Automotive UK | Automotive World | 14 October 2015

Megatrends need careful management by OEMs

This feature discusses Arthur D. Little’s new global mobility study which sheds light on the three megatrends of autonomous driving, electric mobility and car sharing. Feedback from respondents in the recent study is decidedly lukewarm. Of the 65,000 consumers polled from 10 core automotive markets, only one-third said they would be willing to use an autonomous car. Similarly, the study notes that prospects for EVs are “not too bright” as the models’ high prices and limited range combined with a shortage of charging stations hold back demand. In this article, Arthur D. Little Partner Klaus Schmitz discusses the obstacles that are preventing breakthrough in the market and how crucial it is for customer needs to be understood.

TIME UK | The Financial Times | 14 October 2015

Mobile payments promise much, but the developed world still plays a waiting game

High-profile mobile money launches by Apple and Samsung have recently joined the ranks of companies offering mostly wealthy owners of expensive smartphones the ability to pay for goods with a swipe of their handsets. But while this will undoubtedly help the use of mobile payments to spread, the reality remains that the mobile phone as a means of payment remains relatively niche even in developed markets. In this article, Julien Duvaud-Schelnast, manager at Arthur D. Little, is quoted saying mobile banking is still in its infancy. He expects the market to expand into new areas such as direct debit payments, and he adds that more than half of smartphone users in the US used mobile banking services in 2014. So far, however, he says mobile is mostly acting as a complementary channel for basic activities, such as balance checks, rather than providing the main route of access to banking activities. In terms of providing access to a full range of banking services, it seems that mobile still has a long way to go.

TIME UK | Consultancy.uk | 14 October 2015

Mobile payment space taking hold across the globe

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on ‘Mobile Payment.’ Mobile payment has been on the agenda of numerous players across industries for more than a decade. Now, with Apple Pay and Google Wallet launched and the markets equipping themselves, mobile payment may finally take off. Is this the turning point in developed markets? In this article, Julien Duvaud-Schelnast, Manager at Arthur D. Little, provides his view on the theme.

TIME UK | European Communications | 09 October 2015

M-payments: Last call for operators as window of opportunity closes

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on ‘Mobile Payment.’ Mobile payments have taken off on a global scale, accounting for a total of $285 billion (€252bn) in 2014 and representing seven percent of global electronic transactions. Arthur D. Little expects these figures to continue growing at a fast pace, exceeding $800 billion (€706bn) by 2017. Mobile network operators (MNOs) have been active in the mobile payment space for over a decade, but with limited success in developed markets. They are now facing an ever-decreasing window of opportunity as other players seek to bypass them. 

Healthcare UK | Healthcare Market News | 07 October 2015

Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on ‘Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity. Over the course of the last decade the consumer health industry has risen as an important force that is reshaping the future of healthcare. It is enabling an individual-centric model whereby consumers play a more central and informed role alongside providers in healthcare prevention, maintenance and ultimately, treatment. There is enormous market potential in the cross-dimensional opportunity space. All players need to improve weak capabilities and leverage strengths. In the center, of course, is the consumer.

TIME UK | European Communications | 02 October 2015

Operators told to open up and partner with, not procure startups

This online feature discusses Arthur D. Little’s new ‘Open Innovation with Start-Ups’ report which suggests operators should give greater consideration to partnering with startup companies rather than procuring their services. The report suggests that rather than acting as gate-keeper to services, operators should openly collaborate with startup companies and allow those taken on board to develop their own internal capabilities, which will in turn benefit from the “scale and scope” of telcos. Karim Taga, Global Practice Leader of ADL’s Technology, Information, Media, and Electronics Practice, is quoted as saying “Many large global telecommunications providers are crying out for a fundamental re-set of their innovation efforts and capacity. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, some of the world’s biggest telcos will see their innovation efforts bear more fruit by opening up their R&D models, embracing fast-moving start-ups, and actively engaging with potential partners at every level in the global supply chain.”

TIME UK | Mobile Europe | 01 October 2015

How to secure the smart city

This article discusses how multiple Internet of Things devices in smart cities pose a potential security nightmare. But who is responsible for security in a smart city? Usually it is the government or local authority, but that is changing, says Ansgar Schlautmann, Associate Director at Arthur D. Little. He explains, “Smart cities involve an ecosystem of suppliers, including operators. A good example of a telco playing a major role is Valencia, where Telefonica is the main contractor. We see telcos are actively looking at running smart cities. We suggested to one of the telcos we supported that it act as a general contractor and find the IT companies and vendors.”

Travel & Transportation UK | Fleet News | 30 September 2015

Mobility study shows challenges to overcome before car sharing hits mainstream

This online feature discusses Arthur D. Little’s new global mobility study which has shown there are still significant challenges to overcome before mobility and car sharing become mainstream. The study sheds light on the three megatrends of autonomous driving, electric mobility and car sharing. Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, associate director of the automotive practice at Arthur D. Little is quoted saying, “OEMs face a huge communicative challenge in convincing their reluctant customers about autonomous driving, even though in the long run, autonomous driving will significantly increase the amount of driven-passenger kilometres.”

Travel & Transportation UK | Consultant News | 29 September 2015

Arthur D. Little: Is the Car Industry about to Change for Good?

This online feature discusses Arthur D. Little’s new global mobility study which sheds light on the three megatrends of autonomous driving, electric mobility and car sharing. The study reveals consumers are very skeptical concerning the industry’s biggest trend, autonomous driving, and only one-third say they would use an autonomous car. The study also shows that the meaning of mobility in consumers’ minds is changing profoundly, particularly in the global megacities, where current problems may no longer be solved with classic concepts. Car-sharing and driving services will therefore play an important role in these areas. For a long time, one of the key assumptions of this development has been that the role of the car as a status symbol would decrease and the use of car-sharing services would increase. However, Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, associate director of the automotive practice at Arthur D. Little is quoted saying, “Car sharing won’t replace the private vehicle – it is still best seen as an additional mobility option.”

TIME UK | City A.M. | 24 September 2015

Getting online simply and easily should not be something modern-day businesses have

This article discusses how over the past 10 years, small and medium businesses (SMEs) have experienced huge changes to the way they do business, with almost everything requiring a level of online interaction. However, when it comes to broadband, SMEs are left feeling the brunt of bureaucratic red tape, complicated contracts and a general lack of transparency from the service providers. According to a Federation of Small Businesses study carried out last year, 94 per cent of businesses feel that a reliable internet connection is critical to the success of their business. Yet, time and time again, studies have shown that London has some of the slowest broadband speeds in Europe. Research by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and the Chalmers University of Technology has shown that when the broadband speed for an economy doubles, GDP increases by 0.3 per cent as a direct result. The research suggests that if this is to become a reality, then service providers need to make a step-change towards making reliable broadband accessible, less complicated and less expensive.

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