Powertrain at the Crossroads

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Automotive June 2009

Powertrain at the Crossroads

Mapping the Future for the Global Bus and Truck Industry

The impact of the global financial crisis on the truck and bus industry has been profound. However, other forces are also driving significant changes in the powertrain industry. These forces will fundamentally change the rules of the game for players in the industry, affecting OEMs, dealers and suppliers alike. [...]

Excellence through the Downturn

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Operations Management, Consumer Goods June 2009

Excellence through the Downturn

Repositioning the Company in the Competitive Landscape

Progressive companies are seeing the current environment as a tremendous opportunity to create value by strengthening their positions and emerging from the downturn in a new and competitively advantaged position. They are applying innovative thinking to reduce extraneous costs and re-investing a portion of the savings in promising initiatives with a high likelihood of future returns. [...]

Capital efficient chemical companies

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Chemicals May 2009

Capital efficient chemical companies

Outperformers in a changing environment

Cash is king in business, and during a downturn it becomes the main concern of every company. With the credit crunch in full force, a superficial analysis would suggest that capital intensive industries would be hardest hit, and that their executives cannot avoid having to prepare for very lean times ahead. [...]

Dealer Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan Development

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Automotive May 2009

Dealer Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan Development

Evaluating dealers' bankruptcy risk

The financial crisis and the credit crunch are taking their toll on automotive retailers all over the world. Dealer insolvencies directly translate into increasing risks in terms of sales volume to car manufacturers. Systematically assessing this risk is key and the first move towards taking appropriate countermeasures. For this purpose Arthur D. Little has developed the dealer risk assessment. [...]

Marketing & Sales Excellence in the Crisis

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Manufacturing, Consumer Goods May 2009

Marketing & Sales Excellence in the Crisis

Reduce costs without jeopardising sales generation capabilities

Chief executives are preparing their companies for worst-case scenarios and at the same time gearing up to emerge in a strong position once the crisis has passed. This climate provides an excellent opportunity for forward-looking marketing and sales leaders to optimise their cost bases, while at the same time increasing sales performance, thus paving the way for future market competitiveness. [...]

Future of Mobility 2020

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Automotive April 2009

Future of Mobility 2020

Whither the automotive industry?

The automotive industry is caught in the middle of a crisis of a magnitude it has never seen before. Over the short and medium term, the restructuring actions initiated now will help optimise cost structures, but will the long-term ability to compete be safeguarded? Will the automotive market return to its pre-crisis state or will new business models change the future of mobility? [...]

Driving After Sales excellence

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Automotive April 2009

Driving After Sales excellence

How to grow profit & market share through high-performance After-Sales?

In the current automotive market environment, the after-sales sector represents one of the few remaining opportunities to generate substantial operating profits. However, this remaining stronghold of profitability is already under increased competitive threat. How should an after-sales company know where to focus? [...]

Global M-Payment Report  Update – 2009

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TIME April 2009

Global M-Payment Report Update – 2009

M-payments surging ahead: distinct opportunities in developed and emerging markets

In the last five years, markets with mobile payment offers have matured with a variety of players entering the industry value chain and new services being launched. Initially, there was a race to enter the market and a strong rivalry between different technological propositions that would facilitate mobile transaction channels. Today, we observe that, in many national markets, only one or two dominant mobile payment platforms have prevailed, and key issues now being addressed include cross border interoperability and standardisation. Despite the financial crisis, Arthur D. Little expects m-payments to grow globally at 68% p.a. and to reach a transaction volume of almost USD 250 billion by 2012, while there will be distinct growth opportunities in developed and emerging markets. Arthur D. Little’s new global m-payment report provides insights into the current stages of the m-payment market development in different countries and regions, and draws conclusions for relevant value chain players. If you are interested in the full report, please contact Dr. Karim Taga or Gregory Oswald [...]

Online Gambling: All In?

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TIME April 2009

Online Gambling: All In?

How the Opening of the Online Gambling Market Across Europe Can Benefit Media and Telecom Companies

The online gambling market is progressively opening throughout Europe. Many telecom operators and media companies looking for new revenue opportunities have a card to play, thanks to their privileged access to customers. However, these players need to carefully elaborate an entry strategy leveraging their core capabilities and protecting their brand image. [...]

Islamic finance comes of age

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Financial Services April 2009

Islamic finance comes of age

Joint opportunities for Western and Arabic financial institutions

Islamic finance is riding high. With capital market regulators in the Middle East working hard to improve the region’s regulatory system and to offer a wider range of shariah-compliant investment vehicles, new opportunities are opening up. Arthur D. Little identifies the markets and countries that Western financial institutions should focus on if they do not want to miss out. [...]

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