Umbrex is pleased to welcome James Haywood with Haywood Strategic Consulting. James spent three years at Bain & Company, with a large part of that time in the Private Equity practice doing strategy and commercial due diligence projects across different industries including energy, industrials, manufacturing and telecommunications.
Prior to Bain, James was a Chemical Engineer, and has worked on two oil refineries in the UK, as well as having an operations role for Conoco UK. He then spent five years working at the International Energy Agency (OECD) in Paris as an Energy Analyst and as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director.
Post Bain, James worked for Schlumberger Business Consulting directing strategy and operations improvement projects for upstream oil & gas companies, across the globe. His last permanent role was Director Global Strategy & Strategic Planning for Baker Hughes, a General Electric Company, an international oilfield equipment and services company.
Since 2019, James has been running his own independent consulting firm focusing on three areas; 1. growth strategy and commercial due diligence, 2. organisation effectiveness and executive coaching and 3. social impact.
James is happy to collaborate on projects in any of these areas across any industries.
Shane Heywood takes a look at how the Direct to Consumer business model could have meaningful implications for social enterprises.
My earliest shaving experience was around the age of 13. After 10 minutes, reeling from irritation everywhere, and minimal hair in the sink, I also felt slightly cheated by how much I had spent on the razor.
Apparently, that feeling has helped to lead to a $1 Bn USD deal.
Across some consumer-facing industries, from shaving cream to mattresses to prescription glasses, a direct to consumer – plus (DTC+) model is leaving an indelible imprint in the Consumer Goods industry, delighting consumers and disappointing long-standing players with equal effect.
The Dollar Shaving Club, which provides members with razors and other personal care products, is one of the more prominent firms showing the DTC model; however Casper and Eve mattresses are other examples, and Warby Parker, providing glasses.
Points covered in this article include:
- The Direct to Consumer (DTC) business model
- DTC and Social impact
Read the full article, Dollar Shaving Club and Social Enterprises: Can one learn from the other?, on Shane’s website.