After studying law I vectored towards journalism by accident and it's the only job I've done since. It's a job that has taken me on a private jet to Jaisalmer - where I wrote India's first feature on fractional ownership of business jets - to the badlands of west UP where India's sugar economy is inextricably now tied to politics. I'm a big fan of new business models and crafty entrepreneurs. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those in Asia at the moment.
Flipkart is working on an exercise that could see a reduction in its team size by 5-7 percent.
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Flipkart plans to trim rolls by 7 percent
Flipkart is working on an exercise that could see a reduction in its team size by 5-7 percent. The exercise is also likely to focus on group companies Cleartrip and Shopsy and is likely to be completed by April. The company is likely to list in FY24 and is in the process of completing a $1 billion funding plan from Amazon. Last year the top 30 percent of the company’s employees were not handed out any appraisal letters.
US asks for more clarity on India’s import system for laptops
The United States Trade Representative plans to take up the issue of laptop imports during her upcoming visit to India. After initially curtailing imports India has said it plans to put in an import authorization system that will be valid till September 2024. It is not clear that will happen after that. Several US companies Apple, HP, Dell import laptops for the Indian market. (BusinessLine)
Bananas to get more expensive
Banana prices are headed north on account of falling cultivation and the spread of a disease. In November banana inflation was up 16.5 percent from 2.2 percent four years ago. Prices are up from Rs1,800 crore per quintal to Rs2,900 crore. Traders said that production js down by 15-30 percent. Fruits inflation in November stood at 11 percent. (Economic Times)
Nexus eyes R City Mall in Mumbai
Nexus has been in talks to acquire R City mall from Runway Developers. It is not clear whether the talks will lead to a deal. Runwal had acquired GICs stake in the mall in May for Rs1,000 crore. The mall has been operational for the last 13 years and has 1.2 million sq feet of retail space. It is one of the few malls in the city that could see a deal as it is unlikely that Phoenix or Oberoi Realty would sell anything from their portfolio. (BusinessLine)