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Selling out

With ferocious competition from all quarters, the boom in new web and mobile distribution channels as well as stagnant consumer purchasing power, retailers are currently wondering which strategy they should adopt in order to retain customers.

They have to face two major issues: the shopper’s experience and their own operational costs. Retailers have to balance their customers’ perceptions of the value and the service they currently receive on the one hand against cost reductions and new shopping environments (including online) on the other.


We have more than a hundred consultants around Europe with recognised expertise and operational experiences in retailing. Their experience is extremely varied, with individual specialities including food, home equipment, personal equipment, books and music, textiles, department stores, franchise networks, subsidiaries and wholesalers.

We also have a network of retail business experts working on individual projects for specific clients, including business strategy process consolidation, organisational transformation selection and information system selection and implementation.

We currently focus on:

In-store operations optimization

A decade ago, one would have thought stores would be out of date in no time. Today, we are convinced of the opposite: stores are becoming more and more important for all retailers, even for those previously online-only stores that are now opening physical locations.

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Harnessing the opportunities of Eircodes in the retail industry

Irish postcodes will be implemented by Q2 2015. BearingPoint is helping businesses to plan and prepare, so that they can leverage benefits in data analytics, supply chain, service enhancement, fraud prevention and marketing.

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We innovate through these solutions:

Active Manager

Active Manager is a manager-led business transformation methodology that creates a sustainable step change in operational performance. It typically delivers performance improvements between 10% and 20%.

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Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

BearingPoint’s Planning and Reporting Cloud Service is a cost-efficient, reliable and secure way of arranging your organization’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) processes.

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Governance, Risk & Compliance

Working closely with the client, we deliver a rigorous and effective integrated GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) solution – one that is not only right for the client, but also available for them.

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Industry 4.0

The BearingPoint Smart Factory Model makes you experience Industry 4.0: machines communicate and share information about their status, the workpiece or occurring disorders (horizontal integration). With the connection to commercial planning systems, the convergence of the shop floor level with the corporate management level is demonstrated (vertical integration).

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IT Mergers & Acquisition

We are neutral IT Advisors for the full M&A life-cycle – for strategic buyers/sellers and for Private Equities. Within our industrialized IT Due Diligence or IT Assessments, we minimize risks and identify cost reduction potentials as well as growth opportunities – based on the investment thesis. Our proven track record and our unique partnership with West Monroe Partners, a leading IT M&A advisor in the US, underlines our capabilities.

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Lean-Enterprise Resource Planning

Lean Production and ERP have long been two independent business improvement approaches, often coexisting within the same production site. Our Lean-ERP accelerator combines these two approaches and leverages synergies while abandoning weaknesses of each individual approach. By this means, the Lean-ERP solution supports our clients in creating a globally harmonized process landscape based on lean production principles and supported by a lean ERP solution.

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Huge deviations between actual and planned transport costs? Need for transport cost allocation down to product level? Unclear contribution margins of your customers? More than ten CO2 data requests from your customers per month? Annual requests from rating agencies to supply CO2 data? Carbon reduction goals include logistics? If those challenges are relevant for you, LogCOST can help you!

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Revenue Recognition

Revenue Recognition is based on the new IFRS-Standard: IFRS 15 sets out the requirements for recognizing revenue that apply to all contracts with customers (except for contracts that are within the scope of the Standards on leases, insurance contracts and financial instruments). IFRS 15 is effective from 1 January 2017 but earlier application is permitted.

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SAP Simple Finance

SAP Simple Finance and S/4 HANA are the solutions which will push ERP into a new generation of “digital business”. The accelerator is a service which is part of the Digital CFO campaign to demonstrate what “digital” means for the CFO.

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Smart Analytics

Smart analytics enriched products & services will become key differentiators for insurance companies. A key feature is that all players may have access to all data. At the same time, smarter analytics may eliminate the requirement to share risks. In recent years, the globalization of fraud patterns requires the analysis of "world data“ and there is the need to establish the future position in the BigData & Smart Analytics ecosystem.

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Supply Chain Planning Excellence Toolkit

Today’s businesses operate in continuously changing, more volatile and complex environments, driving the need for higher flexibility, agility and thus better operational planning processes, systems and methods. The BearingPoint “Supply Chain Planning Excellence Toolkit” contains a combination of field proven tools and methods that empower businesses to analyze and design their ideal planning landscape.

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Analysing the emerging trends and developments in Retail.

We write retail-specific white papers; the last one, ‘Cross-channel strategy for retailers’, was published in spring 2010

Here's how your function relates to what we offer.

We make sure we understand your business problems, the trends in your industry and then work out what we need to do to achieve results for you.

Our consultants know where you are coming from, because they’ve usually been in your industry. We combine our deep knowledge and experience in your sector with the technical ability to create solutions with real business value. We’re always looking to find ways to improve your productivity, streamline your processes, and leverage new revenue opportunities for you.

Finally, we get results - virtually all of our most significant clients renew their relationship with us year on year.

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