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Distribution market: Saudi Arabia

Strategy& Partner Karl Nader writes that the food and beverage sector in the GCC is developing, due to consumers’ changing tastes, increased women participation in the workforce and a government push for healthier diets. For food and beverage companies, understanding these trends and how they affect consumer purchases can help unlock growth.

 

Distribution market: Pan Arab

Strategy& Partner Karl Nader writes that Fit for Growth book was authored by three of the firm’s principals to describe the result of “an evolution” in their work. The book does not offer — even by the standards of books on management — a particularly gripping narrative. In short, it is a reference guide in three parts (a brief introduction to the concept, a manager’s guide, and a few afterthoughts on the “human element” and keeping up morale) that offers decision-makers access to insights and practices which Strategy& developed over years of strategic consulting.

 

Distribution market: Pan Arab

According to Ramzi Khoury, Principal with Strategy&, telecom operators can position themselves to take advantage of the growing drones market in the GCC. Drones are becoming increasingly popular as they can help companies in diverse sectors transform their operations and make better decisions, such as through gathering and analysing data or by conducting deliveries. As a result, the drones market is expanding at a rapid pace in the GCC, and could be worth $1.5 billion by 2022.

 

Distribution market: Pan Arab

Strategy& Partner Haroon Sheikh writes that the countries of the GCC spend roughly $130bn a year on defence, far more than any other states as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). Geopolitical uncertainties in the region mean that high spending is likely to continue. Yet because the region lacks defence manufacturing capabilities, most of that money goes to foreign companies and contractors. GCC governments remain customers for defence technology, rather than its designers and developers.

 

Distribution market: Pan Arab

According to Strategy& Partner Karl Nader companies in the GCC are facing mounting pressures. Operating expenses are rising, driven by the requirement to hire local staff instead of expats, and increasing regulatory changes. Margins are shrinking as multinationals take over more activities from their local partners. Moreover, revenues are declining due to an overall increase in competition and the slowdown in economic growth.

 

Distribution market: United Arab Emirates

Strategy& Partner Alessandro, Principal Marwan Bejjani, and Manager Tarek Khalifa write that airports and airlines are made for each other. They excel at coordinating to get their millions of shared customers safely from place to place. However, they do not work together well in other areas that could boost revenues, lower costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the customer experience.

 

Distribution market: United Arab Emirates

According to Strategy& Partner Per-Ola Karlsson, the firm analysed 2,500 leading public corporations around the world over the past 10 years. The period of time and the number of data points throws up interesting trends. One of the key findings of the current report is an increase on the number of CEOs let go for “ethical lapses” — not necessarily their own, but within their organisations.

 

Distribution market: United Arab Emirates

Strategy& Partner Fadi Adra and Manager Valerie Jambart explain the need for systems to protect children at school and at home has been highlighted by the number of child abuse cases reported to the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children last year, a consultancy says. Last year, the foundation handled 62 cases, down from 69 in 2015. Since its inception in 2007, it has handled more than 500 cases.

 

Distribution market: United Arab Emirates

Jad Hajj, Partner with Strategy&, writes that the demise of the SIM card will mean that telecom companies will lose control of connectivity, with important implications for consumers, device manufacturers, mobile network operators, and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), which buy network capacity from telecom operators and then sell it to consumers.

 

Distribution market: United Arab Emirates

Family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council are major forces in regional philanthropy, supporting a wide range of causes. And as they undergo important internal changes, with new generations taking control, these businesses can increase the impact they have in their communities by modernising traditional philanthropic approaches.

 

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