Thursday, 9 August 2012

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in Japan - Periodic Drug Price Revisions by National Health Insurance Increase Competition and Squeeze Profit Margins

Leading business intelligence provider GBI Research has released its latest research report, entitled “Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in Japan - Periodic Drug Price Revisions by National Health Insurance Increase Competition and Squeeze Profit Margins”. The report focuses on the current scenario of supply chain management. Key participants in the pharmaceutical supply chain in Japan are covered in the report as well as issues such as pricing, labeling, packaging, warehousing, logistics, and distribution.
The Japanese pharmaceutical market is the world’s second largest market next to the US. However, the industry has characteristics which make it unique and attractive for multinational companies. Pressures such as the aging population, drug price revisions, patent expiries and drug lag have compelled industry leaders to change their business strategies to cut costs and become more agile, and companies are making efforts to rationalize their sourcing and distribution, and increase operational efficiency to this end.
GBI analysis shows that supply chain participants in Japan still follow the traditional route of drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies being distributed entirely through wholesalers to patients via retailers. The top four wholesalers in the Japan namely Medipal Holdings, Alfresa Holdings, Suzuken and Toho Holdings, held a 90% share of overall Japanese pharmaceutical distribution market in 2011.
Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL) regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices in Japan. The rules and regulations set under this law make it difficult for foreign manufactures to set up base in Japan, leading to various Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the industry. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PDMA) are the key regulators in Japan.
Healthcare in Japan is primarily paid by the National Health Service, which is administered by MHLW. Drug prices are fixed and controlled by the Japanese government. However, the price at which the manufacturer sells the drug to the wholesaler depends on the negotiations between both the parties and varies from one wholesaler to another. Similarly, pharmacy margins depend on negotiations between the wholesaler and pharmacy. Because of revisions in National Health Insurance (NHI) drug prices in 2010, all the key players in the supply chain suffered losses as they had to compromise on profit margins.
Globalization, free Trade agreements between countries, growing demand for secure packaging, and M&As are some of the key drivers for the Japanese pharmaceutical supply chain.
  • Segmentation of pharmaceutical supply industry by its major components such as manufacturers, wholesalers and medical institutions
  • Key issues and unmet needs of the pharmaceutical supply chain in Japan
  • Analysis of technologies adopted by pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers to stay competitive in the current scenario
  • Insights into the legal and regulatory landscape, focusing on laws and regulations followed to obtain marketing, manufacturing and distribution licenses for drugs in Japan.
  • Understanding of key risks that are encountered by pharmaceutical supply chain participants.
  • Profile of key companies involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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  • Develop strategies for quality control of pharmaceutical supply materials
  • Develop risk mitigation strategies to enhance risk management

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Published: August 2012
No. of Pages: 58
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Endoscopy Devices Market to 2018 - Demand for Cost-Effective, Minimally Invasive Procedures and Reimbursement for New Indications to Increase Uptake

GBI Research’s report, “Endoscopy Devices Market to 2018 - Demand for Cost-Effective, Minimally Invasive Procedures and Reimbursement for New Indications to Increase Uptake” provides key data, information and analysis on the global endoscopy devices market. The report provides a market landscape, competitive landscape and market trends information on the seven endoscopy devices market categories: flexible endoscopes, endoscopy visualization systems, rigid endoscopes, endoscopic reprocessors, capsule endoscope systems, endoscopic instruments, and endoscopy fluid management systems. The report provides comprehensive information on the key trends affecting these categories, and key analytical content on the market dynamics. The report also reviews the competitive landscape and gives a detailed analysis of the pipeline products in each category. In addition, it reviews details regarding important merger and acquisition deals that have taken place in the global endoscopy devices market. This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GBI Research’s team of industry experts.
  • Key geographies of the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia and Brazil.
  • Market size for the seven endoscopy devices market categories: flexible endoscopes, endoscopy visualization systems, rigid endoscopes, endoscopic reprocessors, capsule endoscope systems, endoscopic instruments, and endoscopy fluid management systems.
  • Annualized market revenues data, forecasts through to 2018, as well as company share data for 2010.
  • Qualitative analysis of key market trends for the endoscopy devices market.
  • Information on the leading market players, the competitive landscape, and the leading technologies in the market.
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Published: July 2012
No. of Pages: 129
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Monday, 2 July 2012

UK Foodservice Market Survey 2012-2013

This report analyzes how marketing through social media, marketing budget, impact of consumer review websites, food blogs, and food photography are set to change in 2012-2013. This report provides the reader with a definitive analysis of the role of social media networking, consumer review websites, and food blogs. Furthermore, this report not only grants access to the opinions and strategies of business decision makers and competitors, but also examines their actions surrounding business priorities. The report also provides access to information categorised by sector, revenue, and senior level respondents.

Key Features and Benefits
  • Reflects the principal trends regarding the utility of social media that will shape the UK foodservice industry in the next 24 months.
  • Forecasts the possible changes in marketing budget trends of foodservice operators in social media networking and consumer review websites, and lists key marketing and promotional channels.
  • Examine the key benefits and leading challenges of social media in the UK food service industry with respect to company, turnover, and senior level respondents.
  • Identifies what are the key social media websites in the UK foodservice industry.
  • Observes the key consumer review websites and examines the authenticity of the contents provided by them.

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Published: June 2012
No. of Pages: 95
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Key Highlights
  • The survey results reveal that overall, 45% of respondents consider social media 'significantly useful’, while 38% identify social media as 'slightly useful’. Significantly, the wide reach of social media and networking at minimal cost allows operators to reach audiences they might have overlooked through conventional marketing methods. Furthermore, if used intelligently, social media brings brand recognition and appeal, which makes it more useful than marketing through conventional methods.
  • Overall, 45% and 38% of respondents from profit and cost sector companies respectively, consider social media in UK foodservice 'significantly useful’, whereas 42% of respondents from the cost sector and 38% from the profit sector consider social media networking only 'slightly useful’. Interestingly, the similarity in the opinion of both groups is striking, considering the basic differences in business models of profit and cost sector companies, wherein profit sector companies are expected to be more aggressive in using social media, given their focus on profit and costs.
  • The survey reveals that 'Facebook’, 'Twitter’, and 'LinkedIn, with 82%, 71%, and '55%’ of responses respectively, are the top three social media websites. Facebook had over 900 million active users until April 2012, while the UK alone had 30 million active users till February 2012. Furthermore, 49% of the UK population uses Facebook, making it a lucrative channel for consumer interaction and communication. 
  • Responses reveal that only 4% of UK foodservice operators refer to online review websites 'every time’, whereas 23% of respondents visit consumer review websites 'very frequently’.  Additionally, 40% of respondents agree that they only 'visit as required’, while 19% 'rarely visit’ consumer review websites, and 9% 'never visit at all’. Overall, 63% of respondents either visit online review websites vey frequently or only as required.
  • Overall analysis reveals that '’, 'Scores on the Doors’, and 'UK Restaurant Guide’ are the top three consumer review websites with 33%, 19%, and 13% of mentions from respondents respectively.
Major points covered in Table of Contents of this report include:
1 Introduction
2 Executive Summary
3 Social Media in the UK Foodservice Industry
4 Consumer Review Platforms in the UK Foodservice Industry
5 Food Blogs and Food Photography in the UK Foodservice Industry
6 Appendix
List of Tables
List of Figures

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Monday, 25 June 2012

South Korean Travel Intermediaries Market to 2016

Factors such as South Korea’s developing economy and easing of restrictions on movement are both supporting the growth of travel and tourism in South Korea. South Korea is one of the most attractive countries for inbound and outbound tourism businesses in the world. The country was the seventh-largest inbound tourism destination by volume in the Asia-Pacific region in 2011. Rising tourist volumes and subsequent growth in the South Korean travel intermediaries industry can be attributed to various drivers including the country’s robust economic growth, government initiatives to promote tourism and tourism-related activities, increasing volume of business activities, and high internet penetration that encourages the growth of buying travel and tourism services online.
  • This report provides an extensive analysis of the travel intermediaries industry in South Korea
  • It provides historical and forecast market sizes for the South Korean travel intermediaries industry
  • It offers detailed analysis of the factors driving the growth of the travel intermediaries industry in South Korea including demand drivers such as total tourist volume, tourist volume by type, spending patterns of domestic and international tourists and internet penetration
  • The report details the government regulatory frameworks in the South Korean travel intermediaries industry, market entry routes adopted by international travel companies to enter the South Korean market and the expansion strategies of local and international travel companies
  • The report also offers marketing strategies adopted by the large travel intermediaries in the South Korean market to attract and retain customers
  • It provides examples of key travel intermediaries companies operating in the South Korean market

Report Details:
Published: June 2012
No. of Pages: 42
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Key highlights
  • The South Korean travel intermediaries industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period (2012–2016). The key growth drivers for this industry include the country’s rising average disposable income levels, the high number of business opportunities, the lowering inflationary forecast, positive employment outlook, and increasing volume of corporate and leisure travelers.
  • The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea now permits the establishment of wholly foreign-owned travel agencies in the country and has also lifted the restrictions for foreign-invested travel agencies to establish branches in South Korea.
  • The entry of leading foreign operators, such as Expedia, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and BCD Travel, in the highly fragmented South Korea online travel site market is expected to lead to significant consolidation over the forecast period.
  • Metasearch engines is one of the innovative product strategies that travel intermediaries are offering to their customers in order to provide fast services and to differentiate themselves from the competition.
  • Travel service providers are attempting to capitalize on the growing South Korean mobile phone base by offering travel applications that can allow users to make bookings from their mobile phones.
Major points covered in Table of Contents of this report include:
1 Executive Summary
2 South Korean Travel Intermediaries Industry Market Environment
3 Market Size and Growth Potential of South Korean Travel Intermediaries
4 Key Demand Drivers and Challenges for South Korean Travel Intermediaries
5 Market Entry Strategy for South Korean Travel Intermediaries
6 Marketing and Growth Strategies for South Korean Travel Intermediaries
7 Competitive Landscape of the South Korean Travel Intermediaries Industry
8 Appendix
List of Tables
List of Figures

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Global Retailing Market to 2016

Asia-Pacific continues to dominate global retail sales. The contribution from the region is expected to increase from just over 30% in 2006 to just under half by 2016. Asia-Pacific is expected to continue to grow by over 10% every year through 2016. Both Europe and North America are expected to see a decline in their share towards global retail sales. While Latin American share is expected to increase marginally by 2016, that of Middle East and Africa will remain unchanged. North America dominates the per-capita retail spend among all five regions, followed by Europe and Latin America.

This report examines the components of change in the market by looking at historic and future growth patterns including how changes in consumers’ behavior have affected the retail sector for different product categories and channels.

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Published:  June 2012
No. of Pages: 415
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Global retail sales were dominated by food and grocery sales in 2011, accounting for over half of total sales that year. However, while this category was largest, its sales are relatively stable year to year. Outside this dominant area, electrical and electronics was the fastest developing channel between 2006 and 2011, growing at an annual average rate of over 7%. In terms of market structure, general retailers were the largest channel group, contributing just under half towards total global retail sales in 2011. During the review period (2006-2016), online retailers were the fastest-growing channel group, with a CAGR of over 14% and are expected to remain the fastest in the forecast period (2006-2016).

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Leading Five Countries in the European Wear & Tear Parts Market 2011–15

While the general trend in mature markets is for declining average mileage in lieu of higher vehicle ownership ratios per household, the ongoing economic stagnation is causing motorists to seek financial savings by substituting vehicle use, thus decelerating their vehicles' wear rates and as a result reducing consumption of wear and tear parts on an annual basis.

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Your key questions answered
• Which countries have the highest penetration of brake drums and shoes?
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• What are the consumer behaviors regarding retailer and component brand selection in the European wear and tear parts market, by component and country?
• What are the market shares of the key distribution channels for the various wear and tear parts, by country?
• What is the average annual spend by consumers on wear and tear parts by component and by country?

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Published:  May 2012
No. of Pages: 208
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Major points covered in Table of Contents of this report include:
Key findings
Falling average mileage and motorists' prudence are market depressants
Increasing demand for raw materials from emerging markets is adversely affecting global prices
Movement toward lighter vehicle use will have a distinct effect on the future brake replacement market
Cost-effectiveness overrides loyalty in the brake market
Extended lifespan of catalytic convertors detrimental to replacement rates
Failing economic conditions support the deferral of exhaust maintenance
Shock absorbers: a small market with a large value that is expected to fall
Volume is the main driver behind the windscreen wiper market across the leading five countries
Technology will shape the future of starter batteries, but replacement rates will fall in the interim
Strategic recommendations
Consider the technical specifications of new vehicles as an indicator of future demand
Focus on profit-based sales as volume will continue to fall
Focus marketing strategies on tradesmen and retailers rather than consumers
Independent garages offer the biggest sales opportunity for the independent aftermarket
Vehicle parc dynamics will indicate the future component requirements of national aftersales markets
Consider regional climates when anticipating the cadence of demand for service parts
Consider the long-term implications of technological advances
Look beyond saturated home markets
Executive summary
Brake components
Catalytic converters and exhaust systems
Other wear and tear components

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U.S. Market for Neurological Devices

This report provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of market revenues by device type, market forecasts through 2018, unit sales, average selling prices, market drivers and limiters and a detailed competitive analysis, including manufacturer market shares and product portfolios
U.S. Market for Neurological Devices includes the markets for:
  • cerebrospinal fluid shunts
  • CSF external drainage systems
  • intracranial pressure monitoring devices
  • detachable coils liquid embolic market
  • catheters
  • neurovascular stents
  • guidewires
  • spinal cord stimulators
  • vagus nerve stimulators
  • neuroendoscopes
  • stereotatic market
  • ultrasonic aspirators
  • neurosurgical microscopes and aneurysm clips
The report also details CSF shunting procedure numbers, Intracranial stenting procedure numbers, ICP internal traducer monitoring procedure numbers, Microcatheter procedure numbers and guiding catheter procedure numbers. 

Report Details:
Published: June 2012
No. of Pages: 373
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Major points covered in Table of Contents of this report include:
  • RESEARCH METHODOLOGY  ............ 15
  • U.S. NEUROLOGICAL DEVICE MARKET   .............. 28
  • CEREBROSPINAL FLUID MANAGEMENT MARKET.................................. 72
  • DETACHABLE COIL MARKET  ........ 147
  • LIQUID EMBOLICS MARKET  .......... 171
  • NEUROVASCULAR STENT MARKET  .................... 181
  • STEREOTACTIC MARKET  ................ 307
  • ULTRASONIC ASPIRATOR MARKET  ................... 330
  • ANEURYSM CLIP MARKET  .............. 342
  • EMERGING MARKETS IN THE U.S.   ...................... 367
  •  ABBREVIATIONS  ..... 373
  •  LIST OF CHARTS                              
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