Consulting News

19-Sep-2014
KPMG eyeing more M&A deals in China

KPMG China will maintain double-digit growth this year despite the economic slowdown and will be on the lookout for suitable merger and acquisition opportunities, a top company official said on Wednesday.

19-Sep-2014
The Oliver Wight Conference returns to Brussels

Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural Oliver Wight Conference, the business improvement specialists have announced their second annual European customer conference. The event, for Oliver Wight customers past and present, will take place at the Sheraton Hotel, Brussels airport, on November 18th and 19th 2014. Jam-packed with motivational customer stories, and streamed interactive workshops, as well as an exclusive insight into the new, exciting AIMMS, Districon and Oliver Wight partnership, the event presents the opportunity for some of industry’s top executives to absorb latest industry best-practice, as well as to network and learn from one another. The conference, which is by invitation only, will kick off with a gala dinner, featuring guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Fiennes’ inspirational speech will aptly open the Class A awards ceremony, for those organisations which have summited the challenge of achieving Class A, the industry recognised standard for business excellence, in the past year. “There is a lot we can learn in business from Sir Ranulph and his expeditions,” says Les Brookes, CEO of Oliver Wight EAME. “Companies constantly have to weather storms. But as Sir Ranulph once said ‘there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.’” Themed around Oliver Wight’s ‘get fit for the future’ campaign, the conference will explore the latest thinking on Demand Management, Integrated Reconciliation and Segmentation, providing practical advice on how organisations can achieve business excellence, not just now, but in five, 10, even 15 years time. FMCG giant, Wrigley and global power leader, Cummins Inc. will be just two top companies to share the highs and lows of their journey to business excellence. Furthermore, delegates will gain a profound understanding of the value of integrating people, processes and tools during the presentation from Oliver Wight partners, optimization technology and prescriptive modelling provider, AIMMS and logistics solutions consultancy, Districon. Together with Oliver Wight they make up a powerful fusion of world-leading supply chain optimisation practitioners. For a full agenda and to book your place on the Oliver Wight annual conference, contact Zoe Davis: zoe.davis@oliverwight-eame.com, 01452 397209

18-Sep-2014
Apple expected to face tough competition in mobile payments

Retailers and consumers alike are overwhelmed by the choice of dozens of different competing payment options. **** This Friday the Apple iPhone 6 is set to hit the shelves in Europe amid much fanfare and media attention. As Apple’s share of the smartphone market faces stiff competition from the likes of Android and Samsung, the company has decided to enter the final frontier of eCommerce, which is mobile commerce, with Apple Pay. This bold move to enter an already crowded mobile payments market, has met with scepticism from some industry observers. The eCommerce landscape in mobile payments is expected to be worth more than £721 billion by 2017. The sector is already saturated by a variety of different players including banks, retailers, and technology companies all offering their own solutions, leaving companies and merchants with a bewildering array of options. Dan Wagner, eCommerce veteran, CEO and founder of Powa Technologies, comments: “Consumers are finding themselves increasingly swamped by mobile payment apps. They don’t want thousands of different apps that can each be used in a couple of different places - they want one universal app they know they can use anywhere. Just as wallets are stuffed with store cards, users are being asked to fill their smartphones with individual payment apps they will rarely use.” “Retailers are likewise faced with the difficult decision of which mobile payment service to choose, with no assurance that the system will go the distance and be worth the investment. Without a clear and universal choice, how can they be sure they have picked a VHS and not a Betamax?” Dan concludes, “Consumers will be seduced by the ease and convenience of using one app across all platforms and the winner will be the app that secures universal adoption right across the retail landscape.” Powa Technologies’ PowaTag app offers a union of different technologies fused into one application - consumers need to only download one app and the service requires no infrastructure costs on the part of retailers, and allows for seamless adoption into current retailer infrastructure. PowaTag gives shoppers the power to complete purchases anytime, anywhere using a variety of triggers, with sales finalised in just three seconds using pre-entered payment and address information. By using a variety of technology, including QR codes, java script, iBeacons, near field communication (NFC) and embedded audio tags to enable instant purchasing both in-store and on the move, PowaTag has the potential to be a ubiquitous app serving as a common standard for both retailers and consumers. Such mass market potential has already resulted in the PowaTag working with over 800 international retailers and brands who are laying the foundations for the next wave of the retail revolution.

18-Sep-2014
More Jobs but at What Cost, Says KPMG

Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG reacts to the publication of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 146,000 to 2.02 million.

17-Sep-2014
Decisions, decisions

Our management consultancy columnist Mick James reviews Daniel Kahneman’s theories on how human beings make decisions and their application to business.

17-Sep-2014
Why every presentation needs D.R.A.M.A.

Even presentation needs DRAMA if it’s to succeed. Meg Heyworth MBA of Toastmasters International advises that whether you’re terrified or super confident the DRAMA acronym will help you deliver a great speech every time.

17-Sep-2014
A race to the middle in India

The Indian consulting market has a pretty dramatically polarised service offering with technology consulting at one end of the spectrum and strategy consulting at the other with very little happening in between, writes B.J.Richards of Source.