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R&C Trendwatch - The disruptive effects of automation

April 21, 2017

Automation has the potential for disrupting labor markets worldwide causing significant change for retail and consumer goods companies.

The dynamic growth story in Africa

April 10, 2017

Ian Bremmer talks about the dynamic growth story in Africa, where economic expansion is outpacing that in every other region of the world.

Uncertainties in the US and emerging markets

April 10, 2017

Ian Bremmer discusses potential instabilities - and opportunities - resulting from the changing role of the US in global security and the economic rise of emerging markets.

Pivot states may be winners in a G-Zero world

April 10, 2017

Ian Bremmer highlights what he calls "pivot states" - Singapore, Turkey, Indonesia and Kazakhstan - that have the ability to adapt.

China and India face major issues and challenges

April 10, 2017

Ian Bremmer discusses challenges to infrastructure and governance in these two Asian giants.

2017 Total Retail survey

February 16, 2017

With the need to transform more acute than ever, the time is now for retailers to decide what their future looks like.

Twelve ways your holiday feast may change in 2017

December 21, 2016

Consumer demands are prompting more attention to food trust

Retail realities of doing business today

November 29, 2016

Retailing used to be so simple – open a store, source products, buy one, sell one… and repeat. However, things look rather different in the digital world, which has driven a revolution in the way we engage, interact and transact with customers.  PwC and SAP jointly commissioned a research study, surveying over 300 retailers and 2,100 consumers across six European countries to explore consumer and retailer perspectives on the integrated shopping experience.

R&C Trendwatch - Brexit from a retail and consumer perspective

October 17, 2016

Brexit will give rise to both challenges and opportunities for retailers and consumer goods companies.

Location, location, location

September 13, 2016

While the e-commerce revolution may mean fewer stores, real estate for distribution and fulfillment has never been in higher demand.

Transformation in the retail and consumer sectors: Six scenarios

May 10, 2016

Retail and consumer goods companies will need to transform their very DNA in order to meet the challenges of the massive disruptions ahead.

R&C Trendwatch - E-commerce a bright spot for retail and consumer goods companies in China

March 22, 2016

China's leadership will pursue robust economic reform in the coming years. For retail and consumer goods firms, e-commerce is a bright spot.

Tax rate benchmarking - retail sector

January 07, 2016

In this study, we report on the findings from our analysis of key tax ratios of 49 large companies in the retail sector.

R&C Trendwatch - Fighting for Growth in a Sluggish Eurozone

October 25, 2015

Challenges abound in the Eurozone, particularly economic, and solid domestic consumption is seen as a key to a broad economic recovery. This article details some of the retail policies being implemented at the EU level and the larger context for manufacturers of consumer goods.

Retail and consumer risks and opportunities in Africa

August 24, 2015

Ian Bremmer details some retail and consumer-specific risks and opportunities across Africa.

R&C Trendwatch –Politics and e-commerce in emerging markets: Three things to watch

July 15, 2015

Developing markets offer huge potential for e-commerce growth; however challenges such as poor connectivity, logistics and regulatory hurdles exist. Politics will impact how these hurdles are addressed, so keeping up to date on these issues will be key to retail and consumer goods companies’ success.

R&C Worlds Express - Food trust: From compliance to competitive advantage

April 01, 2015

Recent food safety failures have spiked consumer concerns and prompted an escalation of regulations worldwide.

R&C Trendwatch – India: Positive signs for consumer goods, status quo for retail

November 13, 2014

India offers a potentially lucrative opportunity, with its huge, young population that's increasingly urban and has a growing ability and desire to spend. The investment climate is improving, especially for consumer goods manufacturers, but the retail picture remains somewhat cloudy, with restrictive investment rules. Companies will want to consider India a long-term play and will need to keep a close eye on state-level politics, which govern the investment climate.

r&c worlds Express - China's surprising shoppers

July 21, 2014

When it comes to online shopping, Chinese consumers’ enthusiasm seems to have no bounds, as they were once again the Internet’s most avid shoppers, based on results from Pwc’s 2013 Total Retail survey. Chinese shoppers shopped more often and on more devices than any other respondents. And their reasons for purchasing online? Serious bargain hunting led the way.

Fighting a growing threat: Retail and consumer goods sector analysis of PwC’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey

July 08, 2014

Retail and consumer goods companies are experiencing greater levels of economic crime. Nearly half of respondents say their company has experienced this type of event in the last two years. By far the most commonly reported type of economic crime for the sector is asset misappropriation, while other common types of fraud included bribery and corruption, accounting fraud and cybercrime.