As the chemical industry looks to 2010 for better times, demand will vary significantly by end market and geographic region. Contributed article from Andy Dvorocsik.
Strategy consultancy firm Arthur D. Little has listed the 3 main reasons explaining why the number of staff representatives in France is declining: the booming market of generic drugs (i.e. from prescriber to pharmacist), the shift of product portfolio towards hospital products (i.e., focused target), regulatory restrictions on product detailing (i.e., limitation of product-related communication, increased tax pressure…)
A full page feature on Innovate Your Company outlining the main talking points from within the book and including quotes from Michael Traem.
This article explains how the current economic environment affects transport & logistics companies' P&L. Pedro Ugarte, Manager from Arthur D. Little's Madrid's office, was interviewed on the issue. He explained the impact the decrease in the number of movements, the fuel prices and the lower salaries from the UE new members has in these companies' P&L. Pedro adds the difficulty in sharing fuel cost increases with the client and the sector's overcapacity as factors to take into account.
This article explains how climate change and cities' growth are pushing a sector controlled by three main players (Bombardier, Alstom & Siemens) with some challengers (CAF, Talgo and chinese companies). Alejandro González, Principal from Arthur D. Little's Madrid's office, was interviewed on the issue and explained railway transport is the most efficient and less contaminant means for large urban areas. Alejandro points out the mainrolling stock purchasing decision factors are delivery & deployment reliability, adaptation to national signalling infrastructure, national presence, price and lobbying capacity.
Study on the number of CEO's which are 'imported' from other countries. The Prism study by Herman Vantrappen on "Grooming CEO talent at the truly global firm of the future" is used as the basis of the article.
The densely populated Ruhr area with its 5.3 million inhabitants in the western part of Germany is now Europe‘s Capital of Culture. The whole region will attain stimuli for more development by 2,500 cultural events: They will not only polish the region's reputation but also attract many tourists. A recent study from Arthur D. Little Austria underlines that an unremitting implementation of promotional programs finally yield an impressive growth in attendance.
Germany's food retail giant Rewe and his tourism-division is still growing notwithstanding the industry's trend to shrink. While the overall tourism industry sales decreased by 5 %, Rewe gained 2 % with its strategy to offer different travel components. Rewe is a pioneer because in 2015 every third journey will be completely planned by the individual customer. Ralf Baron: "German travellers are quite experienced in trips; they scan the internet for all possible options in order to be up to date."
The former CEO of Charleroi airport reflects on the past years. He mentions the ADL project where we assisted in the privatisation of the Charleroi South Airport.
Throughout half a page in Standard, Stefan Hund comments on the climate summit and on the topic of sustainability. His main message: Sustainability mutates from a PR practice into a main part of future business model.