Supply Chain Shifts in the Ever-Tumultuous Health Industry

Posted by Robert Flynn on Jan 19, 2018 3:33:19 PM

Supply Chain Shifts.jpgCapitalism has its flaws. Economists as diverse as Adam Smith to Karl Marx would agree to this premise. Yet one strength that capitalism brings to bear in the marketplace is efficiency, particularly the ability to identify and capture substitute products and services when supply and demand constrains efficient market activity. Nowhere is this dynamic more apparent than in the seemingly ever-tumultuous health industry.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Pharma, Scenario Analysis, Competitive Strategy, Robert Flynn, Pharmaceuticals

The Rideshare Opportunity in Kenya and Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by Ben Price on Jan 16, 2018 4:04:51 PM

Nairobi, Kenya, the hub of East Africa, is a bustling city marked by contradictions – for example, it houses a combination of highly developed corporate high-rise offices and traditional African trade markets consisting of temporary kiosks and relatively permanent dukas. A more tangible contradiction is in transportation. A recent boom in automobile sales has plagued the city with horrendous traffic due to poor road infrastructure. Yet for those many who cannot afford to own a vehicle, transportation comes in the form of taxis, mutatus (buses), and Uber.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Product Roadmap, Brand Insights, Scenario Analysis, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

CVS – Aetna: The Power of Strategic Competitive Analysis

Posted by Robert Flynn on Oct 27, 2017 2:46:39 PM

The Wall Street Journal and other sources revealed yesterday that pharmacy operator CVS Health Corporation has made an offer to acquire No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc.  Wouldn’t it have been rewarding to have known the probability of such an acquisition?  Wouldn’t executives of Walgreens and Express Scripts or United Health Group and Anthem have benefited from an evaluation that showed the rationale for such an acquisition? Fuld + Company analysis produced in June 2017 did precisely that. Anticipating just such a move four months ago demonstrates of the power of competitive strategy.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, War Games, Early Warning Monitoring, Healthcare, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence Certification Program Boston October 23-27, 2017

Posted by Fuld + Company on Sep 19, 2017 3:58:14 PM

Join Leonard Fuld, Dr. Ben Gilad, and Ken Sawka in Boston, MA for their core certification courses. Competitive intelligence is not collecting random information. It's developing a skilled view of competitive risks and opportunities. Choose courses based on your interest or take all courses to become a certified CIP®.

Hotel discounted rate cut-off September 28, 2017

October registration October 23-27

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

Top Ten Hotel Technology Trends to Watch

Posted by Ben Price on 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 on 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

Walmart Takes Advantage of the Commute Home with New Delivery System

Posted by Ken Sawka on 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

Presenting the Obvious: A Strategic Interpretation of David Foster Wallace’s, "This is Water"

Posted by Robert Flynn on Jun 8, 2017 1:20:57 PM

It’s commencement season, a time of celebration and anticipation of what the future will bring. While attending graduations this weekend, I was reminded of the one speech that broke the mold; David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005, later published in book form in 2009 as This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Competitive Strategy, risk management

The Ascent of Amazon: From Books to…Pills?

Posted by Tanya Chotibut on May 31, 2017 11:29:37 AM

Amazon recently reached its 20th anniversary this May and in celebration of this momentous occasion, it was reported that it had intentions of delving into the multibillion-dollar pharmacy market. Of course, this is not the first time the $450 billion company has taken another industry head-on. For instance, Amazon Web Services produced more than $13 billion in revenue over the past year and has grown to be a primary player in the dynamic cloud-computing market. The company has also successfully scaled the apparel and fashion peak while Macy’s and JCPenney struggle to compete. Amazon even went face-to-face with the formidable Netflix in media streaming and walked away with an Oscar. Originally a site only for books, Amazon has quickly shown its prowess for all things, from books and CDs to clothing and food, from streaming media to delivery drones; it would truly seem that anything Amazon has set its sight on, it has conquered and the pharmacy space most likely won’t be an exception. Or will it?

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, New Market Entry

Upcoming Event: FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence Certification Program Boston June 12-16, 2017

Posted by Fuld + Company on May 24, 2017 3:15:13 PM

Join Leonard Fuld, Dr. Ben Gilad, Ken Sawka and Dr. Helen Rothberg in Boston, MA for their core and advanced certification courses. Competitive intelligence is not collecting random information. It's developing a skilled view of competitive risks and opportunities.

Advanced and Core courses offered in June 2017. Core courses offered in June and October 2017.
June registration
 June 12-16

October registration October 23-26

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

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