Germany | | 21 January 2015

Experts advise hospitals making a loss should cooperate with retailers

German hospitals are suffering from financial hardships. A recent report points out that one in five hospitals are close to bankruptcy. Management Consultancy experts at Arthur D. Little advise hospitals to start cooperating with retailers in order to solve the situation. Hospitals should consider renting out space to retailers so that patients, guests and residents can do their shopping there. The rent paid to the hospitals would be a welcome extra revenue for hospitals short on money. The concept is already in use at airports and train stations. Big international hub airports already make more than 50 % of their revenue outside the core business. Even hospitals abroad such as USA and Sweden have managed to implement a successful retailer concept by offering shops, restaurants and even spas to customers.

Travel & Transportation UK | Railway News | 15 January 2015

The future of urban mobility

All around the world, people are flocking to cities. This will be accompanied by massive growth in urban traffic, which is expected to triple by 2050. In this article, a guest feature written by Francois-Joseph Van Audenhove, Oleksii Korniichuk and Lucie Lammens at Arthur D. Little, the authors explain the urban mobility challenge and the four key dimensions that need to be addressed in order to put sustainable urban mobility systems in place.

Travel & Transportation UK | Automotive Megatrends | 13 January 2015

The future of urban mobility

Opportunities within extended mobility ecosystems

Both now and in the future, urban mobility poses a massive challenge, but also a great opportunity for business. In this article, a guest feature written by Francois-Joseph Van Audenhove, Oleksii Korniichuk and Lucie Lammens at Arthur D. Little, the authors shed light on possible future business models of urban mobility that can drive innovation across the ecosystem.

Healthcare UK | Passion for Fresh Ideas | 02 January 2015

The Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Results from a recent study conducted by Arthur D. Little and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology indicate that by 2020, the business model of the pharmaceutical industry will be transformed by digital health. The changing market environment will come with promising opportunities for established pharmaceutical companies to participate in a highly attractive and innovative segment. In this article, a guest feature written by Thilo Kaltenbach of Arthur D. Little, Thilo discusses the prerequisites for successful engagement in the digital health space and the importance of compelling digital health strategies.

Energy & Utilities UK | Petroleum Review | 01 January 2015

Beating the Odds

This article, a guest feature written by Evgeni Kochman, Fabian Sempf and Michael Kruse at Arthur D. Little, outlines a simplified approach for risk-based decision-making. Times in the energy sector are changing. Energy markets are becoming more volatile and market profitability are being driven by factors that are difficult for energy producers to influence. This article presents a strong but pragmatic approach to the assessment of risks associated with business decisions.

Strategy & Organization Germany | Absatzwirtschaft | 05 December 2014

Low margins prevent companies from making IT investments

In this article, Arthur D. Little Partner Wilhelm Lerner and Principal Lars Riegel are interviewed regarding the consumer goods market in Germany. They point out new trends and strategies for fast moving consumer goods. Both experts see problems ahead for German businesses: compared to other countries Germany has a very low margin especially for groceries. These low margins make it difficult to invest in modern IT technologies. In addition, German retailers are not yet renowned for their expertise with new media and special services. Nevertheless, new IT technologies and improving services are going to have an increasing influence on shoppers globally and brands should therefore create an emotional brand experience to attach people to their brands.

Energy & Utilities Switzerland | Finanz und Wirtschaft | 28 November 2014

New euphoria in the energy sector

In more and more countries, conventional energy production is no longer the preferred option. As a consequence, Swiss energy companies sense new business fields including energy efficiency and energy services. Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little calculated the volume of new business fields for Swiss energy companies for 2015 on 2.2 billion CHF. Nevertheless, there will only be a growth of 2-3 percent per year because of missing professionals and a complex decision making processes for the customers.

Travel & Transportation UK | BBC Brazil in London | 26 November 2014

Study put Sao Paulo Ahead of New York in Quality of Urban Mobility

This article highlights the ranking of Sao Paulo’s transport network against 83 other worldwide cities in Arthur D. Little’s study, “The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0”.  Sao Paulo was ranked 34, one place above New York. It scored well in terms of affordability of public transport, but fell down due to its heavy congestion. François-joseph Van Audenhove, partner at ADL, is quoted stating that Brazil’s public transport system performs well, but is lacking in terms of maturity. Oleksii Korniichuk, Head of Mobility Competence Center, CE at Arthur D. Little, is quoted explaining how Brazil experienced a natural growth in the number of cars on its roads with the growth of the city itself, and the government responded by trying to create infrastructure to accommodate the increase in traffic. He says to improve its congestion, Sao Paulo should make long-term improvements in its public transport network and encourage the use of bicycles and pedestrian paths.

Travel & Transportation UK | Smartrail World | 18 November 2014

Hong Kong Tops Urban Mobility Index but Cities Struggle with Transit Challenges

This article summarizes the findings in Arthur D. Little’s study, “The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0”.  The study’s evaluation of 84 global cities according to 19 criteria found that most cities were still not fully equipped to cope with the projected growth of world urbanization through 2050. The article cites urban mobility as one of the toughest challenges that cities currently face, and says that current transport systems are under increasing strain. François-joseph Van Audenhove, partner at ADL, is quoted explaining how the study aims to help cities and countries build transport systems suitable for tomorrow’s high demand.

Travel & Transportation UK | Evening Standard | 17 November 2014

Olympics “Pushed London into World Transport Top 10”

This article highlights how the improvements made to London’s transport system in preparation for the city to host the 2012 Olympic Games put London in the top 10 world cities ranked in Arthur D. Little’s study, “The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0”. ADL partner François-joseph Van Audenhove is quoted explaining that all the upgrades were driven by Transport for London. Due to the changes made for the games, everyday commuters benefited from more reliable and frequent transport services and enhanced bus, train and Tube capacity, which showed a vision for the quality of the city’s transport network in the long term.

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