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Macrotrends 2030 – December 2016, the 12th

Official presentation of the publication Progetto Macrotrends – Orizzonte 2030, annex to Harvard Business Review December 2016 issue.

At Four Seasons Hotel in via del Gesù in Milan is presented the work L&A has contributed to “The possible futures in the medium / long run for the Economy, Technology, Corporations, Politics and Society”.

Stefano Lorenzi (L&A Founder) is one of the authors of this publication together with:

  • Enrico Sassoon, HBR Director;
  • Mark Esposito, professor at Harvard University;
  • Andrea Granelli, President ad Kanso;
  • Paolo Magri, Director and Executive Vice President at ISPI;
  • Armando Sanguini, former Ambassador and Scientific Advisor ISPI.

The annex include point of vies and comments by:

  • Bruno Lamborghini, President Prometeia e Vice-President, AICA;
  • Francesco Morace,President Future Concept Lab;
  • Emilio Rossi, President EconPartners e Senior Advisor Oxford Economics;
  • Lanfranco Senn, President Class SpA;
  • Davide Tabarelli, President Nomisma Energia.

Macrotrends 2030

Along 2016 L&A worked with primary organizations to analyze and present a summary view about most evident trends for Economy, Corporations, Customers and Workers.

In June 2016, the 2th a first presentation at The Ruling Companies event in Milan related to high level economy forecast and its impact on corporations strategy and organization.

In July, September and October a second serie of interventions in Pictet Asset Management Italian Road Show has presented the major future trends to more than 800 financial planners.

In december the 5th, preview at Heracademy event of a research paper to be published in December once again about the more evident trends for Corporations in the years to come.

All documents are available under direct request to stefano.lorenzi@l-a-consultingpartners.com.

Fashion & Luxury: The Distribution Challenge

L&A and Politecnico Milano present research results in May, the 25th 2015, along the The International Workshop on Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management.

 

L&A worked with Politecnico to explore some emerging trends and consolidated practices in the Fashion and Luxury industry related to the Management of Distribution Channels, in particular the Retail Channel.

First of all we would like to thanks some companies than more than others gave their contribution to the research, namely: Armani, Benetton, Bottega Veneta, Corneliani, Guess, L’Oreal, Liu.Jo, Prenatal, Rossetti, Zegna.

Along the 3 days of the workshop many arguments were presented, Sustainability, Traceability, “Phygital Luxury”, Exclusivity and Availability, IT Tools evolution, Customer Experience and some others, by researchers and industrial speakers from Europe, China and US.

 

The L&A work put in light in relation to distribution, and in particular for the retail channel, many opportunities for companies and Supply Chain, all around the following pillars:

Complexity Management: with more than 20-30 thousands SKU, and over, to be renewed every season, supply chain capability is key in serving every market.

Order management: concepts like “over production rate” and “order allocation”, very well kwon topics in other industries, can bring important benefits to Fashion and Luxury as well.

Supply Chain Disruptions: first of all they must be measured and than they become an interesting areas of benefit.

Outsourcing: most affected capabilities in the next 2-3 years, seem to be the ones for eCommerce.

Supply Chain Operating Model: it’s necessary a better integration with all the other company functions, in particular with markets and commercial side of the company, to make the difference.

Omni Channel Customer Behavior: it will be a battleground for all the companies and once again supply chain can generate value with a better integration with commercial area and with information technology that should support that at best.

 

(By Stefano Lorenzi, Research Report is available at www.foodxthought.com, May 25, 2015)

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World Oder

Comment from – Ordine Mondiale – Hery Kissinger – Mondadori 2015. Original issue: World Order – 2015.

Does a world order exist? Is it possible to aim at a global order? The questions are there since long time but even with “a posteriori” view seems very difficult to get an answer.

A great book that, with a good level of clarity and synthesis, tries to explain the origin of current equilibrium or unbalances among states, cultures and geographical regions around the globe.

Analysis and comments starts with Roman Emperor and Westphalia Peace (after the 30 years war in Europe) explaining the basic of relationships among European states (very, very actual still! ndr).

This goes through Asia and Middle East (with a clear point about the evolution of equilibrium in that area with links with actual life again very, very visible even today – see current contrast between Saudi Arabia and Iran). By the way the bad and the good influence of Europe and Russia in that area is recorded as well.

The position of China along centuries is commented as well, and again a link with current Cina position about economics and strategic relationships is also visible.

Very interesting is the point about the influence of web technologies in the future of political decision making process (less time to design and put in place and more time dedicated to “instantaneous” answering to every kind of issues).

By my side I can make a comment about the way of working of companies and big organization in many cases profoundly affected by the culture of each population they belong to, and therefore affected by historical way of thinking about the world and the course of action taken, and therefore to the “internet era” way of working as well.

Very up to date, modern and useful, worthwhile to dedicate few hours of reading!

 

(By Stefano Lorenzi, 7 January 2015).

Big Brother Management

Comment from – The World in 2016 – The Economist – Article: Big Brother Management by Lucy Kellaway (columnist, Financial Times).

 

The thesis reported, that management will be replaced by data systems and computers, is not new.

Since the start of industrialization and scientific management, technology, robot and nowadays data systems are always there. The dream that a company can be run with few commands from a mystic board or chief avoiding all the complexity (bad-errors and good-creativity) intrinsic in any organization is still alive.

The author is arguing that today the drivers are both and economical reasons (less costs) but also a managerial reasons (humans makes mistakes that in theory computers does not).

Apart from this belief to be totally demonstrated about the ability of SW and computers, it’s true that many tasks for the middle management (the one more addressed by the new technologies in the article) are at risks even when they generate value.

Data systems can or better could help very much in managing all kind of operations but, and here I have personally a big but, when objectives are defined and remain stable at least for the time necessary to accomplish one action, otherwise you can revise and dispatch new action plans every second to million of people around the world but if you revise those plans every second the company will not make any move in any direction.

Therefore, very welcome the new data technology to help managing companies at best, be aware that this will not be simply an automation of current tasks, new capabilities in top management and in all levels of the organizations must be developed as well before “Big Brother CEO” can born!

By the way is still open the question about the father and mother of the Big Brother CEO!

(By Stefano Lorenzi, 7 January 2015).