PwC Total Retail 2014

This survey, PwC’s seventh annual study in a series tracking changes in global consumers’ shopping preferences, is our biggest one yet: 15,000 online users representing 15 countries.  Among the expectations that global consumers now have are:  24/7 retailer availability, real-time insight into the retailer’s stock, compelling in-store technology, and consistent prices and offerings across all the retailer’s assets.

Today’s consumers have raised the bar for retailers. Multichannel shopping is a given — the price of admission into the conversation. Within our data we’ve unearthed eight customer expectations that transcend geography and product category, and will require that retailers evaluate their business model from top to bottom.

  • A compelling brand story that promises a distinctive experience
  • Customised offers based on totally protected, personal preferences and information
  • An enhanced and consistent experience across all devices
  • Transparency, real-time, into a retailer’s inventory
  • My favourite retailers are everywhere
  • To maximise the value of mobile shopping, both store apps and mobile sites must improve
  • Two-way social media engagement
  • “Brands” act like retailers, and we’ll treat them that way

Take a closer look at the main takeaways and feel free to discuss and share them! Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for any doubt and follow the hashtag #TotalRetail!

You can find all the contents, video, and much more on www.PwC.com/TotalRetail

1. “Trust the brand” is the #1 reason people shop at their favorite retailers, so retailers should change how that brand is communicated, both internally and externally.

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2. Retailers need to strike a balance between customization and security because online shoppers demand customized offers based on totally protected, personal preferences and information.

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3. Consumers expect a consistent experience across all devices, so companies need to ensure that customer information “travels” securely with each device.

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4. The back-office of retailers needs to move at the speed of the customer because shoppers want real time, transparency into a retailer’s inventory.

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5. Favorite retailers are everywhere, so retailers should examine their store portfolio taking into account how consumers want to shop.

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6. To maximize the value of mobile shopping, both store apps and mobile sites must improve. Businesses should focus on the mobile browser experience first, and then ramp up apps.

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7. Online shoppers seek two-way social media engagement, so retailers need to listen to customer’s comments and turn that commentary into actionable data.

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8. Shoppers don’t see the difference between manufacturers and retailers, so both sides need to work together to share consumer insights and collaborate to enlarge the pie and drive more success for both.

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World’s Top Brands: PwC ranked 4th for Brand Rating among the most valuable global brands in 2014

According to the 2013 BrandFinance Global 500, a list of the world’s top 500 most valuable brands, PwC ranks #4 by brand rating. Brand rating takes into account other financial metrics such as net margins, average revenue per customer, marketing and advertising spend, as well as qualitative measures such as brand affection and loyalty.

Best Global Brands   Brand Profiles   Valuations of the World’s Top Brands

This is the comparison with the other Big 4, listed under “Commercial Services”:

Best Global Brands   Brand Profiles - Commercial Services World’s Top Brands

Also, take a look at this benchmarking drill-down:

Brand Value / Enterprise Value* (as percentage)

Brand Value -Enterprise Value

Brand / enterprise value vs. brand rating

Brand - enterprise value vs. brand rating

Download the full comparison document: PwC_Big4_Brand_Comparison

[Source: Best Global Brands | BrandFinance]

PwC Entertainment & Media Outlook in Italy 2013-2017

Nel 2017 l’industria dei media e dell’intrattenimento in Italia raggiungerà 56,2 miliardi di euro, rispetto ai 48,4 miliardi di euro del 2013, derivanti per circa 7,1 miliardi dall’advertising e per 49,1 miliardi dalla spesa dei consumatori finali, trainata dalla crescita della spesa per l’accesso ai servizi internet e ai servizi in mobilità.

Sono questi i principali driver sintetici evidenziati dal rapporto di PwC “E&M Outlook in Italy 2013-2017” che per il 5° anno descrive i trend relativi a 12 segmenti del mercato:

    • Film Entertainment
    • Television
    • Recorded Music
    • Radio
    • Out-of-Home
    • Internet
    • Newspaper Publishing
    • Consumer Magazine
    • Business to Business
    • Consumer and Educational Book
    • Video Games
    • Gaming

PwC Entertainment&Media Outlook 2013

[Source: PwC | Entertainment & Media Outlook in Italy 2013-2017]

2012 Olympic performance: PwC Report and Infographic

As we get closer to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the end of July, so interest is rising in the likely medal tallies of different countries.

As a contribution to this debate, PwC has conducted an analysis of the key factors of past Olympic performance and used this to produce some benchmarks against which performance at the 2012 Olympics can be judged.

This updates similar analysis we produced around the time of the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

So what factors are statistically significant in explaining how the medals are shared out by the competing countries at the Olympic Games? We believe there are four:

  • Population
  • Average income levels
  • Whether the country was previously part of the former Soviet/communist bloc (including Cuba and China), and
  • Whether the country is the host nation.

In general, the number of medals won increases with the population and economic wealth of the country, but less than proportionately: David can sometimes beat Goliath in the Olympic arena, although superpowers like the US, China and Russia continue to dominate at the top of the medal table.

And could ‘home advantage’ – enjoyed in the past by both China in Beijing and Australia in Sydney –provide a competitive edge for hosts Great Britain?

Take a look at the full report to get some fascinating insights into how the medals could be shared out this year.

[Source: PwC]