The roll call of failed or struggling retailers is growing: Toys R Us, Maplin, Poundworld, Carpetright, Mothercare, House of Fraser. Many more will be added.
Smart automotive companies will focus on B2B as consumers ditch cars in favour of pay-per-use mobility
Data and Advanced Analytics have been 'hot' topics for some time now, and spending in the segment looks set to double by 2020.
Surge in ‘silent commerce’ sets up opportunities
Lessons from the world’s most advanced ecommerce market
The tools that PE houses and their advisers need for a competitive edge upfront
For the first time in 30 years, own label businesses have nosed ahead of brands in terms of return on capital.
(and why it should be the other way around)
Digital superpowers are bringing new technologies into view at lightning speed, creating a structural shift in retail so profound, even large retailers need to act now if they’re to hold their own.
Is your B2B company failing to reap the rewards of a smart pricing strategy?
Michael Jary discussing this and more at the recent PLMA USA event
The size, scale and dominance of Amazon make it the obvious role model for any Western retailer plotting a course in e-commerce. Obvious but wrong.
The Auto industry must embrace IoT, or lose out to the Internet giants but scaling and thriving in an IoT world requires selective investment and collaboration.
It’s time to rethink the economic partnerships between retailers and brands and reward stores for their role in sales, no matter in which channel transactions are made, says Michael Jary.
Bricks-and-mortar retailers struggling against online commerce face a new threat: voice-activated shopping. Almost half of British households will own a smart speaker by 2022, up from 10 per cent today, according to the consultancy group OC&C.
OC&C's latest insight Talking shop, the rise of voice commerce
The growth of e-commerce is inevitable in Hong Kong, as the younger demographic has a different purchasing habit compared with the older generation, says Pascal Martin, a partner in OC&C Strategy Consultants.
What’s going on in retailing? The much-heralded demise of bricks and mortar is not as straightforward as originally thought.
What groundbreaking and industry-changing disruptions should retailers prepare themselves for next? Michael Jary offers a few ideas, while remembering that when it comes to tech, we must expect the unexpected
A tentative framework to understand China’s evolving online luxury retail dynamics
Tom Gladstone and Nicholas Farhi discuss how commercial due diligence can give private equity firms the edge in the bidding process.
James will oversee OC&C’s continued move towards an international partnership model, from its historic model of franchises.
Research from OC&C warns the negative impact Brexit could have on the industry which employs a higher proportion of EU migrant labour than any other sector in the UK.
China’s leisure market has overtaken Japan in terms of total expenditure to rank No 2 globally, trailing the US, according to consultancy OC&C
Traditional broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Sky could follow other industries in losing out to digital ‘middlemen.'
Young shoppers have a taste for domestic brands as clothing labels target lifestyle choices and move into profitable niche markets.
With 12 million fewer ESPN subscribers and counting, new streaming offerings face an uphill battle.
OC&C Strategy Consultants has today announced a re-structure of its French operations in a bolstering of its commitment to offer independent management consultancy to the French market.
Many grocers took Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market in June as an indicator that stores are still a valuable asset for a retailer. But the etail giant’s foray into food fulfills plenty of other functions.
What does the Jimmy Choo acquisition by Michael Kors mean for the future of the luxury shoe business? Coye Nokes shares some thoughts on CNBC.
2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone. In an interview with Bloomberg Radio, Nic Farhi talks about how the iPhone has revolutionised the transportation industry.
Natural food retailer pins hopes that Amazon purchase will help it regain its edge
OC&C expands its expertise with the appointment of analytics pioneer, James Walker.
OC&C expands its technology and telecoms expertise with the appointment of new Partner, Chris Woodland.
Direct to Consumer (D2C) businesses have been launching across consumer categories in recent years fuelled by VC funding and a business model promising higher margins and a direct relationship with the consumer. How can the potential of these businesses be assessed and what are the implications for competitors with more traditional business models?
We are delighted to have won the 2017 Business Charity Award for our partnership with Just Like Us. Together, our Relatable Role Model Programme aims to train LGBT+ students to give talks to schools that champion equality and challenge prejudice.
Due diligence is no longer just an exercise which involves ticking boxes and uncovering any deal-breaking risks. Dealmakers and advisers discuss the changing role of due diligence in the deal process and the widening pool of options available to GPs.
"3G has been a big wake-up call for the industry,” said Will Hayllar, partner at OC&C. “Lots of questions are being asked of incumbent management teams as to whether they really are managing the business as effectively as they could.”
Numbers are stacking up for smartphones but how will UK retailers truly cash in?
What are the biggest challenges facing marketers today? OC&C Strategy Consultants and Experian interviewed more than 100 global CMOs and marketing executives to find out.
Purchases delivered to customer's homes can cost between 5-23 times more than a purchase made in store, so why are retailers like Next offering unlimited next-day delivery subscription services?
By 2020, two thirds or c.£43bn of UK e-commerce purchases will be made on a smartphone, as the value of mobile transactions trebles from £13.5bn in just four years. This is according to a new report from OC&C Strategy Consultants, Google and PayPal UK – The Mobile Mandate.
Pascal's appointment marks the company's intent to accelerate expansion into fast-evolving Asia retail and consumer goods sectors
OC&Cs Jack Chuang on how Walmart's Sam's Club in China is repositioning itself to meet the demands of their increasingly aspirational customers.
Findings from OC&Cs latest Insight report “Bits & Bytes: FMCG’s shift to e-commerce in China” have been featured in the Financial Times online. The report aims to help fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands understand e-commerce trends in China, where online sales have grown seven times faster than in the US, as young shoppers seek respite from busy lives.
OC&C's Jack Chuang talks to Strategic|RISK on what foreign firms need to be aware of when entering the China market including planning, business practice, regulation, IP and culture.
OC&C today launched a report titled: “Bits & Bytes: FMCG’s shift to e-commerce in China”, which aims to help fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands understand e-commerce trends in China.
OC&C has been named UK-Global Strategy Consulting Firm of the Year by Acquisition Finance magazine – the leading monthly title for the M&A advisory community.
OC&Cs Ewan Parry discusses his keynote presentation at the 2016 WHD sailing event.
Revenue growth for the top 150 food and drink producers in the UK slowed significantly in 2015, hindered by deflation and investor uncertainty
In collaboration with the Fashion Retail Academy this future forward insight looks at the cutting-edge fashion retail roles urgently required in the next five years.
An analysis of the emerging power of platforms in Media and Entertainment and implications for content publishers
And discusses the positive actions that can be taken to combat this risk.
Consumer goods M&A quadrupled in 2015 with deal value topping $226bn
OC&C's 2016 Apparel Proposition Index outlines how international brands are set to benefit from China's booming apparel market
OC&C's Colin Tyler discusses the three elements required for an Uber-style business model to thrive.
OC&C founder and chairman emeritus Chris Outram talks about a career spent helping clients solve seemingly impossible problems
Are there ways for your firm to improve the customer experience with digitisation or use technology to reduce costs? Chris Outram outlines for Insead Knowledge the four signs your industry is ripe for digital disruption.
Anita Balchandani, keynote speaker at RWL 2016, on Reinventing the Last Mile (4/4)
Anita Balchandani, keynote speaker at RWL 2016, on Reinventing the Last Mile (3/4)
Anita Balchandani, keynote speaker at RWL 2016, on Reinventing the Last Mile (2/4)
Will next day delivery become the new norm?
OC&C's latest research shows that in China's booming restaurant market, chains are set to benefit.
Chris Outram outlines the 10 key principles that could help the survival chances of pure plays, incumbents and hybrids alike in the age of digital disruption.
How can outsourcers better persuade customers to embrace what they have to offer and gain an edge on their competitors? OC&C Partner Vivek Madan answers these questions in Outsource Magazine
OC&C's Chris Outram outlines the four crucial steps to creating a business strategy fit for the digital age for Insead Knowledge
Online delivery and click-and-collect to double in the UK over the next decade
OC&C have now launched a global benchmarking study into digital readiness, rating businesses against their peers in terms of strategy, capabilities, knowledge and culture.
OC&C's latest research looks at the development of the last mile, how it is being re-invented and what retailers will need to do in the future to deliver on customer expectations.
Global firm OC&C Strategy Consultants is today announcing its partnership with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.
OC&C were again featured in last weekend's Sunday Times article “on who is shaping our national life in 2016”.
OC&C's Mostyn Goodwin with his thoughts in Raconteur M&A supplement distributed with The Times.
By Chris Outram, Founder and Chairman of OC&C.
OC&C's Retail Proposition Index featured in City A.M.
OC&C Strategy Consultants' Retail Proposition Index reveals that customer service has now become the most important influence on where people shop.
Five ways to drive stronger customer relationships through digital. OC&C's Fergus Jarvis discusses in Digital Marketing Magazine.
Michael Jary has been awarded position 39 on the list published today.
Virtual assistants may soon be the gatekeepers to customers and retailers will need clever content to get past them. OC&C's Michael Jary discusses in Retail Week.
String of acquisitions makes Boparan the UK's largest grocery supplier.
OC&C's UK office has been ranked #17 in a list of the fastest growing private companies across the UK.
Best for Traditional Media Acquisitions and Best for Business Unit Strategy awarded to OC&C
OC&C's Michael Jary discusses in his Retail Week column.
Vivek was interviwed to give his opinion on the key messages arising from OC&C's annual B2B 200 Index - specifically the competitive risk UK B2B services firms are facing in the wake of fierce competition from Asian insurgents.
UK B2B services firms risk £10bn revenue losses in the wake of fierce competition from Asian insurgents.
Ecommerce is fundamentally changing the way retailers do business abroad. So how can British retailers win in the overseas markets? OC&C's Alex Mathers discusses in Retail Week.
7 clever tactics to help manage SaaS migration
OC&C FMCG Global 50 research featured in The Times.
Growth of global FMCG sector hits lowest ebb since economic crisis, as competition from local incumbents grows.
The rewards of breaking into overseas markets online are huge and some British etailers are showing how it is done. OC&C's Michael Jary discusses in his Retail Week column.
Research from OC&C, PayPal and Google shows online shopping to be worth £645bn in biggest four markets of UK, US, China and Germany.
Research by OC&C allows some facts to be injected into the fractious and often politically charged debate on the merits of public sector outsourcing.
OC&C study finds about one third of viewers are set to significantly increase spend on digital content over the next 2 years.
Research from OC&C and Google has found retailers are passing up an estimated £1bn in revenues by choosing not to sell advertising space on their websites.
Vivek Madan and OC&C's study into the growing spend on outsourced public services featured in The Times.
OC&C's Colin Tyler gives his view in Digital Marketing Magazine
How the fastest growing retailers in the UK are thriving in a low-growth economy.
As companies adapt to a consumer-driven marketplace, on-demand is a trend that is emerging across every sector.
Despite improving economic conditions and better customer sentiment, storm clouds may be gathering on the retail horizon.
Aldi and Waitrose Fastest Growing Retailers in the UK.
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SaaS: Disruptive Dynamo, Slow Burner - Or Both.
Part 5 of the CMO Challenge Series.
OC&C's Colin Tyler was acknowledged for his and OC&C's influence in shaping the technology, media and digital landscape.
A benchmarking study of the world top 25 ecommerce markets
Part 4 of the CMO Challenge Series
UK food & drinks producers prepare for a tough year ahead as supermarkets pile on the pressure
Part 3 of the CMO Challenge Series
Part 2 of the CMO Challenge Series
OC&C's growing global footprint recognised in The Sunday Times International Track 200
Growth plummets for top-50 FMCG players as they lose out to BRIC giants
B2B players in the US and China challenge British firms for global leadership
OC&C's Colin Tyler recognised for his influence in shaping Britain's TMT landscape, making The Sunday Times list of Britain's 500 Most Influential People
Cross-border online trade for six of the biggest e-commerce markets to grow fivefold to $130 billion in 2020
OC&C Strategy Consultants and Google urge UK universities to capitalise on this opportunity, as 1.7 million international students set to pursue a British degree by 2020
2013 set to be a rebound year for British food and drink producers after four-year profit decline
"Making Your Strategy Work: How to Go from Paper to People" goes behind the scenes of some of the world’s biggest businesses to find out what actually happens in boardrooms when top senior executives develop and, crucially, implement winning business strategies
FMCG Global 50 Companies Hit a BRIC Wall, but Africa could be the Engine for Growth
Overseas online sales to generate £28 billion for British retailers by 2020