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For many consumer goods companies, digitization is still at the beginning of its development


E-commerce penetration is expected to grow from around 6% in 2015 to 17% in 2025. The growth translates to approximately $450 billion of profit migration from offline channels to online.1 One reason for this drastic development is precisely due to online channels presenting customers with more options and recommendations. Customer centricity is therefore key and requires companies to identify digital opportunities, which are relevant to their business context and consumers.

However, digitalization is still in the early stages of development for many fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. Even well-known brands are still at crossroads in how they can manage the interface process with their consumers. COVID-19 is accelerating the shift of customer journeys turning online and will change customer purchase behaviors sustainably. FMCG companies must rethink their go-to-market now and react, otherwise they risk falling behind competition and loosing market shares.

As a result, players from the FMCG industry need to take advantage of the opportunities digital transformations provide and complement their traditional products and business services with new digital offerings. The aim is to transform the business over time.

Challenges Hinder Fast Digitalization Transformation Opportunities

  • A lack of awareness in switching from push to pull logic marketing leads to an increase in complexity
  • Insufficient data management centralization and failure to restructure the organization internally to digital processes means that IT solutions and customer relationship management systems are not equally accessible to everyone in the organization
  • By utilizing the full potential of all digital technologies across analytics, cloud, mobile, and social media, the digital transformation process must be addressed strategically
  • One of the biggest challenges for companies is to identify suitable, digital opportunities in the first place due to lack of direct consumer relationship and little access to end consumer data
  • The digital revolution is often seen as a technology issue by companies. As a reaction, another channel is added to reach consumers. Channel implementation must be addressed strategically across the company and not just tactically led by the IT function
  • Numerous  options and recommendations accessible online, prompting customer centricity across the customer journey

Digital measures help in leveraging marketing opportunities

Increasing digital interactions

Digital interactions are having an impact on how consumers are learning about and engaging with brands. The connection allows companies to engage with their consumers throughout the entire customer decision journey

Being customer oriented

80% of consumers admit they are more likely to buy from a company that knows their purchase history and treats them as individuals. Being customer-centric allows companies to rewrite their channel strategies and channel-management approaches in assorting prices and promoting products2


Digital platforms and communities as a D2C opportunity to establish direct relationships with end customers

Cross-departmental approach

Internal data shared between sales, marketing, R&D, supply chain and consumer service, provide the capabilities to deliver customized messages and offers, and the agility to adjust quickly as consumer needs change

Building up digital analysis

In the Marketing and Sales process of the value chain, digital analyses are geared towards improving commercial performance and customer-centricity allowing for a seamless alignment between mobile, social and e-commerce data

Our Expertise

We assist global FMGC companies in identifying and developing a suitable digital strategy. The first "digital health check" provides the company with a holistic overview of the digital status quo of the FMCG brand. In our analysis, we consider market trends & competition, brand reputation, customer journey, distribution strategy, organic visibility in Google (branded and non-branded keywords), performance marketing activities and social media. In doing so, OMMAX outlines strategic recommendations to leverage the digital opportunities of the brand to the utmost. We want to bring immediate digital value to our clients and categorize improvement measures by the ease of implementation (quick win, medium, high effort), business impact (low, medium, high), and prioritization (low, medium, high).

Our international team has assisted >2,000 realized projects in digital strategy, digital operational excellence, data science, and transaction advisory services. With a team that speaks over 20 languages, and a 50% female-male ratio, we ensure both effective communication and representation throughout the advisory process.

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