Droughts all over the world are driving up food prices. Since 2011, we have been producing a series of research notes to prepare clients for increasingly volatile commodity prices. This library of research is more relevant than ever for industry leaders interested in managing the impact of raw material price shifts.

  • Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition

    Food crises are one of the top ten concerns listed in this year’s annual report produced by the World Economic Forum with support from Marsh & McLennan Companies, Oliver Wyman’s parent company, and other partners

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    Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    Volatile agricultural prices are rewriting the rules for the food industry

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    Commodity Price Risk Management

    Managing commodity price shifts is the new front line for margin improvement

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  • Hot Commodities

    Why volatile commodity prices should be on the CEO’s radar screen

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    Supply Chain Management: Shrink Wrapped

    Billions of dollars' worth of food is dumped each year because of retailers' inefficiency

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    Food/fuel price dynamics

    Developing a framework for strategic investments

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    Turn Volatile Commodity Prices to Your Advantage

    An understanding of a company’s exposure to unpredictable raw material prices is now a must

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Featured Publications

  • Wholesale and Investment Banking Outlook

    This year’s annual report finds that there is a misallocation of resources in the sector and banks need to complete the unfinished reformation of their business models. The analysis shows that:

    • Wholesale banks show huge potential to restructure their businesses to adapt to the new environment and increase revenues.
    • Banks could increase return on equity (ROE) by 2-3% by ...
  • The Challenges Ahead: SOFS 2014

    This year’s report focuses on the growth challenge for the industry and identifies several “blind spots” that could impede the industry’s recovery and growth. It briefly analyzes the road the industry is on and considers the trends observable across the world’s major economic regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

    The blind spots assessed in the report are:

  • View from the Gulf: 9th Oliver Wyman/Zogby Research Poll

    The effects of ongoing political and economic turmoil within and outside the Gulf region may be taking a toll on the executives of some countries in the GCC more than others.  Our recent poll of 200 senior executives in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE shows that those in the UAE, perhaps buoyed by Dubai’s having been awarded the World Expo 20/20 in November, are the most confid...

Other Recent Publications

  • The Hidden Alpha in Equity Trading

    Today’s equity market is teeming with complexity: the domination of electronic trading, the issues over High Frequency Trading (HFT), the increasing market fragmentation and the concerns over the next inevitable flash-crash or other systemic event have left many institutional investors and brokerages questioning their ability to find and protect alpha.  Institutional investors that part...

  • I.T. FOR ACOs

    As healthcare providers experiment with new ways to deliver care, their IT systems have a hard time keeping up: Traditional systems can’t support coordinated care, they do a poor job of maintaining relationships with patients, and they don’t even supply the basic data needed to manage a contract based on value. This new report looks at the technological needs of value-based care providers no...

  • Meeting The Crude Oil Safety Challenge

    The rapid expansion of crude-by-rail haulage is creating a range of new challenges for North American railroads. Among the most critical is the need to quickly address safety issues after serious accidents involving Bakken crude oil. Oliver Wyman has experience with strategy and analytics for hazardous materials shipments, which directly translate to crude oil. In this 

  • Risk Communication

    Effective risk communication between the board of directors and the C-suite is critical. Without it, leadership teams struggle to provide the board with information necessary to address the key sources of uncertainty in strategic and financial plans, and boards fail to provide the necessary oversight and guidance. Unfortunately, many executives and board members are frustrated by the mismatc...

  • Institutional Investors and Infrastructure Financing

    One of the greatest potential threats to future global prosperity is a lack of key infrastructure in both emerging and developed economies. In response, Oliver Wyman’s Global Risk Center is participating in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Institutional Investors and Long-Term Investment” pro...

  • Client Briefing: Highlights of the 2015 CMS Advance Notice and Call Letter

    In late February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of methodological changes for Medicare Advantage for 2015, a very significant document for MA plans. This page provides links to documents, analysis, and advice MA plans can use in planning how to respond. They include: the

  • Goods Not For Resale

    Every retailer has tried clamping down on indirect purchasing at some point, and most have redoubled their efforts in the tough trading environment of the past few years. But despite this heightened scrutiny, we consistently find indirect purchasing to be a reliable source of additional funding for cost reductions or investments in a stronger customer proposition. This is because most attemp...

  • Purchasing Cost Reduction

    Goods For Resale (GFR) can account for up to 80% of a distributor’s cost base.  With typically thin net margins, in the 3-5 % range for many companies, making progress in GFR cost reduction is a logical place to focus.  But it’s not always that easy to get the vendor’s price down while maintaining the quality and service levels you need.  

    Our experience suggests that c...

  • Referentiel des Pratiques Achats 2013-2014

    Following the first edition in 2012, Oliver Wyman interviewed 100 Chief Procurement Officers, and several CAC40 Chief Executive Officers to draw an updated vision of the state of the art of purchasing function in this new version of the “Référentiel des Pratiques Achats 2013-2014”.

    The five dimensions of the purchasing operating model – Vision, Processes, Structure, Human Resources an...