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Belgian federation of retail

The Belgian federation of commerce and services asked Arthur D. Little to perform a cross-national study on the competitiveness of Belgian retailers in comparison with neighboring countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands) and to identify the most critical areas of improvements.

Challenge

  • The Belgian federation of commerce and services asked Arthur D. Little to perform a cross-national study on the competitiveness of Belgian retailers in comparison with neighboring countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands) and to identify the most critical areas of improvements

Approach

  • A comprehensive macro analysis of 27 factors influencing retail competitively was performed across the countries in scope
  • This analysis allowed for identification of 8 factors negatively influencing competitiveness of Belgian retailers in comparison with the other countries
  • Focus analysis were performed in order to objectivize and quantify the impact of the identified factors on the retailer cost structure (with a focus on three specific sectors: Food, Fashion and Electro) and potentially on price levels
  • A series of recommendations were identified in order to improve Belgium’s competitive position

Value

  • The study allowed for the retail association and its members to identify most critical areas to be tackled by the sector in the coming years in order to improve Belgium’s competitive position in comparison with the neighboring countries
  • The results of the study were presented to the Belgian retail community and governmental authorities during a sectorial event organized by the association

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