US retail & consumer publications

Retail & Consumer Insights: Building value by addressing the impact of climate change

Megatrends in the retail & consumer products industry.

 
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An Appetite for M&A: How Food Companies Can Buy and Sell Their Way to Competitive Advantage

Food companies are focusing on capabilities in their mergers, acquisitions and divestitures approaches.

Consumer Intelligence Series: The wearable future

The next generation of customer service will be proactive, integrated and omnipresent. Do you have a foundation in place to turn the service experience into competitive advantage?

 
Strategic supply chain management 

Retail & Consumer highlights from PwC's 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey

How digital is the Retail & Consumer industry?



 

r&c worlds Express


r&c worlds express - Food trust: From compliance to competitive advantage r&c worlds express - China’s surprising shoppers Taxing Internet commerce: What global retailers need to know Opening the door to Africa

 

Additional US retail and consumer publications


Retail & consumer sector: Knowledge brief: Technical and quality newsletter
In this edition of the R&C KnowledgeBrief, we:
  • Provide an update to the standard setting agenda, highlighting the FASB’s simplification initiative, which includes two recently issued standards – ASU 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs, and ASU 2015-04, Compensation—Retirement Benefits;
  • Discuss proposed amendments to the new revenue standard and considerations for companies as they implement the standard;
  • Provide an update on the leasing standard;
  • Provide considerations for omnichannel financial reporting.

 

Using Google Trends to Predict Retail Sales Using Google Trends to Predict Retail Sales
Publicly available search data, in some instances, may be a better substitute for predicting total store or top-line sales performance than a company’s own top-line sales figures. Our analysis provides some evidence to suggest that Google Trends can be a powerful addition to industry players’ forecasting and planning toolkits.
 

Consumer Intelligence Series: The Sharing Economy Consumer Intelligence Series: The Sharing Economy
By unlocking the sharing economy today, can companies transform today's threats into tomorrow's opportunity? What must incumbents and challengers do to position themselves ahead of disruption and to capitalize on new sources of revenue? Through consumer surveys, conversations with influencers, interviews with business executives and social listening, PwC's research presents a holistic view of what's unfolding across business and consumer landscapes.
 

Payments on the go: Making sense of the evolving mobile payments industry Payments on the go: Making sense of the evolving mobile payments industry
Mobile payment systems have had trouble gaining traction and acceptance, but now may be the time to cash in.
 

Consumer Intelligence Series: Customer care evolution Consumer Intelligence Series: Customer care evolution
For customer care, problem resolution matters most. But there are other factors that shape a consumer's perception of a company. In fact, consumers penalize companies for a poor experience more than they reward them for a good one. PwC studied the consumer attitudes and preferences towards the various channels of customer care available today, and identifies areas companies can action.
 

US retail and consumer deals insights: 2014 year in review and 2015 outlook US retail and consumer deals insights: 2014 year in review and 2015 outlook
US retail and consumer (R&C) total transaction value for 2014 hit a five-year high and surpassed the $100 billion mark for the second year in a row.
 

Empower loss prevention with strategic data analytics Empower loss prevention with strategic data analytics
Retailers are realizing that the strategic management of risk and the reduction of shrink can have substantial impact on both profitability and customer satisfaction. Savvy retailers are using data analytics to add value to their loss prevention and risk management programs. This paper outlines key ways retailers are building successful enterprise-wide loss prevention programs that apply data and analytics.
 

Inventory management in the retail industry – an intricate balancing act Inventory management in the retail industry – an intricate balancing act
For retailers, inventory management should take a top spot at the executive table, and when it doesn’t, you could confidently assume it’s a sign of mismanagement.
 

Working capital opportunities in the retail and consumer sectors Working capital opportunities in the retail and consumer sectors
In the three years following the financial crisis, the largest global companies experienced a strong rebound in sales growth. However, since 2011 this growth has slowed down considerably, indicating that a return to consistent growth will be harder to achieve going forward. While there are many factors that can affect a company’s ability to grow, we know that both cash and investment are essential to sustaining this growth.
 

Cybersecurity challenges in an interconnected world Cybersecurity challenges in an interconnected world
Key findings from The Global State of Information Security Survey 2015.
 

Retail & Consumer Insights: Addressing consumer needs in an aging, more urban world Retail & Consumer Insights: Addressing consumer needs in an aging, more urban world
Demographic shifts and rapid urbanization are the twin engines of change driving global economies. They are powerful forces that are redefining consumer shopping and product preferences. As these trends unfold in tandem, they are creating a paradox: The world is quickly becoming larger—and simultaneously smaller.
 

SEC comment letter trends for the Retail & Consumer Industry Business Recovery Services industry insights: Retail
While the holiday season is always a critical time for retailers, 2014 will be especially so for those “at risk” from either operational or financial distress. While the entire U.S. retail industry (including major national department store chains) continues to draw the watchful eye of lenders, trade creditors, and restructuring professionals, specialty retailers (those focusing on a single product or category such as consumer electronics or apparel) are at especially high risk for both operational and financial distress and could fall victim to a continuing shakeout of U.S. retailers heading into 2015.
 

SEC comment letter trends for the Retail & Consumer Industry SEC comment letter trends for the Retail & Consumer Industry
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the Retail and Consumer industry. Business challenges, changes, and opportunities, together with ongoing regulatory developments in the financial reporting environment, underscore the need for continued focus on high quality and transparent financial reporting. Understanding where the SEC staff focuses their review is an important consideration in the year-end reporting process.
 

R&C Trendwatch: Telecommunications and data privacy policies will drive opportunities in online retailing R&C Trendwatch: Telecommunications and data privacy policies will drive opportunities in online retailing
This edition focuses on telecommunications and data privacy issues and how those may affect global companies with online retailing operations in emerging markets. In certain markets government policies may hinder opportunities or infrastructure may lag demand, while data privacy issues are on the minds of shoppers everywhere. Monitoring developments will be crucial for retailers and consumer goods companies.
 

R&C Trendwatch: Anticipating the rise of junk food and soda taxes in emerging markets R&C Trendwatch: Anticipating the rise of junk food and soda taxes in emerging markets
Governments in emerging markets are increasingly applying sin taxes on junk food and soda as a way of raising revenue - and responding to public health concerns. Companies wanting to determine where sin taxes may be introduced will want to consider the political debate over health in the country, whether there is a middle class engaged in the debate, as well as fiscal need.
 

Consumer Intelligence Series: The wearable future Consumer Intelligence Series: The wearable future
There is indeed a wearable future ahead, one that can dramatically alter the landscape of society and business as we know it. For months, we surveyed consumers and spoke with experts to explore the potential benefits as well as drawbacks, understanding why they matter, and how they will deeply shape us as individuals and as a society. Here is a look at some of the strengths and opportunities for wearable tech -- and the weaknesses and challenges that enterprising businesses must successfully navigate.
 

2014 Holiday Outlook 2014 Holiday Outlook
How will the 2014 holiday shopping season be characterized? What factors will contribute to how consumers make their shopping decisions? And how can retailers best prepare themselves going into the holiday season? Find out in our 2014 Holiday Outlook report.
 

PwC's Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets PwC's Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets
PwC’s Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets reviews the evolution of the Cash & Carry (C&C) retail model in emerging markets and provides key insights/platforms that can be leveraged for C&C evolution and growth.
 

Retail & Consumer insights from the 2014 State of Compliance Survey
How are compliance officers addressing today’s challenges and planning for more effective and efficient compliance operations in the future? See our Retail & Consumer industry findings and understand how your peers are addressing these challenges.
 

Retail & Consumer Insights: 2014 Financial Benchmarking Retail & Consumer Insights: 2014 Financial Benchmarking
What impact did the economy have on the financial results of retailers and consumer packaged goods companies? This report from PwC's Retail and Consumer Insights series provides financial benchmarks and discusses company strategies on operational efficiency, human capital, health and wellness, innovation, and brand management.
 

Healthcare’s new entrants: Who will be healthcare’s Amazon.com? Healthcare’s new entrants: Who will be healthcare’s Amazon.com?
As the $2.8 trillion US healthcare ecosystem transforms into a technology-enabled and consumer-focused market, companies from outside the industry are moving fast to capitalize on the change. From large retail, technology and telecommunications enterprises to nimble start-ups, these new entrants are poised to radically change how care is accessed, delivered, managed and funded, diverting billions of dollars from traditional healthcare organizations and building lucrative new markets in the burgeoning New Health Economy.

Achieving Total Retail Consumer expectations driving the new retail business model Achieving Total Retail Consumer expectations driving the new retail business model
Global shoppers want a unified customer experience with retailers. PwC’s Global Retail and Consumer practice surveyed over 15,000 shoppers in 15 territories to understand and compare consumer shopping behaviors and the use of different retail channels.

Image Not Found Consumer products sector: Global tax rate benchmarking report
The global tax system has been the subject of much debate in recent years and never more so than in 2013. Fiscal deficits around the world have led to increased scrutiny of taxes paid by large corporations, and civil society organizations have run high-profile campaigns using new media to put out their messages. While tax planning may comply with the letter of the law, it may be seen by some as not operating within the spirit of the law; overseas tax havens have come under particular criticism.

PwC's Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets PwC’s Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets
PwC’s Global Insights 2014: Drivers of growth for Cash and Carry retailers in emerging markets reviews the evolution of the Cash & Carry (C&C) retail model in emerging markets and provides key insights/platforms that can be leveraged for C&C evolution and growth.

Answering your cybersecurity questions Answering your cybersecurity questions
There continues to be systematic security issues with retailers in the United States. A number of recent high-profile data breaches demonstrate that cyberattacks on retail and consumer organizations are increasing in number. This piece discusses what boards and management can do to better position their companies to handle cybersecurity events. It also covers threat actors who exploit retailers via cyberspace, and provides questions to consider in the early weeks of 2014.
 

Conflict minerals survey: How companies are preparing Conflict minerals survey: How companies are preparing
On May 31, 2014, public companies will have to comply for the first time with the SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule ('the rule") filing requirement. The is one of several SEC rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act that are intended to provide transparency into corporate practices. In the Spring of 2013, PwC surveyed companies online to determine their level of understanding of the rule, as well as their progress towards compliance.
 

Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world
Retailing 2020: Winning in a polarized world identifies economic drivers that will shape the future US retail landscape and success factors winning retailers and suppliers will likely need to manage to drive growth in the retail landscape of 2020.