Google Wallet is one of Google’s newer offerings. With this payment-service, the Californians are not only attacking banks but also mobile service companies. Meanwhile, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and O2 are all working on their own concepts. “The digital moneybag is a multi-billion-market, we see growth rates of 80 per cent per year“, says Nicolai Schaettgen from Arthur D. Little. Mobile service firms and commercial banks often neglected this trend by now, says Schaettgen.
Larger cities often suffer from congestion due to limited space for parking lots. “Therefore, cars predominantly cannot solve the traffic-related problems within cities“, states Stefan Lippautz, an Arthur D. Little mobility-expert. He advises OEMs to invest into new business segments and names BMW as an example; the Bavarians already cooperate with the New York-based company Mycityway, which has an App that suggests the easiest and fastest means of transport – and often, this is not a car.
Arthur D. Little says significant social and economic forces are reshaping chemical markets and creating new opportunities via portfolio and product innovation. Arthur D. Little foresees these developments leading to a chemical renaissance that will benefit global players and assets centred on North America, prompting continued restructuring and consolidation of the chemical industry.
The Networked Society City Index is a new ranking that tries to convey the correlation between investments in information- and communication technologies (ICT) and the ecological, economical and social developments of a city. Developed by equipment manufacturer Ericsson and Arthur D. Little, the index shows that cities investing more than the average in ICT-infrastructure are as a rule leading in areas like infrastructure, environment protection, public security and healthcare. Singapore, Stockholm and Seoul rank 1-3 proving that ICT-investments make a significant contribution to making urban cities not only wealthier, but also more worth living in.
A World Airport Report undertaken by Arthur D. Little, reveals that North American airports struggle the most with increased throughput of just 2.3%. Canadian airports were seen to outperform the US with 4.5%. Although North American airports showed a slight increase in traffic they still displayed the slowest growth.
Finding the skills and leadership to deliver planned nuclear new build is a major challenge. Arthur D. Little states that over 40 countries are said to be intending to implement a nuclear programme within the next two decades. Plans are in place that would almost double the circa 450 nuclear power stations currently operating globally.
Central European Media Enterprises is set to launch a new channel in the Czech Republic targeting young men. Karim Taga, Managing Director of Telecom and Media Viewpoint at Arthur D. Little, explains how citizens in European countries are getting wealthier, enabling them to spend more money on their TV sets. However, smaller companies that fail to make profit are being swallowed UP by bigger players. To succeed, Taga says companies like CME will have to branch out into other platforms – such as the internet or mobile phones.
Whether it is whole machines or modern IT-systems, leasing instead of buying has become a major trend. For small and medium-sized company companies, leasing models are desirable as it enables costs to be calculated more easily. This is particularly apparent with commercial vehicles: 64 per cent of all these vehicles are leased. But, considering the satisfaction with the leasing company, there seems to be a critical mass: Experts say there is a minimum of 25 vehicles necessary to make the leasing company strive to satisfy the customer. In general, a rule of thumb applies saying the smaller the vehicle fleet, the more dissatisfied the customers are likely to be with the services of the leasing-company. This is one of the findings of a recent Arthur D. Little analysis.
A high speed train crash has lead to a drop in Chinese railway shares. James Catmur, Analyst at Arthur D. Little says the crash would have ‘severe implications’ for China’s plan to sell its rail technology abroad as they will have to convince people how they can solve these issues.
Although Fujitsu reached headlines in April after announcing a plan to invest up to £2 billion to lay fibre to five million homes in rural areas of the UK; operators continue to question the current need to invest in largescale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH). Analysis shows that consumers are moving away from broadband usage to mobile usage. A report released by Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas, ‘Superfast broadband: catch up if you can’ explains how operators face a challenge raising demand for fibre services. “There is no clear demand for faster Internet access and superfast broadband does not come with a specific killer app.”