Our Insights

The philosophy of OC&C Strategy Consultants is to treat each problem as unique, providing truly customised solutions rather than generic packages for our clients.

This selection of OC&C's publications illustrates our ability to think creatively, generate new insights and provide a fresh perspective on established thinking.

In this section you can view and download our strategic "Insights"; short provocative pieces that we write as food for thought for our clients.

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Reports

Tuesday 06 December 2022

The big squeeze

In collaboration with our long-standing partners The Grocer, we’re delighted to share our annual Food and Drink Top 150 report. Despite having to adapt to Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and increased sustainability pressures in recent years, the UK food and drink industry has shown good resilience and exited 2021 in relatively good health.

Thursday 10 November 2022

Hitting the brakes

Our 3rd annual Speedometer report follows up our research in 2019 and 2021. We have drawn on a survey of over 9000 consumers across 8 countries (USA, Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Italy, China, Australia) to understand the underlying disruptive trends affecting the automotive industry.

Tuesday 08 November 2022

The forecourt of the future

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption across Europe is unstoppable. For fuel station forecourts this presents great change and opportunity in equal measure. In our latest report, we look at how the race to net zero is impacting the evolution of EV ownership, the future of charging and what consumers care about most, alongside its impact on forecourts. We also consider how forecourts can approach their strategy to futureproof business models and embrace the opportunities that lay ahead.

Friday 21 October 2022

All about value

In this, our 12th annual Retail Proposition Index, published at a time when consumers are grappling with cost-of-living pressures and confidence is at a 50 year low, we reveal how consumer attitudes and behaviours are shifting.

Thursday 20 October 2022

Moving consumers to sustainable choices

The UK retail sector has set itself an ambitious target of being net zero by 2040. It’s become clear the sector cannot achieve this alone and moving consumers to more sustainable choices is a crucial component for success. In conjunction with the British Retail Consortium, we’ve spoken to thousands of UK consumers, uncovering how aware they are about where their behaviour drives emissions and the actions they’re already taking, alongside how ready and willing they are to adapt in the future.

Articles

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Lifelong Loyalty

Loyalty programmes have long been used as a mechanism to secure customer loyalty and many have become significantly more sophisticated in recent years. Our latest insight unpicks what it takes to generate value from a loyalty programme across the Retail, Travel and Hospitality sectors.

Tuesday 08 November 2022

Sound Investing

Music is roaring back as an asset class. In our latest insight we explore the value chain and industry structure, identify key trends shaping the market and unpick investment opportunity areas.

Tuesday 02 August 2022

Consumer sentiment outlook

Findings from our latest UK consumer sentiment survey are in. In a survey powered by Dynata, we’ve unearthed how consumer segments plan to spend their money over the coming months. It’s clear that while there are obvious challenges, there are definite pockets of opportunity.

Tuesday 24 May 2022

The new checklist – where to invest as inflation hits home

If the recent gloom from central banks has you dusting off your recession playbook, think again. A downturn may be looming, but – to use a now-familiar adjective – the circumstances are very much ‘unprecedented’.

Monday 21 February 2022

Battling the bubble

Welcome to Consumer M&A in 2022. Valuations are at record highs, and trade and private equity are fighting fiercely for the best deals. With everyone gunning for the same growth areas, how do you ensure you’re not backing a bubble?