Not Your Dad's Private Label

Posted by Martha Culver

May 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Source: Repo Man

Quirky indie movie Repo Man is known, among other things, for featuring generic food displays with products labeled “Drink,” “Yellow Sliced Peaches,” and “Popcorn.” When the movie premiered in 1984, most people saw private label as a cheap, low-quality substitute for brand name products.

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Topics: Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Product Positioning

CI Ethics and Deflategate

Posted by Fuld + Company

May 18, 2015 12:24:00 PM


Dear Colleague,

Please join us at the Academy of Competitive Intelligence this coming Tuesday May 19 for a timely and practical discussion with Harvard Business School professor Dr. Joshua Margolis. This webcast is about more than a discussion on Deflategate. In this very real world challenge to CI practitioners and business executives in any company, learn about the pitfalls of self-licensing. Appreciate how business leaders, such as Warren Buffett, would handle ethical pressures involving the use of information to gain a competitive edge. No matter which side of the football you sit, professor Margolis will discuss the ramifications of this sports story with serious business implications. Finally learn about the four ethical tips to help define your CI boundaries.*

We look forward to seeing you this coming Tuesday.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence

Can Uber be conquered?

Posted by Leonard Fuld

May 12, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Yes, according to our man-on-the-street survey.

In my view, the largest barrier to entry is gaining access to customers.  If a company can hold onto its customers despite a rival offering lower prices or government regulation allowing more competition to enter a market, then that firm has a resilient strategy.   That may not be the case with Uber, no matter how high its valuation ascends.

Why do I say this? Last week I conducted an informal survey of Uber customers on Boston’s new Rose Kennedy Greenway. I visited 15 groups of people sunning themselves or strolling down this wonderful stretch of newly developed parkland on the edge of Boston’s financial district (this was by no means a statistically significant poll). In all I spoke with roughly 45 people about how they view Uber and its competition.

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Topics: Innovation, Technology/Telecomm

Dashing Through the Value Chain

Posted by Ken Sawka

May 4, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Amazon last month announced Dash – small push-button devices that uses the Amazon app on your smartphone to connect to your home wifi network and enable push-button ordering of 248 different popular products used throughout the home – laundry detergent, diapers, dog food, and granola bars, to name a few. Amazon markets this to its Prime customers as the ultimate consumer convenience. No more last minute runs to the store to re-stock toilet paper. Just push a button and, um, go about what you were doing.

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Topics: Consumer Goods, Value Chain Analysis, Innovation, Technology/Telecomm

30th Anniversary SCIP International Conference & Exhibition: May 11 - 14, 2015

Posted by Fuld + Company

May 1, 2015 10:39:00 AM

Fuld + Company will be attending and exhbiting at the 30th Anniversary SCIP Conference. Will you be there too? Let us know and we can catch you up on all the exciting things we've been up to.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events

ASP 2015 Annual Conference: Strategy is Global - May 6-8, 2015

Posted by Fuld + Company

May 1, 2015 9:56:00 AM

Come join us at the Association for Strategic Planning annual conference. Fuld + Company will be in attendance and sponsoring, let us know if you'll be there too and we can get together.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events

Healthcare dichotomies that are threatening your industry

Posted by Fuld + Company

Apr 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

There is a wide gap between what healthcare providers need to do, and what they are actually doing. In many cases they know where they need to go, but not how to get there. Here, we address four of the most critical of these dichotomies, and Fuld + Company's perspective on what needs to be done.

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Topics: Product Roadmap, Early Warning Monitoring, Healthcare

Industry 4.0: Embrace it, or risk being left behind

Posted by Nick Sumner

Apr 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Industry 4.0 is changing the manufacturing sector, and will have a significant impact on the global economy in the next 5 years.

Built on the foundation of the "Internet of Things" (IoT), an interconnected web of smart machines and devices that talk to and interact with each other autonomously, Industry 4.0 is altering the landscape by creating intelligent networks of machines and systems that will increase horizontal and vertical integration.

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Topics: Innovation, Technology/Telecomm, Industry Convergence

Six key takeaways from the 2015 World Healthcare Congress

Posted by Jacob Golbitz

Apr 1, 2015 2:33:00 PM

I recently attended the World Healthcare Congress (WHCC) in Washington DC. I was at the same event last year and it was interesting to see the subtle shift in priorities from just a year ago. One thing remained very much the same however: no one seems to have a clear picture of what health care in the U.S. will look like ten, or even five years from now. Everyone understands that the largest industry in the country is going through a period of disruption caused not just by, nor even primarily by, legislation, but more fundamentally by demographics and technology.

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Topics: Events, Innovation, Healthcare

Kraft/Heinz merger changes the food value chain competitive landscape

Posted by Fuld + Company

Mar 26, 2015 3:21:00 PM

Commentary from Fuld + Company analysts.

Packaged food industry giants Kraft and Heinz recently announced that they were merging to form Kraft Heinz Co, with global revenue of about $28 billion dollars, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. This will have a major impact on the industry. We pulled together a group of Fuld + Company analysts to get their take on some of the competitive implications.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Industry Convergence