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U-channel retail – Transformation of the retail function...

The retail landscape has changed tremendously in recent years, but new business models are still emerging as new customer needs and technological solutions arise, transforming the landscape even further. Tomorrow’s retail function will evolve towards a U-channel model, one that is ubiquitous,...
Consumer goods & retail

Getting a better return on your innovation investment

Most executives need no convincing that investing in innovation is a good thing, but there is little empirical evidence about what really works in terms of managing the process. Arthur D. Little’s 8th Global Innovation Survey provides some answers, with a thorough analysis of more than 70 different...
Technology & innovation management

Why product lifecycle management should be on every...

Product lifecycle management (PLM) initiatives often miss their true potential and make projects unnecessarily costly. Not understanding how to optimize these investments can have long-term effects on both the top and bottom line, while companies that realize how to use PLM as a competitive weapon...

Quality Management reloaded

Consumers around the globe today demand the highest quality in all aspects of a product. It is no longer enough to focus on assuring that products and services meet their specified requirements. Quality Management must provide more value to the customer, and that means it needs to become an...
Consumer goods & retail

Mastering the complexity of a growing global footprint

The real globalization of our footprint started in 1995, when the company was privatized and acquired by the Benetton family. This brought a new wave of enthusiasm and ambition.
Sustainability

Putting water in the mainstream of your business strategy

In the past, water as a resource worried only a few industries. This has rapidly changed due to the scarcity of water around the world, especially in the emerging markets. Companies now need a clear view on the role water plays in their value creation and what they can do about it. In this article...
Strategy, Technology & innovation management

Opportunities and challenges for energy players in the...

Fracking technology has recently enabled the large-scale exploitation of vast amounts of shale gas and oil, impacting energy equations and balances across the world. This article addresses why shale developments will be a game-changer and how energy and petrochemical industry executives and...
Oil & gas

Innovation: measuring it to manage it

Many executives struggle to manage innovation as they would other business processes. Most exasperating is the lack of a practical way of measuring innovation effectiveness and efficiency. In this article the authors provide a success formula to design and deploy meaningful key indicators to drive...
Strategy

Finding new growth: the case for innovation by enlargement

All companies are hunting for the “next big thing” – a major growth opportunity and platform to safeguard future revenues and profits. But simply analyzing megatrends is like a ritual rain dance: much hoopla with a most uncertain outcome. In this article the authors show how companies can embed the...
Technology & innovation management, Strategy

Mastering the local-global balancing act in R&D

Companies around the world are expanding their local R&D footprint in emerging markets in order to strengthen their market position, gain access to local resources and reduce costs. But this creates a need to orchestrate cooperation between these dispersed R&D centers. This article provides...
Strategy, Technology & innovation management