Bata India’s Announces Q1 results, impacted due to lockdown

Aug 09 2020

 

 Bata India – the country’s leading footwear brand – on Friday announced results for the quarter ended 30th June 2020. Revenue from operations for the quarter was Rs.1348 million (lower  by  85%  compared  to  the  corresponding  period  last  year  due  to  the  lockdown  in  April  &  May followed by a graded unlocking across the country). Consequently, the Company incurred a loss after tax of Rs.1,012 million as against profit after tax of Rs.1,006 million in the corresponding period last year.

 

Results in the first quarter of FY2020-21 were severely impacted because of disruptions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The  Company  witnessed  a  gradual  improvement  in  business  once  the lockdown  was  lifted.  While  multiple  measures  taken  by  the  Company  for  customer  safety,  product availability   and   channel  expansion  have   helped   increase   sales,   the   prevailing   uncertainties   have dampened the consumer demand for discretionary spends. The Company is focusing on controlling its costs-related to retail stores, factories, rentals & operations and drive efficiencies in its value chain. The impact of cost saving exercise is visible in these results. Multiple work streams have been put into place to look at all cost-lines and come out of the pandemic fighting fit.

 

Sandeep  Kataria,  CEO  –  Bata  India  Limited,  stated: “It was  an  unprecedented quarter  in  Bata  India’s history.  During  the  quarter  we  had  low  sales  and  no  production  due  to  lockdown  mandated  by  the Government  due  to  the  pandemic.  Our  stores  started  opening  up  in  a  graded  fashion,  but  running operations was a challenge due to frequent lockdowns and restrictions mandated by local administration across the country. We re-started our operations keeping safety of our customers & employees in mind and in line with government and our global standards. The results have to be viewed in this context. The team has responded admirably by focusing on recovery of the business through agile portfolio expansion, scaling up our digital presence via bata.in & e-comm partners and introducing 2 new hyper-local channels Bata  Chat  Shop  for  shopping  over  WhatsApp  and  ‘Bata  Stores  on  Wheels’  mobile  kiosks  that  allow customers to shop at their doorstep. In addition, we have increased our focus on franchise store rollout and extending our reach to multi-brand outlets to get even closer to our customers. We are hopeful that the improvement in sale will continue and get a further boost with the festivities in the coming quarter.”

 

There is strong focus on cost saving across all cost lines including renegotiating lease rentals, controlling discretionary spends and improving productivity. We have used the past few months to recast our value chain and prepare the Company for the future ”

 

Other Key Highlights:

 

• Retail  stores  re-opening  efforts  included  a  safety  manual  and  SOP  translated  into  11  regional languages, a 20+ point checklist to ensure safety of customers and staff and equipping stores with sanitizers, gloves, masks, dispensers and quarantine boxes for shoes.

•   E-commerce  channel strengthened:  bata.in now  delivers to more than 1,300 towns pan-India;

900+ stores connected in endless-aisle rollout to help drive any-store home delivery; scaling up

B2B E-Comm sales and market-place presence across all major E-Comm partners

•   Two new hyper-local channels launched:

o Bata  ChatShop,  new  channel  launched–  allowing  customers  to  shop  remotely  from neighborhood stores by interacting with store managers via WhatsApp. This is helping

Bata  in  reaching  out  to  its  core  customer  base,  attesting  to  the

brand’s commitment in helping customers lead a relatively unrestricted life.

o Bata  Store-on-Wheels,  new  channel  launched:  that  allows  customers  to  shop  at  their doorstep. The temporary stores are set-up in association with RWAs and condominiums, in  residential  localities,  offering  a  safe  and  convenient  shopping  experience  to  all customers  specially  children  and  elderly  who  have  restricted  movement  during  the pandemic.

•   Agile-portfolio portfolio development & launch:

  •  Curated collection of relevant portfolio: Fitness-at-home, Easy-wash, Work-from-Home, Power active-wear apparel
  •   Personal Protective Gear (PPG) such as anti-viral face masks

 

•   Distribution channel ramped-up, now reaching 30,000 multi-brand outlets

•   Franchise store rollout continues with a plan to open 500 by 2023

• Customer communication & experience included updating store operating timelines on Google store search, informing customers via Bata Club loyalty program, offering relevant promotions, sharing  fitness  content  to  keep  customers  healthy  during  pandemic,  digital  payment  partner offers & contactless shopping

•   Factory operations re-started in July, keeping demand & current off-take in mind


 


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Told from the point of view of Onion, a newly freed teenager who joins abolitionist John Brown on a holy crusade to end slavery and finds himself part of the famous 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, the Limited Event Series is an adventure equal parts absurd and tragic, spotlighting the ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity. THE COMEDY STORE (October 5) This documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars. As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy. THE REAGANS (coming soon) A four-part documentary series that explores the many surprisingly unexamined aspects of the Reagan White House, and how Nancy Reagan's paper-doll image was at odds with the power she ultimately wielded throughout her husband's presidency. FIRST LADIES (coming soon) In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. YOUR HONOR (coming soon) Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston stars as New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. MOONBASE 8 (coming soon) Set in the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator, MOONBASE 8 follows eager astronauts Skip (Fred Armisen), Rook (Tim Heidecker) and their leader Cap (John C. Reilly) as they attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they’re cut out for space travel. HALO (coming soon) Based on the hallowed Xbox® franchise Halo, an award-winning and record-shattering series of video games, brings alive its universe in a 10-episode season of the live-action, scripted drama.    ~ Don’t miss out on the entertaining mix of politics, drama, sports, action, comedy and more, exclusively on Voot Select ~  
Europe's most influential technology festival, London Tech Week 2020 begins
Sep 02 2020 By Admin
London Tech Week 2020 launches today showcasing the best of global tech and how it will play a crucial role in helping us navigate the challenges facing our changing world.    Europe’s most influential tech event, which runs from Sept 1st-11th, will look at the impact of the technology ecosystem on the key issues of our age including health, education, security, the future of work and the socio-economic inclusion of women, BAME and under-represented groups.   London Tech Week drives key connections and conversations which will shape the future of the sector in the UK and across the world and features keynote speakers from Government, Tech and Science.    The event this year features some of the biggest names in tech including Eric Schmidt, former CEO & Chairman, Google // Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures, and Jack Dorsey, CEO and Co-Founder of Square and CEO of Twitter.  We will also hear from Matt Hancock MP the Secretary of State for Health,  Caroline Dinenage MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture,  Dr Indra Joshi Director of AI at NHSX, and Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud and former Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America.     We’re also delighted to be hosting musician, composer and tech enthusiast Nile Rodgers who will be leading our discussions on diversity and inclusion.    Despite the current climate, the UK tech sector remains in robust form and continues to play a key part in driving the economy, according to new data.    Against a backdrop of job losses in many sectors, the digital tech sector is starting to show signs of recovery and companies have gained confidence in the last few weeks, as demonstrated by a sharp uptick in jobs advertised online.    The Digital Economy Council and Tech Nation will publish a preview next week (Sept 8) of its Bright Tech Future report, out this autumn, which will reveal the extent to which tech companies have returned to hiring in recent weeks. The report will show tech now employs 2.93M people and that five cities outside London now have more than a fifth of their workforce employed in the digital tech economy.    Gerry Grimstone, Minister for Investment said:   “Tech is playing an ever increasing role in all sectors, demonstrated in the UK’s great tech story, where opportunities for investors and UK businesses looking to export in sectors like healthcare, finance and education continue to grow.   “And we want this to continue. As we strike trade deals around the world, we will work with trading partners to set global standards and create cutting-edge provisions in key policy areas like AI, data and digital to make it easier for businesses to trade.   “The next two weeks are a real celebration of all that London and the whole of the UK has to offer and I look forward to seeing how the many events, discussions and meetings become commercial opportunities at home and abroad for tech firms in the UK.”   Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director of Informa Tech, said: “The UK continues to innovate as a cutting-edge tech hub and as one of the world’s most open and welcoming markets despite the challenging climate we find ourselves living in.    “The power of tech is more important than ever as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. London Tech Week is an opportunity to bring the tech community together to find solutions and to ensure the survival of many of our businesses.    “As a sector we have the talent and ambition matched with the ability to forge and shape solutions for many in the world.   “We look forward to inviting a truly global audience to this exciting and highly accessible virtual event.”    At this year’s London Tech Week, the focus on curated virtual content will enable wider international audiences to join the conversation and connect with the global tech community by simply logging on to the London Tech Week platform (general registration here & media registration here).    Key themes and speakers   Global Impact will explore development and trends within Med Tech with a particular focus on how technology is playing a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19.    The Founders Forum HealthTech Summit delivers a stellar lineup including - The Rt Hon Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, Dr Indra Joshi Director of AI at NHSX, Dominic King, UK Lead & Medical Director at Google Health and Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX.   The event brings together the most inspiring and celebrated minds from healthcare systems and digital health industries to ignite meaningful discussion and debate on the most pressing topics in global health.   How technology is making a difference in the battle against climate change will also feature during some of the highly engaging Global Impact sessions.    People and Skills encompasses diversity & inclusion, with a particular focus on women with the much-anticipated accelerateHER sessions, and the future of work.  Key speakers on the future of work include: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Kike Oniwinde Founder & CEO of BYP Network, Caroline Dinenage MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture and Vanessa Gilardi, Head of HR for Wealth Management International, Royal Bank of Canada.  On diversity, key speakers include: Nile Rodgers, Co-Founder & Chairman of We Are Family Foundation, Jameela Jamil, Presenter and Activist and Scarlett Curtis, Writer and Activist.   Technologies & Industry - the AI Summit is the foremost conference and exhibition dedicated to AI and will showcase how the technology is transcending every area of business and society today. From global conglomerates to SMEs, from CIOs to heads of functions, AI is fueling operational and commercial evolution at a light-speed pace.   Key speakers include: Guus Dekkers CTO of Tesco and Warren East CEO of Rolls-Royce, and Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud and former Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America.     The Founders of the Future Forum - Bringing entrepreneurs and investors together, the Forum connects, informs and inspires future founders and highlights the UK’s most promising emerging tech talent.   Key speakers include: Eric Schmidt Former CEO & Chairman of Google // Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures and Nile Rodgers Co-Founder & Chairman of We Are Family Foundation.   Leaders, Investment & Innovation - the Global Leaders Innovation Summit will connect innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate growth and drive positive change to explore how the tech ecosystem is working together to enable new futures where tech is for everyone and impactful innovation thrives.   Key speakers include: Alex Mahon CEO of Channel 4, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, Min-Liang Tan Co-Founder & CEO of Razer and Oli Barrett MBE Serial Co-Founder & Host at Connector Unit.       Janet Coyle, Managing Director for Business, London & Partners, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the fundamental role that technology plays in society today and the role it must continue to play as we face the new normal. London and the UK are home to an array of tech businesses that are driving innovation and change and London Tech Week is an excellent opportunity to convene the global tech community to address some of our most pressing challenges and drive forward conversations. We look forward to welcoming a global audience to join us and shape the future of the tech sector.”     Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates and Chairman, London Tech Week Advisory Committee, said: “When the country went into lockdown, tech played an instrumental role in keeping businesses open and families connected. On the road to recovery, Britain will again call upon its unrivalled population of tech entrepreneurs to supercharge growth – those that are pioneering innovations in health, in financial inclusion, in cyber security and more.   “Technology has an even greater role to play in helping people to feel safe, in supporting the next stage of our NHS, in protecting livelihoods and in defining our international competitiveness.   “London Tech Week puts the country’s digital ecosystem on show to the world and demonstrates that through virtually bringing the tech community together we can help to tackle the issues the sector is yet to get right and spearhead all that should be celebrated and indeed accelerated.”   Organised by Informa Tech, a founding partner of London Tech Week, the event will also feature an impressive line-up of other speakers and events showcasing the latest transformational innovations within technology.    Visitors to Europe’s most influential virtual festival of technology will be able to see major tech brands such as IBM, Intel, and Google and a host of key entrepreneurs, policy makers, start-ups and international talent.   Sreeram Visvanathan, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has been a turning point for many organisations. The experience of lockdown has emphasised the criticality of areas including remote working, business agility, digital customer engagement, and supply chain continuity. Seizing this imminent opportunity to drive change requires making the right IT architecture choices now, accelerating disruption and embarking on a journey towards an open and secure cloud architecture to drive greater digital transformation. London Tech Week will provide an essential forum for starting these collaborations and conversations in such unprecedented times."
Mphasis Awarded U.S. Patent for its Artificial Intelligence (AI) System for Data extraction, aggregation & analysis
Aug 13 2020 By Admin
  Mphasis, an Information Technology solutions provider specializing in cloud and cognitive services, today announced that it has recently been granted a U.S. patent for its AI system for tracking, managing and analyzing data from unstructured data sources. The newly issued patent – U.S. Patent No. 10,726038 relates to optimized data aggregation and analytics across physical and digital data sources. The patented system enables enterprises to draw actionable insights at real-time from enterprise data sources such as emails, call centre transcripts, insurance policy documents, broker submissions, bank statements, customer complaints etc. Generating valuable insights from these data sources is necessity for enterprise decision making and the invention provides for automatically generating rules and employing artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to extract, adopt, exploit and analyse data.   The patented algorithms have been have been integrated as part of Mphasis’ NextLabs solutions such as HyperGrafTM, a comprehensive, feature-rich, business intelligence and analytics solution, as well as DeepInsightsTM, a cognitive intelligence platform, which enables enterprises to gain faster and more effective access to insights from data. These solutions are some of Mphasis’ latest offerings focusing on emerging paradigms of innovation such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning.    “In rapidly shifting markets, companies need to adapt futuristic system and methods to recognize critical data as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Nitin Rakesh, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Mphasis. “This patent further validates our leadership, innovation and capability to assist clients in utilizing the latest artificial technologies to examine cognitive analysis and emergent data.”   The patented system and method have been deployed at several fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Melsoft Games increases campaign management efficiency up to 40% with marketing automation
Aug 13 2020 By Admin
    Adjust, the global app marketing platform, today released a case study with Melsoft Games that demonstrates the impact of marketing automation on campaign management. The study highlights how the Belarusian casual games developer, whose portfolio of games are played by over 20 million users worldwide, has doubled its ad spend and increased campaign management efficiency by 40% through the use of Adjust’s latest marketing automation technology.       Businesses are continuing to prioritize marketing technology to meet the increasing demand for personalization, and the need to rapidly collect and analyze user data to improve customer experience and optimize campaign spend. According to Forrester’s Marketing Automation Technology Forecast, global marketing automation investment is projected to reach $25.1 billion by 2023, increasing from $11.4 billion in 2017. That represents an annual growth rate of 14%.    “High cost-per-install rates are the norm in gaming, meaning that marketers have to optimize their spend more often, and in more detail. Those who use their resources most efficiently and utilize the technology available to their benefit will see the most impressive results, and will ultimately be the most successful,” said Leonid Eletskikh, Director Sales Russia & Eastern Europe at Adjust. “Like many game developers, Melsoft is focused on achieving positive Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), all while increasing their user acquisition spend (and campaigns) every month.”    In 2019, the number of paid installs across the app economy increased by 25% from the previous year. The trend underscores the need for app developers to invest in paid user acquisition in order to drive growth. Yet, increasing budgets, channels, and costs to scale also add up to an increase in operational work.     The performance marketing team at Melsoft Games was using over 10 networks, each with a high number of campaigns at any given time. They were looking for a single solution which would allow them to compare performance across all channels without having to work across 10 separate dashboards. Melsoft also introduced workflows to automate parts of the optimization process. With roughly 20% of their ad spend running through these workflows, the team could rely on the Adjust Automate to pause, scale and create new campaigns.     “Automating workflows has been critical in us being able to scale campaigns the way we have. Since integrating with Automate Rule Engine we’ve been able to test hundreds more creatives than we could in the past, without having to spend additional time or money” said Alexander Shilyaev, COO/CMO of Melsoft Games. 

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Voot Select premieres the most-awaited and contentious political drama of the year – The Comey Rule
Sep 24 2020 By Admin
  The US Presidential Election 2020 is the most anticipated political event unfolding in a matter of weeks. But before the dynamics of world politics get ruffled again, we must witness a recreation of the tumultuous relationship between a decorated former FBI Director and current US President that blotted the tenure of the most controversial presidency in US history. Streaming exclusively on Voot Select in India, The Comey Rule features powerful performances by Emmy® winners Jeff Daniels as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald J. Trump.   Commenting on the new line-up premiering on the platform, Ferzad Palia, Head – Voot Select, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18, said, “Voot Select is constantly pushing the boundaries of content offered to viewers with top-notch originals, international shows across genres, popular sports, music & lifestyle events. While our originals have been making waves, the variety of international series on our platform has not only been appreciated by critics and audience alike but also created a fan-following for themselves.”  He further added, “Through this exclusive deal with Showtime, one of the most dominant content creators, we’re bringing the latest and biggest international shows to Indian audience. Garnering rave reviews and US elections looming, The Comey Rule has become one of the most recommended political dramas to watch. Voot Select is adding a whole lot more to the viewers’ watchlist in the coming days with the English Football League Carabao Cup and shows like The Good Lord Bird, The Comedy Store, Your Honor, The Reagans to only name a few.”   In the US election year, The Comey Rule has become the most talked about show, and if the early reviews are anything to go by, it is a must-watch; The Washington Post – The Comey Rule is an occasionally artful and eventually absorbing dramatic reenactment of former FBI director James B. Comey’s unfortunate and, by his account, unavoidable role in two permanently upsetting events before and after the 2016 election of President Trump. Entertainment Weekly – For the pro-Trump crowd, The Comey Rule is destined to be dismissed as more #FakeNews from liberal Hollyweirdos. For everyone else, it offers the uniquely punishing experience of repeating history even as we continue to live through it. Deadline – Jeff Daniels-led event series may be the most important drama of this election year. The series is excellent and deeply unsettling. Collider – The Comey Rule manages to alarm and frighten us anew with its insider perspective of the events of 2016 and early 2017, acting as a bleak cautionary tale to remind us what’s at stake in the weeks remaining until this year’s presidential election. Slate – The larger truth of The Comey Rule is incontestable. It’s the story of institutions run in accordance with norms and traditions that seem permanent but prove terrifyingly fragile. Comey gets out, but the rest of us are still living in the sequel.   The high-pitched political drama will be followed by an array of similarly extraordinary content including the Ethan Hawke starrer The Good Lord Bird, The Comedy Store – chronicling the five-part docuseries on the evolution of comedy and the highly competitive English football competition ‘Carabao Cup’, premiering exclusively on Voot Select, certain to get viewers hooked to the platform.    THE CARABAO CUP (September 24) One of the three major honors of domestic English football, The Carabao Cup is EFL’s knockout cup competition featuring clubs from the English Football League and the Premier League. Catch the matches from the 3rd round, as Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and others English clubs try to make their way to the final and win the first silverware of the season. THE COMEY RULE (September 27) Emmy® winners Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star as former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump in this two-part event series that tells the story of two powerful men, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course. Part one follows the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on the election. Part two is an account of first months of the Trump presidency - where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on. THE GOOD LORD BIRD (October 5) Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs and Joshua Caleb Johnson star in a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America based on the award-winning novel by author James McBride. Told from the point of view of Onion, a newly freed teenager who joins abolitionist John Brown on a holy crusade to end slavery and finds himself part of the famous 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, the Limited Event Series is an adventure equal parts absurd and tragic, spotlighting the ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity. THE COMEDY STORE (October 5) This documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars. As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy. THE REAGANS (coming soon) A four-part documentary series that explores the many surprisingly unexamined aspects of the Reagan White House, and how Nancy Reagan's paper-doll image was at odds with the power she ultimately wielded throughout her husband's presidency. FIRST LADIES (coming soon) In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. YOUR HONOR (coming soon) Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston stars as New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. MOONBASE 8 (coming soon) Set in the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator, MOONBASE 8 follows eager astronauts Skip (Fred Armisen), Rook (Tim Heidecker) and their leader Cap (John C. Reilly) as they attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they’re cut out for space travel. HALO (coming soon) Based on the hallowed Xbox® franchise Halo, an award-winning and record-shattering series of video games, brings alive its universe in a 10-episode season of the live-action, scripted drama.    ~ Don’t miss out on the entertaining mix of politics, drama, sports, action, comedy and more, exclusively on Voot Select ~  
Kanchan Metals Launches Variety of Snack food processing Machines
Sep 24 2020 By Admin
      Kanchan Metals (P) Ltd, leading and pioneer company offering food processing machines have recently launched a varied number of snack machines with the aim of providing global technology with local support. They have launched Automatic Bhujia/Sev Production Line, Automatic Moong Dal processing line, Mixture line, Extruded Snack frying line, Sabudana frying line, Corn cooking and steeping line, Bucket Elevator System and many more. The automatic Bhujia/Sev production machine is a fully automatic line for producing ethnic Indian wet dough-based snacks from 500Kg/hr onwards, whereas the automatic moong dal processing line would take 500kg/hr onwards up to 3000kg/hr. The mixture line machine which is a fully automatic line for weighing and the blending of traditional Indian snack mixtures can take 500kg/hr onwards. Mr. Raghav Gupta, Director, Kanchan Metals said, “We are delighted to continue developing equipment that can help automate ethnic products for India which is the world's sixth-largest food industry. With our consistent efforts and support from our Global OEM’swe aim to interface the most advanced technology for food production with locally manufactured auxiliary equipment to help bring down the cost of the machinery and widen its reach to the Indian food producers. Kanchan Metals is known for its reliability and strong after sale service and hope to strengthen this image with this equipment as well” Owing to a strong R&D team and close connection with leading snack producers in India they have been able to develop these machines with real-time end-user feedback which was crucial in design and execution. Spurred by the GOVT’s initiative to make in India they are constantly innovating and developing new machines such as weight controlled seasoning system to ensure accurate coverage on snacks and improved efficiency in controlling seasoning losses.The automatic random extruded snack lines which are built as an interface with extruders from American Extrusion International USA delivers consistent results for production of random fried extruded snacks that are unmatched in texture. These lines are designed for continuous production runs.
Unacademy Launches Competitive Programming with CodeChef
Sep 24 2020 By Admin
   Unacademy, India’s largest learning platform, has launched a Competitive Programming subscription with the leading global programming community platform, CodeChef. The course will focus on competitive programming and will be taught by Top Educators in the field, via interactive Live Classes in English and Hindi on the Unacademy platform. Unacademy took over the custodianship of CodeChef in June 2020.   The Live Classes for Competitive Programming are designed to cater to all Learners, from beginners to those in advanced stages, those looking to improve their skills for international programming competitions and those focused on building a career in the field. The Live Classes will be accompanied by doubt resolution by Educators and the recordings of these classes will be available for viewing, post the session. Along with Educators, Learners will have access to Teaching Assistants (TA’s), who will help solve doubts, clarify concepts, and assist students in their queries via discussion forums. The TA’s will also provide periodic feedback to students, in order to help create a more personalised learning experience.  The course also includes practice sessions to help test and improve the Learner’s programming skills. With up to 100 hours of new content every month from the best of Competitive Programmers, Learners will be able to choose between monthly and longer term subscriptions.  
KIKO TV, the latest Made in India App introduces two new features!
Sep 24 2020 By Admin
     KIKO TV, which is India’s first AI-based short video E-Commerce & Entertainment platform launched recently amidst the pandemic after the anti-China sentiments has launched two exciting new features. The interactive entertainment video-based app will now allow users to shop within the app while enjoying the content. While viewing the videos, the users can also like and share the videos, to earn currency to shop within the app. This currency is called COINS and can be redeemed for goodies from the app! KIKO TV has also launched in-app gaming wherein the users can play games in the app to earn coins. With more and more apps being pulled off the play store, KIKO TV came up with this feature to fill the void in the market. These features have been open-heartedly welcomed by the public and in the first phase itself, the platform has witnessed a tremendous response. Available on both Android and iOS, the app has crossed 100k downloads, with a daily increase in the active users by 12%. It has signed up more than 50 merchants on the app and grossed annualized GMV of Rs.3.5 crores within a month of launch. Speaking on the new features, Neeta, CSO at KIKO TV said, “We at KIKO TV are in constant lookout to offer more to our users and provide entertainment. These new features are the first of more to come and we are sure our users would enjoy them.” Currently, KIKO TV offers more than 75,000 videos of different genres like comedy, workout, travel, food, educational, fashion & makeup, and product reviews.   Link to the app: ​ Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toch.kikotv iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1525863782  

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Voot Select premieres the most-awaited and contentious political drama of the year – The Comey Rule
Sep 24 2020 By Admin
  The US Presidential Election 2020 is the most anticipated political event unfolding in a matter of weeks. But before the dynamics of world politics get ruffled again, we must witness a recreation of the tumultuous relationship between a decorated former FBI Director and current US President that blotted the tenure of the most controversial presidency in US history. Streaming exclusively on Voot Select in India, The Comey Rule features powerful performances by Emmy® winners Jeff Daniels as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald J. Trump.   Commenting on the new line-up premiering on the platform, Ferzad Palia, Head – Voot Select, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18, said, “Voot Select is constantly pushing the boundaries of content offered to viewers with top-notch originals, international shows across genres, popular sports, music & lifestyle events. While our originals have been making waves, the variety of international series on our platform has not only been appreciated by critics and audience alike but also created a fan-following for themselves.”  He further added, “Through this exclusive deal with Showtime, one of the most dominant content creators, we’re bringing the latest and biggest international shows to Indian audience. Garnering rave reviews and US elections looming, The Comey Rule has become one of the most recommended political dramas to watch. Voot Select is adding a whole lot more to the viewers’ watchlist in the coming days with the English Football League Carabao Cup and shows like The Good Lord Bird, The Comedy Store, Your Honor, The Reagans to only name a few.”   In the US election year, The Comey Rule has become the most talked about show, and if the early reviews are anything to go by, it is a must-watch; The Washington Post – The Comey Rule is an occasionally artful and eventually absorbing dramatic reenactment of former FBI director James B. Comey’s unfortunate and, by his account, unavoidable role in two permanently upsetting events before and after the 2016 election of President Trump. Entertainment Weekly – For the pro-Trump crowd, The Comey Rule is destined to be dismissed as more #FakeNews from liberal Hollyweirdos. For everyone else, it offers the uniquely punishing experience of repeating history even as we continue to live through it. Deadline – Jeff Daniels-led event series may be the most important drama of this election year. The series is excellent and deeply unsettling. Collider – The Comey Rule manages to alarm and frighten us anew with its insider perspective of the events of 2016 and early 2017, acting as a bleak cautionary tale to remind us what’s at stake in the weeks remaining until this year’s presidential election. Slate – The larger truth of The Comey Rule is incontestable. It’s the story of institutions run in accordance with norms and traditions that seem permanent but prove terrifyingly fragile. Comey gets out, but the rest of us are still living in the sequel.   The high-pitched political drama will be followed by an array of similarly extraordinary content including the Ethan Hawke starrer The Good Lord Bird, The Comedy Store – chronicling the five-part docuseries on the evolution of comedy and the highly competitive English football competition ‘Carabao Cup’, premiering exclusively on Voot Select, certain to get viewers hooked to the platform.    THE CARABAO CUP (September 24) One of the three major honors of domestic English football, The Carabao Cup is EFL’s knockout cup competition featuring clubs from the English Football League and the Premier League. Catch the matches from the 3rd round, as Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and others English clubs try to make their way to the final and win the first silverware of the season. THE COMEY RULE (September 27) Emmy® winners Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star as former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump in this two-part event series that tells the story of two powerful men, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course. Part one follows the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on the election. Part two is an account of first months of the Trump presidency - where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on. THE GOOD LORD BIRD (October 5) Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs and Joshua Caleb Johnson star in a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America based on the award-winning novel by author James McBride. Told from the point of view of Onion, a newly freed teenager who joins abolitionist John Brown on a holy crusade to end slavery and finds himself part of the famous 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, the Limited Event Series is an adventure equal parts absurd and tragic, spotlighting the ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity. THE COMEDY STORE (October 5) This documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars. As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy. THE REAGANS (coming soon) A four-part documentary series that explores the many surprisingly unexamined aspects of the Reagan White House, and how Nancy Reagan's paper-doll image was at odds with the power she ultimately wielded throughout her husband's presidency. FIRST LADIES (coming soon) In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. YOUR HONOR (coming soon) Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston stars as New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family. MOONBASE 8 (coming soon) Set in the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator, MOONBASE 8 follows eager astronauts Skip (Fred Armisen), Rook (Tim Heidecker) and their leader Cap (John C. Reilly) as they attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they’re cut out for space travel. HALO (coming soon) Based on the hallowed Xbox® franchise Halo, an award-winning and record-shattering series of video games, brings alive its universe in a 10-episode season of the live-action, scripted drama.    ~ Don’t miss out on the entertaining mix of politics, drama, sports, action, comedy and more, exclusively on Voot Select ~  
Spotify Study Shows Listeners Have Strong Affinity For Artists Behind The Music
Sep 22 2020 By Admin
  Spotify India has released key highlights of its recently commissioned Nielsen study, ‘Culture & Audio Streaming Trends’ (CAST), which shows how Indians across cities and age groups associate with artists, discover music, as well as their music moments and genre preferences. While most Indians discover music through audio streaming apps, friends, and movies, the country itself is a melting pot of music cultures and genres. It also highlights how deeply entrenched the Spotify user in India is with not just music, but also artists when compared to the average music listener in the country.    “We undertook this study to understand what appeals to music listeners in India and what shapes their discovery and consumption of audio - and what we discovered is that Spotify users don’t just know their music but are also highly engaged with the artists behind the songs. Our listeners are also more likely to listen to podcasts more regularly, as compared to the  average music listener in the country”, said Amarjit Singh Batra, Managing Director - India, Spotify.   According to the study, Spotify users are 39% more likely to listen to music to connect with or learn about the artist, when compared to the average Indian music listener. Data also shows that while 73% of the total respondents often follow their favourite music artists and bands on social media, those who use Spotify are 15% more likely to do so. Similarly, compared to the average Indian music listener, Spotify users are 12% more likely to prefer listening to artists and bands that not many people have heard of, and are advanced music listeners on whom family and friends rely on for music recommendations. The average Spotify user is also 68% more likely to listen to a podcast at least once a month.    “Today, listeners across age groups and cities are connecting with audio to soundtrack their lives while relaxing, doing chores, or working, to socialise, and to reminisce - and what we offer on Spotify caters to these needs. First, we’ve got over 4 billion editorially curated and user created playlists that span genres, moods, and moments; second, Spotify lets you easily share your favourite podcasts and songs with friends and family; and finally, algorithmic playlists such as Repeat Rewind or Wrapped that take you back to music you’ve heard over and over again in the not-so-far-off past”, Batra adds.   The study also highlights other interesting consumer behaviour trends such as the higher inclination of music listeners in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Goa to follow their favourite music artists and bands on social media, when compared to the average Indian music listener. Similarly, respondents in the southern belt, including Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai are more likely to visit an artist’s social media page at least once a month. In terms of passion for music, over 70% respondents across age groups in India prefer listening to artists and bands that not many people have heard of.   The Spotify and Nielsen research team fielded this entire study face-to-face, with over 200 interviewers across India spending over two months across 24 cities to collect data from over 18,000 respondents, covering the country’s urban addressable market. The research was done in early 2020.    
Voot Select – home to the most engaging thrillers of 2020, reveals its sixth Original – Crackdown
Sep 22 2020 By Admin
     India’s one-stop destination for the best thrillers that digital entertainment has seen this year, Voot Select is all set to reveal their latest Original – Crackdown.  Home to critically acclaimed shows like Asur, Raikar Case, The Gone Game, Voot Select will now have ace Bollywood Director Apoorva Lakhia making his directorial web debut with this action-packed espionage thriller. Crackdown boasts of a fantastic ensemble cast including Saqib Saleem, Iqbal Khan, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Waluscha De Sousa, Rajesh Tailang, and Ankur Bhatia amongst others. The 8 part series goes LIVE  on Voot Select on 23rd September 2020.   A slick, high-octane thriller, Crackdown, revolves around a covert operations wing that tries to crack through multiple smaller decoys, to uncover a larger conspiracy that threatens national security. In the process, they find an able ally in a girl whose identity remains a mystery. As seen in the trailer, B-town was buzzing with excitement as the first look of the show that was announced by none other than Superstar and the ‘Shehenshah’ of Bollywood, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Brimming with high octane action sequences, powerful visuals, and a spectacular cast, Crackdown boasts of the grandeur and scale that Apoorva Lakhia’s directorial web debut one would expect will offer.   On the launch of the sixth original Ferzad Palia, Head – Voot Select, Youth, Music, and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “Voot Select has in a very short span of time, become synonymous with great quality Originals & curated content. Now we are all set and extremely excited to launch our sixth Original – Crackdown. Apoorva is known to make the most stylish and slick thrillers and has created magic with what he has done in the show Crackdown. It’s an edge of the seat thriller with lots of action which is sure to be nothing short of a big Bollywood blockbuster experience brought to the OTT world.”   Commenting on the release of his digital directorial debut, Apoorva Lakhia said, "I have always loved making action thrillers. It gives me an adrenaline rush just being a part of those sequences and locations. Needless to say, when I read the script written by Chintan Gandhi & Suresh Nair, I was extremely excited. The storyline is great, its action-packed, with great locations and a stellar cast and it is going to stream on one of the biggest digital platforms in the country, Voot Select. What more can one need? Although this is my directorial debut for an OTT platform, the treatment of Crackdown is exactly like a Bollywood blockbuster and I am sure the audience is going to love it as much as we enjoyed making it.”   Gunshots, chase sequences, blasts, and the constant hand combat, Crackdown is packed with all the right elements that should put it on the top of your binge-watch list.   “Voot Select’s action-packed espionage thriller, Crackdown – Streaming from 23rd September 2020”   Link to Trailer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vpAYeW7MgtVYbdP3IuSWgl6_E5rtCJTy/view?usp=sharing
Rana Daggubati , Sonu Sood join Disney+ Hotstar VIP to spread cricketing-cheer amongst Hyderabad fans for Dream11 IPL 2020
Sep 21 2020 By Admin
  As the nation gears up for the biggest cricket league of the year, Dream11 IPL 2020, the most prominent actors Sonu Sood and Rana Daggubati have something exciting lined up for the cricket fans. Being an avid cricket fan, Rana Daggbati has joined hands with Sonu Sood and Disney+ Hotstar VIP for IPL ke asli tyari – #FanHitMeinJaari. With this offering, new subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP will get to enjoy 13 months, instead of just 12 months of the best entertainment and Live sporting action i.e. one month extra! With fans staying home and missing all the stadium action, cricket will be brought home to everyone who has missed the pulse of the action with a Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription to access the most anticipated Dream 11 IPL 2020. Rana Twitter Post said - https://twitter.com/RanaDaggubati/status/1306964920362172421?s=20 Rana said " You know when I can express all emotions like laugh, cry, get angry, get excited all freely...when I watch cricket. Are you guys excited about this IPL. I am! Get excited coz I and Sonu sood are going to make Dream 11 IPL2020 very special for you. Do you want to know how? Listen up.  If you can go and subscribe Disney+Hotstar VIP this weekend you will get a total of 12+1 = 13 months of cricket, movies, shows and much more just for Rs 399. Spread out the news to all your family and friends. Karo 2020 ki aise thayyari..ye message fan hit mein jaari" With #FanHitMeinJaari, users can log on a special link shared by Sonu Sood as well as actors like Rana Daggubati to subscribe to Disney+ Hotstar VIP to avail an additional 1 month to their 12 month pack. The offer is only valid for the opening weekend of Dream11 IPL 2020. In order to help spread the cricket cheer Rana has also tagged imminent personalities like to encourage more people to join in the celebration!