Supply Chain Performance Excellence

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Operations Management, Consumer Goods January 2010

Supply Chain Performance Excellence

Realising potential within the supply chain to drive down costs and optimise service

A research study by Arthur D. Little shows that many companies are not currently taking advantage of supply chain excellence practices or are not doing so fully. Excellence practices can help companies to identify the precise service levels below which any further decrease causes changes in the consumer’s decision to purchase. The study also identified the pull principle, which can help to reduce cycle times and inventory. Arthur D. Little’s experience shows that the use of the pull principle can raise the rate of complete, qualitatively flawless and punctual deliveries to 98 per cent and also makes it possible to reduce supply chain costs by 20-30 per cent. [...]

Time for Change

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Energy & Utilities December 2009

Time for Change

Oil Company Asset Management

Structural changes taking place in the oil supply outlook are making it very complex for international oil companies (IOCs) to pursue their key twin targets. Traditional models of asset management - focused on individual asset performance and short-term results - are already limiting what IOCs can accomplish today. And additional challenges are emerging for the future. To address these we propose a holistic approach to asset management. [...]

Open Standards for IPTV Set-Top Boxes

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TIME December 2009

Open Standards for IPTV Set-Top Boxes

What an Open Standard Could Do for the Success of IPTV

The global IPTV industry has experienced impressive growth, but penetration levels are still modest. To spur further development and to avoid sub-optimisation based on multiple proprietary systems, a common standard will be increasingly important. Since no single proprietary standard for IPTV STBs is likely to emerge, influential players should cooperate to establish a widely supported open standard. [...]

TIME November 2009

Future of Television

The End of TV as We Know It?

The future of TV will be defined by the enrichment of linear TV with interactive, on-demand services. Successful business models will be based on a hybrid model, i.e. a combination of free services to attract users to the respective platform and paid services. Our report shows how this could work. If you are interested in the full report, please contact Dr. Karim Taga. [...]

Total Market Orientation

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Manufacturing, Consumer Goods November 2009

Total Market Orientation

Benchmarking study reveals key levers underpinning marketing and sales excellence

Arthur D. Little and the Leipzig Graduate School of Management recently undertook a cross-industry benchmarking study to identify the key levers to achieving marketing and sales excellence. Over the last 18 months companies have focused on cutting costs/downsizing and fuelling idle production capacity, often entailing price reductions or extended payment terms. Now, with the first signs of an economic recovery (with Asia as growth driver), executives need to ‘gear up’ to be able to take advantage of the increasing opportunities now presented, albeit at significantly reduced pre-crisis levels. The study finds that the engineering, manufacturing, and high-tech sectors have huge untapped potential for improving their performance across all categories that contribute to excellence in marketing and sales. [...]

Procurement Performance Measurement

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Operations Management, Consumer Goods November 2009

Procurement Performance Measurement

What CFOs expect from measuring Procurement Success

Procurement excellence is increasingly becoming an important factor in delivering efficient operations within successful companies. On the surface, effectively measuring procurement performance is not rocket science. However looking deeper, adequate measurement of procurement success is a big issue, as bottom-up reported savings can significantly deviate from the key financial figures a CFO looks at. Arthur D. Little’s latest study on procurement performance identifies the key challenges that companies currently face in developing a CFO-friendly procurement performance measurement. This report suggests a best practice approach to overcoming these challenges and consistently measuring purchasing success in the future. [...]

Post-Merger Integration of R&D

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Technology & Innovation Management November 2009

Post-Merger Integration of R&D

Reaping the full potential of post-merger integration

An in-depth study conducted by Arthur D. Little notes that while the potential gain of merging R&D departments is substantial, integration of R&D activities exposes the business to significant risks, is more difficult and takes longer than other areas – all factors that can spoil the affair. The solution is careful tailoring of a full R&D integration approach that deals with the “enablers” early on. [...]

Telecom Operators in a Carbon-Constrained World

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TIME November 2009

Telecom Operators in a Carbon-Constrained World

Findings of an Arthur D. Little Survey in the Middle East and North Africa

As the world awaits a global carbon reduction commitment, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) telecoms operators must do more to ensure that energy and carbon management positively affect their future growth, according to a new report by Arthur D. Little and Dubai Internet City. [...]

The Hidden Value In Your Accounts Receivable

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Manufacturing, Consumer Goods October 2009

The Hidden Value In Your Accounts Receivable

The hidden value in accounts receivable - how to use 3rd party services

First-class accounts receivable management increases a firm’s value. Overlooked by many companies, reducing accounts receivable by use of 3rd party services, is a value creation lever frequently addressed by private equity owned companies. 3rd parties offer a wide range of services, from debt collection, to advanced financing solutions. Arthur D. Little shares its insight into the services, their properties, business cases, financial effects and implementation. [...]

Ensuring Survival

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability September 2009

Ensuring Survival

Business Models in a Low-Carbon World

Much to everybody’s surprise, the low-carbon bandwagon survived even a global downturn - it remains a real issue in the eyes of politicians and the public alike. We have not seen the end of risky financial decisions, but we have reached the end of a period when carbon became established as an issue but, despite this, action appeared optional for individual governments, businesses and societies. In this publication, we present four assertions that we believe highlight the dangers of complacency. [...]

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