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Patanjali – from Yoga to Noodles

The Patanjali Group has created an Indian FMCG giant in a very short span of time on the back of a three-pronged strategy: The enormous brand awareness that can be attributed to the very high visibility of Baba Ramdev, across … Continue reading

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The Franchise “Space Programme”

(Published in ETRetail.com on 6 December 2013) Franchising isn’t rocket science, but advanced space programmes offer at least one parallel which we can learn from – the staging of objectives and planning accordingly. A franchise development programme can be staged … Continue reading

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Leadership Change at Starbucks – The Barista Returns?

Starbucks faced the classic problem of any company scaling up (especially a retail brand) – how to be large without being bureaucratic, how to be efficient without losing the soul of the brand, how to be consistent without losing the differentiation edge. Will this change now, with the return of Schultz at the helm? The other question is whether, for iconic brands that are more than just the physical product or service being sold, can a ‘professional CEO’ ever take the place of the founder(s), replicate their passion & vision and maintain the integrity of the brand? I believe there are examples to support both answers: ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Continue reading

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