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.

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Enter the dragons' den

The Chinese dragons dominate the top end of the 'OC&C China 50' study of the largest 50 FMCG companies in China - 7 out of the top 10 companies are from China or Taiwan and 60% of the list as a whole is occupied by the local players

Size isn't everything

Whilst all good competitive strategy can be traced back to first principles, you may think that reaching back to biblical times is a step (or perhaps several steps) too far.

Land of the giants

The fight for survival rages on in food & drink. And this year’s OC&C Top 150 reveals that the UK’s biggest manufacturers are standing tall

New frontiers

As growth slows in the ‘Old West’, global suppliers are venturing into new territories. But they are facing stiff competition from domestic players – as this year’s ranking of the top 50 global FMCG companies reveals

Opportunity knocks

For many years, the education sector has been poorly understood, captured as a subset of business services or the media sector. Education does however deserve more attention

Weathering the storm

It is clear to all of us that our great industry is moving through tumultuous times. A deep recession is being followed by a long stagnation

Big pie bigger bite

A bigger bite is what every FMCG company should attempt to get of the growing pie of demand this year. But not all firms will achieve that

Cause for celebration?

To their relief, most retailers pulled off a good Christmas after a fraught year. As the festive trading season nears its end, Lisa Berwin examines the key findings from OC&C’s Christmas Trading Index

Consolidation prize

B2C Services is big business – around £80bn in the UK alone – but in contrast to retail, most B2C services markets are highly fragmented: the top players in aggregate often account for less than 20% of share, and independents thrive

Trading blows

It’s been a bruising year for food and drink suppliers but the winners were those who attacked their cost base and packed a punch with ads and NPD

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