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.
Waterstones sale demonstrates that post-Amazon retail is maturing
Although this will be over-shadowed by Asda/Sainsburys this week, Waterstones being sold is a testament to how much the high street has changed over the last ten years
SKU Rat vs. Cat Man
News this month of UK grocery retailer Tesco's positive results show the benefits of (amongst other things) SKU rationalisation - aka SKU Rat - with some of their categories having had a 25% reduction in the number of SKU
Digital + GiG = Big changes for logistics and distribution
Great piece in the Economist on how global logistics are being transformed thanks to digital, and, for the last mile, the 'GiG economy'
Delivery to the trunk - a peculiarly American answer?
Amazon and Volvo announced today a partnership to let delivery companies drop off parcels to the trunk of your car. It's actually second time lucky for Amazon: they piloted with Audi in 2015
The price isn’t right
Let’s say that business at your corporate software company is booming, with healthy margins and revenue growth. Not much more that can be done to improve things, you might think. Might as well kick back and relax. You’d be wrong
Consulting 3.0: The digital revolution is changing the consulting industry
Data analytics offers a lot of potential for those able to harness big data; as consultants we are on the leading edge of exploiting this to answer more complex questions, more quickly
Who'd be a landlord? The impending fall of retail rents
Most commentators seem to be missing the bigger picture when commenting on House of Fraser's public admission that it is considering a CVA to stave off administration and reset its rent bill
The Warby Wagon isn't for everyone
I'm not sure whether to be excited about or terrified by this article on the explosion in Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) businesses. At one level the idea that the Warbyfication of a whole swathe of poorly served categories is going to improve my life as a consumer is really exciting
Small victories to galvanize action
Recently, we've worked with two very different clients (a retailer and a leisure operator) who are both going through a big change in strategy. The overall direction is clear, and the next step is to get the organization delivering