Dashing Through the Value Chain

Posted by Ken Sawka

May 4, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Dashing Through the Value Chain

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

Join Fuld + Company at the 30th Anniversary SCIP International Conference & Exhibition, May 11 - 14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

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

Join Fuld + Company at ASP 2015 Annual Conference: Strategy is Global - May 6-8, 2015

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

Six key takeaways from the 2015 World Healthcare Congress

Posted by Fuld + Company

Apr 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Six key takeaways from the 2015 World Healthcare Congress

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: Embrace it, or risk being left behind

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.

From preventative maintenance programs that will help reduce machine downtime, to the ability to track products throughout the supply chain, Industry 4.0, if embraced effectively, will give firms the opportunity to realize significant operational and functional competitive advantage over industry rivals.

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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

Six key takeaways from the 2015 World Healthcare Congress

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

The Kraft/Heinz merger changes the food value chain competitive landscape

Posted by Fuld + Company

Mar 26, 2015 3:21:00 PM

The Kraft/Heinz merger changes the food value chain competitive landscape

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

How One Man Resisted the Lemmings

Posted by Leonard Fuld

Feb 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

One JP Morgan executive's untold story of the Great Recession - and how courage and prudent risk assessment can protect a company.

How One Man Resisted the Lemmings

Throughout the Great Recession, you no doubt heard all too many stories about mortgage-backed securities, subprime mortgages and rampant greed. You read about, and perhaps were a victim of, very short-term, short-sighted and high-risk moves by financial firms around the world. This is a different story – a high-wire story of a high-profile executive who resisted the intense pressure of the moment and made a critical against-the-grain decision based on experience, guts and rigorous market analysis.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Sales Force Effectiveness, Financial Services

Building Better Barriers

Posted by Ken Sawka

Feb 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Building Better Barriers

I hopped into a Boston cab a couple of months ago and was greeted with a sticker facing me from the Plexiglas panel that separates passenger from driver. The sticker called on regulators to clamp down on the now ubiquitous Uber and Lyft drivers that ply the streets of our fair city and implored customers to eschew such services in favor of medallioned, and regulated, taxis.

Let's see, would I pick:

A) A broken down Boston cab that may take me 30 minutes or more to hail, in which I will not know the cost of my ride until the end of the trip, and for which I will have to fumble with cash or a credit card to pay, or

B) A car I can reserve minutes in advance of my ride, with a set fare and an easy transaction over my mobile phone?

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Industry Convergence

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently

Posted by Leonard Fuld

Jan 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Source: Harvard Business Review

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently

Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, observed that decision makers get stuck in a memory loop and can only predict the future as a reflection of the past. He labels this dynamic the “narrative fallacy” – you see the future as merely a slight variation on yesterday’s news. A way around this fallacy, we’ve found, is a speed-dating version of scenario planning, one that takes hours rather than months.

Consider the experiment we recently ran with an expert panel to jump-start fresh thinking about the future. Our guinea pigs consisted of life sciences executives from big pharma, biotech entrepreneurs, and academics.

The question we asked: How might a shortage of science, technical, engineering, and math (STEM) talent affect the growth of life sciences companies? The high-speed scenario workshop involved three steps: 1) Identify key story elements or drivers of the STEM talent “story” to be explored; 2) conceive a plausible future by combining the elements; and 3) explore this future to understand its implications for their businesses.

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Topics: Innovation, Technology/Telecomm, Life Cycle Management, Life Sciences