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|Title:||RML: market intelligence in India with mobile SMS intervention|
|Author(s):||Kasina V. Rao (Full time doctoral student at SJM School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India)|
|Citation:||Kasina V. Rao, "RML: market intelligence in India with mobile SMS intervention", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies Collection, (2011)|
|Keywords:||Business development, Customer satisfaction, Emerging markets, Marketing intelligence, Mobile communication systems|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/20450621111127412 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author thanks Reuter Market Light project members who have shared views about their project from inception to present form. The guidance of my supervisors namely Professor R.M. Sonar and Professor Krithi Ramamritham resulted into this case, for which I thank them. The author also thank especially Ms Chaitra Bahuman who has helped to copy edit the case in short time with grace. Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The author/s may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.|
Title – RML: market intelligence in India with mobile SMS intervention.
Subject area – Agriculture knowledge, market intelligence, emerging business model.
Study level/applicability – It is best suited to teach undergraduates and graduates in the areas of rural marketing, agri-business management, service management and information and communication technology for development.
Case overview – India is changing with great pace by inclusive growth on espousal of technology into the mainstream. Indian farmers are wholly depending even now on traditional methods for decision making on entire agriculture supply chain. The constant decision making provides middle men with a chance to exploit and empower themselves on the returns produced by farmers. Technology is creating waves providing an opportunity for farmers to benefit by adopting information and technology to solve their basic livelihood problems. The Thomson Reuter group launched a SMS-based mobile information service to support India's 250-million-strong agricultural community. The service, named Reuters Market Light (RML), is trying to provide a missing link by providing required information in the quickest possible time to farmers; user need-based services are critical to this. How far RML services are delivering in this context is quizzed by some analysts. Thomson Reuter's service started with the global climb down in commodity prices, coupled with increased risk of natural disasters as per experts. The competitors providing similar services at price which differ with RML wondered about the success, scalability and sustainability of its venture.
Expected learning outcomes – This is a practical view of how these interventions can be better looked at and can get into policy for a framework for rural areas' socio-economic development.
Supplementary materials – Teaching notes.
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