E-commerce -a threat to on premise retailers

by ExpertBlogger 13. April 2019 11:43

Internet is the greatest boon of this century and one of the most rewarding inventions of our times. It has not only created an e-revolution in the world but has also touched all the segments of the businesses be it FMCG or apparel, services anything and everything. The e-retail market has catered to the needs of the consumers in every possible way from having the most user friendly interfaces to the super-fast delivery solutions that provides a lot of flexibility to the end user and saves time, money and effort by making everything available at the doorstep in no time. E-commerce has turned the retail market upside down with just one attribute of it’s that is convenience which has been every consumer’s desire while buying anything goods or service. E-commerce is not only convenient to the consumer but also for the seller as it saves all the resources that goes into making a retail showroom and the overhead of maintaining the property and if its rented then the huge rent that the seller has to bear. Shredding all these expenses the e-commerce just caters to everything that a buyer and seller can ask for. With tastes and changing trends e-retailers just have to focus on product availability and the delivery to the customer and the various payment gateways. Advertisements and other marketing strategies can be implemented with greater precision based on the consumer’s pattern of buying and looking for products over the various websites. For the seller as well e-commerce of his products can widely expand the scope to reach larger audience and various geographies as well. The only ones that a seller has is to reach out maximum consumers without worrying about the space and other infrastructure costs.

The retail conversion of physical shops and showrooms into e-commerce facilitator is gaining momentum. Biggest of Indian retail supermarket, electronic, apparel chains have adopted the online model and are focusing on having an e-commerce existence in the market. With technology making a presence even in the remote areas, larger population seem to embrace e-retailing. Nearly 68 million internet users are from remote areas, who sum up for half of total sales that happen at online shopping portals in India.

Recent trends show that there has been a paradigm shift in the buying patterns of the consumers worldwide, who are gradually keen to buy goods and services online and are rapidly treading towards a more appropriate, user friendly and innovative platform.

 

From grocery to a car, from medicines to a full-fledged furnished house, from cosmetics to the electronics the online marketplace has advanced to become as the one-stop shop for everything. Also, the hopes of the consumers are changing to entirely new dimensions, with outstanding benchmarks set by the e-retailers. Shoppers are aware of the value that these online portals offer, the plethora of products that these portals put on display and the one click comfort of making hassle free purchases right from the comfort zone of the consumer have made e-commerce a buzz word.

Such changing market trends have given a blow to the shopkeepers and showroom owners who are under the blow of the herculean rise of e-commerce websites. Amazon, Flipkart, eBay etc. are the fore runners that pose as a threat to all the retailers who now have to re think their strategy to survive in the market. The price for the showroom / shop setup and its maintenance and also the on-floor staff cost is incurred through the consumer and all this is added in the selling price. The e-commerce sites since don’t have to bear these costs offer the lowest price possible that will include their profit margins as well. The consumer are not concern about the quality issues as the e-commerce websites provide easy return and replacement as compare to the merchants. The bad product or service has a surety of full refund which attracts more consumers to these portals than to get into the endless return cycle of the real merchants.

The e-commerce is the future of consumer market not because of it’s convenient methods but because it improves its strategy each day which the on premise merchants fail to implement and improve and stick to the traditional way of selling the products.

Mortgages, Short Term Loan, Payday Loans, A boon or bane for the economy?

by ExpertBlogger 2. January 2019 15:00

The attractive option of getting the loan on same day and repaying it back the next payday without suffering a huge debt or credit check is the major advantage of payday loans. A small provisional loan taken to conduit the borrower's cash flow gap between paydays, is referred to as a payday loan. They are loose, but have high-interest and for a short-term and can be aptly referred as micro loans. These loans are usually settled in cash, and the lender processes the cheque or takes out from the borrower's active account on the date of maturity of the loan. 

As evident from the name, the loans are usually taken and repaid within a period as long as of 30 days. Also, the payday loans are usually repaid on next payday, therefore one can see that they are always in control of their payday loans irrespective of what others would say. Giving each one of us a viewpoint that we are our own masters of our payday loans is the most fruitful strategy charted by the providers of these loans. This is because the payday loans have highest rate of interest as they are repaid in less than a span of 30 days. 

So with this the banks and the lenders will definitely opt for Payday loans because even if a bank has or bad loans and stuff. For the lender it is low hanging fruit and as it is an easy money. However, according to a research survey it has been recorded that after subtracting the fixed operational cost and the default losses, the payday loans company does not make considerable profit. There have been cases of fake cheques presented by borrowers as security, and as a result, such cheques bounce when being en-cashed by the bank.

In developing economies like India payday loans are not very popular because of the gravest reasons like a pile-up of bad loans, Indian Banks seem to be pursuing the wrong race. The non-performing assets (NPA) accumulated by Indian lenders are higher than those of Indian banks as contrast to many of the major economies of the world, including USA, UK, China and Japan. Indian banks' gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, stand at INR 10.25 lakh crore reported on 31 March 2018. This pie of the cake now accounts for 11.8 percent of the total loans given by the banking industry. For financial year 2018, the total bad loans of these banks rose by a whopping amount of INR 3.13 lakh crores.  It will take years before these banks can get rid of NPAs, accumulated over the years on account of multiple factors.

 Also even the lenders are not easy-going on their customers. Quite often these payday lenders are criticized. They are called the merciless loan sharks attacking the poorer section, low income areas, which are unable to realize the time value of money. Many people find the interest rate on the payday loan puts the weaker section in difficulties, whereas the richer community can afford to pay even up to 25% interest or so on their credit cards.

Pay-day loan is a benefit for customers because they can save you in times of distress. Had it been possible to know or predict financial emergencies, then payday loans would not have happened! Many at times you may find yourself caught in unexpected situations and you may not be well equipped to deal with the situation. Like when you fall sick, or your car breaks down, you would have to bear on your planning budget for the month. So for these kinds of short-term money crunch situations, payday loans are of great help as one can get instant cash right when needed. Pay-day loans can be applied for online as well and the money gets deposited into lender’s account directly and instantly.

To conclude, in the long run if the bad loans increased due to pay day loans then it would be because of the lenders who do not do a thorough check of the credit history of the customers or burrowers. However the things go smoothly and if proper background checks are conducted on both sides then they are very beneficial for the middle income strata and also the banks or financial institutes that give these micro loans on short-term basis.

Things to Remember while Buying Car Insurance

by ExpertBlogger 2. July 2018 09:53

Buying a car is a big decision considering it as a depreciative asset and also the changing technology is the prime reason for investing rightly in a brand. After buying the car the most important decision an owner has to take is getting the asset covered with proper motor insurance in order to safeguard the vehicle from all types of unforeseen damages that may happen to, it once it gets launched on the road. There are many factors both varying and unvarying that determine a good insurance for an automobile. 

In a state like there are multiple factors taken into consideration before zeroing on a good insurance plan. To start with following are the checks to be borne in mind:

a. The credit score of the insurance buyer matters as the insurer would be interested in selling the policy to the party who has a clean credit card history and more responsible in clearing their bills.

b. A good driving history with fewer penalties and tickets for over speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol makes a driver being perceived as more prone to accidents and hence would be charged the premium accordingly.

c. A person’s gender also contributes to an extent in the insurance premium as male drivers are considered to be more hazardous than the female ones.

d. The age factor of the buyer is also an important aspect for an insurance company. Driver below the age of 25 are considered as rash drivers and irrespective of one’s driving pattern a person has to pay the premium higher because of his/her age.

e. The taxi or the cab drivers are liable for a higher premium because the chances of a damage to the vehicle are far more than a private car.

f. A vehicle’s cost, its make, and model also contributes in the insurance that needs to be bought for it. A low range car like a hatchback does not require a costly policy but a trendy sports car or multi-utility vehicle with advanced features would call for a higher premium to be paid.

g. Many insurance companies also decide the premium based on the location of the buyer, because people who drive on mountains or hills or plateaus are more likely to meet with an accident than the people who drive on plains.

The above-mentioned points were considered by an insurer while selling the policy to the buyer. There are certain checks to be performed by the buyers too on the insurer:

a. A buyer should evaluate his/her state’s minimum requirements for the insurance.

b. A buyer should perform a comprehensive market research by comparing the quotes from various insurers before zeroing on one.

c. A buyer should review the insurer’s standing in the market in terms of reliability and also in terms of discounts before finalizing a deal. One should always pick a top-rated insurer irrespective of the cost.

d. Setting up a higher deductible which will ensure a good cut in the premium cost.

e. Usage-based insurance is something where the insurer would track the buyer’s mileage covered and give away discount on the basis of miles driven in a year.

There are few types of covers that should be included in a car insurance:

Liability cover: This is a third party insurance wherein the damage done by the car owner to the other person or person’s vehicle should be covered by the car policy.

No-Fault insurance: It is the cover given by the insurance company to the buyer in case he/she met with an accident that is not the car owner’s fault.

Personal injury Protection: It is the type of cover provided to anyone who travels in the car owner’s vehicle and happens to meet with an accident.

Uninsured motorist insurance: this is a type of cover that gives a protection to the car owner against those who do not have an insured vehicle.

Bottom line is While finalizing the insurance policy a buyer must ensure complete transparency to the insurer by providing all the history of accidents, drink and drive cases etc. else this may lead to denial of the claim by the insurer at the time of mishappening.  

Financial Boom or Sustainable Growth , Where We are Heading..

by ExpertBlogger 7. June 2018 13:13

Economic boom refers to as an increase of business, industry and growth of the sales and goods that would lead to a nation’s overall economic expansion. The global economies contribute in the rise and fall of world trade and economy and hence observes the global economic phenomena of recession and boom. The market fluctuations are bound to occur as they are affected by numerous factors which can’t be predicted by market researchers and analysts with complete accuracy. The various economies of the world are so closely connected that economists could only take calculated risks of prophesying the market volatility.


Many under developed and developing economies show the signs of an economic boom every now and then. The revealing signs of an economic boom in a country are:
a.    Low inflation rate: A booming economy should maintain a lower inflation rate and it is be as low as 2% for developed economies.
b.    Double digit GDP growth: A booming economy should register a GDP growth which should be at least a positive figure and if it’s in double digit with promising signs of converting into developed economy. A GDP is the determining factor of a nation’s growing economy. It is a sum total of consumption of products and government expenditures and exports of the country in that year, all this and minus the imports done by that country in that year.
c.    Rise in employment: In an economy that shows the promising signs of expansion creation of jobs for its citizens is a big factor for showing economic growth.
d.    Increased consumerism: Better employment rate will result in more demand and supply of consumer goods as it will lead to economic stability of the various sections of the society.
e.    The Sensex rise: A booming economy lures investors from around the globe. The market should exhibit bullish growth in the stocks and bearish growth of the bonds.
f.    Bank lending: Banks should contribute in the growth by increasing their capacity to lend to the owners of small businesses hence leading to economic sustainability by progressing the smaller merchants.
g.    The currency circulation: It is the currency of the country and its value that would decide the appreciation of the country’s currency in the world market.
h.    Producer price index: this is the index that determines the cost of major goods producing sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, mining, fisheries, dairy products etc.
i.    Real estate boom: A surge in the real estate businesses is a strong indicator of a booming economic growth as they are the drivers towards making a stronger economy. The increase in the buying of the new homes reflects good employment creation and increased consumer confidence.
j.    Lower interest rates: Banks will levy lower rate of interest on the loans for property and automobile and hence enabling more property deals and creating a surge in the housing and finance industry.
k.    Strengthening the labor: A developed economy will always work towards firming its labor force by skilling them in their crafts and work because they in turn would generate goods and services for the country.
l.    Tax cut: In order to make a robust economy a government should curtail on taxes on consumer goods and services provided. The income tax reduction also boosts the citizens’ morale to save more and spend with confidence making sure that it should not lead to deficit.
m.    Increased government spending: rise in government’s expenditure like construction roads, railways and airports is an indicator of state’s well being programs for making a prosperous society.
n.    Income imbalance: In a booming economy the poor will become rich and gain stability and rise from above the poverty line hence creating a society of economic balance.
o.    FDI: encouraging more foreign investors in the country for the services and goods they get and hence creating more income and jobs in the country.
A sustainable growth in all the above mentioned categories will lead to an economic boom in a country as well as it will help to shape the world economy. The government’s policies play an important role in defining the economic growth of a country. A stable government and a stable geopolitical atmosphere leads to technological as well as advancement in other sectors.