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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Show of strength

Twelve months ago we compiled an Index evaluating 50 of the leading FM businesses in the UK, aiming to spark some debate, particularly as FM is rarely seen as a coherent industry – even by many participants

Running to stand still

After the storm of recession, dead calm. Sales have flattened for the top 50 fmcg giants of today but a few are speeding along

Navigating turbulent waters

Despite the economic storm, European software cuts a dash through choppy waters. The sector has also performed resiliently through the recession, with most companies maintaining growth

A view from the bridge

So you may think I’m getting my excuses in early for predictions that will certainly miss the mark. But the main reason for thinking about the future is to have a chance of influencing it

Building a brand Chinese can trust

In a market where fakes, pricing scandals and food safety are big issues, trust is the most important criterion for customers in choosing their favourite retail brands

Defining the battlefield

In essence retail is simple; sell goods that customers want and find a way to make money doing it. This straightforward truth leads retail managers to believe that retail is only about operational execution

New drinks, old tricks

Judging by the hundreds of new products launched every year, the beverage companies are an inventive lot. Yet, many of these new products are mere line extensions and few are breakthrough innovations

Riders on the storm

Food and drink suppliers, even the globe-spanning giants, could be forgiven for a modest performance in 2008. Nigh-on unprecedented food price inflation was challenging enough, even without the tightest credit conditions in living memory

Only the strong thrive

It’s been a turbulent year for the top 150 suppliers, with inflation and recession both hitting manufacturing hard. The big brands are rising to the challenge, but own label and smaller branded companies are struggling

On the rocks

Whitewashed shop windows, shutters long pulled down, a Woolies strip-lit and bare, graffiti everywhere - the toll of the recession is obvious in town centres and suburban shopping arcades up and down the country

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