August 25, 2016
The shift to the industrial Internet is rapidly gathering steam, yet most of the focus has been on making connected products and services for customers. Much less attention has been paid to how and to what degree the industrial Internet will transform companies’ internal operations. If companies are to take full advantage of the great promise of the industrial Internet, they must develop an overall strategy for how to go about it, and then gain a full understanding of the ecosystem of solutions emerging around each of the four areas.
November 18, 2015
Our 2015 Global Operations Survey shows that leading companies are reimagining operations. They are aligning more effectively with business strategy and working across functional lines to build experiences for their customers that are hard to copy. These companies are more confident about their future prospects, too. It's an exciting time for operations leaders, who can drive their companies' destiny like never before.
February 24, 2015
With change the constant—regulation, technology, competitors—CEOs prep their companies for cost transformation and strategic investing.
October 23, 2014
When carrying out supply chain network modelling projects in emerging markets, there are a number of challenges to be considered and managed. This paper describes how a sample of these can be overcome.
May 13, 2014
After recent years of focus on reducing product and supply chain costs, high performing product manufacturing companies are now taking a structured look at service supply chain operations. Traditionally, the service supply chain for these original equipment manufacturers has been perceived by company officers as hard to manage: a “cost of doing business” and a “second tier driver of business value”. Often, these operations have been an afterthought for creating competitive advantage since spending often exceeds reserves, inventory write-offs are common and customer experience ratings of post-sale services are traditionally weak. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
April 02, 2014
Managing an R&D organization is both an art and a science with many unique considerations required for integration planning. While the R&D organization is an important source of value, broader transformational opportunities for new product development should also be evaluated to maximize value. Identifying, valuing, and pursuing R&D and product development should begin during due diligence and be an integral part of the overall integration roadmap.
March 02, 2014
In 2008 and 2011, our tri-annual M&A Integration survey reports underscored the need for early planning and an accelerated transition as critical factors for successful integration. This 2014 survey report confirms these factors remain in today’s deals, and offers additional insights – showing that while early planning and rapid transition remain important, the commitment to integration completion over the long-term can be the deciding factor for deal success.
October 21, 2013
Many companies have experienced the downsides of an extended offshore supply chain, including political ramifications and supply chain shocks. This, along with ongoing structural shifts in low-cost regions, is prompting organizations to rethink their past sourcing decisions. Reshoring has recently become a hot topic in both the C-suite and in the operations organization. While reshoring has its challenges, the trend is very real. This paper addresses the strategic approach to reshoring some organizations are taking in order to improve margins.
September 15, 2013
What exactly are innovation leaders doing differently?
August 14, 2013
This report by PwC and MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation analyses supply chain & risk management approaches of companies facing high risks: raw material price & currency fluctuation, market changes, fuel price volatility & natural disasters.
February 05, 2013
Five steps to better demand plan clarity and accuracy
September 17, 2012
Our Global supply chain survey shows how supply chain leaders are moving ahead of the pack. Read the report and see how PwC can help you compete more effectively.
September 12, 2012
The manufacturing sector in the US is rebounding. Factors that could impact reshoring decisions include labor, materials, transportation/energy costs, market demand, the availability of talent and capital, tax rates, and currency fluctuations.
January 30, 2012
Companies that have then taken the step to “rationalize” their operational footprints have managed to rein in excessive costs, but frequently have ended up unable to adapt quickly to changes in the business landscape. The existing operational footprint makes it difficult to respond in ways that will benefit the bottom line. As the business world becomes more interconnected, companies with intelligent and resilient operational footprint will be able to effectively compete.