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.
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.
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.”
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.
According to a study by Arthur D. Little online car sales could be improved if dealers and automakers work together. The article summarizes the results of the study and Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying “The sales process is inevitably expanding to the digital world.” Furthermore the article gives Arthur D. Little’s list of six actions automakers should undertake to increase online car sales.
TV-audiences are becoming ever more demanding: That’s why the so called video-on-demand sector will continue to grow over the next years. Two big providers – Maxdome and Amazon’s subsidiary Lovefilm – and a few smaller ones want to achieve pole-position in the Online-video-library-market. Experts from Arthur D. Little reckon that only few providers can survive in the battle for consumers: “Important for the long-term success is the number of movies in the library and the number of people with subscriptions”, states ADL’s Clemens Schwaiger. In 2011, more than 2.5 Million Germans had subscribed to video-on-demand-services.
Adolescent buyers have increasingly different preferences. Older generations have often displayed their status with their choice of cars, but Arthur D. Little experts predicted a change a long time ago: The number of German men between 18 and 29 years, who will buy a car, will drop between 2005 and 2015 by about 35 percent. Instead of buying a car, young people now spend their money on smartphones and laptops. The sense of independence which traditionally accompanied owning a car now seems to be associated with digital equipment.
Airlines from the gulf region are seeing sizeable growth as, on top of professional management and a privileged location, the gulf airlines also profit from various cost advantages. In a recent study Arthur D. Little estimates the cost benefits to be up to 30 percent. Compared to the European Airlines they have lower labour costs and are often exempt from paying business- and value-added taxes. Furthermore, airlines located in the Arabian emirates can buy cheaper kerosene. The article discusses a potential alliance between the German airline Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
Arthur D. Little and EE have released a new study into 4G business benefits. The study reveals how the superfast network can help British firms increase innovation, boost productivity and cut costs. Joseph Place from Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying “Businesses are using 4G LTE to bring a more fundamental level of mobility to their organisations. For example, 4G can be used to set up a fully connected office almost anywhere, dramatically increasing agility and responsiveness.”
EE launched the first 4G network at the end of October 2012. This article explains EE’s campaign connected with the launch as well as the benefits of 4G, for example, increased uploading and downloading speeds and coverage of rural areas. Therefore 4G can help increase efficiency and productivity for a lot of businesses. A survey by EE and Arthur D. Little indicated that more than seven out of ten businesses will upgrade to 4G within 12 months.