Co-Written by Robin Kao
Sep 20, 2017 3:28:18 PM
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?
Apr 25, 2017 10:25:27 AM
There’s a savage war going on at your local deli counter. Shelf space at America’s deli counters is the newest casualty of a cutthroat retail brand battle in today’s supermarkets. Deeply entrenched and beloved brands like Boar’s Head and Land O’Lakes are silently duking it out in a fight over who reigns supreme in the deli section. The result to the winner is likely to be increased revenue; for the shopper this is a race to the bottom, and we should anticipate less choice and increased prices.
Dec 5, 2016 1:51:32 PM
The $96 billion U.S. furniture industry is in a tumultuous state, driven by changing consumer preferences and buying behavior, digital disruption, pricing pressures, multi-channel retail options, new online players, and the role of social media.
Feb 25, 2016 12:30:11 PM
Starbucks recently announced changes to its popular customer rewards program My Starbucks Rewards (soon to be known as simply Starbucks Rewards). As a loyal Starbucks customer, I received the email announcing these changes, which informed me that starting in April, I’ll earn two “stars” for every dollar I spend on coffee, food, drinks, mugs, and more. Starbucks even provided a handy table so that I could compare the old rewards program with the new:
Feb 19, 2016 10:53:04 AM
Emerging markets present unique competitive challenges. While companies may account for obvious obstacles such as institutional voids and evolving infrastructure, they can fall victim to subtle cultural differences by neglecting to complete on-the-ground research prior to expansion. Local competition knows the rules of the game better than even the most savvy international firm.
Packed with exemplary successes and cautionary tales, our newest white paper - authored by Nathaniel Emmons, Director, Diversified practice - lays out the need for a systematic approach when entering frontier economies. Based on insights from security experts and seasoned investors, the paper offers a four part framework for identifying, analyzing, and reacting to risks and includes an Overseas Expansion Checklist.
To add real-world applicability, the paper focuses on bureaucratic hurdles, political risks, and security issues in diverse African and Asian countries:
Dec 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOSTON, MA, December 14, 2015 -- Fuld + Company, a competitive intelligence, strategy, and consulting firm, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Agromeris, a food and agriculture consulting firm.
The partnership provides Agromeris with methodological expertise and research capacity, drawn from Fuld + Company's 35+ years of experience. Agromeris brings to the partnership 30 years of deep domain expertise across the entire food production value chain, from field to table.
Nov 30, 2015 9:28:31 AM
While our micro case studies have proven popular, sometimes an engagement warrants a deeper look.
For instance, determining which markets to enter is a critical decision. Syndicated research reports can't provide insights specifically tailored to a single organization's objectives and capabilities.
Oct 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM
If Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, has his way, packages under the Christmas tree and exchanged during Chanukah will be full of boxes containing Xbox consoles and games. To increase gaming revenues, he's made some organizational moves assigning Phil Spencer as head of Xbox and Xbox Live, reporting to Windows chief Terry Myerson. But internal changes will not be sufficient in this huge, highly competitive and fast-paced market, especially given Microsoft's slow growth relative to competitors, a laggard performance largely driven by the impact of mobile gaming.
Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Innovation, Manufacturing/Industrial, Market Analysis, New Market Entry, Scenario Analysis, Technology/Telecomm, Industry Convergence, Merger and Acquisition, Product Positioning, Competitive Strategy
Oct 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM
Case studies are a curious animal. Everyone thinks they're important, but no one wants to write them, and, apart from the headlines, people don't really read them. They just want to know what was the challenge, what was done, how successful it was.
So at Fuld, we're introducing something new: the microinfographic case study. It's like the quick summary from a 3-5 page case study, with illustrations.
Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, War Games, Brand Insights, Fuld + Company, Innovation, Manufacturing/Industrial, New Market Entry, Technology/Telecomm, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy