TIME UK | Mobile Europe | 22 January 2013

Operators focusing on the wrong things in mobile NFC, says new report

An article about Arthur D. Little’s latest report on ‘Mobile NFC – what’s all the hype about.’ Nicolai Schattgen, Global Head of Arthur D. Little’s M-Commerce Competence Centre is quoted as saying “Telcos still believe they are a key enabler just because of the tag ‘mobile’ and seem to have learned close to nothing from the negative app store experience. Whoever manages to enable the ecosystem has the opportunity to take a controlling gatekeeper role.” Nicolai believes NFC is moving into healthcare, authentication, identity and fleet management, promotion, shopping, smart cities and sharing.

Technology & Innovation Management Korea | MAEIL BUSINESS NEWSPAPER | 16 January 2013

A Conversation with Ignacio Garcia Alves, CEO of Arthur D. Little

In his talk with Korea’s most important business paper, Maeil Business Newspaper, Arthur D. Little’s CEO Ignacio Garcia Alves shares his insights on the world economy. Asia continues to become one of the most important regions of the world economy and should now look at what lessons it can draw from the EU in terms of a unified Asian market. He also advises businesses to find more business opportunities in emerging countries with longterm economic growth rates like Africa which are promising for the future. This may help divert a little from some countries in the Middle East that are a bit risky due to political issues. Ignacio Garcia Alves also touches upon the importance of convergence and open innovation.

Energy & Utilities UK | The Energy Industry Times | 15 January 2013

Nuclear risks, uncertainties and future potential

An article by Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little, about nuclear risks and its future potential. Today, several nuclear programmes are facing significant challenges and after the tragic events at Fukushima in 2011, the nuclear industry came to a halt. In the article, Michael discusses a recent Arthur D. Little study, reasons why nuclear new build programmes fail and what the future holds.

TIME Germany | Der Tagesspiegel | 05 January 2013

Pay for live TV

Many consumers are willing to pay to watch football-matches live, but the market for the pay-TV providers in Germany isn’t such an easy playing field. Arthur D. Little expert Clemens Schwaiger highlights the problem: “Compared to other industry nations, the currency of premium TV-subscriptions in Germany is very low – even though households’ income is comparatively high.” According to Schwaiger, the new alliance between Sky and Deutsche Telekom reflects a new trend: “We see alliances like this being formed in other developed markets too.”

Energy & Utilities UK | Petroleum Review | 01 January 2013

A new business structure

An article by Ben Thuriaux-Aleman, Principal at Arthur D. Little and Stephen Rogers, Partner at Arthur D. Little about a new business structure that is emerging in the E&P sector. Companies are under increasing pressure to deploy their best available technological capabilities to maximise recovery and efficiency, whilst also minimising costs in a safe way. At the same time, many companies are concerned about the ‘value’ of technology projects that have languished for years in the laboratory with no business uptake. The article discusses a new organisational form that tackles these challenges head on. The new form integrates all relevant projects, technology and procurement units into one single global division, which is then tasked with the full burden of delivery.

Healthcare Switzerland | Neue Zuercher Zeitung | 31 December 2012

Medtech-companies proof-forced

With the end of above-average growth, medtech-companies’ business models should be revisited, too. What holds true for pharmaceutical companies – the presentation of proofs for the effectiveness of the products they intend to offer – will now arise for medtech-companies.  The new public regime simply makes cost-efficiency necessary. Arthur D. Little`s healthcare experts calculate the medtech industry has historically achieved a 7 per cent annual growth rate. Without major changes, manufacturers will not be able to maintain these numbers.

Consumer Goods UK | China Daily | 20 December 2012

China’s agenda a chance for European firms

An article about the policy agenda that was set at the Central Economic Work Conference. Antoine Doyon, Associate Director of Arthur D. Little is quoted saying, “While China pays more attention to increasing domestic demand, private and foreign companies will benefit.” He says that service sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods, logistics, IT outsourcing and industry sectors with high technology content and added value will bring opportunities for foreign investors, while capital-intensive and labour-intensive sectors will not fare as well. He says that to benefit from a consumption-driven service-based economy, foreign companies will need to re-examine their unique selling propositions and pay extra attention to product and service features that Chinese customers will like.

Operations Management Germany | Der Tagesspiegel | 09 December 2012

Large-scale projects: Often delayed and too expensive

Almost all large projects e.g. the construction of a new airport or a train station are completed late and cost more than originally calculated. But over budget projects hit more than just political ambitions. Corporations of all sizes predominantly miscount with their projects too. Just eleven per cent of all major intersectoral investments deliver the profit previously calculated because the project remains within time and cost limits. This is a key finding from management consultancy Arthur D. Little’s recent study on projects with sizeable investments.

Consumer Goods UK | Retail Times | 04 December 2012

Retailers must target the ‘u-channel’ to succeed, say management consultants

An article about Arthur D. Little’s viewpoint on ‘U-Channel Retail’. Tomorrow’s customers want to complete purchases when and where they want – and rapidly evolving mobile and online sales platforms enable this. Francois-Joseph Van Audenhove, Partner, Arthur D. Little Benelux, says “The U-Channel challenge is both a short and long-term race. This revolution will profoundly remodel the retailing landscape in the long-run but also requires taking appropriate measures today. Retailers must begin to scope the field, understand the challenges at hand and set directions for future developments.”

TIME UK | The Sunday Times | 02 December 2012

2013 mobile business predictions

An article about the mobile business sector and 2013 market trends. Arthur D. Little is mentioned for its study with EE about 4G business benefits. The study reveals how the superfast network can help British firms increase innovation, boost productivity and cut costs.

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