Most Product Managers have relatively narrow roles and decision rights on product portfolios are fragmented on various functions. This creates incoherence between a company’s product and its overall Corporate Strategy. What is needed is more accountable decision rights that align responsibility for results to one person who also has cross-functional decision-making authority. This realignment is […]
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Family Businesses need to change and develop new strategies if they are to remain healthy and financially viable. The dynamic external environment, driven by increasing competitive markets, make it difficult for companies to maintain the status quo. Key issues stay constant year-on-year relative to particular qualities of the family firm and the strengths and challenges […]
The advantages of Smart Customization are more visible in the manufacturing industry—owing to fairly speedy cash recoveries when factory costs are aligned to customer value. It is becoming an integral pillar to Product Strategy in many organizations. However, services sector can also benefit from smart customization, but this demands relatively closer interactions with customers and […]
Customers, these days, demand ever-higher levels of personalized products and services to suit their needs. Their demand is grounded on technological disruption and access to up-to-date information. They believe that in an economy characterized by disruption and operational innovation—that makes customization possible—they have an excellent chance of getting customized offerings from the suppliers. Thus, Product […]
Sustainable, superior returns accrue to companies that focus on what they do best. It is that simple. Yet it is incredibly hard to internalize. It is a rare company that focuses on what we do better than anyone in making every operating decision across every business unit and product line. Rarer still is the company […]
The routes to market that Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies use to sell and service their trade account is essentially critical. It determines their sales volume, their ability to deliver the proper levels of customer service in a cost-effective manner, and their success at securing scarce retail shelf space for their products. Yet, only a […]
In today’s exponentially disrupted business environment, incremental improvement is not enough. It is not enough to win today. We have to be able to continue to evolve today and in the future. In the world of unprecedented disruption and market turbulence, Business Transformation today revolves around the need to generate new value. We need to […]
Large accounts make up a significant portion of business for most B2B companies. Therefore, losing an important customer can have detrimental effects on the organization. The significance of key accounts is urging top B2B companies to revisit their key account management approaches. Additionally, the increasing level of sophistication of the purchase process being adopted—such as, […]
The Retail industry is under constant pressure by low margins and ever-increasing rivalry. Weak consumer spending; saturated markets; increased consumers demands for service and lower prices; and intense competition has put significant strain on retail bottom lines and growth avenues. Thus, Retail Strategy must evolve to accommodate these market changes. Such low margins force the […]
In an era of digital business and rapid technology change, virtually no company can ignore the imperative to innovate. Failing to do so is an invitation to lose business. To learn how companies are responding to this mandate, PwC conducted a major global study in 44 countries. The goal was to understand how leaders view […]
Disruption is constantly changing the retail business environment. In fact, it is adding complexities to it with every passing day. Sweeping changes in consumers’ behaviors and the challenges to retail economic models are pushing the current retail models to undergo considerable transformation. A number of organizations that possess a sizable property portfolio find it challenging […]
Formulating a Capabilities-Driven Strategy (CDR) is easy, but the execution is difficult, especially in turbulent times. This is not the time to find a cave and hibernate until the economic storm passes. It is unlikely that the storm will pass anytime soon. Capabilities-Driven Strategy is the only way to remain equipped for perpetually stormy weather. Companies […]
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