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Strategies to Enhance Market Share in Asia for Industrial and Manufacturing Firms: In Conversation with an Infiniti Research Thought Leader

Ajay Biswari, AVP – Custom Research (Market and Competitive Intelligence) at Infiniti Research has over 10 years of experience in delivering solutions for global giants in the industrial and heavy equipment sector. His core expertise includes market entry, market expansion, merger and acquisition identification, and customer needs assessment.

Industrial and manufacturing firms often face dilemma in understanding market dynamics and developing an effective market entry or market expansion strategy. Also, the rising competitive pressure, increasing need for differentiation in the market, and need to comply with the stringent regulatory environment have adversely impacted companies in the industrial and manufacturing industry. Consequently, industrial and manufacturing firms are under the pressure to expand their base of operations to developed markets. This necessitates stakeholders to develop an effective market expansion strategy, understand the competitor landscape, and gain a comprehensive view of the current market scenario.

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Do industrial and manufacturing companies need to expand their business to new markets?

Amal: Absolutely! Today, several market dynamics affect the business operations of companies operating in the industrial and manufacturing industry. The rising market uncertainties such as increasing competitive pressure, uncertain political scenarios, and rising operational costs are some of the major factors impacting the business operations of companies in the industrial and manufacturing sector. Let me explain in detail impacts of these challenges on companies in the manufacturing industry. The growing competitive pressure often leads to price wars between companies and negatively impacts a manufacturing company’s bottom line. Furthermore, increasing political instability in the recent times including events such as BREXIT and NASTA are even making it more difficult for companies in the industrial and manufacturing industry to sustain a leading edge in the market. To remain ahead in the market and expand market share, it is vital for industrial and manufacturing firms to expand their base of operations to new markets.

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Can you shed some light on the strategies that must be adopted by manufacturing firms to survive in today’s competitive market scenario?

Amal: Let me list out three major strategies, which according to me help companies stay ahead of the game. Some companies use technologies to overcome challenges. For instance, recently a major tool manufacturing company achieved 24% productivity improvement and 10% workforce efficiency improvement by investing in new technologies such as IoT and AI.

Also, companies are investing in new product innovations. Introduction of new products in the market can help companies to stay competitive. But, I would highly recommend manufacturing companies to employ a market expansion strategy, as this is sure to provide an above-average growth rate and can save millions of dollars in savings.

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But, why do you think entering the Asian market can be an ideal growth strategy for manufacturing firms?

Amal: Well, recent studies show that over forty per cent of global economic activity is now occurring in Asia, and world growth is expected to continue being led by Asia over the next decade. Also, India and China are two of the major economies which are growing at the fastest rate globally and provide vast opportunities for manufacturing companies. And even these countries heavily depend on exports as one of the revenue streams. So, new manufacturing companies can easily set up manufacturing bases relatively with a low cost of labor and raw materials. So, I think choosing the Asian market can be an ideal growth strategy for companies in the manufacturing industry.

Can you provide more insights on why Asia is a promising market for industrial and manufacturing companies?

Amal: Definitely! To start off with, Asia offers an attractive manufacturing environment that is favourable for manufacturing companies. Also, if we look at the share of global manufacturing output, it has almost doubled in the last decade. Moreover, the low operating cost and diverse demography are some of the other attractive factors in the Asian Market.

I would also like to add another significant geographical advantage within the Asian market in terms of access to market. With companies in the Asian manufacturing industry already competing with each other to be on top of the manufacturing pyramid, this market is trying to garner interest among global firms by offering smooth entry into their market. Also, considering the production cost, Asia offers lower operational costs compared to other developed countries.

What are the major market expansion approaches that some of the top manufacturing companies in the world adopt to stay ahead of the game?

In my view, most manufacturing companies look at setting their individual manufacturing bases or enhance their sales through various approaches. For setting their own manufacturing bases, companies generally leverage greenfield and brownfield expansion approaches. Let me explain these approaches in detail. Generally, greenfield expansion approaches involve huge investment in terms of resources, time, and capability. Although this approach provides complete control over the manufacturing and supply chain processes, this involves huge risks and takes a longer period for results to be shown. However, the brownfield expansion approach provides a kick-start immediately. Also, the brownfield expansion approach requires relatively lower capital investment compared to greenfield approach.

In the case of sales expansion strategies, manufacturing companies mostly look at own sales network or channel partners. Own sales network approach is mostly similar to the greenfield approach, which requires huge capital investment. However, channel partner approach helps companies gain in-depth knowledge about the market through channel partners who are already present in the market.

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Reducing Operational Cost by 20% and Achieving Savings of $4.8 Million for a Chemical Company | Infiniti’s Latest Market Intelligence Engagement

Market Intelligence Engagement for the Chemical Industry

Intensifying globalization is opening up new opportunities for companies in the chemical industry. However, ambiguity across global chemical markets, pricing pressures, and fluctuating regulatory landscape are increasing challenges for chemical manufacturing companies to stay relevant in the market. As a result, it is becoming imperative for companies in the chemical industry to adapt quickly to evolving market changes and embrace new market opportunities.

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Business Challenge

The client is a chemical manufacturer based out of Germany. With the landscape of the chemical industry continually changing, the client was facing challenges in quickly adapting to transformations and maintaining a competitive edge. Also, the client’s inability to realign their business operations with evolving chemical market demands impacted their overall profit margins. The company was also losing their market share to their competitors. The client, therefore, realized the need to conduct a market intelligence engagement to track emerging market trends, regional market developments, forecast supply-demand shifts, and keep tabs on target market segments.

Other challenges faced by the chemical manufacturer were:

Chemical industry challenge #1

Unanticipated variations in commodity prices – Unexpected fluctuations in prices of crude oil and natural gas were affecting the company’s production process. This subsequently resulted in huge capital losses for the company. The client, therefore, wanted to stay abreast of rising costs and market trends to sustain a healthy bottom line.

Chemical industry challenge #2

Increasing number of recalls and quality audits – As companies in the chemical industry are exposed to a variety of government and other regulatory compliance, it was becoming important for the client to maintain strict quality management to equip themselves for quality audits. Therefore, with Infiniti’s market intelligence solution, they wanted to keep track of evolving regulatory changes in related service sectors.

 Chemical industry challenge #3

Forecast supply-demand shifts – With Infiniti’s market intelligence solution, the client wanted to analyze the regional market developments and market demands to accurately forecast supply-demand shifts. By doing so, the company in the chemical industry wanted to better manage inventory activities.

Solutions Offered

As part of market intelligence engagement, the experts at Infiniti Research conducted a detailed analysis of the chemical industry in Germany. The factors such as industry growth rate, latest trends and innovations, opportunities, and challenges were taken into consideration during the analysis. Also, the experts analyzed the client’s market size, supply chain requirements, and competitive landscape.

With Infiniti’s market intelligence engagement, the client was able to gain a comprehensive view of the market and their customers. The experts also helped the company in the chemical industry to explore new opportunities in the market. By understanding the needs and requirements of the market, the client was able to take confident capital investment decisions. Also, the chemical manufacturer was able to optimize their product offerings and operate safely and sustainably.

Furthermore, with Infiniti’s market intelligence solution, the company in the chemical industry was able to understand the potential market demand and accurately forecast supply-demand shifts. Also, by keeping track of the changing economic and governmental policies, the company in the chemical industry was able to smoothly undergo quality audits. Also, Infiniti’s market intelligence solution helped the company to withstand unexpected fluctuation in the market, enhance inventory planning, and increase reliability across operations. Within the course of one year, the client was able to reduce operational cost by 20% and achieve savings of $4.8 million.

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Infiniti’s Market Intelligence Solution Helped a Fashion Retailer Understand the Reason Behind Their Dipping Sales Rate and Meet the Changing Market Demands

Business Challenge

Even though the fashion retail industry has fared well over the past few years, market growth has been volatile at times. Growing consumerism, inventory management, sustainability, millennial buying behavior, and entry of new players have increased challenges for fashion retailers. This has pressurized companies in the fashion retail industry to leverage a market intelligence study to drive change and flourish in the fast-changing and unpredictable industry.

The client, a well-known European fashion retail industry player was facing a decline in their overall sales rate along with a dip in the frequency of shoppers. Hence, they decided to conduct a market intelligence study to understand the dynamism in the European fashion retail industry. With Infiniti’s market intelligence solution, the client wanted to gauge customer behavior and understand the extent to which internal and external, controllable factors were playing a part in their dipping sales rate.

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Solutions Offered and Value Delivered 

By leveraging Infiniti’s solution, the client gained in-depth insights into the European retail industry. The market intelligence study helped the client uncover the reason behind their dipping sales rate. Based on the recommendations offered by our market intelligence experts, the retail industry client was able to prioritize their efforts on factors that would bring the greatest impact to their business results.

The solutions also empowered the client to adequately allocate resources to meet the changing market requirements. Moreover, our solutions also offered information on the market size, market analysis, competitor analysis, and growth predictions.

In a span of 4 months, the client was able to curtail the losses incurred and enhance their profit margin by 22%.

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What is Market Intelligence?

‍Market intelligence is the foundation of any company’s business plan, used for discovering insights about consumers and generating prospective sales. Market intelligence provides detailed insights into competitors, latest market trends, consumer buying patterns, economic shifts, and demographics. Thus, smart business owners leverage intelligence  solutions to create effective marketing strategies.

Why Infiniti’s Market Intelligence Solution?

In today’s competitive market, sustaining market position and achieving business growth has become challenging. The inability of an organization to react to the dynamic market increases business risk. Hence, keeping track of market changes is very crucial to thrive in the marketplace. Infiniti’s solutions offer a comprehensive overview of the current market, including competitor strategies, market challenges, market trends, and much more. Our solutions enable organizations to gain a holistic view of the entire market. This insight further helps businesses to customize their products and services and distinguish their brand from their competitors.

With a market intelligence solution, you can gain an in-depth understanding of the market scenario before making any investment decisions. Get in touch today for a personalized market intelligence solution for your business.

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Marketing Intelligence Study for a Food and Beverage Company – An Infiniti Research Success Story

Business Challenge 

To keep pace with the growing demands of customers, food and beverage companies are constantly brainstorming new ideas, leveraging market research, and investing millions of dollars into finding the right market niche for their product offerings. Amidst the rising competition, companies that lack knowledge about changes in the market, competitor offerings, and customers’ preferences may find it difficult to thrive in the market. As a result, the need to have a marketing intelligence strategy in place has become vital for businesses.

The client, a leading food and beverage company in the US, introduced a new product in the market. They spent over $7 million on advertising the product on television and in print. But the product failed to gain traction from customers as the company targeted the wrong customer group. Moreover, customers found the product price to be quite expensive. Owing to this, the overall sales of the company plunged by 15%. Due to the dip in sales rate, the company had to discontinue the product in less than a year after it was introduced.

To make up for the lost sales, the client decided to introduce another healthy food product in the market. Before the product launch, the client wanted to thoroughly analyze the target audiences and research their competitors. With Infiniti’s marketing intelligence solution, the client wanted to build a robust marketing strategy, measure marketing progress, set competitive prices for the product, and deliver growth across all customer segments.

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Solutions Offered and Value Delivered

Infiniti’s marketing intelligence research involved a detailed analysis of the client’s target audiences, key competitors, and profitable market segments. The marketing intelligence research offered to the client also helped them in devising a robust marketing strategy to promote their new food product. Also, by closely analyzing competitors, the client was able to ascertain the demand for similar products in the target market. This helped them set competitive prices for their new product.

They were also able to measure marketing progress and wisely spend their resources and money on advertising. With this, the client was able to attract lucrative customer segments and enhance sales for their newly introduced product. Within one year of product introduction, the client was able to exceed the sales expectations. As a result of the marketing intelligence study, the company was able to increase their profit margins by 25%.

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Biggest Challenges in Retail Industry Right Now

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Customers today are no longer forced to make a purchase decision by comparing a few options that are available. Rather, they are now bombarded with dozens or even hundreds of options to choose from. Therefore, one of the key challenges in retail industry is for companies to differentiate themselves from the other players and consequently improve their visibility in the market. Furthermore, waning brand loyalty as customers tend to switch from one brand to another based on what best serves their requirements now proves to be a unique challenge for modern retailers. They now need to find innovative ways to appeal to both existing and potential customers.

In this blog, retail industry experts from Infiniti Research highlight some of the biggest challenges in retail industry this year and how reliable retail industry data coupled with effective market intelligence solutions can help oust such roadblocks.

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Challenges in retail industry 2019

Consumers moving to multi-channel buying experiences

Technology has been a major boon to retailers and customers alike, however, they also play a major role in propelling the challenges in retail industry. As consumers are seamlessly moving between online and brick and mortar platforms for shopping, they are becoming more open to retailers who can facilitate these transactions. So, companies that want to thrive in this sector must heed to such retail industry trends and focus on creating top-notch customer experience across all platforms.

 Demand for impeccable customer experience

Brand loyalty largely depends on the customer experience. The level of effort taken to enhance customer experience is directly proportional to the customers’ likelihood to engage in repeat purchases with a brand. However, this is currently one of the key challenges in retail industry as creating a significant customer experience requires retailers to dive-deep in customer details in order to understand their customer better. Providing personalized experiences by identifying customer preferences could contribute to delivering great customer experiences.

Siloed marketing infrastructure

Effective marketing today requires companies to engage with their target customers across various platforms. Multi-channel communications are essential in driving the creation of seamless customer experience. But this could also prove to be one of the major challenges in retail industry because with so many different channels customer data could be siloed. In case all the elements of the marketing department are not working in synergy, chances are that customers could be overwhelmed with conflicting or repeat messages.

To gain a competitive edge in the retail industry despite several ongoing trends and challenges, it is vital to adopt a data-driven approach coupled with the right solutions that can transform this data into meaningful insights. Request a free proposal to learn how our market intelligence solutions can help overcome challenges in retail industry.

How Infiniti’s solutions can help retailers overcomes these challenges?

Creating a winning proposition in today’s complex retail environment requires a superior business strategy, resourceful operations, attractive merchandising, targeted marketing, and the use of reliable technology. We provide strategic market intelligence solutions and help our clients identify challenges in retail industry and use their key performing metrics to facilitates quicker decision making and better customer service. Get in touch with us to know more about our market intelligence solutions for the retail industry.

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Weekly Round-up: A Storyboard on the Benefits of Market Intelligence Solutions

LONDON: Infiniti Research, a leading market intelligence solutions provider, has announced the release of their FREE downloadable resources on the benefits of market intelligence solutions. These supplements provide comprehensive insights into how our solutions help businesses to track market trends, forecast demand-supply shifts, and analyze market opportunities.

In today’s competitive market, sustaining market position and achieving business growth has become challenging. The inability of an organization to react to the dynamic market increases business risk. Hence, keeping track of the market changes is very crucial to thrive in the marketplace. Infiniti’s solutions offer a comprehensive overview of the current market, including competitor strategies, market challenges, market trends, and much more. Our solutions enable organizations to gain a holistic view of the entire market. This insight further helps businesses to customize their products and services and distinguish their brand from their competitors.

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#1: Market Intelligence Versus Business Intelligence – What’s the Difference? Wondering what is the difference between these two terms? Well, both the services assist organizations in better understanding their business anddifferentiating their offerings from other counterparts in the market.. Although both are sometimes  used interchangeably, it’s important to understand the fundamental differences between the two terms. Our latest supplement explains the key differences between market intelligence and business intelligence solutions.

#2: Market Intelligence Vs Competitive Intelligence – Where to Draw the Line? Competitive intelligence and market intelligence help businesses to advance in the market. Both market intelligence and customer intelligence have different focuses. It’s imperative for a business leader to understand the differences to avoid confusion. Download our FREE supplement to know the key differences between the services and make better strategic decisions.

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#3: Healthcare Market Intelligence – Top Trends and Market Analysis: Recent study shows that healthcare intelligence services help companies to address demographic shifts and attain strategic goals at diverse stages of the product lifecycle, from clinical research and approval to commercialization. Download our FREE supplement to gain an overview of the healthcare market and top trends in the healthcare industry.

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Market Entry Strategies

Mergers and Acquisitions as a Part of Your Company’s Growth Strategy

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) involves a rigorous process that requires a high degree of detail. For an M&A to be successful, a myriad of processes should be strategically set and executed. There are several reasons why owners of a business or top executives of an organization decide to leverage mergers and acquisitions strategies. One of the key reasons is to kill competition by buying rival companies. M&As’ also help easily boost business productivity, gain new customers, and even seamlessly penetrate into new markets.

Difference between mergers and acquisitions

Although mergers and acquisitions are often blended and increasingly used in conjunction with one another, there are certain fundamental differences between the two terms. A merger refers to two companies which consolidate into a new entity and introduces a new ownership and management structure. On the contrast, in the case of an acquisition, a new company does not emerge. Rather a smaller company and its assets are acquired by a bigger player. Acquisitions generally require a large amount of cash.

Role of M&As in strategic business growth

Infiniti Research has identified some key areas where mergers and acquisitions have proven to be a useful growth strategy:

Cover gaps in service offerings

The occurrence of certain external events or the introduction of new laws and regulations causing the marketplace to change results in a gap in the firm’s offerings. This could prove to be a prime opportunity for a mergers and acquisitions strategy.

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Acquire talent and intellectual property

In most cases, companies attain market dominance through mergers and acquisitions when they are in possession of another firm’s intellectual property. Furthermore, by acquiring another company’s experienced and professional staff, it is possible for organizations to strengthen their processes and pool in new ideas to improve business.

Opportunity to leverage synergies

A strategic mergers and acquisitions are an essential part of a company’s growth strategy and often results in synergies that offer value to both the acquired and the acquiring party. Cost and revenue are two mergers and acquisition-related synergies achieved by companies. Cost synergies involve cutting costs by taking advantage of overlapping operations or resources and consolidating them into a single entity. Revenue synergies alter the competitive balance of power. It creates opportunities to change market dynamics, sell more products, or raise prices.

Develop new business models

The revenue generation and business models vary from one company to another. However, for firms planning to venture into a new business model, the best way to do it is by acquiring a firm which is using the model successfully. This helps companies avoid mistakes due to inexperience.

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How Can Business Intelligence Solutions Benefit Companies in the Transport and Logistics Industry?

Challenges such as increasing compliance complexities, growing competition, volatile fuel costs, and constantly-evolving consumer demand have made it difficult for companies to sustain profitability, let alone expand their market presence. This has taken the tension between maximizing profits and cost-cutting to a new fever-pitch. With the increasing competitive pressure, companies in the transport and logistics industry have been forced to walk the tightrope of delivering a consistent brand experience and balancing price competitiveness. However, growing material and labor costs coupled with market volatility have made it difficult for companies to sustain profitability. This has compelled leading companies in the transport and logistics industry to focus on leveraging benefits of business intelligence solutions for developing effective strategies for growth.

At Infiniti Research, we understand the impact that business intelligence and analytics can have on your transport and logistics business. And to help companies in the transport and logistics industry excel in the competitive market landscape, our team of experts has highlighted the key benefits of business intelligence solutions for companies in the transport and logistics industry.

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