in better brain functioning and also enhances mood. Plants are easy to digest that ultimately gives extra energy to spend. Sports professionals usually consume plant-derived food that keeps them going. 

5. Positively impacts environment

Switching to a plant-based diet will help to reduce destruction in the forest. Also, animal agriculture accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the combined exhaustion of gases from all transportation. The illustrations show the amount of land, grain, carbon dioxide used to get protein for your food.

Plant based diet positive impact.

The food industry is also responding to the increasing demand of consumers by launching new plant-based products. A brand like Beyond meat, headquartered in Los Angeles produces plant-based meat substitutes. Many other companies like Nestle, Kellogg and Hormel Foods have started selling plant-based meat products. 

The plant-based sales are on the rise and are expected to grow more in the upcoming years with more variety and different options to the consumers. Considering the growth of the plant-based food market, companies need to pay closer attention to how they produce and label their plant-based food products.
Digital Healthcare Ecosystem

Digital Healthcare Ecosystem: Major Players

Recently, Melbourne has joined the international digital health ecosystem to bring in innovation across the health and social care sector. Melbourne ecosystem has partnered with the European Connection Health Alliance (ECHAllaince) to introduce a digital health ecosystem in the country. ECHAllaince is a global operating in 78 nations with over 16,500 health experts.

It will be Australia’s first digital health ecosystem that will strengthen the relations between patients, clinicians, policymakers, and technology providers. Such an alliance helps to develop those tools that aid citizens to find what they need, to ask stakeholders about their requirements and to adopt best practices that are carried internationally. 

Many other healthcare giants across the world are adopting new models to boost the digital healthcare ecosystem. 

Novartis – one of the largest pharmaceutical companies

Novartis, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world created a digital ecosystem named Novartis Biome. It is a global network of digital innovation lab developed with an objective to empower health-tech start-up companies. Also, Novartis is acquiring Chinese digital space, as China is the second-largest pharmaceutical market in the world. 

A large number of pharmaceutical companies are paying attention to develop mobile applications with an intention to reach patients directly and to acquire a large amount of data. In the coming years, the pharmaceutical arena will form a part of a large digital ecosystem that will keep an eye on the patient’s health and provide timely feedback.  

With the advancement of digital technology, many transformations are seen in healthcare. Many digital innovations such as wearables, artificial telemedicine/big data, internet of things, predictive diagnostics and mobile apps are making their way in healthcare influencing patient journey. 

Cloud-based platform – Siemens

Another such digital ecosystem was earlier launched by Siemens. They launched a cloud-based platform, Teamplay that aims to enclose a wide range of digital programs and clinical tools. It also included in-vitro diagnostics, medical documentation, imaging, and genomics data. 

The digital ecosystem is easy to understand. It is similar to the application on the mobile phone. As applications help easy access to use with immediate results, similar is the functioning of the digital ecosystem. 

Another American multinational conglomerate, GE Healthcare launched ViosWorks that is a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution. It provides results within a fraction of time. It is a 3D cardiac anatomy that scans for 8-minute with providing real-time processing of images with resolutions.

Healthcare companies have realized the potentials of the digital health ecosystem in recent years. The healthcare industry is experimenting with new models of healthcare to work in close association with technological advancements.

Auto Sector Witnesses The Worst Crisis Since The Last 19 Years

AutomotiveAutomobile sales took a steep downturn in July after numbers took the worst hit in the last 19 years. According to experts, “the worst is yet to come in the auto sector”. This crisis has already resulted in the loss of more than 15000 jobs after 286 dealership outlets were forced to shut down in the last 18 months. There are many reasons for this downfall suggested by industry experts. Some of the reasons include consumer demand and liquidity issues as automakers are pushed to transition to newer technologies which makes their products more expensive. Another major reason being sighted is the crisis in Non Banking Financial Companies and the impending liquidity squeeze resulting in fall in consumer confidence.This is primarily affecting sales of passenger cars.

Two wheeler and three wheeler sales have also shown significant decline in July 2019. Sales are supposed to have dropped 19% according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers on 13th august 2019.

The last biggest decline in domestic auto sales was recorded in December 2000, when the numbers fell by 22%.

On top of the ongoing crisis, the government has made it mandatory to upgrade all vehicles to meet the Bharat Stage VI emission norms latest by 2020. The cost requirement to upgrade these vehicles has increased manufacturing cost thus companies are also forced to sell at a higher price to the end consumers. It was observed, by a senior employee of one of the vehicle manufacturing companies that a recovery from a cyclical downturn is possible later on a discount push that stems from rising inventories. But this time due to the compulsory upgradation norm, this also won’t be possible.

Two major examples can be seen in car manufacturing giant Maruti Suzuki and two wheeler manufacturer India Yamaha motors. These two companies have launched some vehicles with the BS VI emission upgrade, causing a difference of almost 10- 15 % in price as compared to non upgraded variants. Maruti found out this was especially true for its diesel vehicles, owing to which it has shut down the manufacture of diesel vehicles from April 2020.

Another hurdle awaiting the two and three wheeler industries is the expected compulsion to convert all fuel run vehicles to battery powered engines by 2023.The proposal was called “ill timed” by Bajaj Auto’s Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj.

One more reason stated is the failure of consumer interest to convert into purchase. The latest trends show better numbers in the sales of the used cars industry than the new cars.The sales in used cars industry has overtaken the new cars at 4lakh more sales last year in 2018.

Our feedback is that customers are not coming into the showroom and whoever is coming, is taking a long time to convert to a sale. This downturn is not purely cyclical because cycles don’t last this long and something else also has failed. The costs have gone up and the incentive for a consumer is low and there is a need for external intervention to kickstart the growth cycle,” Vishnu Mathur, SiAM Director General said. 

Even truck sales have suffered due to the new axle load norms issued by the government. After the issue of this norm, sale of commercial vehicle has also gone down.In response to the depression in sales, Ashok Leyland closed its pantnagar unit for a few days hoping it will have a positive effect on production. 

With a prospect of the electric car, India faces a major drawback on the process

Pollution has been long an issue of the Indian population, as well as global. Indian manifestos are largely affected as well as with those of temple building and farmer incomes in recent domains. India e-car market, Electric vehicle market, seems to draw a lot of opportunities from this domain due to the rising threat to the pollution.

Politicians, as well as businessmen, cannot surpass the issue of pollution. The life expectancy is largely reduced in the current century and mostly affected in areas of New Delhi. This has been going on for more than a decade now.

The government plans to address the issue for a three-year subsidy plan involving the electric vehicles. The India e-vehicle market which has been termed to around 1.5 Billion dollars are above 10 times large in market size, as compared to the previous plans. Flaws, when looked into this domain, are minimal but one such has been mostly hampering the commitment in putting the clean vehicle on the roads. The reason! It can largely lead to the theft of electricity on a large scale.

India has been dominantly housing to over a million two-wheelers and rickshaw. This is by far more than that of the number of electric cars been produced in China. With this, the sales of much small electric vehicles to continue to rise according to market research reports.

Largely, in the absence of charging infrastructure, most of the drivers have been shipping powers illegally. As a result, only about 10 percent of the subsidy program has been allocated to the charging stations of these vehicles.

About a quarter of the power that has been generated in India has been either stolen or kept for various purposes in the loss of transmission. This has been purposed mostly by the figures that are cited by the local media by the mid-2018. Due to this the power sector has been losing for about more than 15 Billion dollars a year for the theft. This is largely more than any other country globally.

The power that has been stolen costs more than 20Billion dollar a year. This is taken into account for Delhi alone. Further, there are around more than lakhs of such vehicles which go on Delhi’s roads, although just a quarter has been registered. The state electricity loss has been accounted to more than 70 percent in recent years, starting from 2017.



Is the automotive industry now creating more jobs than IT in India?

Automotive IndustryWhile everybody looking to make a big career move sought the best opportunities in the IT sector in the past, there has been a paradigm shift in the favor of the automotive industry.

The globe has witnessed a fall in the number of unemployed over the past few years in a number of its regions. This has been in part due to the availability of better media for awareness and urbanization of the remotest areas. But a part of it has also been due to the improvement of the various industries themselves. A better developed, expanded and growing industry has more space for both, skilled labor and raw talent.

However, information technology, that once has the best job categories and prospects, has seen a considerable decline. Massive layoffs across the multi-billion-dollar sector make the future possibilities for employees appear bleak.

Why hasn’t the IT sector been able to create more jobs?

  • The existing redundancy
  • Lack of skilled labor
  • The growth of the West

In the past, a number of foreign companies contracted their work to strong Indian IT firms like the Infosys and Wipro. So, every computer engineer who had the necessary skills had a job in hand. But now, automation has taken over all clerical tasks. The job profiles that are now vacant in the IT sector require in-depth knowledge of technologies like cloud-computing, robotics and a lot more. Since most engineers honed here do not taste this in their years of education, they aren’t job-ready.

So, although the IT sector continues to grow, job prospects for the natives are receiving a plummet. It is noteworthy that although technology is being integrated at a matched pace in the automotive market too, job prospects there are continuing to thrive and are, in fact, on the rise.

How the automotive sector has overcome this

While the IT sector is receiving a boost from the west, India is moving on towards becoming the third largest auto market in the world. All this with the new approach of going completely electric by 2030. This means that the automotive sector is heated up with processes of producing conventional engines and EVs going on in parallel.

A pervasive research highlights the need for a large workforce including both, accomplished individuals and fresh graduates who can be trained. This is because the whole industry is gaining a new face where ideas of the new generation are as welcome as the admin power of the existing luminaries.

Will this contribute to the growth potential of the country?

Considering the BRIC economies, it has been observed that countries other than India, in their developing phase, had a majority of people employed in the fastest growing sectors. This had a majority of the workforce being involved in contributing towards a quick rise in the GDP. But, as a worrying trend, India hasn’t been doing so say the chief economists of our country.

Moreover, market research reports claim that, of the total number of businesses in India, most work with an employee strength below 10. This data can be misleading. In our nation, this category is dominated by individual workers and freelancers. These are not as good a contribution as mid-size businesses actually are to a nation.

With growing opportunities in fields growing apace, a greater proportion of the population trying to leverage them will surely be a boost to the nation’s economy.


The Road Ahead for Online Retail in India

India is a vast country and is also marked to be the most diverse of all. The landscape, people and their cultures, climate and plenty of other factors vary as we traverse through the Indian mainland. The remarkable fact is that each of the aforementioned factors has a potential to directly influence the retail market. Despite this, industry profiles state the market space to be growing constantly. The growth rate has surged to an extent that it has replaced most prominent and promising markets like China in terms of attractiveness. What fuels this progress?
The key insight that analysts have acquired is that the one segment of e-commerce is the driver of this rapid advancement. With the robust development in the technology sector, the number of internet users is on the rise thus offering a boost to online retail in India.
The increasing gross merchandise value of online retail
Technology as an enabler
The breakout in the number of online stores is completely powered by technology. Comparing the current market situation with older times, it has never been as easy to establish an online store before. It can be created profitably using simple steps and not much technical knowledge. Much of the resources can be invested in the innovation of products and services.
Businesses, today, also have a wider audience reach owing to the contributions of the telecom sector. The tech-savvy population count is burgeoning. With faster, secure and more reliable internet connections, most customers are encouraged to buy products online rather than tiring themselves walking through the different aisles browsing for choices.
The rise of artificial intelligence has led to the advent of smarter chatbots that can guide them effectively with personal recommendations from a due consideration of their past shopping preferences. Customer service is thus enhanced.
Technology is also expected to continue evolving thus placing more opportunities on the landscape.
Customers like being pampered
Online retail has evolved to be a customer-centric business. Market research shows that the wide number of choices that online retail provides is what lures the customers. This results from competition. Every firm in the vertical is competing with the other, new and established, to be among the most trusted ones. So, each e-commerce website channels their energy into making products more affordable while not compromising on the quality.
Bettered services like easy refund/cancellation policies, live order tracking and a good consideration to feedbacks and reviews makes online retail more trustable than ever. It also saves time and transport costs that the customer may incur when commuting to physical shops.

Online sales are growing at the expense of traditional channels and a projection would show no pause to this. With a traditional-retail apocalypse predicted by experts, companies must double-down on their efforts to place their business online.

The guide to sustaining your start-up

start-upThe success stories of a number of start-ups make it a very luring concept. But it is important to be informed that a larger number of them do not even come into notice because they weren’t able to establish themselves as a brand in their vertical.

To climb up the ladder of accomplishments, one must have a clear vision of the future of their new entrepreneurial venture. The following are the key points to consider for the mitigation of failure risks.

Conceiving a start-up idea

Ensure that the idea is original and relevant in the current day

If the product that you plan on building is not something that interests the contemporary population, it will fail to thrive. It is crucial that your idea aligns with the needs of the existing market. Your plan must essentially be a solution to the lack of a service/product in the market for it to acquire popularity. You must thus consider the market size and timing before you plot a launch. Any business research service can be exploited for this purpose.

Furthermore, the essence of a start-up is innovation. The reason why most start-ups fail is that they do not have a compelling value proposition. Unless your start-up idea is original and reflects a new perspective to the current problems, it will not be welcome.

Follow your passion

If you are not interested in what you are serving your clientele, you will not be able to take the business ahead. Choose an industry that you are really passionate about working for. This will keep you self-motivated even when hurdles come your way.

The execution: Setting up your business

Meticulously plan your business model

Customer acquisition is purely based on the performance of your business model. It must promise a lower cost for lead generation compared to the lifetime value of the client/customer. This is how profits can be maximized. There has also been a noteworthy shift from a merely data-driven approach to an insight-driven one for strategizing a business model.

Ensure sufficient funding

Inadequate funds could mean a major downfall for a start-up. It is a consequence of a wrong understanding of the revenue flow in a company. When charting out the money requirements, one must consider the cost of making a business lobby in the market rather than just considering its set-up. Rounding off the digits to a higher value will always keep you prepared for any market disaster.

Plan your location

A market research would tell you exactly where you should place your business. It will offer you an in-depth analysis of the global market and the key players along with a good understanding of the location of your target audience. Moreover, it will assist you in knowing the current political and geographical situation of the space where you plan on locating your business to suggest its favourability.

Strategizing the growth and sustenance

New businesses are often seen to lack an organizational structure. Most services like marketing and data management are relayed to them from third-party sources. This makes them highly dependent and unsure of efficient execution. A good management team will be able to tackle these problems effectively. The owner of the business must also plan to expand the business at a slow pace initially so that resources are conserved along with a measurable growth being observed.

One must also explore the potential of today’s technology and do more than just building creative websites. Although the traditional techniques bring your start-up to notice, they do not promise a long-term customer loyalty.

Global Chromatography Reagents Market- What Rising Investments Mean?

Chromatography ReagentsChromatography is the umbrella term for a separate set of methods for mixture separation. In this procedure, the mixture is dissolved in a fluid that is as well known as mobile phase. It performs the mixture through a structure, which holds one more mixture called as stationary phase.  Dissimilar constituents of all these mixtures hasten the procedure of separation of the mixtures. The technique is widely used in laboratories. Continuous innovations in the market in terms of advanced designs and better performing resins and reagents are grasping more attention of the business from across the globe. Rising demand is the major driver for the worldwide chromatography reagents market.

Segmentation and Business Prospects:

Considering the high growth rate in the market, the worldwide industry for CRs has great segmentation. Key segments in the market are identified based on all types of the applications, bed shapes, types, physical state of the mobile phase and separation mechanism. Factors such as end users and geographical location of the end users as well have detailed segments. Each of these segments is more divided into sub-segments based on their special features and differences.

Below is the information of segmentation:

Chromatography reagents are divided into many basic types, analytical, namely, bioprocess or preparative. Such basic types are divided into many sub-segments as:

Preparative: Buffers, solvents, and solid support

Physical state: Based on physical states of mobile phase CRs is segmented into three main types, such as, liquid, gas, and supercritical fluid

Analytical: Alkylation, Silylation and acylation, esterification, ion-pairing reagents

Bed shape: The two typical types of bed shapes are Column and Planar chromatography reagents. Furthermore, Planar CRs are classified into paper and think layer chromatography reagents

End users: These common laboratory techniques are widely used around the different industrial verticals such as research, pharmaceutical, government academic, hospitals, biotechnology, cosmetics, food and beverages, environment, nutraceutical and such other industries

Separation Mechanism: Based on separate mechanisms used, the market segmented into affinity, ion exchange, absorption, partition, and size exclusive mechanisms

Drivers and Forecasting Results:

Depending upon the geographical locations, the worldwide CRs market is divided into four segments, such as Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and rest of the world. As per a market research, all the aforementioned segments, the worldwide industry is predicted to witness a steady yet notable growth. Based on the recent findings, the CR market is predicted to grow at an estimated CAGR of 10.6%. The same rate is estimated to continue from 2013-2018. Based on the given figures the market is predicted to reach past $7,609.3 million by the end of 2018. As of 2013, the market is poised at $4,598.0 million.

Increasing investment, high growth in demand and continuous technological developments are drawing the market. Large technological boost and rising industrial applications are driving governments from diverse part of the world to make heavy investments in the market. Considering the forecasting reports, the same trend is predicted to prolong for the next 5-6 years. Therefore, the market is set to make stable progress towards stability and success.

How the IoT is transforming Retail Industry?

Retail IndustryTraditional brick and mortar retailers are facing a tough time competing against digital retailers who have engulfed huge pie of the retail market. Because of declining customer base and dwindling profits, more and more retail stores are closing their shutters. As more and more consumers moved from physical retail stores to digital stores; making purchases with the tap of a finger, the retail game has revolutionized.

Due to the tremendous growth of IoT and alter in shopping trends, the customer experience has become more important than ever. This led to explosive growth of ads from retailers inviting you to try their apps. There is a huge competition in creating the next big thing, which will offer the best shopping experience for the customers in the digital space.

Gratitude towards the internet of things (IoT) and its influence on connecting the digital and physical worlds in ecosystems of devices like computers and smart phones, the world of retail may never be the same again.

With useful insights from IoT devices, brick and mortar retail stores are now in a place to confront the traditional ways of doing business. Physical stores are now offering more personalized experiences by combining digital elements into the shopping journey.

Dawn of a new retail landscape:
Reputable retailers are now using both physical and online stores for a flawless shopping experience, in order to survive the stiff competition in today’s retail industry. From social media to TV advertisements and in-store promotions, IoT has assisted customers to cooperate with their business however and whenever it suits them. Internet of Things allows physical retail stores with the same capability for personalized and data-capture as digital stores.

Internet of technology will gradually modify the way the consumer shops and the way the retail stores do business. In future, shopping malls will be filled with sensors, from smart barcodes that provide customers with product insights to digital ad screens that make use of facial detection technology.

Improved shopping practices for customers:
IoT has offered retail stores with better opportunities to customized in-store shopping experiences for consumers. When Internet of Things is combined with customer’s smart phones, it provides access to helpful product information and can send customized offers for the customers.

For example, users can scan the products to get extra information regarding available sizes or colors. They can as well sign up for SMS notifications of special deals while in-store. Internet of things devices as well helps staffs to offer better customer service. A sensor placed near the cash counter can be programmed to trigger an alert to an employee’s smart phone once a consumer has been positioning there longer than 30 seconds, as per a market research reports.

Internet of things devices assist the retailers to offer faster help to customers thus improving the whole shopping experience.

Smart Manufacturing: The Next Industrial Revolution

Technology is slowly but unquestionably transforming the way we conceptualize and implement things in the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing operations are utilizing smarter advanced equipment however the quantity of silo data collected by linked and other devices are making data collection and interpretation an intimidating task.

IoT, otherwise called Industry 4.0 [ in the context of manufacturing production] is bringing in the much needed active change in the operational fineness and innovations by making a world that integrates connective technology, the big data and the cloud; a realm where better and faster decisions can be made at a moment’s notice.  When you break it down, it means that through Internet of things, smart manufacturing captures and sheds light on all available info, all the way from the plant floor to the other stages of the supply chain, in real-time.

Market research results show that 55.0% of discrete manufacturers are piloting, researching, or in the middle of production with IoT initiatives.

Furthermore, survey forecasts that the worldwide IoT market will grow to $3.04 trillion in 2020 from $1.3 trillion in 2013.

The statistics tell the truth that is factual; according to a survey conducted by TATA Consultancy, manufacturers using IoT solutions in 2014 experienced an average increase of 28.55 in revenues in between 2013 to 2014.

In fact, Business Insider market research speculates that global manufacturers will invest approx. $70 billion on IoT solutions in 2020 and the first and foremost motivation for implementation here is the difference to the bottom line.

Making change discernable

The talk around IoT always includes two points of observation – first one, is connectivity and the second one, real-time. In one of GE Durathon battery plants, more than ten thousand sensors collect crucial info like the humidity, air pressure and temperature, all in real time and this allows the enterprise to keep watch on the status of the production of each battery.

Perhaps the best part of the smart manufacturing is that it gets rid of the time gaps in data dissemination to different teams within the company thus leading to a total optimization of production.

From one to many

One of the most noticeable aspects of the smart manufacturing technology is the capacity to take stock of greater than just one factory at a time. Internet of Things increases the conspicuousness of each step in the process making it simpler to control what occursacross diverse factories at different locations.

Improved control

The latest management systems allow the organizations to establish factory operations in diverse areas of the world, all the while allowing for much advanced control of the critical processes.

With smart manufacturing, manufacturers can allocate a digital identity to all of their physical assets that permit them to collect applicable info on location, condition and efficiency of each, at any given time. Fundamentally, this simplifies the procedure of taking manufacturing outside the origin- country but without compromising on quality.

Even though it’s at an initial stage, more manufacturers are going to find more complex applications for IoT, especially in fields like AR and AI.