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The world economy is passing through a difficult phase with a sharper-than-expected slowdown, where inflation is making things worse. There are several factors – Russia’s invasion, tighter-money market, rising living costs, and covid-19. In this scenario, big corporates enjoy having additional headroom and support systems, despite their bigger problems. For SME entrepreneurs, conditions turn difficult […]

The world economy is passing through a difficult phase with a sharper-than-expected slowdown, where inflation is making things worse. There are several factors – Russia’s invasion, tighter-money market, rising living costs, and covid-19.

In this scenario, big corporates enjoy having additional headroom and support systems, despite their bigger problems.

For SME entrepreneurs, conditions turn difficult when they need to deal with such situations with limited resources and organizational bandwidth.

As I learned in my 3-decades long corporate life, avoiding being reactive to such situations upfront, can be of great help…we can address the issues with deliberate calm keeping in mind the growth objectives and compassion.

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True scaling growth is all about designing business models and organization in a way to generate consistent revenue growth without adding a ton of extra cost, sounds difficult? An extra 5% revenue growth per year with an additional 3-4% points of total shareholder returns (TSR) results in value creation of 33-45% over time…few enablers: #Growth strategy #Growth plan #Growth enablers #Value creation #Start-up #Business consulting

True scaling growth is all about designing business models and organization in a way to generate consistent revenue growth without adding a ton of extra cost, sounds difficult? An extra 5% revenue growth per year with an additional 3-4% points of total shareholder returns (TSR) results in value creation of 33-45% over time…few enablers:
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Telehealth is gaining popularity When the COVID-19 pandemic started, both physicians and patients embraced telehealth.  In April 2020, the number of virtual visits increased by 78 times over the previous two months, accounting for nearly one-third of all outpatient visits. In May 2021, 88% of consumers reported using telehealth services at some point since the […]

Telehealth is gaining popularity

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, both physicians and patients embraced telehealth.  In April 2020, the number of virtual visits increased by 78 times over the previous two months, accounting for nearly one-third of all outpatient visits. In May 2021, 88% of consumers reported using telehealth services at some point since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Physicians were also significantly more at ease with virtual care. In 2021, 83% of those polled in the McKinsey Physician Survey offered virtual services, compared to only 13% in 2019.  The growth (and valuations) of virtual-first care providers indicate that patient demand is consistent and growing.

Utilizing Telehealth

Virtual health care, also known as telemedicine or telehealth, is much more than a low-cost digital substitute for in-person care. When done correctly, telehealth can improve patient health, reduce costs, and make it easier for those who live in areas with a scarcity of health providers to access care. Telemedicine, through digital platforms, can connect patients to the best doctors, even if they practice hundreds of miles away.  Virtual healthcare can also help to avoid unnecessary ER visits. According to one 2019 study, ER services for non-emergency, treatable conditions can cost up to 12 times more than visiting a doctor’s office, a $32 billion difference each year.

Concerns about digital health are divided

Since July 2020, physician confidence in the effectiveness of telehealth has declined. By mid-2021, consumers’ acceptance of telehealth had waned from its early COVID-19 peak: utilization was down to 38 times pre-COVID-19 levels. In 2021, more physicians were offering telehealth but recommending in-person care when possible, suggesting that physicians are shifting away from URL and preferring a return to IRL (in real life) care delivery.  Even when telehealth is available, more doctors are recommending in-person care to their patients when possible. This could imply that physicians are reconsidering virtual care.

Latest trends in telehealth

According to a March 2021 McKinsey Consumer Survey, those under the age of 55, in higher income brackets, and with individual or employer-sponsored group insurance are more likely to use telehealth. Virtual care is also in higher demand in mental and behavioural health than in other specialties, with 62 percent of mental-health patients completing their most recent visit virtually versus 20 percent of primary-care patients.  As the pandemic progresses, consumers continue to prefer the convenience of digital engagement and virtual-care options. This preference may allow more patients to access care while also assisting providers to grow.

The number of virtual-first players continues to grow, and physicians are struggling to keep up. The patient–physician relationship is also changing.  According to McKinsey’s April 2021 Physician Survey, 58 percent of respondents have lost patients to other physicians or health systems since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to surveys, doctors and patients have very different perspectives on telehealth and other forms of digital engagement. Most importantly, virtual care has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes by delivering timely care to those who would otherwise delay it or who live in areas with shortage in service providers.  In the long run, the strategic, purposeful design of a hybrid IRL/URL healthcare delivery model will benefit both patients and service providers.

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Amazon Style, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar clothing store, has been opened in the Los Angeles area at The Americana at Brand mall.  It joins Whole Foods, Amazon Go, and Amazon Fresh as new physical locations for Amazon. Amazon Style will sell clothing from Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, and other brands.  Amazon Style is outfitted with technology that […]

Amazon Style, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar clothing store, has been opened in the Los Angeles area at The Americana at Brand mall.  It joins Whole Foods, Amazon Go, and Amazon Fresh as new physical locations for Amazon. Amazon Style will sell clothing from Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, and other brands.  Amazon Style is outfitted with technology that is intended to improve the shopping experience and eliminate unnecessary steps.

Each piece of clothing inside the store has a QR code that customers can scan to create a list of items to try on in a fitting room or send directly to pick up for purchase, eliminating the need to carry a large number of items. Another feature is that customers can select clothing on Amazon.com, have it delivered to the store to try on, and return an item right there if it isn’t to their liking.  When you visit the store, employees will gather the clothes for the fitting room and notify you when they are ready for you to try on. Each fitting room also has a touchscreen monitor where customers can ask for more items to try on and/or rate their chosen items as they go. Customers can pay their bill with their Amazon account at the checkout.

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One apparel retailer decided to improve its company’s performance by restructuring its supply chain.  It established over a half-dozen smaller fulfilment centers across the country.  The centers were situated in low-cost real estate areas.  This retailer cut online order costs by 15% per order by replicating a model more common in fast-moving, highly predictable consumer […]

One apparel retailer decided to improve its company’s performance by restructuring its supply chain.  It established over a half-dozen smaller fulfilment centers across the country.  The centers were situated in low-cost real estate areas.  This retailer cut online order costs by 15% per order by replicating a model more common in fast-moving, highly predictable consumer goods. The company also reduced working capital by removing seven weeks of inventory. Since it didn’t have to mark down items that were stranded in stores, it was able to sell more goods at full price.  When the retailer saw how well its new supply chain network was performing, it realised it had discovered a potential new business. Almost all of its competitors faced the same issue, where supply chain costs outpaced revenue growth.

The retailer then purchased two online logistics companies that had assisted it in establishing the network and found ways to aggregate orders from various businesses to mitigate parcel costs. The net result is a savings of $1 per order, which is significant for mid – market retailers.  This retailer applied its new knowledge to a cooperative model that helps scale benefits and inventory balancing that only the largest big-box retailers can achieve.  The retailer developed the model further with technology, robotics, and analytics to provide “supply chain as a service” to competitors.  Innovative retailers, such as this one, are turning a fixed-cost, high-capital challenge into a technology-based growth opportunity.

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The pandemic has had an impact on brick-and-mortar retail, but its difficulties have been exacerbated by known competition from e-commerce sales.  However, recent data reveals that brick-and-mortar retail is demonstrating an extraordinary level of resistance to this threat. Despite the challenges that brick-and-mortar stores face, people still prefer to shop there. Although eCommerce is growing, […]

The pandemic has had an impact on brick-and-mortar retail, but its difficulties have been exacerbated by known competition from e-commerce sales.  However, recent data reveals that brick-and-mortar retail is demonstrating an extraordinary level of resistance to this threat. Despite the challenges that brick-and-mortar stores face, people still prefer to shop there. Although eCommerce is growing, many people still prefer the in-store shopping experience, where they can touch and feel a product before taking it home. Whether a business is brick and mortar or strictly online, retail shopping is a thriving industry.  The Brick-and-Mortar store exists at the crossroads of what the Customer wants and what the Retailer wants!

The global retail market generated sales of more than 26 trillion US dollars in 2021, with sales expected to exceed 30 trillion US dollars by 2024.  Though the numbers are impressive, we still need to recognize the problems and risks, the brick-and-mortar stores are facing.  One biggest problem is eCommerce competition.  Most physical retailers are still catching up to the massive shift to e-commerce, which has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and may account for one-third of all retail sales by 2030.  Even in this day and age of E-Commerce, the vast majority of retail sales are still conducted in person in a physical store. Even Millennials visit a physical store 50% of the time.  Customers prefer an Omni-channel experience rather than a single channel experience.

Many retail chains began to address the supply chain issue a few years ago by shifting significant inventory to their stores, effectively transforming them into mini-e-commerce order fulfilment centres. Stores can act as fulfilment centres and hubs that are much closer to customers than Distribution Centers can ever be. This allows stores to provide more shipping/pickup options while also increasing network capacity, supporting growth, and even lowering shipping costs. Customers can have their goods picked up or shipped locally in whatever manner they prefer.  Retailers can make more goods available to customers faster by leveraging inventory in and across stores.

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Water utilities in the United States, particularly smaller ones, have been slow to invest in technology to improve health, safety, and efficiency. Water rates in the United States are lower on average than in peer countries in the European Union and the United Kingdom, despite annual growth of 5% over the last ten years. The […]

Water utilities in the United States, particularly smaller ones, have been slow to invest in technology to improve health, safety, and efficiency. Water rates in the United States are lower on average than in peer countries in the European Union and the United Kingdom, despite annual growth of 5% over the last ten years.

The importance of federal investment in water and wastewater infrastructure is widely acknowledged, and efforts to address it are gaining traction. However, even a significant increase in federal funding will not be enough to cover the necessary investment; private capital will also be required.  Investor and private-sector interest in traditional and tech-enabled water and wastewater services is growing. If system players are strategic, efficient, and well-coordinated with one another and with the public sector, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prepare the system to be resilient, safe, and affordable for future generations.

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Water scarcity is a major concern in the West, where precipitation is desperately needed. The West’s multi-year drought is expected to continue, if not worsen, in the coming months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In California, which did not receive enough much-needed precipitation this winter, extreme drought has increased from 12% to 35% […]

Water scarcity is a major concern in the West, where precipitation is desperately needed. The West’s multi-year drought is expected to continue, if not worsen, in the coming months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In California, which did not receive enough much-needed precipitation this winter, extreme drought has increased from 12% to 35% in the last week. The Colorado River’s scarcity is a symptom of a larger problem. The West’s reservoirs have reached dangerously low water levels as a result of the severe drought. Drought conditions in the South, particularly Texas, have worsened in recent months, with more than 90 percent of the state now in drought, according to the most recent US Drought Monitor.

WATER INVESTMENT – FUTURE OF THE WORLD

The need for investment in the US water system is at an all-time high. On average, 14 to 18 percent of total daily treated potable water in the United States is lost through leaks, with some water systems reporting water-loss rates exceeding 60 percent. The 1970s and 1980s saw the construction of much of the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The average water-network pipe in the United States is 45 years old, with some cast-iron pipes dating back more than a century.

To continue to provide safe and dependable service, systems must replace ageing infrastructure. Beyond the need to address the backlog of ageing infrastructure, several challenges add urgency to the need for investment and action. Climate resilience is now a top priority for many US governments and water operators as the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have increased.

In the forthcoming article, we will talk further on the importance of federal investment in water and wastewater infrastructure, follow us here…

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Where rising sea levels endanger drinking water, scientists look for low-cost solutions.  Experts point out that saltwater intrusion is not a new issue, and that sea-level rise will only accelerate the problem for many coastal communities with limited potable water resources. Groundwater salinity levels are rising due to a variety of factors, including overuse of […]

Where rising sea levels endanger drinking water, scientists look for low-cost solutions.  Experts point out that saltwater intrusion is not a new issue, and that sea-level rise will only accelerate the problem for many coastal communities with limited potable water resources.

Groundwater salinity levels are rising due to a variety of factors, including overuse of deep aquifers by water utilities and agricultural users, according to the US Geological Survey.  In Florida, saltwater has infiltrated groundwater supplies in a variety of ways.  There is saltwater intrusion in communities ranging from New Jersey to Texas, with a particular emphasis on rural and low-income areas that may be experiencing multiple climate change effects.

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360° Degree Biz Consulting team has successfully completed a Business plan and Feasibility study for Myanmar-based precast concrete products manufacturing start-up.  360° has been able to explore a good market opportunity in Myanmar for the entrepreneur through its intensive market research and strong financial modelling. Precast construction also known as off-site construction, industrialized construction, or […]

360° Degree Biz Consulting team has successfully completed a Business plan and Feasibility study for Myanmar-based precast concrete products manufacturing start-up.  360° has been able to explore a good market opportunity in Myanmar for the entrepreneur through its intensive market research and strong financial modelling.

Precast construction also known as off-site construction, industrialized construction, or prefabrication, is one of the fastest-growing segments in the construction industry.  Precast construction can speed up the construction by as much as 50% and can cut costs by 20% in the right environment and trade-offs.   The best part of precast technology is that it not only speeds up the construction work but also enhances the quality of the final output. Other unique features of precast include structural stability, flexibility, wastage control, less manpower requirement, low maintenance, greater seismic resistance, quick turnover of money, and universal applications.

Since precast concrete undergoes various tests in the precast factory by Quality Assurance technicians, the quality level of precast concrete is boosted, ensuring it is of the highest standard. Overall construction time is reduced since construction continues immediately after the precast elements are delivered to the site. Precast concrete is suitable for light, medium and heavy construction since necessary modifications can be made when preparing the mixture at the plant. One of the primary benefits of using precast concrete is that it eliminates clutter and unnecessary materials that would otherwise clog the construction site. Precast concrete is manufactured using environmentally friendly procedures, making it both short and long-term sustainable.

Apart from the above precast industry, 360° has performed market research on similar emerging industries like Hydraulic Fracturing, Ecommerce, Greenfield start-ups, etc. 360°’s market research & feasibility study includes GTM (go-to-market), a promotional strategy backed by demographic, psychographic and competition analysis.

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