"O nosso grande setor é a iluminação", mas "começámos a trabalhar para a área da medicina", produzindo uma peça para "as macas de cirurgia", e "estamos no mobiliário, no setor agrícola e nos eletrodomésticos", realça a diretora comercial."E volto ao esquema daqui:
Grau de pureza estratégica mais baixo, menos risco mas... rentabilidade mais baixa.
Ao abraçarem tantos tipos de clientes diferentes acabam por não mergulhar a fundo no conhecimento de qualquer tipo de cliente.
Ao rever alguns textos de Hermann Simon fiz logo a ligação:
“We always had one customer and will only have one customer in the future: the pharmaceutical industry. We only do one thing, but we do it right.”
This quote comes from Uhlmann, the world leader in packaging systems for the pharmaceutical industry. Flexi states: “We will do only one thing, but we do it better than anyone else.” Flexi makes retractable leashes for dogs and has 70% of the global market. This is focus! And only focus leads to world class.
But focus goes even deeper. Winterhalter is a manufacturer of commercial dishwashing systems. About ten years ago they analyzed the market and found that in most sub-markets like hospitals, canteens etc. they had a market share of only 3 to 5 %. They were one among many.
Then they reformulated their strategy and focused solely on dishwashing systems for hotels and restaurants. In the same vein they deepened their value chain by adding water conditioners because the quality of the water has a strong effect on the ultimate dishwashing results.
They started to sell detergents under their own brand name and offer seven-days-a-week, around-the-clock service. This focus has affected everything they do. They renamed their company Winterhalter Gastronom. They have special dishwashers for high luster glasses. They recruit sales people with hotel and restaurant background who speak the language and understand the problems of their customers. They are clearly number 1 today, witnessed by the fact that McDonalds, Burger King, Hilton etc. use Winterhalter.
Closely connected to focus is a deep value chain. One of the modern buzzwords of the last 20 years has been ‘outsourcing’. While many companies are proud to have delegated a lot of their production to others, the Hidden Champions have a very strong anti-outsourcing attitude when it comes to their core competencies.
Percebem a razão da minha comichão mental?
Em vez de partir do produto que se produz, partir da vida e do contexto do cliente.