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Value Chain Analysis

Value Grid Analysis

A traditional Value Chain involves a linear sequence of activities—from conversion of raw materials into components which are assembled into products.  The products are then distributed, marketed, sold, and serviced.  Management plans and execute strategies and operations based on this sequence. This set of activities worked well for organizations in the past.  However, this linear […]

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Retail Strategy: Directing IT Investments in the Right Areas

Staying ahead of the curve in the retail sector is nothing short of an ordeal. A fundamental element in beating competition entails developing capabilities critical for the future.  To this end, it is critical for organizations to reinvest the savings achieved through IT Cost Management into building those critical capabilities.  Before finalizing the areas to […]

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Economies of Unscale

Futuristic, technology-driven business models are weakening the conventional advantages of Economies of Scale.  Large corporations, founded on Scale, nevertheless have areas that they can exploit if they reposition rapidly. For the best part of over a century, Economies of Scale—Cost Advantages that businesses achieve owing to their scale of operation—fashioned the corporation into a perfect […]

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2×2 Matrix for Platform Scaling Strategy

The phenomenal success of tech innovators using Platforms has spurred a desire in companies, from a greater variety of sectors and markets, to gain advantage of Product to Platform Transformation. This Transformation is based on the need to model businesses on a Customer-Centric Design approach.  The need has arisen because the concept of Economies of […]

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Continuous Process Improvement and Innovation (CPI2) Framework Simplified

Market pressures, technological disruption, and process related challenges adversely affect organizational performance, and force the organizations to continuously refine, reduce costs, and perform better.  Eventually, they start exploring the possibilities of implementing continuous process improvement or other innovation methodologies. Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) involves improving a product, service or process, either incrementally or revolutionally.  However, […]

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5 Critical Success Factors for Successful Business Transformation

Business Transformations have become a necessity in the fast-changing technological and competitive business environment.  Transformation is characterized by significant and risk-laden Restructuring of a company, with the objective of accomplishing Operational Excellence and changing its future course. Business Transformation is a priority for many top executives but it is usually a reaction to challenging circumstances […]

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6 Strategies for Post-Merger Integration Synergies

A significant number of Mergers remain unsuccessful, because companies do not employ a thorough and disciplined approach to realizing Post-Merger Integration Synergies.  In reasons for failure, we hear remarks like: Targets were set several months earlier by the top management without consulting the line managers, or taking ground realities into consideration. Assumption base for setting […]

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Supply Chain Management: 6 Building Blocks of Warehouse Cost Reduction

Cut-throat competition in industries has driven companies to find ways to reduce costs while increasing efficiency.  To accomplish this, most companies have skillfully endeavored to streamline Sales, Operations Planning, Forecasting, Inventory Management, and Logistics. One area that has still not grabbed industry’s attention is out-bound Supply Chain Management–from packaging to final delivery.  Companies generally neglect […]

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7 Principles of Business Process Reengineering (BPR)

With the advancement in technology, the usual emphasis on cost, growth, and control has been replaced by a laser focus on innovation, customer service, quality, and employee empowerment.  Obsolete business processes, disjointed organizations, fragmented work routines, and complex performance management mechanisms in traditional firms have not been able to cope with the revolutionary business models […]

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Warehouse Costing: Cleansheet Analysis

Warehousing costs at most firms are extraordinarily higher than they ought to be.  Across the world, organizations spend around €300 billion annually on Warehouse Management.  With the boom in online retail stores and the increasing complexity of Supply Chain Management, this spending is going to surge further. The leadership at these organizations understands that they […]

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5 Obstacles Impeding the Adoption of Automation by the Logistics Sector

Digital Transformation has propelled technologies and innovation in Logistics.  Artificial Intelligence is taking charge of a number of repetitive logistics tasks.  Organizations are benefiting from Automation in streamlining their cumbersome processes and cutting down delivery times. Automation is profoundly affecting the way Logistics are handled.  It is disrupting the entire Logistics Supply Chain, not just […]

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11 Pillars of Quality 4.0 Framework

The introduction of emerging, digital technologies has ushered in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  To keep the competitive advantage in this era of Digital Transformation, leveraging contemporary technology is an absolute necessity.  Using cutting-edge technology means not just augmenting, but in fact, revamping the whole Quality outlook. Quality 4.0 is the complimentary Quality approach to the […]

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