Tag Archives: product lifecycle management

Philips – five years on

In January 2012 I blogged about Philips that it “is revising its strategy to focus on new products in new markets. It is moving away from products related to sound and vision, such as televisions and stereo systems, towards gadgets … Continue reading

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Apple up and low cost androids in – so bye-bye Samsung?

I just love it when two different stories I’ve blogged about merge into one…  This week I blogged about Apple’s record profits, and have been running a series of blogs on the low cost strategy.  It seems that a combination … Continue reading

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Turn ten types of innovation into a new competitive strategy

In our book we define innovation as anything new an organisation does, and we focus on three main types of innovation – product, service and process – largely because of the major role that the Operations function plays in delivering … Continue reading

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The real ‘milestones’ in the development of airline meals

As you probably know I have an interest in airline meals, and I’ve just come across this article “17 Milestones in the History of Airlines’ Inflight Meals”.  It provides some insight into how that product and its delivery has changed … Continue reading

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How the operations focus of pharmaceutical companies has shifted

Accenture have just blogged about the current strategic priorities of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies (on their life sciences blog).  What is interesting is how many of these are operational issues, specifically tagged in our blog.  I’ll just focus on … Continue reading

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The challenge of innovation in large companies

Interesting blog by Rick Smith on the Forbes.com website – “The seven deadly sins of large company innovation”.   All large companies recognise that they live in a changing world and need to adapt and change to meet the new … Continue reading

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Sustainable value creation in manufacturing networks

One of the EU’s FP7 research projects is Sustain Value.  This aims “to develop industrial models, solutions and performance standards for new sustainable and more performing production and service networks.  The project will develop governance and business models, a new … Continue reading

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Star Pubs and Bars to have a makeover

This press release from Heineken explains how they plan to develop their pub estate based on a £18.5 million investment.   The development plan is aimed at increasing the food offer in each outlet, as well as providing a ‘quality … Continue reading

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Lego movie reflects real world Lego

Interesting blog by Marc Sidwell that discusses how the recent Lego movie reflects the real life transformation of Lego, from struggling operation in the early 2000s to a world leading toymaker now.  We blogged about this company just a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Nintendo Wii U fails to compete with Playstation 4 and XBox One

Nintendo were forecasting global sales of 9 million Wii U consoles in this business year.  They are now forecasting only 2.8 million will be sold.  As a result the company has just issued a profits warning.  It now expects to … Continue reading

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