Fast Lube of the Future:
The illustration below shows the intersection of business and technology initiatives, required to position firms as market leaders in the segment.
What are the business drivers and value levers?
Retail lubricants business will continue to remain viable, yet extremely competitive in the short to medium term, with the trend moving toward product premiumization, wider services through multi-care, network consolidation, into format-less virtual stores, that are connected as well as ultra-personalized, and a collaborative marketplace ecosystem.
The success of businesses to adapt to these changes will reflect in outcomes like category sales growth, multi-care growth, network ROI, net new customers, growth in fleet sales and overall marketing ROI.
The type of digital solutions that can enhance value growth include Connected Stores with a performance cockpit, Customer Lifecycle Visibility enablement, Product and Services Category Management, and Store in the Cloud.
Business will need to align their vision with growth challenges to position themselves optimally for the future.
How do we stitch it together?
Given our understanding of the business ecosystem and the likely impact of digital drivers, below is a view of capability options across different solution streams with the end goals being Retail POS modernization and Retail expansion to Online Capability and Omni channel interactions. Our experience suggests a recommendation on both ends of the spectrum – a combination of tactical and strategic choices. These considerations and parameters have enabled us to develop a framework by embarking on a 6-step process toward Digital Enablement.
This approach has led us to explore comparative solution options, with a majority of our customers opting for one of the market leading COTS platforms. These offer the benefit of –
The lubes retail market is undergoing disruptive change and companies need to adopt competitive strategies at a faster pace while being focused on extending offerings beyond core products. Disruptive forces through uptake of electric vehicles, environmental regulations, and industry alliances threaten to slow down volume growth and thus impact profitability.
Companies will have to act faster to stay ahead of the curve. There are a multitude of value levers that can be utilized to harness growth, with an underpinning of technology-led business transformation, with the goal of increasing the customer engagement experience through improving retail franchisee operational performance. Integral to our digital approach is defining an agile business model that maximizes lifetime value for our customer.
Our experiences from similar transformations indicate significant year-on-year cost savings supported by better agility to align business outcomes, and stronger customer engagement.
Sandip Bhattacharya is a Practice Partner in the Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities practices, at Wipro Global Consulting Group. He is based in Houston, TX, He can be reached at Sandip.Bhattacharya@wipro.com.
Tomas Romero is a Client Consulting Partner in the Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities practices, at Wipro Global Consulting Group. He is based in London and may be reached at Tomas.Romero@wipro.com.
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