Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 26 July 2018

One Step > Two Steps > Four Steps ?





Today’s news papers are full of Imran Khan’s “ peace overture “ to India . Eg :



“If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least we need a start.”






Of course , on both the sides , there are enough ( more than enough ? ) persons with vested interests ( eg : hanging on to power , at any cost ? ) , who will say :



  Forget any possibility of a permanent solution of the decades old “ Kashmir Issue “



I hope – and pray – Imran has the courage to “ break out “ of the clutches of Pak Army and say :



“ I am willing to consider converting LOC as an International Border “,



And our very own “ ( Inter ) - Nationalist “ has the courage to say :



  If you accept that as the basis for a dialogue , we are willing to talk “



Since netas on either side will not find time to read , I urge ordinary citizens of India and Pakistan to read my following suggestions :



   Kashmir Conundrum ?  ………………………..[ 28  Dec  2015  ]



A Syria at our doorsteps ?  ………………………[ 06  Oct  2016  ]

 

 

Permanent Solution for Kashmir ? …………..[  03  June  2017 ]

 

Drugged  with  Doze of  Denial  ? ……………..[ 12 Nov 2017 ]

 

Dear Imran Khan :

 

If you have the courage and the statesmanship , this dialogue can end up being a “ WIN  WIN “  match for 1300 + 200 million people !

 

27  July  2018

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs



Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Scrapping Old Vehicles : Swiss Challenge Solution





Hindustan Times ( 25 July ) carries following news :




Highlights :


*  On Monday, a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)


  , said that about 20 million vehicles had accumulated in India by 2015 that are
   obsolete and require scrapping.



*  Since the scheme will require a huge network of automobile scrapping facilities the
    PMO also wants the ministry to start such facilities on a pilot basis for “gaining
    experience,” the second official added.


   The third official, who is from the road ministry and also did not want to be named,
   said the ministry is going through the directions given by the PMO.



*  As per the proposal, until the 2020 deadline kicks, owners of such vehicles can
   voluntarily scrap their vehicles and receive a discount on the purchase of new ones



*  It was following a meeting at the PMO in March that the road ministry had been
   directed to put up a proposal before the cabinet in three months.



*  In its communication, the PMO also asked the ministry also “explore” the
    establishment of scrapping facilities on the so-called “ Swiss challenge mode ” given
    that such facilities would require vast tracts of land that may not be readily available
    in many states.



*  Under this method, the government would receive an unsolicited proposal from a
    person / company that is put online. A second person can then submit a counter
    proposal; if the original proposer fails to match the terms of the counter-proposal, the
    project will be awarded to the latter.




Dear Shri Nripendra Misraji
  

[  Principal Secretary to PM ]

(  23013040  / cabinetsy@nic.in  /  secypg@nic.in  )


   
Over the past 2 years , I have sent following emails , offering some suggestions in this matter of scrapping of old vehicles .



Since these were also published ONLINE ( on  www.hemenparekh.in ), I urge leading Indian Industrialists to submit their “ SWISS  CHALLENGE  MODE  proposals , based on my emails



PIYUSH PLAN  ?   ………………………………………… [  27  March  2016  ]


Retiring Old Vehicles - Gadkari Style ? ………. [  30  May   2016   ]


Young or Old ?  ………………………………………………[  27  Aug  2016    ]


From OLD to NEW ?  No , go NEWER !  ……….[  22  Sept   2016   ]


Building Castles in the Air ?   ………………………..[  12  March  2017  ]


Best out of a Bad Bargain ?  ………………………….[  29  March  2017  ]


Car Grave-Yard of World ?  ……………………………[    14  Feb  2018    ]


One door closes  ;  Another opens   ……………..[   27  Feb  2018     ]


Mahindra Accelo : Saluting a pioneer  …………..[  19  June  2018    ]



25  July  2018










Sunday, 22 July 2018

At Long Last ?





Thanks ISRO


For acceding my repeated requests to licence your technology for Lithium-ion Battery to interested firms


This is what Times of India reported recently :






I find that , for transferring this technology to potential firms , ISRO has stipulated :


#  Companies to submit their application with Rs 4 lakh as Security Deposit


#  There will be a 3 stage “ Evaluation Process “


#  A high level Committee will scrutinize genuine contenders


#  Deposit will be refunded to companies not selected / backing out


#  Shortlisted companies to pay Rs 1 crore as one-time fee for technology transfer



Batteries will be 50 Ah and 100 Ah capacity


Whereas no one can fault this elaborate / transparent evaluation process , it is of utmost importance to keep in mind the following :


#    TESLA Model 3 ( selling for $ 35,000 ) is rumoured to have a 50 Kwh battery


#    At $ 190 / Kwh , it might cost , $ 9,500 ( $ 195*50kwh ) ( Rs 6.65 Lakh )


#   This battery is produced in TESLA’s GigaFactory ( 35 Gwh ) costing $ 5 billion


#   In India , Adani / Reliance / JSW / M&M / Suzuki etc are planning to put up Li-ion Battery plant ( Reliance plant with 25Gwh  capacity estimated to cost $ 3.5 Billion )



Questions :



#  What is ISRO’s estimate of the manufacturing cost of its 50 – 100 Ah batteries ?



#  When installed in an E Car , what would such a locally designed / manufactured battery cost as a percentage of selling price of those e cars ?



     In currently available e-cars ( M&M / TATA ), this cost ( but of fully imported batteries ) , is approx. 50 %  of its selling price


     Can this ( locally manufactured battery ) cost , be brought down to ( say ) , Rs 2 lakhs , ( from current import cost of Rs 5 lakhs ), thereby bringing down the ( On Road ) Selling Price of e20 ( M&M ) / TIGOR ( TATA ) e-cars , to below Rs 7 lakhs ( from current Rs 10 lakhs ) ?  It is most important to ensure ZERO % GST on locally manufactured batteries



#   If E Car selling prices drop from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 7 lakhs , then there will be no need for extending any SUBSIDY , either to the car manufacturers or to the car buyers


     No one will want to buy a Petrol / Diesel car ( costing Rs 10 lakhs ) anymore !



#   If ISRO designed battery is capable of charging from a 220 V domestic outlet at night ( as in case of NISSAN Lyf ) – and give a range of 130 km / charge – then , will that not eliminate the need for road-side Battery Charging Stations ?

 
     No “ range anxiety “ coupled with “ cheaper to buy / operate than a petrol car “ will ensure rapid adoption of e cars  !



#  In May 2017 , ISRO also demonstrated a converted ONMI van with Solar Panelled Roof, capable of charging a small Lithium-ion Battery ,as long as the car roof is exposed to sun light


     What is holding back “ bundling “ this technology – transfer,  along with the technology for the Lithium-ion Battery ?



     If “ bundled “ , that would enable India to :


     *  leapfrog rest of the World and fully switch over to E Cars by 2025


     *  dramatically cut down on air pollution


     *  save millions of lives


     *  generate millions of new jobs 


For comprehensive suggestions on ,


“ Desired Policy in respect of Electric Cars “ , refer to :

Auto Industry : Policy Inputs  [  27  Dec  2017  ]


23  July  2018



    

      












Tuesday, 17 July 2018

MA = DA x 4,000,000 ?



MA  =  Mukesh Ambani

And you guessed it right . DA stands for Dhirubhai Ambani

Here is why

In 1990 , Dhirubhai was Chairman of L&T , I was GM ( Planning / Export ) at L&T

In Feb 1990 , I went to meet Dhirubhai in his office at Maker Chamber IV and said ,

“ Sir , I have resigned from L&T after serving for 30 + years “

I thought he would try to dissuade me from leaving a great company like L&T (which, L&T continues to be )


Instead , he said :


Well done  !

Despite being son of a Bania, how did you suffer to serve someone else for 30 years ?

Do some dhandha ( business ) of your own . Start a factory

Then he went on :

I will supply you with Plastic Processing machinery .

My Hazira factory will deliver plastic raw materials to you and trucks from my Patalganga factory will pick up the processed goods from your factory 

This way , you don’t have to worry about ( purchase ) of raw materials , nor worry about ( sale ) of your finished products

And you will need very little ( working capital )

All you have to do is to manage workers ( human resources ) and ensure daily ( production )


In 1990, Dhirubhai had time to motivate a professional like me to become self employed

In 2018 , Mukesh Ambani does not have to motivate 4 MILLION “ Kirana Store “ owners to become self employed

They are already self employed !

He is trying to motivate them to join Reliance Eco System

So , in last AGM of Reliance , he told them :


If you join Reliance Eco System , here is what I will do for you :

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SALES :

All of your merchandize will be available for selection / ordering on our ONLINE web portal 

This online presence of your merchandize will expand / extend your " reach " to thousands of consumers in your neighbourhood

You will need to only focus on OFFLINE ( across-the-counter ) sales to consumers who walk into your store

For OFFLINE sales , we will install in your stores , all the necessary Computers / POS terminals / Routers / Internet Connections / Mobile Wallet Payment systems and an end-to-end , RETAIL MANAGEMENT software 

All of your OFFLINE sales data will get transferred to our Central Server

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SUPPLY  :

We will deliver to your store , all merchandize on " Consignment " basis

This means , you do NOT need to pay us for what we deliver to you store !

Till sold , all goods in your store will be our " stock "

This way , you do NOT need any " Working Capital " as far as your stocks are concerned 

We will also tie-up with the manufacturers

You don't need to have any interaction / dealing with the manufacturers

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INVENTORY  :

On a continuous basis , our web server will keep a track of each and every item of merchandize sold from your stores

Our Server will calculate , your " Stock Movement " 

Based on this data , our Server will compute / set for each item :

#   Minimum Stock Level

#   Alarm Stock Level

#   Stock Re-Order Level

#   Re-Order Quantity ( Minimum Batch Size ) 

Based on this logic , our Server will instruct the relevant " Merchandize Manufacturers " ( or their dealers / stockists ) , to deliver the stipulated " Re-Order Quantities " to your stores

A " Re-Order Instruction intimation " , will get delivered to your computer

Upon arrival , you will need to update the data

From time to time , our Software will also figure out your current stocks of " Extremely Slow Moving " and " Obsolete / Expired " items , and arrange for " Return Delivery " , which you will need to enter in your database

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DELIVERY  :

Not only we will deliver the merchandize to your store , but we will also pick up " Ordered Items " ( for ONLINE orders only ) , from your store and deliver the same to your customers  !

Initially we will employ manual " Delivery Persons " for this but , before long , we will deploy a fleet of autonomous DRONES for this purpose 

This fleet will cover " Kirana Stores " and " Online Customers " , located in pre-designated areas , covering 4 sq km ( 2 km x 2 km )

We are in talk with www.What3Words.com , to enable precise delivery through your 10th floor window  !

These drones will get their " Delivery Instructions " directly from our Web Server , for all ONLINE orders

When these drones arrive at your Store to pick up the items ( to be delivered ) , they will transfer ( Blue Tooth / NFC ) and display on your Computer screen , following data :

#  Online Order Number / time / date

#  Items covered with description / value of each

#  Customer Name / Address 

#  Mode of Online Payment / Bank Details 

#  Your online account CREDIT details , giving,

     ( Sales Value ) - ( Purchase Price )  

    " Purchase Price " of goods in your stock will be
     based on FIFO method


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FINANCE  :

As explained earlier , you will have a bare minimum need for " Working Capital " , since all of your stock will be on " Consignment " basis

We will collect the " ONLINE  PAYMENTS " directly from the customers and " Credit " the same to your " online sales account " with us

Against same account , we will " Debit " the " purchase price " ( price at which you purchase the merchandize from Reliance ) of the goods sold

Our server will also take care of all GST payments and filing of GST returns

As far as OFFLINE sales is concerned , all the data captured through POS terminal will get transferred to our Central Server


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MARKETING  :

Not only will we carry out all marketing for your ONLINE sales , we will help you with your OFFLINE marketing , through introduction of the following technology-enhanced features :

#   Arranging a better display of merchandize on your shelves / re-arranging of shelves


#  Introducing Augmented Reality ( AR ) for clothes / fashion goods in " Trial Rooms " for giving the customers , an experience of " touch - feel - looks "

#   Introducing Robots to answer customer inquiries

#   Eliminating " Check Out Counters " , based on " Payments through Bio-metric Recognition " of customers

#   Embedding RFID sensors in each item of merchandize and RFID readers embedded in Shopping Carts

#   Improving your window display thru rotation

#   Introducing music

#  Eventually replacing " Physical " merchandize with " Holographic Display " of merchandize on your store shelves !

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Our 7500 Reliance Retail stores witnessed 35 crore footfalls last year


When all of the 4 million kirana stores join us , we expect this number to go up by more than 500 times !


And I am not restricting my invitation to the " existing " stores only


Reliance has plans to take on lease , thousands of premises and offer the same to " unemployed graduates ( preferably , tech savvy )" to set up such retail shops 


Without need for " fixed " or " working " capital , we hope to be able to attract many to become our franchisees  

Jai Hind !

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I have no doubt Shri Dhirubhai is proud and happy - wherver he is 


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18  July  2018

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs