Executive Insights

Volume XVI, Issue 28 | July 9, 2014 | By: Martin Pilkington, Geoff Parkin The Four Key Elements of Innovation Best Practice Minimum Loveable Product Approach Innovation Cycle of an Online Travel Retailer

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting examines exactly how digital specialists handle innovation and what separates them from competitors who struggle to achieve such fast innovation cycle times.

Volume XVI, Issue 27 | July 2, 2014 | By: Thilo Henkes, Martin Bundschu The sustainable packaging market is segmented into three categories

Sustainable packaging is now a $27 billion market and growing at nearly 4% annually across three distinct segments: reusables, recyclables and degradables. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting examines the sustainable packaging market, its three segments and the drivers of these packaging trends to find out who will be the winner in sustainable packaging.

Volume XVI, Issue 26 | June 11, 2014 | By: Simon Horan, Peter Walter, David Ogilvy Generator Full Potential (GFP) Value Driver Tree (subset shown) Identifying Systemic and High Cost Unplanned Offloads Client Outcomes

L.E.K. Consulting has worked with baseload coal-fired generators to help drive transformation with significant results. Through our experience we have developed a robust transformation approach – "Generator Full Potential" (GFP). GFP addresses the full suite of improvement levers for generators, covering both cost efficiency (operating and capital costs) and availability optimization. Moreover, it ensures the sustainability of results through building the necessary supporting management practices, systems and performance management regimes.

Volume XVI, Issue 25 | June 10, 2014 | By: Alex Evans, John Westwood Current devices and future ones

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting's Alex Evans and John Westwood offer a framework for understanding how the market for wearable wellness technology will mature – from a snapshot of current, passive activity trackers to a vision of FDA-approved tools to manage specific health conditions.

Volume XVI, Issue 24 | June 9, 2014 | By: Alex Vadas, Sue St. Sure The key to personalized medicine is data The ways in which two oncology networks are building a personalized approach

Personalized oncology--matching patients with treatments based on measurably objective characteristics--promises to transform cancer treatment, and be the test case for personalized medicine, more broadly. But for those seeking the payoff of longer and better lives for cancer sufferers, as well as the potential competitive advantages and economic gains in a vast and growing market, significant obstacles remain. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting outlines the major barriers to realizing the vision of personalized oncology.

Volume XVI, Issue 23 | June 8, 2014 | By: Remy Ossmann, Jon Weber Areas Where Restaurant Chains Can Find Value-Creating Opportunities L.E.K.’s Four Stage Process for Evaluating Restaurant Chains’ International Expansion Strategies Examples of How Market Features Dictate Preferred Entry Strategy

Value-creating opportunities for growth in home markets for casual dining restaurants may be limited, but there is real potential for success overseas. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K.'s Remy Ossmann and Jon Weber set out the case for international expansion.

Volume XVI, Issue 22 | June 7, 2014 | By: Ashish Khanna, Peter Ward Customer Lifetime Value Elements The Architecture of Separated Pricing Functions

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting reveals why personal lines insurers need to pursue the benefits of a value-based pricing model in order to remain competitive. London Partners Ashish Khanna and Peter Ward set out the organizational approach and structure required to deliver this pricing architecture and examine how insurers can future-proof their organizations in light of technological developments on the horizon.

Volume XVI, Issue 21 | June 6, 2014 | By: Manny Picciola Expected Nominal Growth Per Year in Food Industry – By Segment Health-Related Changes in Menus and Purchasing Habits Locally-sourced Food – By Segment Effect of US Foods Acquisition by Sysco on Industry Prices

In its 2014 U.S. Foodservice Study, L.E.K. Consulting captures the priorities, obstacles and needs that food operators say are shaping their optimistic outlook of the market.

Volume XVI, Issue 20 | May 27, 2014 | By: John Thomas Top 10 Airlines By Economic Profit (2008-2012) Top 10 Airlines By Economic Profit (2009-2013)

The global airline industry is constantly chastised for its inability to earn a long-term profit, let alone generate economic profit. But this perception isn’t completely accurate. In its Aviation Insights Review (AIR) series, L.E.K. Consulting gives credit to those participants in the global aviation industry that have generated attractive returns to shareholders – be they full service carriers, low cost carriers or regional carriers.

Volume XVI, Issue 19 | May 15, 2014 | By: George Woods, Stephanie Newey Comparing the Threat: Strengths and Weaknesses The Responses to the Import Threat

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K.'s George Woods and Stephanie Newey explore the competitive pressures faced by manufacturers in an increasingly globalizing economy, and the essential market-facing responses to mounting pressure from overseas competition.