2016 Industry Trends

Our annual collection of industry perspectives addresses major trends, challenges, and opportunities for companies to consider in 2016 and beyond. Our experts developed their views from industry discussions, observations of shifting market dynamics, and skilled analysis of data in the sectors that Strategy& serves.

Defense contractors can pick from three strategic options in their battle against technology firms, tight budgets, and uncertain military needs.read more >
2016 Aerospace and Defense Industry Trends
It’s not clear how cars will change in the coming years, but automakers and suppliers no longer have the luxury of sitting out the transformation. read more >
2016 Auto Industry Trends
Targeted by shareholder activists, chemicals companies must finally shed old habits and adopt new productivity and digital strategies. read more >
2016 Chemicals Industry Trends
Enjoying a halcyon period, U.S. carriers need to reward their stakeholders — but not how you may think.read more >
2016 Commercial Aviation Industry Trends
Freight carriers face five different types of disruptors; here are strategies to defeat them.read more >
2016 Commercial Transportation Trends
Engineering and construction companies need better technology and a clear crystal ball to break out of the commoditization trap. read more >
2016 Retail and Consumer Products Trends
To survive the rapid transition to a direct-to-consumer future, companies across the E&M sector need an effective fan-centric strategy — or risk decline and irrelevance. read more >
2016 Entertainment and Media Industry Trends
FinTech startups are disrupting the financial-services industry. To respond effectively, incumbents must create new business ecosystems. read more >
2016 Financial Services Trends
Despite market uncertainty, manufacturers must weather the risk that comes with embracing new technologies. read more >
2016 Industrial Manufacturing Trends
Tumbling oil prices are bad enough, but are you prepared for a future that limits fossil fuels? read more >
2016 Oil and Gas Trends
The implications of five trends driving novel changes in consumer spending and behavior could alter the trajectory of retailers and consumer goods companies for decades. read more >
2016 Retail and Consumer Products Trends
The long-term success of tech companies at disrupting traditional businesses is not a given. Here’s three ways to enter an existing market. read more >
2016 Technology Industry Trends
Energy storage is poised for extraordinary growth. Here’s why power companies cannot afford to ignore it. read more >
2016 Utilities Industry Trends
The very nature of financial advice and how it is delivered are up for grabs in the midst of a revolution both loud and quiet. read more >
2016 Wealth Management Trends

2015 Industry Trends

Last year's collection of industry trends

Aircraft makers and military contractors face starkly divergent business landscapes, but both sectors are potentially handicapped by fundamental threats. read more >
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Even with recent global sales gains, automakers must navigate three powerful forces to build market share now and widen profits from their rapidly changing products. read more >
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The airline industry is hampered by slim profit margins, forcing carriers to focus on both cost reduction and revenue growth through better customer interactions. read more >
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Chemicals companies can no longer afford to be passive about restructuring their business models or technological transformations. read more >
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Things are going so well for freight firms that it’s time to start worrying about the next real danger to the industry: 3D printing. read more >
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As consumers, media, and markets splinter, packaged-goods companies must figure out how to profit from fragmentation. read more >
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Riding a wave of policy turmoil, consumer empowerment, and tightening margins, payors and providers have no choice but to go bold. read more >
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Companies in the industrial sector continue to do well, but they must use their cash to boost digitization efforts and expansion strategies. read more >
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Roiled by global economic turmoil, untamed competition, and mind-numbing price swings, energy companies must be bold about transforming their business models. read more >
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Facing the economic consequence of urban congestion and traffic jams, governments must make intelligent choices about infrastructure and land use. read more >
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The credit card sector is a large, growing, and profitable segment of financial services, but it must soon address four emerging challenges. read more >
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E-commerce is capturing almost all the gains in retail sales. Should you care? read more >
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This is the year when banks can differentiate themselves through customer-focused strategies. read more >
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Computer hardware and software firms must choose between profit margins and revenue growth while eyeing new delivery models.  read more >
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Wired and wireless carriers confront a rapidly shifting technology landscape in which small steps toward digitization are no longer enough. read more >
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Companies in the utility sector should consider how to restructure financially, while navigating new regulations, distributed generation, and the evolving customer interface. read more >
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