strategic stroke

The stationery industry in India hit a rough patch in FY 2016-17—in contrast to the 4-5% price increase every year, prices had to be reduced in many categories. Low inflation and low commodity prices, along with increased competition, posed tough challenges to companies like Kokuyo Camlin. Despite this, they stuck to getting the basics right and focused on building capabilities—leveraging technology, introducting new products, and setting up one of the biggest integrated manufacturing plants. All this, combined with their astute understanding of their little consumers, will give them competitive advantage when times are better.

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