Year after year, thousands of products across brands and organizations hit the retail shelves. Some succeed, whereas most fail. But every once in a while, comes along a product that changes the rules of the game and witnesses unprecedented success. This miniscule percentage falls within the realm of what we call ‘breakthrough innovation’. Scaling this summit is not easy but there are some fundamentals that can help you achieve this. The 'Breakthrough Innovation Report' is a deep dive into the competitive world of innovation in the fast-moving consumer goods space.
Shoppers never stop shopping, and retailers must evolve to stay ahead of the pack and keep consumers engaged. And today, brick-and-mortar stores need to innovate continually to compete with e-commerce's growing appeal and loosen consumers still firm grip on on their wallets.
Innovation isn’t easy. Globally, at least 90 percent of new product introductions fail in the year they launch. India is often viewed as a hotbed of innovation, but truth be told, the odds of launching a breakthrough success in this market may not be meaningfully better than anywhere else in the world.
While it’s immensely challenging to develop and deliver innovative products and services in today’s world, it’s impossible to do so if a company actually believes it’s not capable of delivering a breakthrough.
Looks can be deceiving in India’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market. In spite of the sector’s stable, growing and lucrative appearance, it remains highly elusive and competitive. It’s also very sensitive, as one new product or a simple innovation can change market share in just a matter of days.
An ever-evolving strategist of a brand, PepsiCo has over the years set high standards in terms of corporate social responsibilities, environment conservation and most significantly, profitable business.
Companies need a different process for funding innovative projects. I call this idea "innovation capital markets," and it's a system that's a hybrid of venture capital, general capital and corporate budgeting.