A few weeks ago Poundland agreed to a £597m takeover by Steinhoff, the South African retail conglomerate that owns Harveys and Bensons for Beds, and has a stake in New Look and Iceland. Poundland had been struggling since taking over its loss-making rival 99p Stores, reporting a sharp fall in profits – by 4.1% to £56.9m last year.
Having worked as an intern in market research firms in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and London, I would like to share my views on the differences across these three distinct cultures.
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I recently went to the MRS Travel and Tourism Conference, and the most interesting thing I learnt there didn’t actually have much to do with travel or tourism. Helen Rose of the 7Stars and Lesley Dusart of Exterion Media did a great presentation on debunking myths about the travel sector, in which they reported that 46% of us agreed that we get the right amount of annual leave. In other words, only half of us at most are angling to get more than our allowance.
It’s the Rio Olympics this year, and the world will once again turn its attention to Brazil, and Latin America as a whole. Press coverage of the region is regularly unfair and negative, largely through ignorance and scaremongering, so a renewed focus might dispel some myths and shine light where it’s needed.
Yes, there is economic uncertainty – just as there is in other ‘emerging’ markets – but the region is tipped to grow strongly from 2017 onwards, and may well benefit from an Olympic-sized boost.
Personally, I don’t really care who won – we’re looking at the mother of all skills gaps and need both boys and girls to engage more with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
Just the other week I was speaking with a client who’s still using the report from one of our global studies to drive their strategy 3 years on from when the research was completed – that’s what I like to hear!
The report contains some very powerful quotes, many anonymous, which hit home that our client was underperforming on customer service and was at risk of losing some major accounts. Nothing says “wake up and do something about it” like this ‘smack in the face insight’, and like any good business our client was prepared to take it on the chin and move forward.