Millions of small, independent shops are the cornerstones of African commerce. Now they’re diversifying, digitizing, and partnering with modern retailers to reach the next level.
Scale isn’t dead. But it’s critical to find the right balance between scale and fractal principles—and to do it before your competitors do.
E-bikes, e-mopeds, and e-scooters can go from fad to fixture—and win over commuters—if cities consider ways to bundle these modes with public transit.
By helping steelmakers curb their greenhouse gas emissions, iron ore miners can advance their own decarbonization efforts.
More companies are forging strategic alliances as they seek competitive advantage. Here’s what they must do to build and manage them successfully.
Emerging-market companies that sell through retailers must respond to evolving customer needs, navigate a new landscape, and lower their costs.
Levies on emissions tied to imports will impact companies inside and outside the EU and could alter the competitive balance between nations in many industries.
Supply chain disruptions. Cybersecurity. Trade wars. New taxes. The global geopolitical landscape is getting far trickier for technology investors. Here’s how they can negotiate it.
Yet we also see a window of opportunity for those that move quickly to implement fundamental process changes and begin the transition to carbon neutrality.
The right design can generate substantial rewards, but intervention also poses big risks for policymakers.
The pandemic has amplified trends that were already underway, but it is also driving radical changes in consumer behavior and other areas that will affect investments in industries.
Plans to tax CO2 emissions that are attributed to imports would hike costs for EU trade partners and redefine competitive advantage in many industries.
Global Growth Hot Spots
Multinational companies need a new approach for identifying global growth opportunities in this new phase of globalization. Consider the opportunities within a market, rather than the market’s economy overall.
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Although anxiety over health and finances is high, attitudes remain surprisingly resilient. And some behavioral changes—including greater use of digital commerce and tools—are sticking.
A nuanced understanding of what really drives buying decisions in the post-COVID-19 world is crucial to maximizing share in a target market.
Surging demand for online fitness classes and do-it-yourself hair styling proved fleeting. But other behavioral shifts—such as increased use of digital and of healthier products—are enduring.
Translating growing consumer awareness of the threats posed by global warming into sustainable behavior and practices requires action by the public and private sectors alike.
E-wallet use is soaring in one of the world’s great growth zones. As competition intensifies, the stakes for both banks and new digital finance entrants are huge.