Unlocking global LNG market value

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Energy & Utilities July 2015

Unlocking global LNG market value

Market changes require portfolio transformation

Global gas price convergence, predicted last year to take more than a decade to develop, is expected instead to arrive this year, as a direct result of the increase in short-term LNG trading, the relative over-supply of gas and the drop in oil price indexes.  One single global gas market is therefore now emerging, from the previously fragmented sub- markets, leading to new arbitrage opportunities which will emerge for players at all points along the value chain.  Major LNG players with global reach will certainly be able to take advantage of this change by the adoption of innovative portfolio and contracting designs which enable them to optimize the use of their global liquefaction positions.  Opportunities will also be available to those individual buyers able to transform their trading portfolios and risk management approaches. [...]

Managing Global Production Networks

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Operations Management June 2015

Managing Global Production Networks

Study Results June 2015

Global megatrends create transformation pressure  on the manufacturing industry and their global production networks. Our recent study on “Managing global production networks” analyzed how companies are achieving high performing  production networks e.g. by managing network goals, network structure and network coordination. It became obvious that  today’s global competition requires companies to strengthen network capabilities vs. a site capabilities and are able to constantly evolve the network design to respond to the dynamic market in an agile way. Key discipline is the strategic management  of the network with a holistic optimization of the entire network. There is a clear requirement of a higher degree of centralization and standardization whilst meeting local requirements at the same time. High performing companies have established a regular knowledge transfer between the plants and a regular KPI-based performance measurement of the entire network. [...]

Connecting the dots

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TIME June 2015

Connecting the dots

Telecommunication providers as enablers for Smart Cities

Smart Cities are evolving around the globe – each distinct in nature, which implies that these eco-systems are driven by a variety of stakeholders with different ambitions and visions. Arthur D. Little has supported several best-practice Smart City projects globally to increase the level of “smartness“ and sustainability within this complex eco-system. With our proven framework, Arthur D. Little was able to increase the flexibility and adoptability of services and business models, thus enabling the creation of unique and valuable „Smart City“ models across the world.
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From idea to results: Insights into world class idea enrichment

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Technology & Innovation Management June 2015

From idea to results: Insights into world class idea enrichment

Findings from Arthur D. Little’s R&D Management Best Practice Study

We are entering an era that will demand unheralded levels of creativity as companies constantly innovate and reinvent themselves to succeed in the search for growth and margins. This places increasing pressure on companies to generate a steady stream of high quality ideas that can eventually deliver top and bottom line growth. This viewpoint looks best practices in developing, nurturing, and enriching ideas.  Best practices identified include: time-limited ideation challenges for key strategic issues and a dedicated process to enrich and select winning ideas. To support this, senior leaders devote a significant amount of their time to ideation and are involved from start to finish. [...]

Your most valuable asset: insight into resource & competence management

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Technology & Innovation Management June 2015

Your most valuable asset: insight into resource & competence management

Findings from Arthur D. Little’s R&D Management Best Practice Study

The ever increasing rate of technology development and the combination of new disciplines places increasing demands on competence management in R&D and, if companies fail to develop or target the wrong areas, the consequences are greater and it’s harder to recover in time. One of the greatest inefficiencies in R&D is bottlenecks and delays in getting products to market, often due to resource constraints, hits companies hard. Best practices identified include:  resilience in resourcing plans to avoid bottlenecks, taking a long term view on competencies for the future and develop knowledge by investing in capability building projects and by linking internal and external networks. [...]

Urban Logistics

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Travel & Transportation June 2015

Urban Logistics

How to unlock value from last mile delivery for cities, transporters and retailers

Today, 64% of all travel happens within urban environments, and the total amount of urban kilometers traveled is expected to triple by 2050. A similar trend is anticipated in terms of urban goods distribution, with e-commerce being the fastest-growing driver of urban deliveries, which also impacts the length and fragmentation of urban logistics flows. As a growing number of vehicles in urban areas implies increased congestion, air pollution and noise, which negatively impact traffic safety, quality of life and urban economic competitiveness, more and more cities are experiencing issues related to last mile delivery of goods.
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Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2015

Delivering the promise, with lower oil prices

Building in higher efficiency

Companies owning and operating oil and gas assets, especially under “new normal” oil prices of less than $75/day, will often need to embrace substantial transformational change in order to be truly successful. This is particularly so for smaller companies aiming to develop new assets or grow their production portfolio, but it also applies to the more established operators which may instead need to overturn the inertia of many years of established ways of working. [...]

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

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Energy & Utilities June 2015

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

How to renew the lost momentum?

The potential for solar energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is indisputable. Underpinned by the acute need to find alternative energy sources to reduce the opportunity cost of burning fossil-fuels, as well as the requirements to drive economic development, employment and technology intensive industries, the “solar industry” is no longer a sector this region can afford to ignore and not develop. [...]

Airports 4.0

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Travel & Transportation May 2015

Airports 4.0

Impact of Digital Transformation on Airport Economics

Airports are at the fore-front of global challenges and innovations of our society and business, among which Digital Transformation. Arthur D. Little highlights the impact of Digital Transformation on Airport Economics. [...]

Developing a customer experience

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Technology & Innovation Management May 2015

Developing a customer experience

Excellent customer experience need not be elusive

Excellent customer experience (CEX) remains elusive. Companies struggle with CEX due to lack of clear accountability at board level, or because they do not challenge their assumptions about what they think customers really want, or how they really feel about the service or product being offered. Consequently, they may focus on the wrong areas. Arthur D. Little’s leading approach to end-to-end CEX combines a multi-disciplinary team across customer experience, asset management and operations, partnered with digital strategy and transformation, because CEX requires a holistic response involving the whole organization. This Viewpoint sets out key considerations and a four-step process to invigorate CEX for your customers. [...]

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