New Industrials Imperatives

L.E.K.’s John Goddard and Carol Wingard discuss findings from a new special report: “New Imperatives: Why Global Industrials Must Shift Strategic Priorities” where CEOs of major global industrial firms discuss how they’ll respond to critical challenges rooted in slow growth, disruptive technologies, unforeseen competitive threats and the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things. Watch now to learn more about why global industrials must shift strategic priorities or potentially get left behind.

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Special Report

Global pharma companies face growing uncertainty over changes to Japan’s drug pricing system. The market is moving away from a system that has historically provided relatively favorable pricing and access to one that is likely to be more value-oriented and restrictive. New special report summarizes the issues, proposes possible future states and highlights imperatives for the pharmaceutical industry to adapt to the changing reality of the Japanese market.

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Thought Leadership

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Partners Peter Ward and Diogo Silva set out the key challenges facing UK building societies, highlight five possible business models in the sector and provide a road map for strategic review as a foundation for future success.

Brand owners seeking successful marketing strategies in a highly competitive marketplace are increasingly turning to digital printing to produce innovative packaging designs. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting looks at if, when and how digitally printed packaging could change the game across labels, cartons, flexible pouches and corrugated containers. Digital printing has the potential to transform the packaging industry, but it will be a marathon, not a sprint.

Industrial gases have been dubbed the “blood of the industrials market” and play an important role in China’s national economy. However, given the current economic downturn, slowdown in growth and excess capacity reduction, investors may be hard-pressed to determine where new investment opportunities and growth prospects lie. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting assesses investment opportunities in this market.

Airlines have long understood that trust is essential to their relationship with customers. Building trust between traditional competitors does not come naturally. The success of JVs depends on airlines’ ability to construct equitable and flexible partnership arrangements. This Executive Insights cites research and market examples to help airlines seeking to maximize the value of joint ventures.

The swath of regulation in the financial services industry, in particular following the global crisis of 2008-2009, has created significant business opportunities. Four business service categories in particular offer investment opportunities, especially for midmarket-focused investors. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. London Partner Diogo Silva analyzes the dynamics of each of these categories to assist investors as they review the respective markets.

The global airline industry has long been criticized for its inability to earn sufficient returns. But in 2016, for the second consecutive year, the industry generated approximately $17 billion in economic profit (EP), down from the 2015 record of roughly $25 billion. Learn more in This Aviation Insights Review, which provides an update on the global airline industry.

For the past decade, foodservice sales have been on a tear, outpacing those of the retail sector. In fact, in 2015, foodservice revenues surpassed retail revenues for the first time, as more and more consumers, emerging from a painful recession, opted to dine out with greater frequency. But foot traffic has begun to slow, stabilizing at or below 1% growth. As a result, foodservice operators will need to look elsewhere in order to build revenue. In this Executive Insights, we discuss findings from the 2017 L.E.K. Consulting U.S. Foodservice Operators Study.

While the biosimilars market is still in its early years, many industry watchers expect it to grow faster than all other pharma segments. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting analyzes how the biosimilars industry could evolve in Asia, examining the industry growth drivers, enablers and challenges it will likely face and how industry players can ride the growth waves.

UnitedHealthcare’s recently announced acquisition of Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) represents the latest signal that the $30 billion ambulatory surgery center (ASC) segment is moving to the forefront of the rapidly evolving healthcare market. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting looks at the various factors favoring further share gains for these value-oriented care facilities.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is forecasting global profits for the airline industry of approximately $30 billion in 2017,* down from a peak of roughly $36 billion in 2016E given an uptick in expected fuel costs. With this backdrop, L.E.K. sees the next five years as critical for airlines to continue their transition from subsistence to sustainability via investments in both product and customer-facing services.

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