The forces of change pummeling retail have never been stronger. Rapidly shifting consumer behavior is accelerating trends that had been gradually underway over the last few years. Online sales have experienced growth that usually takes four or five years in just a few months. And retailers are having to pay much more attention to how, and how quickly, product gets into the hands of consumers. The entire ecosystem has been impacted -- from manufacturers to retailers to landlords, luxury to mass, and every touchpoint in between.  

While retail has learned to live with disruptions over the last few years, the next step is to start anticipating them and preparing accordingly. Retailers need to embrace agility across their entire organization to better sense and respond to changing consumer priorities and industry trends. This will mean fixing operational issues that have marred performance and profitability for years. Our deeply experienced and hands-on retail team will work alongside you to guide and support your transformation as you reinvent the very meaning of the word retail. 

Net Zero: Syncing ambition with outcomes across the CPG value chain

ESG continues to be a complicated topic for many organizations, particularly in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. In order to meet Paris Agreement goals, the industry overall needs to reduce carbon by 37.6%. However, our research finds that even with all the commendable commitments already made by companies, the industry is still behind on making that goal a reality. Missing these targets comes with financial consequences, including higher cost of debt and capital and lower total shareholder return and EBITDA growth. So, what can companies do to make real change and get closer to reducing their carbon outputs? Continue reading to learn more from our latest research presented at the 2022 Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit.

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ESG continues to be a complicated topic for many organizations, particularly in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. In order to meet Paris Agreement goals, the industry overall needs to reduce carbon by 37.6%. However, our research finds that even with all the commendable commitments already made by companies, the industry is still behind on making that goal a reality. Missing these targets comes with financial consequences, including higher cost of debt and capital and lower total shareholder return and EBITDA growth. So, what can companies do to make real change and get closer to reducing their carbon outputs? Continue reading to learn more from our latest research presented at the 2022 Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit.

READ MORE

DIGITAL-FIRST RETAIL

Retailers continue to invest a lot to keep up with the omnichannel customer. But, for most, increased digital penetration is leading to shrinking profits—so their bottom lines stay right there, at the bottom. Until now.

“Digital-First Retail” isn’t about “brick-and-mortar” vs. “e-commerce.” It’s not about sales or marketing channels. It’s about having the right operating models, metrics and processes in place to connect with the consumer across all touchpoints — while also minimizing massive increases in customer acquisition and fulfillment costs

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Retailers continue to invest a lot to keep up with the omnichannel customer. But, for most, increased digital penetration is leading to shrinking profits—so their bottom lines stay right there, at the bottom. Until now.

“Digital-First Retail” isn’t about “brick-and-mortar” vs. “e-commerce.” It’s not about sales or marketing channels. It’s about having the right operating models, metrics and processes in place to connect with the consumer across all touchpoints — while also minimizing massive increases in customer acquisition and fulfillment costs

LEARN MORE
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THE POWER INVERSION THAT RETAIL CAN’T IGNORE

Power has permanently and forcefully moved away from company to consumer – but many retailers have not fully realized the extent of this change. Welcome to the Metail economy where it’s up to every retailer to meet Me-centric consumers where they are. Those that do not refocus to maximize their customer relationships will struggle in today’s disrupted world. Continue reading to learn about how the Metail economy impacts your business

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Power has permanently and forcefully moved away from company to consumer – but many retailers have not fully realized the extent of this change. Welcome to the Metail economy where it’s up to every retailer to meet Me-centric consumers where they are. Those that do not refocus to maximize their customer relationships will struggle in today’s disrupted world. Continue reading to learn about how the Metail economy impacts your business

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Insights on global supply chain disruption

After nearly three decades of expansion, the forces of globalization—which have helped fuel economic growth through greater trade, exchange, and openness—are in retreat. Barriers are going up, and global trade declining. Protectionism is on the rise. And while it is too soon to quantify the extent and duration of the disruption resulting from the crisis in Ukraine, it is already clear that the ripple effects will be immense and long-lasting.

Ongoing supply chain challenges spell the growing need for resiliency and sustainability. Read insights on how business leaders are reinventing their organizations amidst ongoing disruption.

LEARN MORE

After nearly three decades of expansion, the forces of globalization—which have helped fuel economic growth through greater trade, exchange, and openness—are in retreat. Barriers are going up, and global trade declining. Protectionism is on the rise. And while it is too soon to quantify the extent and duration of the disruption resulting from the crisis in Ukraine, it is already clear that the ripple effects will be immense and long-lasting.

Ongoing supply chain challenges spell the growing need for resiliency and sustainability. Read insights on how business leaders are reinventing their organizations amidst ongoing disruption.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE RETAIL ROLLERCOASTER?

Disruption in retail is not new. However, the frequency and intensity of changes impacting the industry are challenging retailers like never before. AlixPartners has developed a quantifiable and actionable methodology that allows retailers to measure their ability to understand their consumer’s evolving needs and respond to disruption with agility. This framework, called AgilityEQ, ascertains a retailer’s capacity to breakdown silos of inflexibility, embrace speed in processes and decision-making, and use data to draw actionable insights. Continue reading to learn more about AgilityEQ and its conception at the 2021 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit.

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Disruption in retail is not new. However, the frequency and intensity of changes impacting the industry are challenging retailers like never before. AlixPartners has developed a quantifiable and actionable methodology that allows retailers to measure their ability to understand their consumer’s evolving needs and respond to disruption with agility. This framework, called AgilityEQ, ascertains a retailer’s capacity to breakdown silos of inflexibility, embrace speed in processes and decision-making, and use data to draw actionable insights. Continue reading to learn more about AgilityEQ and its conception at the 2021 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit.

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Fashion in Focus: Investing in a Future Forged by Adversity

2021 AlixPartners + Sourcing Journal Survey Report

The pandemic has fundamentally changed retail – maybe forever. Suddenly, as consumer spending plummeted amid store closures, inventories had to be meticulously planned to save costs and avoid pileups of unwanted clothes and fabrics. Add logistical and other supply-side challenges to fluctuating consumer demand; and delivering the right product to the right place at the right time became almost impossible. In partnership with Sourcing Journal, this inaugural survey report will help the industry better understand itself and combine forces toward a more efficient future.

READ MORE

2021 AlixPartners + Sourcing Journal Survey Report

The pandemic has fundamentally changed retail – maybe forever. Suddenly, as consumer spending plummeted amid store closures, inventories had to be meticulously planned to save costs and avoid pileups of unwanted clothes and fabrics. Add logistical and other supply-side challenges to fluctuating consumer demand; and delivering the right product to the right place at the right time became almost impossible. In partnership with Sourcing Journal, this inaugural survey report will help the industry better understand itself and combine forces toward a more efficient future.

READ MORE
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ALIXPARTNERS CHANGING CONSUMER PRIORITIES STUDY

As the world prepares to emerge from the pandemic’s profound disruption to normal life, our collective experience over the past year has imprinted on how we will behave going forward. Consumers across the board have had to learn new behaviors and adopt new habits in their everyday lives. Mapped by the two main vulnerabilities—health (this includes mental and physical) and finances—consumer behaviors have taken on four distinct dimensions that companies must consider going forward in addition to traditional demographics.

READ MORE

As the world prepares to emerge from the pandemic’s profound disruption to normal life, our collective experience over the past year has imprinted on how we will behave going forward. Consumers across the board have had to learn new behaviors and adopt new habits in their everyday lives. Mapped by the two main vulnerabilities—health (this includes mental and physical) and finances—consumer behaviors have taken on four distinct dimensions that companies must consider going forward in addition to traditional demographics.

READ MORE

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The forces of change pummeling retail have never been stronger. Rapidly shifting consumer behavior is accelerating trends that had been gradually underway over the last few years. Online sales have experienced growth that usually takes four or five years in just a few months. And retailers are having to pay much more attention to how, and how quickly, product gets into the hands of consumers. The entire ecosystem has been impacted -- from manufacturers to retailers to landlords, luxury to mass, and every touchpoint in between.  

While retail has learned to live with disruptions over the last few years, the next step is to start anticipating them and preparing accordingly. Retailers need to embrace agility across their entire organization to better sense and respond to changing consumer priorities and industry trends. This will mean fixing operational issues that have marred performance and profitability for years. Our deeply experienced and hands-on retail team will work alongside you to guide and support your transformation as you reinvent the very meaning of the word retail. 

Net Zero: Syncing ambition with outcomes across the CPG value chain

ESG continues to be a complicated topic for many organizations, particularly in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. In order to meet Paris Agreement goals, the industry overall needs to reduce carbon by 37.6%. However, our research finds that even with all the commendable commitments already made by companies, the industry is still behind on making that goal a reality. Missing these targets comes with financial consequences, including higher cost of debt and capital and lower total shareholder return and EBITDA growth. So, what can companies do to make real change and get closer to reducing their carbon outputs? Continue reading to learn more from our latest research presented at the 2022 Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit.

READ MORE

ESG continues to be a complicated topic for many organizations, particularly in the food and beverage (F&B) industry. In order to meet Paris Agreement goals, the industry overall needs to reduce carbon by 37.6%. However, our research finds that even with all the commendable commitments already made by companies, the industry is still behind on making that goal a reality. Missing these targets comes with financial consequences, including higher cost of debt and capital and lower total shareholder return and EBITDA growth. So, what can companies do to make real change and get closer to reducing their carbon outputs? Continue reading to learn more from our latest research presented at the 2022 Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit.

READ MORE

DIGITAL-FIRST RETAIL

Retailers continue to invest a lot to keep up with the omnichannel customer. But, for most, increased digital penetration is leading to shrinking profits—so their bottom lines stay right there, at the bottom. Until now.

“Digital-First Retail” isn’t about “brick-and-mortar” vs. “e-commerce.” It’s not about sales or marketing channels. It’s about having the right operating models, metrics and processes in place to connect with the consumer across all touchpoints — while also minimizing massive increases in customer acquisition and fulfillment costs

LEARN MORE

Retailers continue to invest a lot to keep up with the omnichannel customer. But, for most, increased digital penetration is leading to shrinking profits—so their bottom lines stay right there, at the bottom. Until now.

“Digital-First Retail” isn’t about “brick-and-mortar” vs. “e-commerce.” It’s not about sales or marketing channels. It’s about having the right operating models, metrics and processes in place to connect with the consumer across all touchpoints — while also minimizing massive increases in customer acquisition and fulfillment costs

LEARN MORE
alixpartners metail economy joel bines 2022

THE POWER INVERSION THAT RETAIL CAN’T IGNORE

Power has permanently and forcefully moved away from company to consumer – but many retailers have not fully realized the extent of this change. Welcome to the Metail economy where it’s up to every retailer to meet Me-centric consumers where they are. Those that do not refocus to maximize their customer relationships will struggle in today’s disrupted world. Continue reading to learn about how the Metail economy impacts your business

LEARN MORE

Power has permanently and forcefully moved away from company to consumer – but many retailers have not fully realized the extent of this change. Welcome to the Metail economy where it’s up to every retailer to meet Me-centric consumers where they are. Those that do not refocus to maximize their customer relationships will struggle in today’s disrupted world. Continue reading to learn about how the Metail economy impacts your business

LEARN MORE

Insights on global supply chain disruption

After nearly three decades of expansion, the forces of globalization—which have helped fuel economic growth through greater trade, exchange, and openness—are in retreat. Barriers are going up, and global trade declining. Protectionism is on the rise. And while it is too soon to quantify the extent and duration of the disruption resulting from the crisis in Ukraine, it is already clear that the ripple effects will be immense and long-lasting.

Ongoing supply chain challenges spell the growing need for resiliency and sustainability. Read insights on how business leaders are reinventing their organizations amidst ongoing disruption.

LEARN MORE

After nearly three decades of expansion, the forces of globalization—which have helped fuel economic growth through greater trade, exchange, and openness—are in retreat. Barriers are going up, and global trade declining. Protectionism is on the rise. And while it is too soon to quantify the extent and duration of the disruption resulting from the crisis in Ukraine, it is already clear that the ripple effects will be immense and long-lasting.

Ongoing supply chain challenges spell the growing need for resiliency and sustainability. Read insights on how business leaders are reinventing their organizations amidst ongoing disruption.

LEARN MORE

ARE YOU READY FOR THE RETAIL ROLLERCOASTER?

Disruption in retail is not new. However, the frequency and intensity of changes impacting the industry are challenging retailers like never before. AlixPartners has developed a quantifiable and actionable methodology that allows retailers to measure their ability to understand their consumer’s evolving needs and respond to disruption with agility. This framework, called AgilityEQ, ascertains a retailer’s capacity to breakdown silos of inflexibility, embrace speed in processes and decision-making, and use data to draw actionable insights. Continue reading to learn more about AgilityEQ and its conception at the 2021 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit.

READ MORE

Disruption in retail is not new. However, the frequency and intensity of changes impacting the industry are challenging retailers like never before. AlixPartners has developed a quantifiable and actionable methodology that allows retailers to measure their ability to understand their consumer’s evolving needs and respond to disruption with agility. This framework, called AgilityEQ, ascertains a retailer’s capacity to breakdown silos of inflexibility, embrace speed in processes and decision-making, and use data to draw actionable insights. Continue reading to learn more about AgilityEQ and its conception at the 2021 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit.

READ MORE
alixpartners fashion in focus campaign center background image 2 2021

Fashion in Focus: Investing in a Future Forged by Adversity

2021 AlixPartners + Sourcing Journal Survey Report

The pandemic has fundamentally changed retail – maybe forever. Suddenly, as consumer spending plummeted amid store closures, inventories had to be meticulously planned to save costs and avoid pileups of unwanted clothes and fabrics. Add logistical and other supply-side challenges to fluctuating consumer demand; and delivering the right product to the right place at the right time became almost impossible. In partnership with Sourcing Journal, this inaugural survey report will help the industry better understand itself and combine forces toward a more efficient future.

READ MORE

2021 AlixPartners + Sourcing Journal Survey Report

The pandemic has fundamentally changed retail – maybe forever. Suddenly, as consumer spending plummeted amid store closures, inventories had to be meticulously planned to save costs and avoid pileups of unwanted clothes and fabrics. Add logistical and other supply-side challenges to fluctuating consumer demand; and delivering the right product to the right place at the right time became almost impossible. In partnership with Sourcing Journal, this inaugural survey report will help the industry better understand itself and combine forces toward a more efficient future.

READ MORE
Alixpartners Changing Consumer Priorities Crop 2021

ALIXPARTNERS CHANGING CONSUMER PRIORITIES STUDY

As the world prepares to emerge from the pandemic’s profound disruption to normal life, our collective experience over the past year has imprinted on how we will behave going forward. Consumers across the board have had to learn new behaviors and adopt new habits in their everyday lives. Mapped by the two main vulnerabilities—health (this includes mental and physical) and finances—consumer behaviors have taken on four distinct dimensions that companies must consider going forward in addition to traditional demographics.

READ MORE

As the world prepares to emerge from the pandemic’s profound disruption to normal life, our collective experience over the past year has imprinted on how we will behave going forward. Consumers across the board have had to learn new behaviors and adopt new habits in their everyday lives. Mapped by the two main vulnerabilities—health (this includes mental and physical) and finances—consumer behaviors have taken on four distinct dimensions that companies must consider going forward in addition to traditional demographics.

READ MORE

Retail Viewpoint: Actionable Insights Every Month

Sign up for our Retail Viewpoint email newsletter where each month we take a deep dive into the disruptive forces shaping retail business opportunity around the world.

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Global Leaders

Regional Leader

EMEA

Global Team