Client Type: Leading global personal care company
Leading beauty company needed to select one of two skin care brands for development and investment in Asia – and wanted to minimize its risk in making that decision.
Kline undertook a detailed assessment of the country markets in scope (i.e. economic, demographic, regulatory) and deep dive on facial care and body care categories and competitors. Evaluated brand attributes, positioning, pricing relative to market and consumer needs. Assessed channel participation requirements. Conducted progressive work sessions with regional leadership team to formulate market decisions.
- Developed insights on alternate go to market models for consideration with traditional entry model.
- Vetted options with global senior leadership.
- Achieved alignment to focus on one of the two brands for market entry.
Client Type: Leading global food ingredient supplier
Our client had identified ageing nutrition as a potential future growth platform and wanted Kline to validate its hypothesis and develop a 10-year growth strategy
Kline utilized a collaborative, two-phase, eight-stage program scheduled over a six-month time frame. The first phase answered the question where to play in the global ageing nutrition market and involved an extensive global primary research program featuring consumer focus groups, key opinion leaders, industry experts, nutritionists, dieticians, etc. The second phase addressed how our client should play in the attractive opportunities identified in the first phase and featured a range of creative strategies, including playing downstream in the value chain in such developing markets as China
- Assessed attractiveness of ageing nutrition business
- Identified five attractive areas for our client to focus on
- Clearly articulated an executable strategy, which in selected cases involved identifying, screening, and approaching M&A targets
Our client is in the process of implementing its strategy
Client Type: Leading global marketer of cosmetics & toiletries
To build a sustainable position in skin care and round out its personal care portfolio
Our business management consulting team provided in-depth analyses of key categories and competitors, identifying key success factors, and delivered a detailed mapping of competitive brands and their positioning. Our industry knowledge and direct feedback from retailers was used to challenge/validate current client hypotheses and business models, and to identify unmet needs. We recommended a comprehensive business strategy which enabled the client to build the business and close key gaps.
Client Type: Leading marketer of prestige cosmetics and toiletries
To identify acquisition and/or strategic partner candidates which would effectively broaden the client’s channel and customer reach and enable it to achieve a global leadership position in the industry.
Our management consulting group evaluated several growth-oriented sectors which had significant alignment with our client’s current business.
Our management consulting associates overlayed this analysis with a rigorous acquisition screening program and identified several targets, on a global basis, which fit with our client’s criteria. Several of the candidates that we recommended were subsequently acquired. Our client is now one of the top five global competitors in this industry.
Client Type: Leading global fast food company
Market conditions had become increasingly “hostile” for this client, with competitors making significant inroads and outpacing our client with new products, while their rate of sales growth was reaching an all-time low. Our client needed to obtain depth understanding of competitive strategy, business practices, and financial performance to allow it to effectively address its business strategy.
A multi-phased engagement to provide our client with objective, detailed, and validated information and knowledge on their chief competitors, covering a specific type of marketing program, product procurement, distribution, and other areas. The insights provided gave the client a credible and in-depth basis from which to judge competition, and to evaluate its own strategy and business practices. We collaborated with our client to optimize its supply chain practices, distribution system, and HR decision making, as well as to plan its marketing strategy. Client has since regained its competitive stature, and is achieving strong financial results (favorable stock performance and increase in same store sales).
Client Type: Leading marketer of home improvement products
With much of the home improvement market moving to big box retailers (Home Depot; Lowes), client needed to assess if and how it should participate in this channel for its core product line. The client’s brand is a well-respected premium brand purchased by consumers as well as professionals, and had historically been sold through independent and chain hardware and specialty retailers.
Our management consulting team provided a comprehensive assessment of the KSFs to participate in the “big box” channel, covering: the investment and resources needed sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, product mix/pricing, and more.
Our management consulting associates benchmarked our client against the KSFs and recommended a range of options through which we could work with our client to continue to optimize its current business strategy. Ultimately, our client decided to stay the course and not enter the big box channel. This has allowed them to maintain their premium positioning and pricing (and accompanying profitability), and continue to achieve solid growth.
Client Type: Leading global food company
The new area of “functional foods” was emerging in the U.S. market and our client needed to determine if and how it should participate in the sector.
Kline's management consulting team of consumer products and consumer healthcare professionals worked with our client’s new business team to understand the current and future potential of the market, and to define and assess alternate participation strategies for our client.
Our management consultants provided market knowledge, and led an off-site strategy development workshop with the client. Strategic options evaluated ranged from developing functional “messaging” for some of its existing brands, to acquiring an OTC brand. Our client has built a successful business through the former strategy approach, by promoting the functional benefits of some of its core global equities and as part of an overall healthy eating platform.
Client Type: Leading global consumer products company
To build its household and personal care products business in convenience stores; it also needed to assess if it was deploying a competitive sales resources to this trade class.
Kline's business management consultants conducted extensive interviews with buyers as well as brokers serving major c-store chains, as well as independents. We compared the performance and trade support activities provided by our client against the competition, in view of the retailers’ desire/interest in building sales of these categories. The client was able to use this information to better utilize its sales resources and funding, based on its potential at each specific account.