The Future of the Connected Car Industry

Posted by Ben Price

Aug 9, 2017 3:06:21 PM

 

The recent launch of Tesla’s mass-market vehicle, the Model 3, has people wondering what the connected car landscape will look like in the future. Tesla projects exponential sales growth, vastly exceeding current production capabilities. While Tesla is at the forefront of the headlines, other automobile manufactures, entertainment platform companies, data management companies, software and hardware companies scramble to dictate standards and stay relevant to the market dynamics of the automobile. What does this mean for the future of the automobile? Companies will partner, merge and acquire to avoid obsolescence caused by this breakneck speed of technological automobile innovation.

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Topics: Innovation, Competitive Strategy

Injecting a new Healthcare Model: The Pharmacist-Physician Team

Posted by Laura Ruth

Aug 1, 2017 9:16:59 AM

With less than three years until the re-evaluation of HealthyPeople2020 Immunization targets, Benjamin Blumi, Senior Vice President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, and his colleagues reported a dramatic breakthrough: in a study run from the fall of 2016 through spring of 2016, the number of pharmacist-administered adult vaccinations increased by more than 40 percent.  A significant contributor to this success was Project IMPACT (IMProve American Communities Together), which features real time, bidirectional immunization information systems (IIS). The full breadth of this success, however, lies not exclusively with technology but with the adept interaction between information systems and patient-care processes.

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Topics: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals

Transparency into Drug Pricing: Can it help with the high drug costs?

Posted by Malini Solanki

Jul 27, 2017 3:48:16 PM

Drug pricing became a topic of common and passionate interest in 2015 when Martin Shkreli, then CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, dramatically increased the price of a single Daraprim tablet - from $13.50 to $750.00, the price of an average lunch to that of a large household appliance. The interest intensified in 2016, when Mylan increased the cost of the EpiPen by 400 percent. Public outcry was intense and politicians were forced to act, holding hearings that are only now rivaled by probes into Russian election interference.

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Topics: Healthcare, Competitive Strategy, Pharmaceuticals

What’s a Health Industry Business Strategist To Do?

Posted by Ken Sawka

Jul 26, 2017 3:38:49 PM

How do you set a business strategy in a highly-regulated market in which you don’t have complete control over what you can charge a segment of your customers, in which funds promised to your business by government agencies may be taken away, and in which rules governing what products you can sell can change at any time? Such is the life of strategic planners in U.S. health insurance companies.

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Topics: Healthcare, Competitive Strategy

Stealth Fighters, Cargo Helicopters, and Client Relationship Management Pt. 2: Managing Perceptions and Expectations

Posted by Christopher Dent

Jul 20, 2017 12:24:05 PM

In part one of this blog, we discussed the scrutiny Lockheed Martin is facing due to the seemingly high cost of its helicopters and stealth fighters.  We also established that value is a better metric, than looking at cost alone. But, regardless of how the true value of a program should be assessed and reported, Lockheed Martin must contend with how its various programs are in fact perceived by customers and other stakeholders. Conventional wisdom states that “the customer is always right.”  Further, explaining to a concerned client why their concerns are irrelevant and unfounded is not a viable business model. What can Lockheed’s headaches with the F-35 and CH-53K teach us about client management?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Competitive Strategy, risk management

Stealth Fighters, Cargo Helicopters, and Client Relationship Management

Posted by Christopher Dent

Jul 12, 2017 1:38:43 PM


Cost vs. Value: Which Is the Better Metric?

The development and delivery of every product or service risks experiencing problems, from a delivery driver taking a wrong turn to fighter pilots getting sick while flying advanced aircraft.  However, expecting and preparing for these setbacks can help business executives navigate even the most challenging obstacles, and, in turn, keep their earnings, reputation, and client relationships intact.

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Topics: Brand Insights, Competitive Strategy, risk management

Top Ten Hotel Technology Trends to Watch

Posted by Ben Price

Jul 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Hotels are exploring innovative technologies to better serve guests throughout their stay, to remain competitive and persist as top of mind with consumers. Hotel chains are making large-scale technology investments that are too expensive for Airbnb owners to adopt, enhancing their own competitive advantage. Hotels are exploring and implementing these innovations across numerous properties, with prioritization   based on feedback from guests, time to implementation and ability to increase average daily rate (ADR). One key result: additional, if incremental, value for hotel guests.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Technology/Telecomm, Travel/Hospitality

What Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Says About Competitive Strategy

Posted by Ken Sawka

Jun 27, 2017 12:42:59 PM

There are countless ways to look at the implications of Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, that it’s the latest salvo in the battle between Amazon and Walmart to be the one place where everyone shops for everything,  that it’s a disruption to the supply chain model in the grocery business, or that it’s nothing more than a marriage of convenience to save Whole Foods from the ire of its activist shareholders.

But, for competitive strategists, there’s really only one question to ask: how does this deal affect the competitive intensity in my industry? 

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Competitive Strategy

Six Reasons Why CVS Health Should Acquire Aetna … Soon

Posted by Tarun Mehra

Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Should CVS consider acquiring a health plan? If yes, then which one? With a market-cap of about $80 billion and an impressive portfolio of assets across retail and pharmacy, why would it make sense for CVS to include a health plan in its portfolio?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Healthcare, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy

Walmart Takes Advantage of the Commute Home with New Delivery System

Posted by Ken Sawka

Jun 13, 2017 1:06:29 PM

Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, is not likely to appear on one of those “ten best places to work” lists anytime soon. It has a reputation for paying very low wages, and has been targeted by activists for alleged unfair work practices.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, Competitive Strategy

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