WeWork, Lord & Taylor, and the Artificial Separation of Work and Leisure

Posted by Ken Sawka on Nov 21, 2017 4:18:48 PM

One of my fondest memories growing up in New York was going into “the city” (that’s what we Long Islanders called Manhattan) at Christmastime and going to see the Lord & Taylor Christmas display in its storefront window at its flagship location on Fifth Avenue.  There would be long lines, and we’d wait 20 minutes or more just to get a glimpse of the window.  It was magical.

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Topics: Sales Force Effectiveness, Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Merger and Acquisition, Product Positioning

Managing Regulatory and Political Risk

Posted by Robert Flynn on Nov 21, 2017 3:38:26 PM

In our paper The Global Economy’s New Frontiers, my colleague Nathaniel Emmons and I argue that when investing in emerging economies, companies can realize high returns but only if the risks are successfully managed. Transnational mining companies operating in Zimbabwe, for instance, are in crisis management mode following this month’s coup, impeachment of President Mugabe, and transfer of power to yet another strong-man. Not an unanticipated series of events given the political instability experienced in recent years, and something that needs intense effort to navigate.

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Topics: Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy, Early Warning

Six Reasons Why CVS Health Should Acquire Aetna … Soon

Posted by Robert Flynn on 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

Developing R&D Strategy for Industrial Goods

Posted by Fuld + Company on Mar 31, 2016 4:48:40 PM

For companies developing an R&D strategy in industrial goods and infrastructure, competitive intelligence provides unique insights into competitors’ existing and potential R&D interest, capabilities, technology bets, and expected outcomes. Comparing rival R&D strategies to market needs and expectations provides a reality check on the feasibility and potential value of your future R&D programs. 

Strategic planning integrated with competitive and market intelligence can:

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Product Roadmap, Fuld + Company, Manufacturing/Industrial, Market Analysis, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy

Five Things Lockheed Martin Needs Sikorsky to Do

Posted by Christopher Dent on Dec 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

On November 6th, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) closed the sale of its Sikorsky aerospace unit to defense giant Lockheed Martin for $9B.  Does this acquisition improve the strategic position of both companies or will Sikorsky prove to be a white elephant?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy

Dell Acquires EMC: Heavy Clouds, No Rain

Posted by Ken Sawka on Oct 27, 2015 12:06:53 PM


On October 12, Dell announced its plans to acquire EMC Corporation for $67 billion
, the largest technology industry deal to date, a deal clearly intended to bolster Dell’s ability to compete in the increasingly lucrative corporate data center market. This move follows HP’s split into two organizations which itself was engineered to free HP’s enterprise business from the low-margin shackles of its consumer PC and printer business.  While the Dell-EMC deal will accelerate the transition of corporate data assets to the cloud, the new entity could face significant challenges that hamper its ability to make it rain. 

Our experience conducting war games for Global Fortune 100 companies and analyzing competition in enterprise IT has made it clear that the market is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Our analysis, conducted over an extensive period of time and involving a variety of players, demonstrates that this transformation is characterized by several confluent factors that the combined EMC-Dell will have to navigate to achieve success: 

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, War Games, Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Technology/Telecomm, Merger and Acquisition

Jack Bauer and the Flu

Posted by Robert Flynn on Oct 23, 2015 6:49:12 AM

On February 5, 2015, Public Health England announced that the flu vaccine had demonstrated low effectiveness against the main strain of flu that had circulated this past winter. Dr. Michael Skinner of Imperial College London, said in response, “Trying to predict which seasonal flu vaccine to produce each year must be a bit like a Jack Bauer car chase in Los Angeles…bound to prove somewhat hit & miss.” 

A similar miss occurred in 2004, when the United States suspended The Chiron Corporation’s shipment of 48 million doses of vaccine, citing problems at the company’s Liverpool, England, manufacturing plant.

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Topics: Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Pharma, Scenario Analysis, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

Holiday Gaming - Microsoft's Big Chance

Posted by Robert Flynn on 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.

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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

New Micro Case Studies, have a look!

Posted by Fuld + Company on 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.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, War Games, Brand Insights, Fuld + Company, Innovation, Manufacturing/Industrial, New Market Entry, Technology/Telecomm, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy

Automotive Disruption: Fines Doubled in Construction Zone

Posted by Robert Flynn on Sep 23, 2015 1:27:32 PM

While it was a boat that President Obama used to explore the Alaskan scenery, it is the automobile industry that should sit up and take notice. One anticipated result of the President’s trip, and ongoing international negotiations, is increased environmental regulation that would impact automobile manufacturers. Shifting consumer demand, expanding access to customer data, increased merger and acquisition activity and international regulatory changes are creating market uncertainty that needs to be explored and understood through robust scenario-based planning analysis. Shareholders will expect no less.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Innovation, Market Analysis, New Market Entry, Scenario Analysis, Industry Convergence, Merger and Acquisition, Competitive Strategy

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