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.
7 key reflections for the retail sector
Despite a period of undeniable economic and political turbulence, the retail sector has performed resiliently, with spend holding up stronger in Q4 than many had feared. However, consumer confidence remains at an all-time low, and with continued inflation, labour shortages and supply chain challenges, retailers now face a period of belt-tightening. The next 6-9 months will be harder than the last.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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?
Ready, Test, Go!
Over the last 18 months, it has been easy (understandably) to focus on just getting through the “now”. Evolution in testing markets, however, does not stop, and testing providers need to be prepared for further change: from evolving customer demands and new regulation to under-pressure supply chains.
COVID-19 accelerated car retail evolution but landscape remains familiar
The automotive world has been profoundly affected by COVID-19, but even before the pandemic hit the sector was undergoing a transformation in how, where, and what cars consumers wanted to buy.
Investing in the News: opportunities in a challenged market
The news industry – and TV news in particular – is a strange place to invest on face value. Nevertheless, there are opportunities for investment as incumbents seek to evolve to keep hold of their audiences, and outsiders seek to disrupt.