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The forecourt of the future

With a disruptive lifestyle and technological changes ahead, the fuel retail business will need to create a new customer experience on the forecourt

The traditional forecourt model is at its inevitable end. Electric vehicles (EVs), autonomous cars, data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are only a few of the emerging technologies threatening the classic fuel-station customer experience. What will the next-generation forecourt scene be...
Oil & gas, Marketing & sales

Commercial excellence in B2B environments

How do best-in-class B2B players develop customer preference and maximize margins?

Saying that the world is undergoing a fast-paced transformation is not only stating the obvious, but also an understatement. Traditional business models and go-to-market strategies are challenged, and often even rendered obsolete, by rapidly evolving customer needs. In many cases, industry...
Marketing & sales

Acing 5G pricing

How to price 5G for optimal monetization

Leading telcos have switched on their 5G networks and launched commercial offers to acquire early adopters. With the scale of investments required for 5G, the consumer pricing strategy becomes a critical lever for recouping these investments. In this viewpoint we aim to provide a framework for...
Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME), Marketing & sales

Lost in transformation

Strategic options for transportation & logistics companies in a changing market

Transformation has arrived in the transportation & logistics industry. However, we have only just witnessed the start of an extensive change process that will shake up the balance of power. Players unable to adapt to the new reality will face immense pressure, as entire business models are at...
Travel & transportation, Organization & transformation

Will Chinese EV start-ups reshape the automotive industry?

The successes, challenges and roadblocks for EV start-ups

With Chinese regulators’ stimulation policy, a number of EV start-up companies have been set up since 2015. Many of them aim to launch EV products with high levels of artificial intelligence, connectivity and autonomous driving technology. In this viewpoint, Arthur D. Little reviews major players’...
Automotive, Sustainability

Do companies get the most out of Hazard & Operability (HazOp)

How to break through constraints in hazard identification

HazOp analysis is undoubtedly one of the most effective hazard identification techniques in the manufacturing industry. In fact, it is rigorous, reliable and repeatable. However, complex organizations often struggle to integrate safety and operations synergically in this kind of study: dependence...
Risk

Evolving pricing of mobile tariff plans

Be dynamic or lose

The telecom industry is standing at a crossroads, with increasing users, rapid technology shifts, usage shifts to content services, exponential growth in data usage, and ever-increasing competition. Global trends for mobile services show that average revenue per user (ARPU) is declining, whereas...
Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME), Marketing & sales

From sticky-notes to implementation

Customer journeys in the energy sector – Getting it right the first time

Customer journeys are a way for energy companies to record every interaction with their customers, getting an end-toend view of the journeys and processes the customer goes through. It allows them to see processes from the customer perspective, which is a powerful tool to steer the customer...
Utilities & alternative energy, Strategy, Marketing & sales

Beyond traditional network & IT organizations

It’s time to move forward, from business areas to functional layers

With the onset of new technologies such as 5G, NFV and IoT, telecom executives are increasingly realizing that transformation of technology organization is imminent. The CTO office is at the center of this and needs to rethink its strategic roadmap and operating model. In this paper, we assess how...
Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME)

Legacy transformation dilemma

How to minimize risks and accelerate returns

Digital competitors have raised the bar and are forcing incumbents from virtually every industry into huge transformation programs. To win this race for digitalization, incumbents are investing vast amounts of resources into multi-year programs that require them to change the engine with the train...
Organization & transformation, Technology & innovation management