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What we offer

Consultancy solutions

Our clients ask us to solve problems that are specific to them.

Do you decide which of the Latin American countries will provide the best operating environment for the logistics business, predicting which cities in China will emerge in the coming years in order to have the most favorable income levels and socio-demographic data for a particular consumer product or the distribution channels in Africa for the construction we can help.

  • Economic, political and socio-demographic forecasting
  • Country and city forecasting
  • Identify market opportunities
  • Risk analysis
  • Bespoke modelling and scenario analysis
  • Industry analysis
  • Location benchmarking

Economic, political and socio-demographic forecasting

The world is changing rapidly. Where are the sources of revenue and profit going to be for your business tomorrow? If you need to understand how political trends will affect regulations for your industry in Chile, how disposable income is changing for 30-35-year-old women in Poland or when a frontier market in Sub-Saharan Africa will become mainstream, we can help.

We understand that businesses need to identify where the next opportunity is coming from so that they can act fast to seize it.

Our knowledge of economics, politics and socio-demographics is second to none. If you need to see into the future, we can help.

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Country and city forecasting

Our team includes experts for each country in the world. If you need to know how quickly the US will grow over the next five years or what kind of housing will be in Saudi Arabia, we can help. Or in Thailand, Algeria or Kazakhstan. But sometimes five years is not enough.

Many of our clients have investment horizons, measured for decades. Our proprietary methodologies allow us to look forward 30 years or more, using a framework that you can understand and build upon.

And if countries are too broad for your business, we forecast growth, spending, income and investment in cities from Dongguan to Dhaka.

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Identify market opportunities

We can draw on the knowledge of a wide range of experts from the country and industry, as well as proprietary economic and risk models, to help customers identify new markets and work better in existing in a rapidly changing world. Thanks to our structured cross-market research and prospective data and analysis, we help to understand how changing economic conditions affect your business:

What are my priority markets today and in the future?

How to move to new markets?

What external factors will affect the markets I operate in today?

Which product categories will perform best over the next five years?

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Risk analysis

Success in business means the considered acceptance of risk - without risk, there can be no reward. This means that risk management is an integral part of business life. But in order to manage risk, you need to measure it. How? We have tools and models that help to combine quantitative risks, such as default rates, with qualitative problems such as political or regulatory instability. We use these tools to help companies do everything from supply chain management to determining discount rates for specific locations.

Clients decide which countries to enter, which suppliers to order from and which logistics routes to use based on our bespoke dashboards. And, if you are focused on financial risks, we are a registered credit rating agency for assessing sovereign creditworthiness. We also assess exchange-rate and banking risks.

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Bespoke modelling and scenario analysis

We are the experts in data modelling and analysis. We use the very latest techniques to model our clients' sales data, helping them to predict how their business will perform. Some even share our analysis with their suppliers to help to inform their production decisions. But we also produce bespoke models for other purposes.

If you need to understand how a country or industry will respond to an event like a currency crash or energy shock, we can model that too.

Or, if you are doing business planning, we can provide country, industry or market scenarios based on expert judgement, modelling or facilitated debates within your organisation.

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Industry analysis

We do not just look at countries or cities. We also analyse industries. Our speciality is to understand the intersection between industry developments and the surrounding economic, political and regulatory context. Our team has expertise in financial services, telecoms and technology, consumer goods and retail, automotive, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, commodities and energy.

So if you need to dive deep on banking in Peru, tablets in Romania or mining in Mongolia, we can help.

We can also help to unravel the supply chain, identify the key regulatory decision-makers, analyse the purchasing decisions or pinpoint the logistical bottlenecks.

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Location benchmarking

If you need to make a decision, you need to rank the options. But how to do that when the key decision factors vary from economic to political, from cultural to geological? The Eco Intelligence Unit's benchmarking and indexing capabilities can help. We are experts in combining qualitative and quantitative data, and weighting it together to form league tables and conduct multi-dimensional comparisons.

We have helped companies to rank cities by their attractiveness to the car-rental industry, benchmarked the incentives offered in special economic zones for the technology industry and prioritised markets in Central America for a financial services firm. We have even produced rankings of countries' peacefulness for a philanthropic organisation, and benchmarked the security regime that countries apply to their stocks of nuclear material.

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Healthcare industry services

We have an especially deep capability in healthcare across developed and emerging markets. We offer services to insurers and payers, helping to design clinical care pathways, undertake medical evidence reviews and consult on value-based health. We help pharmaceutical and medical technology firms to demonstrate value.

We advise on strategy in all areas of healthcare using techniques such as horizon scanning and megatrend analysis. We provide market insight to pharmaceutical and medical technology firms and clinical providers through our market intelligence, market sizing, channel optimisation and commercial due diligence capabilities.

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China

China is the second-largest economy in the world, and is the top destination for many international firms looking to grow. China is also home to many of the world's up-and-coming businesses, which are increasingly looking to expand in other emerging markets and also in western Europe and the US. Unsurprisingly, it is a market where we have exceptional expertise.

Our Beijing and Shanghai team routinely tracks and forecasts developments in 287 cities across the country to help our clients win in China. And, for our Chinese clients, we tap into our worldwide team of experts to assess opportunity, help to manage risk and advise on strategy in any market in the world—and deliver our conclusions in China, in Chinese.

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Our thinking

The EIU publishes a number of reports each year focussing on current issues affecting specific countries, regions and industries. These reports are available at no cost and help business leaders prepare for opportunity. Download your copy today.

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Featured practices

We cover all major industries and sectors and have developed speViagrams in a number of areas.

Clients

Our services are used by a diverse client base across businesses, governments, NGOs, and academic institutes.

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Custom solutions

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A comprehensive global mining and metals sector talent dynamics assessment for Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto employs people from all over the world to work in their Product Groups. As part of a human capital planning exercise, they needed information to validate the labour market risks they face as they develop their workforce and look to understand labour trends over the short to medium-terms. The EIU developed a three-phased approach: A Human Capital Risk Index that provided an overview of human capital availability and business risks across 52 countries, a series of country/provincial reports that provided a deeper understanding of the mining and

minerals operating and regulatory environment plus a series of labour supply estimates that quantified the outlook for the available labour pool across 20 occupations needed in each country. With this information Rio Tinto made evidenced-based decisions on market priorities, operating conditions in key markets, and conducted detailed human capital planning in priority markets.

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Measuring global food security for DuPont

Increasing global population and economic growth in emerging markets have put increasing pressure on food supply networks, raising prices around the world. As a company involved in food and agriculture, DuPont wanted to look at the challenges involved in the production and distribution of food globally, and identify which countries can improve food systems in order to improve overall food security.

The EIU assessed the food security systems of over 100 countries through a selection of approximately 20 to 25 quantitative and qualitative indicators. After assigning a score to a set of select indicators, The EIU created a ranking of the countries and weightings for both the indicators and indicator categories, producing the Global Food Security Index (GFSI). Today, the GFSI highlights where in the world nutritional quality and safety of foods is most at risk based on the underlying drivers most affecting food security.

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Patient engagement and health promotion

Media hype about health stories often leads to an increased burden on health resources. It can increase demand on primary care as worried patients seek advice, and on occasion can lead to “social panic” with detrimental effects on health resources.

Together with the NHS, we developed a public health site called ‘Behind the Headlines’. Every morning two stories from the media are identified and our analysts will publish an unbiased critique with detailed reviews of clinical evidence on the NHS choices website by midafternoon.

By reviewing the story, the evidence and the reporting, we provide a much more objective view. This helps to empower patients to make informed choices in self-management of their care and exercise informed choice in making health decisions.

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Custom solutions

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As part of its mission to advance global human capital knowledge, the SHRM Foundation sought credible analysis on critical issues that will affect HR leaders in the coming years.

Through a combination of data-driven research, direct engagement with stakeholders and effective market exposure, the SHRM Foundation's objective was to educate those in HR and business management and position itself as a globally recognized catalyst for shaping Talent Management Thought Leadership.

EIU collaborated with the SHRM Foundation in a multi-phase program to identify, analyze, and then promote thoughtful research on the most important trends affecting human capital management and global workforce dynamics, using a combination of EIU experience, business leader reviews and expert collegial teams to identify the most relevant topics of HR; Establishment of a series of evidence-based and tangential analyzes for training and training of staff leaders on key issues in their field; and the involvement of stakeholders in the EIU carried out research through events, seminars, online digital content and broad public relations advocacy.

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Custom solutions

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The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES)

The print industry is being disrupted by new technologies and trends putting pressure on the demand for print media. At the same time, rising incomes are boosting demand for printed materials in the developing world.

NPES, a print industry trade association, wanted to inform its members of what print sectors and emerging markets have opportunities for growth. How fast will Turkey's print industry grow? When will China’s print market surpass the United States?

In partnership with NPES, The EIU conducted a global market-sizing and 5-year forecast of 51 countries representing 90% of the global print market and an individual assessment of each country. The EIU’s rigorous and complex study was also comprehensive – including 5 print sectors and the integral markets for printing equipment, consumables, inks, and substrates.

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Subscription services

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Our client (a major international bank) offers a broad range of services to personal and institutional customers, including governments.

It has significant activities in a large number of countries. Consequently, there are many ways in which changes in business conditions and the economy in a single country or region or globally can adversely impact profitability, whether at the level of the group, individual business units or specific countries of operation.

The Bank is a long-term subscriber of the Country Risk Service EIU. They use this service to understand the threat of sovereign default in certain countries, as well as the risks associated with currencies and banking sectors around the world.

The country risk service helps the bank set credit limits for countries and control the risks associated with investing in developing and developed economies. The service is considered as an integral part of the bank's risk management strategy.

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Our client is a leading global management consulting firm focussed on serving and shaping the senior agenda of the world's leading institutions. They employ a significant number of staff in offices around the world.

The company subscribes to a range of EIU services including Country Data and Market Indicators & Forecasts from our data services range.

The firm relies on The EIU’s data products to react quickly to information requests from their consultants all over the world, ensuring that client projects are not delayed for want of reliable statistical information.

They are able to draw on over a million data points from the Country Data service covering key indicators such as GDP growth, inflation and exchange rates. Market Indicators & Forecasts provides vital demographic and sectoral supply and demand forecasts to facilitate market sizing and regional strategy projects.

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Subscription services

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EIU provides its information services to many types of educational institutions. Our clients include Ivy League colleges, European and Asian universities with the highest rating, as well as the world's leading business schools.

It is vital that the students of these institutions have a full understanding of the political, economic and business environment around the world now and in the future. It is equally important that the source of this information is reliable and impartial.

Academic institutions typically subscribe to the complete range of EIU Country Reports, covering over 180 countries. Access to Country Reports allows both students and faculty to stay completely up-to-date with the latest economic and political situation in any given country. In addition, the in-depth forecasts contained within Country Reports allow users to see how individual countries will look in two to five years' time.

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Custom solutions

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Forecasting for a household fast-moving consumer goods brand

This client already had a significant presence within China but came to us to find out the next group of cities and provinces that offered the best growth potential for the next decade.

Using an existing Eco Intelligence Unit subscription service, we built a model incorporating the client’s own product demand data to provide industry-specific growth forecasts at a provincial level.

We analysed demographic changes in the provinces and forecast future demand for the client's product at a regional level. Using the province forecasts, we were able to compare data across the provinces and prefectures.

With these findings, the client justified a costly acquisition. Consequently the client now has the resources in place to maximise future opportunities, helping to ensure the company maintains its position as market leader.

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A multi-national corporation, that designs and sells consumer electronics, wanted to better understand manufacturing conditions in Chinese provinces and South-east Asia in order to determine ideal manufacturing centres for its products in the future.

To do this, they needed studies to evaluate and rank selected geographic regions based on criteria specific to their production operations. The Eco Intelligence Unit has developed a baseline assessment to support strategic decision making in terms of location for electronics manufacturing. The EIU indexed and evaluated the technology creation conditions for the five Chinese provinces and six countries over the next five years.

The study allowed the client to understand the technological conditions of production in key geographic regions and make informed decisions about where to produce their products.

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Hospital investment due diligence

The client, a leading private equity investor in Asia Pacific, was considering investment into an Indonesian hospital group. They needed comprehensive commercial due diligence on the market and asset, to make an informed investment decision.

A team of six full-time consultants with speViagrat skills and local Indonesian knowledge was posted exclusively in the data room, confirming the investment thesis, as the deal continued live. The Eco Intelligence Group has built a demand forecasting model using statistical and primary data to assess the achievability of the business case of the goal. We also confirmed the strength of the business model of the hospital group by interviewing insurance partners and target groups of patients.

Our client was provided with an objective description of the commercial conditions of the target object and he was able to make an informed investment decision.

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Market share, size and competitor study

The client, a global player in in-vitro diagnostics, required annual market monitoring of its market size, share and competitors to better benchmark its performance and evolve its market strategy across 14 markets globally.

The EIU provides an annual engagement that taps on detailed quantitative hospital surveys, qualitative physician and extensive trade interviews to provide a comprehensive and triangulated view of the market in niche segments.

The client is able to retain market leadership supported by up to date, granular and segmented market information.

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About us

We are a division of research and analysis of The Eco Group, a subsidiary of The Eco . Established in 1946, we have almost 70 years of experience in helping businesses, financial firms and governments understand how the world is changing, and how this creates opportunities for seizing and managing risks. British company, we are intensely global. We serve customers around the world from our 24 offices, our employees speak 25 languages, and we embrace foreign cultures with love.

We believe that a deep understanding is due to the combination of the best data with the best methodologies and the best people. We use enormous resources to acquire and verify our economic and market data, including when it is necessary to use primary research methods and fieldwork. Some of our methodologies, frameworks and analytical tools are quantitative, others are qualitative. But all this is a cutting edge. And our people are all experienced specialists in the country or industry, stubborn and competent to inform you about decision-making.

We are frank in our views. Unlike our sister company, The Eco , most of our work is designed for customers and remains confidential. But we share the same fierce passion for independence and integrity. Customers work with us because we are not afraid to tell them what we really think. We never approach the internal agendas of the day or we are not working to support some preconceived strategy. We are not interested in any specific recommendations - we do not conduct follow-up work to help clients implement strategies or plan mergers and acquisitions. We just analyze the facts and present our findings. We believe that as a result, our clients carry out the best strategies.

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