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The Word Hatter Weekly Dispatch (Vol.8)

5 Headlines This Week That Aren’t All Doom And Gloom

1.  Support Local, Enable Global – India’s Post-Covid Mantra

In an address to the nation, on the 12th of May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of a self-reliant India. He spoke of the value of local manufacturing, local supply chains and local markets. He reminded citizens of how all demands during the pandemic have been met locally, and that it is time to give back, through promotion of local products. He vouched for India’s talent and expertise, stating that citizens should not be dependent on imports when the country has the capability to produce the same. It is our responsibility to make this century India’s, he added. Read more…

2.  LinkedIn, The Host of all Hosts 

On the 13th of May, professional network, LinkedIn, announced a cohesive integration between two of its features. The merging of LinkedIn Live and LinkedIn Events will help companies host live events and manage their online communities in real time. Adapting to the current climate of remote working, the objective is to provide an integrated solution that not only brings the professional community together, virtually, but also strengthens relationships with targeted audiences. Read more…

3. MakeMyTrip to now Make My Plate

India’s largest travel aggregator announced its newest business vertical on the 14th of May. MakeMyTrip has entered the food delivery space! Joining the likes of Zomato and Swiggy, who are currently battling it out, the company has responded to the current need of the hour with an online gourmet delivery service. Through partnerships with premium and luxury hotel chains across India, MakeMyTrip seeks to leverage the growing demand of this booming industry. With bookings down, flights suspended and travel at a halt, the firm has had to diversify its offerings to stay relevant in a Covid-19 world. Read more…

4. Fashion Forward, Fibre Friendly

In a recent report by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, approximately one crore job cuts will occur in the fashion industry, if the government doesn’t step in. Keeping this possible future in mind, retailers have had to innovate, diversify and adapt to the changing consumer need. While organic brands have been trickling into the market for the last decade, it is now more imperative than ever for fashion houses to incorporate sustainable practices in all industries in order to reduce the impact on our environment and its irreplaceable resources. We’re thrilled to see this revolution gaining momentum! Read more here…

5. Song of Solidarity

In dark and troubling times like these, the music industry manages to shine a beacon of light down on us. “United We Fight” is a beautiful song featuring musicians such as Usha Uthup, Joe Alvares, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasiya and Ustad Faisal Qureshi. Through the blend of English lyrics and Indian classical beats, the song evokes hope, joy, strength and resilience during the fight against Covid-19. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations brought together composers, musicians and singers from across the nation, to pay tribute to humanity. Read more here…

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