Global Operations Survey 2015

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.

Top findings: Primed for profitable growth: CEOs streamline the business

February 25, 2015

With change the constant—regulation, technology, competitors—CEOs prep their companies for cost transformation and strategic investing.

Overcoming network logistic complexities in emerging markets

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.

Service supply chain as a source of competitive advantage

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.<br></br><em>But it doesn’t have to be that way.</em>

Sustainable Supply Chains: Making value the priority

May 06, 2014

Sustainability has been on the executive agenda for years and it’s now one of the fastest-growing supply chain management trends. More than two-thirds of 500 supply chain executives say it will play an important role in how they manage their supply chains through 2015. When PwC and APICS Foundation decided to explore what the people responsible for executing on these strategies would say about the topic, an interesting picture emerged. Thirty-nine percent of APICS members, the leading association for supply chain and operations, say company leadership is not providing the mandate, incentives, and resources to turn supply chain sustainability into action. Read this report to find out more.

R&D Integration

April 02, 2014

Managing an R&D organization is both an art and a science with many unique considerations required for integration planning.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Identifying, valuing, and pursuing R&D and product development should begin during due diligence and be an integral part of the overall integration roadmap.

M&A Integration: Looking beyond the here and now. PwC’s 2014 M&A Integration Survey Report

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. <br />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.

Going beyond reshoring to right-shoring

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.

Strategic supply chain management

September 30, 2013

New research shows that high-performing supply chains can achieve sales and revenue growth while managing costs. That sounds like a tall order, but there are things you can do now to manage your supply chain as a strategic asset to boost performance and profitability. This 10Minutes highlights how the supply chain can move your business strategy forward and set you apart from the competition.

Global Innovation Survey: Innovation, growth and business strategy

September 16, 2013

A groundbreaking PwC study shows a deep correlation between innovation and breakthrough growth for all businesses. Learn the secrets of the most innovative companies.

Making the right risk decisions to strengthen operations performance

August 15, 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.

Five steps to better demand plan clarity and accuracy

February 05, 2013

Five steps to better demand plan clarity and accuracy

Supply chain flexibility

January 17, 2013

Volatility has become a fact of life in today’s business landscape. Yet, after years of global expansion, many companies’ supply chains are brittle, unable to respond to frequent fluctuations in demand and supply. This 10Minutes explores strategies companies can deploy to make their supply chains more agile and adaptable.

Creating value from Global Business Services

January 03, 2013

In 2013, company leaders are looking for value creation from their operations. To achieve this goal, organizations are moving beyond shared services and outsourcing to a Global Business Services (GBS) model. GBS helps provide those intangibles by focusing on customer needs and business strategy first and foremost.

Getting the benefits that PLM has promised for years

October 17, 2012

Unfortunately, product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations often fall short of users’ expectations. Now, though, leading companies are starting to see a way that PLM projects may deliver the kinds of benefits described in the brochures. One hint: Treat PLM as a critical business system rather than as a productivity tool for engineers—and take the time to agree on a PLM strategy first.

Next-generation supply chains: Efficient, fast and tailored: PwC's PRTM Global supply chain survey 2013

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.

A homecoming for US manufacturing? Why a resurgence in US manufacturing may be the next big bet

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.

Operational footprint

January 31, 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.

Supply chain risk management

June 09, 2009

Global supply chains are caught in a perfect storm of rising bankruptcies, soaring debt, tight credit, and weak demand. But in this 10Minutes, you’ll see how companies can build more resilient supply chains during an economic downturn by identifying their most critical partners and strengthening those relationships for long-term advantage.

Managing risk and performance

May 27, 2009

Companies are under pressure to reform how risk is assessed and to measure its effect on a company’s performance. Linking risk and performance gives companies the confidence to take smart risks.

Sustainable cost reduction and cost management

January 19, 2009

PwC's insights on intelligent and sustainable cost reduction. Companies must simultaneously tackle both cost reduction and the company's cost management and control in order to realize enduring change to spend.