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We are built with the purpose of serving the life sciences, consumer products, and retail industries. Since 1991, we’ve advised leading companies on their most complex global projects with our industry-specific consulting services. We offer solutions for businesses of all types, and our consultants have deep industry expertise.

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Clinical Trials

The world has seen the massive benefits of clinical trials through booming medical innovation that helped to diminish the danger of the pandemic, but those benefits are also applicable far outside the realm of COVID-19. Additionally, the industry has shifted towards a patient-centered focus.

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Supplement + Nutrition

At the intersection of personal well-being and consumer products, this industry supports consumers’ unique health journeys and preferences; personalization will be at the backbone of this growing industry.

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Diagnostic testing is essential for almost all life science operations, as its implications range from medical device manufacturing, to patient care and reporting, to laboratory operations. Innovations and operational excellence will be a necessity for growth with players in this industry.

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Loyalty Program

Moving into 2023, retailers are faced with inventing new ways to retain loyalty and encourage spending, using old tricks that have been revamped to fit modern-day needs. Here are 5 trends that retailers should consider to strengthen their brand loyalty this year.

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Wearables Trends

Wearable Device

As consumers continue to prioritize their own health and well-being, interests in more holistic devices that continuously track physiological measurements — and are not just for fitness monitoring — have increased demand for data-driven wearables.

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Apparel Industry

The apparel industry continues to evolve to find creative ways to keep up with ever-changing consumer demands, while also considering the implications of sustainability, supply chain factors, and influences from technological advancements.

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Consumers look to connect with brands that reflect their beliefs and with companies that set ambitious ESG goals. The bar has been raised for brand transparency, increased use of sustainable materials, sustainable tech innovation, and more.

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UX Design

As a majority of brands now value accessible web design as a strategic imperative, we’re moving toward a more accessible web. What are some considerations your business should keep in mind regarding UX design and digital accessibility this year?

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Life Sciences Sales and Marketing

We are in a time of dynamic change and transformation for the life sciences industry — propelled by a new wave of digital transformation.

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Pet Food Industry

This year, we expect to see a further shift in pet owners’ purchases being reflective of a more holistic value for their pets’ health, wellness, and care and their commitments to sustainability and social responsibility.

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Streamlining laboratory processes has become essential, and technological advancements have made these types of upgrades a reality. Mobile LIMS adoption, data and analytics investment, real estate expansion, and AI automation will be key factors to consider in 2023.

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Supply Chain

As we look to 2023 and beyond, we predict a continued focus on the ways supply chains can continue to prepare for uncertainty and disruption while also supporting improved risk mitigation strategies, supportive technologies, and sustainable practices.

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With the global skincare market poised for growth, there’s an opportunity for well-informed brands to capitalize on new shifts in consumer behavior — bigger and better treatments, products, tools, and innovations to come. Explore these top 5 trends.

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With a variety of factors at play, the key to success is ensuring your organization’s energy and investments remain deeply rooted in meeting consumers’ needs. Our fast moving consumer goods consultants have outlined the top industry trends!

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Pharma Trends

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Life sciences companies are expected to produce and deliver pharmaceuticals at faster rates than ever before. For 2023 and beyond, here’s what businesses in the pharma manufacturing industry should consider.

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Medical Device

Curious what trends are shaping the medical device industry this year? In this trends report, we dive into medical device trends for 2023 including utilizing 5G and AI, DE+I, supply chain re-assessment, and 3D printing.

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Grocery Trends


Consumers are looking to food companies to support their new lifestyles and habits. Read here for the top 7 food industry trends this year and how food companies should prepare to effectively meet their consumers’ needs.

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What are companies doing to make measurable, sustainable impact on their bold DE+I commitments? And, what DE+I challenges should businesses be anticipating in 2023? Explore our 2023 DE+I trends report!

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Consumer Products

What should consumer products companies keep an eye on this year? Our industry experts outline six 2023 macro-trends as drivers for further growth, innovation, and strategic relevance in an increasingly competitive market.  

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Food and Beverage Trends


What’s happening in the beverage industry? Read about the top four industry trends here — from conscious consumption to brand building to “ready-to-drink,” and functional beverages — here’s how beverage companies are addressing specific consumer needs.

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Client Stories

Discover how life sciences, consumer products, and retail companies partner with Clarkston Consulting to enhance strategic decision-making, improve operational efficiency, implement new technologies, and promote business growth and market diversification.

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Estee Lauder
Pernod Ricard
Gilead Sciences
Church & Dwight
Coca Cola
United Theraputics

Consulting for the Life Sciences Industry

Our life sciences clients face demands from nearly every direction. Patients are demanding better therapeutic outcomes and a differentiated experience at reduced costs. Regulators demand products and services backed by verifiable clinical results and value-based care guidelines. Shareholders demand steady growth and innovation to drive market share. We understand these demands and tailor our services to meet them with you.

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Consulting for the Consumer Products Industry

Consumer products companies face intense pressure to deliver value to consumers and profitable growth to shareholders in a relentlessly competitive environment. Consumer diversification, the accelerated pace of innovation, supply chain complexity, and increasing regulatory scrutiny further complicate the industry dynamic. With our team's industry knowledge and vast experience, we understand how to successfully navigate these new realities.

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Consulting for the Retail Industry

The retail industry is as fast-paced and as disruptive as ever. Our retail consulting practice leverages our strategy, technology, and project management experts to help your company meet evolving customer expectations across channels and touch points. We’re ready to leverage our experience and training to remove barriers you face.

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Private Equity Consulting

We partner with private equity firms throughout the investment cycle, from identifying and vetting potential acquisitions to supporting growth, value realization initiatives, and deal-exiting support. Our private equity consulting experts are prepared to help you and your portfolio companies achieve enhanced investment returns and achieve better operational performance.

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