Retail Insights

Volume XIX, Issue 59 | September 19, 2017 | By: Dan McKone, Alan Lewis

Not long ago “traveling in style” simply meant first-class transportation, plush accommodations, and dining nightly at five-star restaurants. It was an aspiration that few could ever hope to achieve. But according to the L.E.K. 2017 Luxury Travel Study — a survey of nearly two thousand U.S. travelers — that has begun to change.

Volume XIX, Issue 52 | August 15, 2017 | By: Chris Randall, Jon Weber

It’s no secret that traditional brands and retailers are under siege. Consumer behavior is changing rapidly. Low- and off-price players are moving in. Labor costs are on the rise, while consumers are moving their spend online — and away from tangible goods. This Executive Insights is about how brands and retailers can operate in the kind of environment we have today.

Analysis 2 | August 8, 2017 | By: Rob Wilson, Jon Weber, Dan McKone

This Executive Insights profiles the high-growth category of fresh prepared foods and why retailers and suppliers alike can expect to find significant opportunities in this market for years to come.

Volume XIX, Issue 50 | July 28, 2017 | By: Robert Haslehurst

Consumers are a moving target, powered by major generational shifts. Retailers that ignore generational change risk obsolescence. Recently, L.E.K. Consulting surveyed more than 3,800 Americans, including roughly 2,200 Millennials aged 18 to 34, about their shopping preferences. This Executive Insights delves into important insights on how retailers can win the generation game.

Volume XIX, Issue 49 | July 27, 2017 | By: Ashish Khanna, Simon Barrett, Karin von Kienlin, Francois Mallette

New mobility is a brave and exciting opportunity with a significant financial prize. In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting identifies the key provider categories emerging in the new mobility paradigm and highlight the critical success factors as they seek to create commercially viable operations.    

Volume XIX, Issue 48 | July 26, 2017 | By: Rob Wilson, Maria Steingoltz

Meal kits have emerged as one of the hottest topics among food and beverage executives. That’s because in the past few years, more than 150 companies have jumped into the meal kit game in the U.S. Industry leaders include Blue Apron, Plated, Home Chef and HelloFresh, followed by a long line of specialized and regional players. This Executive Insights examines multiple factors affecting the evolving the meal kit industry and why a shakeout is likely.

Volume XIX, Issue 45 | July 12, 2017 | By: Dan McKone, Robert Haslehurst, Maria Steingoltz

Virtual reality and augmented reality will transform retailing. But how, exactly? L.E.K. Consulting recently surveyed 1,000 consumers who had already experienced AR and VR technology. The results offer an initial look at what consumers hope to do when they shop in augmented or virtual realities.

L.E.K. Consulting

While maximizing shareholder value is an important corporate objective, it is not specific and accountable enough for operating management, who must also know which factors most influence value and which factors can be most easily affected. This Executive Insights presents an approach to increasing performance that will forge stronger links between operating performance measures and shareholder value creation.

L.E.K. Consulting

Successful strategic planning is not a mysterious process available to an exclusive group of top-performing companies. Value-creating strategies are the result of executive commitment, hard work and a well-defined approach. This Executive Insights illustrates some practical techniques for managing the development and execution of business strategies.

Volume XIX, Issue 27 | May 8, 2017 | By: Manny Picciola, Rob Wilson, Maria Steingoltz

For the past decade, foodservice sales have been on a tear, outpacing those of the retail sector. In fact, in 2015, foodservice revenues surpassed retail revenues for the first time, as more and more consumers, emerging from a painful recession, opted to dine out with greater frequency. But foot traffic has begun to slow, stabilizing at or below 1% growth. As a result, foodservice operators will need to look elsewhere in order to build revenue. In this Executive Insights, we discuss findings from the 2017 L.E.K. Consulting U.S. Foodservice Operators Study.