CBI arrests RPF person at Pune Stn asking for bribe to sell Packaged Drinking Water

Finally some action !

A couple of months back we had written here that even inside the train , the vendors were not seling IRCTC Rail Neer , which they’re supposed to sell. We don’t know what action was taken on this regard, but there is an interesting news on an other front. An RPF cop was asking for bribe from a Packaged Drinking Water Plant Vendor at Pune Railway Station. CBI led a trap & caught this fellow red handed.

Detailed news can be read over here

Is Electrically Operated Vehicles the future transport system ?

Future Transport Kicks Off !
Future Transport System

It all started with a customer’s requirement first

One of our customers from Africa first posted this need of using (probably) a Battery operated vehicle for transportation of his Packaged drinking Water or Bottled Water. The main reasons why he was opting for this were :-

  1. The Fuel costs in his country were very high
  2. Electric operated vehicles will pollute the least , so he could grab some subsidy or taxation kind of benefits from his government.

We started digging deep here in India and found out from portals like the India Mart that , there were some players here . If you want to know a little more ,please refer to this article from wikipedia ,

But surely , it’s going to be a major step forward if you implement this for your Packaged Drinking Water Plant. As we know very well, that this industry is very cost sensitive , there are only two ways you can beat others :-

  1. Reducing Costs
  2. Increasing sales

Using Electric Vehicles will be surely a major cost cutting norm. The companies have already started branding campaigns for this. Look at this news :-

==> http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31814&articlexml=Electric-vehicles-rally-for-eco-mobility-07012017009030

 

5 Ways you can adapt the de-monitization into a packaged drinking water business

Are you suffering due to demonitisation ?

As the rest of the industry , Packaged drinking water is no different. It is also suffering very badly.(we too suffered somewhat, frankly !) Recently , we paid a visit to some nearby Packaged Drinking Water Plants, many of them were running very much under capacity and some of them were literally closed operations. Reasons ?

Winter , December , a temporary setback. Let’s assume that these plants are closed due to the seasonal behavior of the business. But do people stop drinking pure water ? No. Then probably you need to rectify your marketing mix. You might be only focusing on  the “take away” market. But there are many other ways. Want to learn these quick ? Recently we conducted an Onlie Marketing Session for Offline businessmen & mentors for an agency which helps entrepreneurs to get Loans & mentor support at Pune. Just download a Free Training on how you can find out your exact niche & start selling online

Demonitization , is the second reason. Packaged Drinking Water or Mineral Water is sold majority in Cash.It is also consumed in cash by the User. There is a heavy drop due to unavailability of Cash in the market. Have people become frugal ? yes, temporarily. But they have not become No-Health-Conscious at all. What to do in such a case ?

Here are 5 Ways you can conquer this situation

Accept the Change, believe in change !

Nothing remains the same, so here is a change. And believe in that. With every new change, the old demolishes , but offers tremendous new set of opportunities. Believe in this , take it positively !Make Changes in your Offerings. Start accepting digital payments, paying digitally. Use Paytm or anything else. It’s very very easy. You will need to adapt yourself to the situation & also educate your team mates , customers , distributors , the delivery boys , the loaders , drivers etc. to go more & more Online. Activate your Debit cards , Internet Banking. Start giving-accepting cheque payments wherever possible; internet banking , wherever possible.

You can outsmart the old players very fast 

There may be established players in the market where you are selling. And traditionally , it is always difficult to beat them with the old , so called “proven” ways. But now, this can be your opportunity. Act above them, score over them, learn quickOnline Techniques to outsmart them. Who knows; you can be another Uber Story of Packaged Drinking Water ?

Being “White” is feeling more proud , right ?

As you know, the national anthem is going to be played in every cinema theatre now. There is a lot of gossip over this, but the intention of the govt. is very right behind that :- National pride to feel to be an Indian. Same feeling you will express when you change from the “Black” business into a “White” one. Every time. Now start accepting Digital Payments & feel proud.

Create an energetic atmosphere all round your organization !

The POS alias Point of Sale is the first point where you either escalate your business or drop down. The POS is usually a Grocery Shop , or a Railway Station Booth or it can be a Hospital. You will need to create an atmosphere here , to encourage these people to accept Payments through PaytM or any mobile wallet of their choice. There are many ways , but the willingness to do it is the most important thing. Spot the “Right” guys n gals in your company (who are optimistic, assertive, positive), hand pick them & inspire them further to inspire others. These are influencers. Let them spread all positive news around in your organization. Subscribe to a service called “Better India“. They also have whatsapp channel. Subscribe to that & encourage others too.

Run POS Campaigns 

You can create small teams with your Influencer who will educate your distributors , Shops , Point of Sale (POS) stations. Let them go creative in every way. Simple visits to shops , creative Road Shows , Competitions amongst them, almost every possible way will help them go digital.

Finally , accepting Digital is not just for a “Compulsion” ; but it is for YOU , for ME , fo ALL. Else, what’s nation ? It’s You + Me+ All ….right ?

Now, Raids for quality checks of Packaged Drinking Water Samples

Puduchery officials raid shops at Bus Stands 

Very recently, officials from the Puducherry Food Safely department raided shops on the new bus stand at Puducherry and randomly collected some samples. Here’s a news from the Hindu :-

The team, led by I. Dhanaraju, Food Safety Officer, raided 10 shops in the new bus stand and seized five bubble top water cans, 30 bottles of packaged drinking water, and 300 packets of packaged water for analysis and examination on instructions from the Commissioner of Food Safety and Drug Administration. The raids were conducted by the authorities to check the quality and genuineness of branded water being sold for public consumption in the bus stand.

Now, these samples will be sent to the lab for checking genuineness of the Water. What will be checked?  If it’s packaged drinking water bottles, pouches, it has to be ISI licensed, so ,expected from that is the declared desired parameters. Maybe, the source too. All the labels carry the date of packing, so even they will be checked for duplicacy as well.

 

Packaged Drinking Water found contaminated in God’s Own Country : Kerala

God's Own Country Kerala
God’s Own Country Kerala

Kerala , we believed is a very clean state !

Recently I had been to Kerala State tour & found out that so far this was the best Indian State ( I have not yet visited the Far East states). The natural beauty , serenity , the quiet yet educated people , their food habits ( the state restaurants serve veg food & beef in same premises). The people , even if the disagree , won’t raise their voices & will keep the talks absolutely issue based. But the most impressive out of all these was the Cleanliness seen overall. The less amount of Plastic and industries was the highly rated observation. Truly we thought that the name is correct : God’s Own Country !

But what about drinking water ?

As a tourist , we used to order & buy Packaged Drinking Water Bottles everywhere. But never observed any issues in that , till very recently I came across an article , a lengthy one , which talked about Food contamination in Keral in quite a depth. Though it has expressed concerns over the Food quality in general , but has spoken more about Packaged Drinking Water :-

Even packaged drinking water available in the market is contaminated. Lab tests of samples taken from drinking water bottles of prominent brands in the state recently were found to have e-coli. The presence was as high as 40 CFU in 100 ml of water which also indicated faecal contamination.

Kerala State Pollution Control Board had also found the presence of coli-form bacteria in samples collected from drinking water bottles of prominent brands.

It further raises concern over the availability of approved NABL Testing labs. Without such labs , how can be the foods be safe for intake ?

Does Packaged Drinking Water Contain Dangerous Antibiotics ?

Packaged Drinking Water consists of dangerous antibiotics

At GIAN program of the Jamia University, New Delhi, Mr. Ramanujachary, an expert from the U.S. in Nanotechnology claimed that Nanoparticles can get rid of “Deadly” antibiotics present in Bottled Water , what we say Packaged Drinking Water in India. This made us very curious about the subject & the much heard “Nano-Technology as well.

What is Nano Technology & how can it be used in Water Treatment ?

While finding out any results in this , I could find 3 Videos , first 2 are actually part-1 & part-2 of a Single concept video , but explains us exactly what is the whole thing & how Nano Technology is used to clean dirtiest water (in a very easy to understand language). The third Video is on how commercially viable membranes are available now with Nano Technology. Here are the videos :-

What is Nano Technology & Use for Water Treatment -1

Part -2 :-

Membranes from Nanotechnology :-

What about the “Deadly” Antibiotics ?

We tried to do some research on this, but could not find much topics. So for the time being let’s wait for the 10 lectures series supposed to be rolled out by Mr Ramanujachary , who visiting the Department of Chemistry at the Jamia university to deliver lectures at the ongoing week-long flagship GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Networks) programme of MHRD.

Read the Original News at Business Standard 

==> http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/uses-of-nanomaterials-discussed-at-gian-programme-in-jamia-116122001306_1.html

 

What are Illegal Water Sources for a Packaged Drinking Water Plant ?

Sources of Water for a Packaged Drinking Water Plant

An ISI License holding Packaged Drinking Water Plant , can draw water from Borewell , can have Municipal water as well. River Water with a Direct Pipe-In is not allowed. Same case with Well water as there is a chance of contamination. If you have seen such a case, it would have been allowed just by exception or might be illegal. Sooner or later this can be either challenged or sued.

Sting Operations Team in Bellary , Karnatak.

Bellary is a North Karnatak state, known for its rich, affluent houses of the Minerals Business Tycoons. But such is not the case for Mineral Water ; alias, the Packaged Drinking water , what the BIS calls it. As it is , the area is very hot & drought prone. Moreover, the heat starts increasing as Summer approaches. You start to listen all water related theft stories. In a sting operation, the Bellary City Corporation found out some 142 illegal Tap Connections in the city.

Worries for illegal Packaged Drinking Water Plants

In reports ,Mr. Lad, K.C. Kondaiah, MLC it said that ..

“bulk of the water being supplied was being illegally drawn by packaged drinking water units and underlined to initiate drastic action against the guilty.”

Read Original News in The Hindu

If it’s a fact , it attracts two issues :-

  • How much is the water extraction limit at Bellary. Visit cgwb site
  • The illegal means , which they have said is done by an existing ISI licensed Packaged Drinking Plant or they mean the Cold Jar Plant ?

Cold Jars or Chilled Jar or Camper Unit is not legal

You might have got some kind of Water Supply License or might be “smartly” managing the authorities or nobody might have noticed you till date; but now it can become a serious issue. Your Water Sources may be as per the cgwb guidelines , but you may not be having a valid ISI License issued by the BIS. Visit this page for getting clear about the ISI.

Conversion of the existing Non-ISI Unit

Is it possible to convert an existing non-isi unit into an ISI unit ? Technically , yes; but it largely depends upon the type of unit you have. Before taking any step further , we suggest you to have a look at this special page written. Then please take advantage of our Plant Service Visit to get suggestions. But an action is important as a stitch in time, saves nine. Otherwise you can be in trouble.

Is Packaged Drinking Water Business suffering due to Demonitisation ?

An effect

As an effect , we have been listening to remarks from People .

“Yes. There’s a heavy impact”

“Slowly the market will stabilize”

“First month , it was horrible , but now recovering”

“We are very badly hit. Need to do something different”

But it came to our own realisation, that it has impacted a bit as we too received lesser participation for the Info Session we conduct for Mineral Water Plant Starters. Comparitively , there was a lesser crowd this time. Second difference which we noticed was that there were dominantly all the people who are from the “Working” category. That is .. they are currently in job somewhere and wish to start some new venture. We do get these entrepreneurs usually, but dominantly we receive crowd from established first business. This crowd was hardly any this time.

The result

But there is always a silver lining to every obstacle. We learned few things like how can we become more supportive and closer to the attendees, lesser crowd doesn’t mean lesser in degree, rather the interaction was more this time. And ultimately we ended up with great friends entrepreneurs to learn from.

We also did good follow ups with all those who showed up great interest in us. Almost all of them , if not this time, have agreed to come for the next Session again in Pune on the January 28 th 2017, the new year or the next ones . Check the Events page for details.

 

Can UBER teach you something for your Mineral Water Plant ?

Are you starting a Mineral Water Plant in  near future ?

You might have just started to look for information pertaining to your dream “Water Plant” or might be still analyzing whether to go for a plant. Anyways, it’s fine. You can always look out for information on this site itself. But there is a single key to be successful in this line. That is …

Scoring an edge over your competition !

Well, how do you do that ?

There can be only one thing by which you score over them : an Idea. Yes, an Idea Sirjee ! Recently the UBER supremo is already in India & exchanging his views. What he did ? an Idea. But the result is phenomenal. His company , which launched in 2009 , not even a decade old, is valuing much more than decades old huge companies like General Motors , Honda etc.

What separates him from the rest ? An Idea, and implementation. That’s what you probably require for the Water Business ! Interested to read the UBER story in details ? Please visit this page :-

==> http://phirasta.com/new-phrase-to-uber/

Enjoy !

 

An update on packaged drinking water pricing

The Packaged drinking water price issue

Since long now, this packaged drinking water and other beverages MRP issue is going from here to there. But still, there’s a development. And government seems to be keeping paswan’s word of uniform MRP all over. At least Maharashtra seems to have begun with this.

Latest development

According to a news in Hindustan Times, Controller, LMO, Amitabh Gupta told HT on Wednesday that they have instructed AHAR, the association of hotels and Restaurants in Maharashtra, that they can’t charge extra over and above the MRP to the consumers. As usual, the AHAR doesn’t object for charging uniform and same MRP while selling full Bottle, but strictly reserve the right to charge above for the “Opened Up” sales. This doesn’t much apply to packaged drinking water, but will be taken into consideration while selling packaged drinking water bottles to customers in Hotel rooms and lodgings.

Is VAT charged above the MRP? 

Mr Shetty, from AHAR looks like talking sense when he says that in Mumbai, the VAT is above the MRP, and it’s to the tune of 43 % in case of five star hotels. We’re trying to look into this through our channels, but frankly, if you really have a look at the pricing of packaged drinking water bottle, the MRP is far away from the actual selling cost at which a water producer sells  the bottle to a whole seller. And believe me, they sell to hotels and Restaurants at wholesale pricing. If you’re keen to look at the pricing of packaged drinking water, have a look here

So, why still higher greed? 

In a legitimate way, I think Mr Gupta has a right suggestion. He recommends charging service charges separately in the bill, and not to load the profit in the bottle pricing in a percentage format. But this is against a fundamental issue a human being deals with. That is…. “Up-to what,  and where to stop”

Are the merchants enough sensitive towards this aspect of real merchandise? Wait and watch. At least history doesn’t agree to this. And things sometimes (mostly) need to be forcefully implemented.