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Mergers & Acquisitions: Supply Chain Network Design & Integration

By Dhinesh Selvaraj

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is a common phenomenon these days, involving consolidation of companies or assets. For instance, the recent acquisition of Broadsoft by Cisco Systems will help Cisco provide broader solutions to its clients and grow, in terms of subscribers, product portfolio, revenue, and size. It takes a lot of detailed financial analysis, and a huge negotiation process, involving many M&A firms – investment banks, law firms, accounting firms, consulting & advisory firms, before successfully sealing the deal, to perform post-merger integration activities.

Building Your Blue Ocean Strategy

By Surpriya Garg & Jith Rabindranath

A blue ocean represents all industries not in existence today, as an unknown market space, untainted by competition. In Blue Ocean Strategy, demand is created, rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid. There are two ways to explore a blue ocean.

In a few cases, companies can give rise to completely new industries, as eBay did with the online auction industry. However, in most cases, a Blue Ocean Strategy is created from within a red ocean, where a company alters its boundaries within an existing industry.

5 Ways to Optimize Retail Point of Purchase Display Production & Store Delivery

A Concept-to-Delivery, Holistic Approach to Uncover Hidden Costs and Increase Compliance

By Steven Saura

Since 76% of all purchase decisions are made in-store and 68% of retail purchases are impulse driven, point-of-purchase (POP) displays represent one of the strongest Marketing vehicles to influence shopper behavior, sway brand loyalty, and ultimately increase sales.

Power Sector - Opportunities within the Challenges

Background: With the advent of renewable energy sources, social media connectivity, and a revolution in electric vehicles (EV), the traditional power industry (especially utilities) is facing challenges that it has never seen before. The industry must optimize the cost of business and meet customer expectations. After the Paris climate accord of 2015, a consortium of 121 solar resource rich countries, also known as the International Solar Alliance, are working on reducing the cost of technology and device financing. For future energy requirements, many nations are now encouraging the use of non-conventional sources of energy, while increasing costs and taxes for the conventional sources.

Collaborative Cost Management

Many industrial companies utilize a structured method for product design. Continuous estimation and tracking of the product cost is very important throughout the product development lifecycle. As the product design matures, the cost structure often shifts significantly. There are various reasons for this shift, including:

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