Why top companies lead with operations to create competitive advantage

January 31, 2017
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By Patty Riedl, Rodger Howell, and Marc Waco To say the recent business environment has been challenging is an understatement of significant proportion. A decade of major macroeconomic disruptions have forced companies to tighten their purse strings – sometimes in ways that would have been inconceivable in more favorable business climates. To survive, businesses had to […]

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Positive business sentiment to drive future M&A activity in Industrial Products sector?

January 24, 2017
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By Robert McCutcheon We have a new President and a new administration. And what this means for businesses, we’re not sure. But aside from the uncertainty, we’re increasingly seeing an optimistic attitude from businesses. Companies are fairly optimistic about the opportunities for growth and we may see a more business-friendly environment under the new administration. […]

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Housing starts looking stronger as we head into the new year

January 19, 2017
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By Marc Waco, Principal and E&C Advisory Leader, PwC; Scott Volling, Director, PwC; and Alec Williams, Manager, Strategy& Housing starts rose 11.3% in December to an annualized rate of 1,226,000, up from November’s 1,102,000, which was revised upward by 12,000. This number is slightly higher than expectations of 1.2M and 5.7% higher than the December […]

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2017: The Year of Air Traffic Control Reform?

January 18, 2017
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By Jon Glick, Rick Wysong, and Alex Stillman, PwC The privatization of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) function in the United States has been the subject of much discussion over the past decade. Many constituencies in the aviation community are arguing to increase the pace of ATC improvements while freeing its management and investment from political […]

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Economic sentiment shifts upward as industrial manufacturers forecast higher growth rates ahead

January 12, 2017
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By Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC Optimism regarding the prospects of the US economy surged in our fourth quarter Manufacturing Barometer survey, as industrial manufacturers pointed to an improved outlook, including higher company revenue forecasts and increased capital spending plans. The renewed sense of optimism regarding the direction of domestic commerce raises […]

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Risks and opportunities in 2017

January 3, 2017
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader This past year was marked with significant disruption and unprecedented change. In the middle of the year, the global marketplace was surprised with Brexit, the result of a vote for the UK to exit the EU. Then, in November, the US was met with its own surprise, […]

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Connecting with the Customer: How Airlines Must Adapt Their Distribution Business Model

December 20, 2016
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Alessandro Borgogna, in conjunction with Stefan Stroh, Andreas Hilz, Aditya Agarwalla from Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, and Ivan Jakovljevic, Google As we head into the busy holiday travel season, PwC’s Strategy& took a look at the three global trends are reshaping travel distribution business models and threaten to weaken the connection between airlines and […]

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Housing starts normalize in November after strong October

December 16, 2016
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By Marc Waco, Principal and E&C Advisory Leader, PwC; Scott Volling, Director, PwC; and Alec Williams, Manager, Strategy& Housing starts dropped 18.7% in November to an annualized rate of 1,090,000, down from an October’s 9-year high of 1.34M, a number that was revised upward by 17,000. While the November drop is larger than expected, we think […]

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In transportation, traditional capital is replacing human capital

December 12, 2016
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By Matthew Siegel, Principal, Strategy&; and Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader, PwC For most business executives, the idea of automating an operation (even, and perhaps explicitly, at the cost of employing fewer people) is an obvious proposition. Either a company is doing it or thinking about doing it. If it isn’t, the company won’t be around […]

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Airline cybersecurity: What happens when prevention fails?

December 6, 2016
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader In my last blog post on airline cybersecurity, I talked at length about how to minimize the possibility of a cyberattack. But no plan is foolproof. So I can’t overstate the importance of having effective defenses when an attack occurs. Note, I said “when,” not if, because attacks […]

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