Info-Prod Research

Competitive Intelligence

Asset Recovery

Most Middle Eastern corporations are private businesses, run under non-transparent conditions. When they default, debt recovery can be extremely difficult.

Info-Prod assists creditors with their debt recovery process by identifying recoverable assets of troubled Middle Eastern groups.

Such assets typically include overseas real estate, offshore corporations, and other assets located in Europe, the USA, Caribbean and elsewhere.

 

Case Study

The default of a large GCC corporation left several American and European banks struggling to recover considerable debt.

Info-Prod identified a number of private offshore corporations held discreetly by the defaulter, which in turn possessed a very significant (and highly recoverable) commercial real estate portfolio in Western Europe.

Smuggling and Forgery

An additional form of competition facing many businesses in the Middle East and North Africa is posed by smugglers and forgers, who distribute fake or illegal substitutes for the legitimate products.

Contraband, smuggled in by land, sea and air, is endemic in many commercial and retail sectors throughout the region. Forgeries are also widespread, often produced outside the region and then smuggled in, but increasingly being manufactured in situ.

These illegal and un-authorized distribution networks drain revenue from the legal owners and franchisees of luxury brands, computer software and hardware, food and beverage, etc.

Info-Prod helps businesses protect their brand and their revenues by providing information on the nature, extent, and inner workings of the “alternative distributers”. We help companies understand the nature of the challenge, evaluate the best means of meeting it with a variety of counter-moves: working with local authorities, employing smart marketing moves, and other methods.

Smuggling and Forgery Case Study

A major manufacturer of tobacco products sought assistance in its struggle with contraband in a North African country.

Info-Prod provided a report that surprised the manufacturer with the extent of lost revenue it identified due to a combination of forged products and smuggled products. These findings were then independently confirmed by the manufacturer’s local partners and by on-site inspection. The manufacturer also learnt of the alternate distribution chain employed by its 'competitors' in order to move their products from the beaches to the consumers on the streets.

Info-Prod also gave the manufacturer tools with which to fight back. Tax authorities were naturally involved in direct efforts against illicit profiteers, but the main axis of action involved co-opting the on-the-street distribution networks by the legitimate franchisees through an innovative sales structure, and a public awareness 'below the belt' marketing campaign whcih convinced local buyers that the legitimate products had a number of culturally significant attributes that fake copies did not posses.

Competitor Monitoring

Info-Prod is in a priviliged position to equip decision makers with information on competitor capabilities and intentions. Our extensive network of business contacts throughout the Middle East combined with superior media monitoring capacities and sophisticated in-house database technology gives our reports unrivalled depth and breadth. Our on-the-ground contacts are also able to determine the financial health of companies and the propriety of directors and funders.

Our competitor intelligence projects are very varied but usually operate on the following lines:

Full Competitor Mapping

For this we mobilize both our fieldwork and deskwork capabilities to provide a comprehensive competitor, sector and market study.

Pinpoint Competitor Profile and Background Checks

We are also able to provide specific details on a single business or executive. Again this service is offered both on an ad hoc and ongoing basis.

Competitor Compliance

Backed up by our powerful media monitoring capabilities, we also specialize in regulatory tracking and can provide specific information on competitor compliance, positioning and relations to government officials. Our unrivalled in-house database has consistently proven an invaluable resource for supplementary project information. We have made a particular impact in our work on identifying sources of terror financing.

 

This service is generally offered on a retainer basis but we can also offer this on an ad hoc basis.

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