Is Globalization in Need of Global Governance?

As societies and economies around the world have urbanized, they have upended the classic notion of a global city. No longer is the global economy driven by a select few major financial centers like New York, London, and Tokyo. Today, members of a vast and complex network of cities participate in international flows of goods, services, people, capital, and ideas, and thus make distinctive contributions to global growth and opportunity. And as the global economy continues to suffer from what the IMF terms “too slow growth for too long,” efforts to understand and enhance cities’ contributions to growth and prosperity become even more important.

We work with companies to address these challenges, focusing on topics that include logistics network planning, demand-based customer segmentation, and risk management, in addition to corporate strategy and operations. We help our clients capture profit opportunities by taking advantage of the market dynamics through the following levers:

  • Revenue/profit analysis: assessment of global opportunities to expand the current business model either geographically or within industry verticals to capture profitable growth, in line with the respective capabilities of our clients

  • Network optimization: identification of sustainable cost reductions by optimizing location, routing, and scheduling of networks—while maintaining high quality and service requirements for customers

  • Operational improvements: optimization of equipment, processes, and production sites to increase quality and efficiency through higher service offerings

  • Product innovation: design, testing, and implementation of new, innovative products, including digital opportunities, as well as modernizing and updating established, profitable products to strengthen core capabilities

  • Organizational redesign: alignment of the organizational structure with the overall company strategy to capture international revenue and profit pools and increase flexibility when making decisions in a fast-moving digital environment

  • Sales approach improvement: using advanced analytics to help identify and follow up on opportunities for the sales force by leveraging existing data and redesigning incentive systems to align sales efforts with company strategy

Logistics and International Trade

Increasingly, traditional approaches cannot overcome the obstacles faced by logistics service providers. For example, the competencies and organization required to optimize global supply chains are completely different from those needed to provide traditional transport services while minimizing direct costs. Our practice supports clients in adapting to the ever-changing market context and in capturing new opportunities. We work with leading logistics companies across a range of topics, including developing growth strategies, addressing the industry's increasing internationalization and demand for more comprehensive services, and supporting lean operational initiatives on the shop floor.

Strategy Analytics Center

Our Strategy Analytics Center (STAC) helps leaders make sense of internal and external data on corporate performance, macroeconomic changes, and global and local trends so that executives can develop more robust strategies for creating value, identifying business opportunities, and pursuing growth. We work closely with clients to embed our tools, analytics and expertise, and provide on-going support to help them build the capabilities they need to revolutionize how decisions are made.


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