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Procurement, risk, digital, cost reduction, new product development….

Fascinating video from Deloitte reporting on their 2017 survey of Chief Procurement Officers.  In four minutes it manages to illustrate the complex interaction between strategy, operations and the supply chain, and the potentially central role procurement has.  To my mind, … Continue reading

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Wild botanical gin

Having just blogged about gin, I thought I would publish a video showing how gin is made.  Instead I found this promo video…  It warms your heart.  It also illustrates how location can be central to an operation’s business model.

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The meteoric rise of gin

Interesting piece on the BBC Business website, outlining the significant rise in gin consumption in the U.K.  Apparently 1.5 m. more adults now drink this beverage than four years ago.  It seems a major factor in this was a change … Continue reading

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Gen Z pushing mature industry sectors into rapid decline

I’m not sure if this is tongue in cheek, but this Bloomberg article proposes that Generation Z – those born after 1995 – are set to push some industry sectors into rapid decline.  They highlight three in particular – shopping … Continue reading

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NPD of snacks – understanding what ‘premium’ actually means

Apparently the snack industry is worth £18 bn. according to this article on The Grocer website.  A major trend is the growth in premium products.  The author goes on to ask “what makes a brand premium? A common assumption is … Continue reading

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Corporate sponsorship of new product development

In our chapter on new product development (NPD), we discuss the environmental factors that might influence the process (page 320).  But we do not mention the concept of corporate sponsorship, such as PepsiCo’s Nutrition Greenhouse Programme (which is why this … Continue reading

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EV3 Q3 2018

Many years ago I had a tour of the Morgan Factory in Malvern and test drove one of their iconic cars.   So I’ve always been interested in what they are up to.  Two years ago they announced the EV3 … Continue reading

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Gluten-free beer and fruit flavoured shandies any one?

Having blogged yesterday about new product development in the guitar industry, I came across this Bloomberg.com article about NPD in the American beer industry.  It seems that millennials and women are not drinking beer.  So the major brewers have been … Continue reading

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‘Offering management’ – product management in the age of digital transformation

This Bain & Co article explores the concept of ‘offering management’.  I find this interesting because nearly twenty years ago I was co-authoring a book (Strategic Operations Management) with three colleagues and we had a long discussion about using the … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: ASDA – designing sustainability into their new product development process

This detailed case study can be found on the WRAP website.  WRAP is a charity set up in 2000 to encourage and support the sustainable use of resources.  It works in a range of areas – food, hospitality, electrical, textiles, agriculture, … Continue reading

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