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Secrets to implementation success

Secrets to implementation success

July 2015—What do successful implementers do differently from other companies? Our survey of more than 2,200 executives yields actionable answers.more

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Turning down the cost of utilities in retail

June 2015—A holistic approach is helping retailers overcome barriers, prioritize activities, and accelerate payback of energy-saving measures in stores.more

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Cohabiting with your e-commerce partners

June 2015—Top-performing consumer-product companies are aiming to strengthen their digital-channel strategies by locating teams at Amazon and other key players.more


Three myths about growth in consumer packaged goods

June 2015—We expect the sector to grow strongly. The key for companies is to sell the right products in the right markets at the right times.more


Incumbents as attackers: Brand-driven innovation

May 2015—Big companies are finding growth in new markets by harnessing an underused asset—their brands.more

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Why China’s consumers will continue to surprise the world

May 2015—Fears about China’s slowing economy are overblown, authors Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel argue in this adapted excerpt from the follow-up to their The One Hour China Book.more


Learning from South Korea’s mobile-retailing boom

May 2015—As omnichannel retailing transforms this nation of 50 million people, retailers around the world should be watching—and learning.more


Sewing up lower costs from falling commodity prices

April 2015—Apparel and footwear companies should be helped by tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton. But many miss out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains.more


Pricing in retail: Setting strategy

April 2015—This article—our first in a series on pricing in retail—focuses on key value categories (KVCs) and key value items (KVIs) as a core part of price strategy in today’s digital retail environment.more


Business and society in the coming decades

April 2015—In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.more

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The globally effective enterprise

April 2015—Today’s technology enables integrated operations that can change the globalization penalty into a premium.more

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How agile is your supply chain?

April 2015—Our research shows that ten operating practices are tied to higher service levels and lower inventory costs.more

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Japan: Lessons from a hyperaging society

March 2015—The country’s population, already the world’s oldest, is aging quickly. Companies in Europe, North America, and Asia can learn from its experience.more

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