Investing to Grow, Changing to Lead

We are supporting our innovation program with strong levels of marketing investment. We delivered a 20% increase in consumer impressions—the number of times consumers hear about our brands and new products—this fiscal year, with most of the increase in the second half of the fiscal year behind many of the innovations I just described. This investment is critical. Decades of experience have demonstrated that making people aware of our innovation and motivating them to try our new products is the key to long-term success. When people experience the innovation we bring to market, they are frequently delighted, which in turn drives repurchase and sustainable share growth. This is the foundation of brand building, and P&G is committed to investing sufficiently and consistently to support innovation and build brands that thrive for decades.

One of the most important ways we fuel investments in innovation and brand building is through cost savings and productivity improvements. P&G is very disciplined about cash management and cost reduction. We are strengthening this discipline with a culture that continually simplifies the way we work and increases productivity.

Simplification is a significant opportunity for us, particularly given the breadth of our business and brand portfolios. For example, we have more than 16,000 product formulas and use more than 4,000 colors in our product labels and plastic packaging. Over the next two years, we expect to reduce the number of formulas and package specifications by 30% and to reduce the number of colors we use by 50–75%. Color simplification alone has the potential to generate up to $50 million in annual savings. We have simplification projects underway throughout the Company, led by line management and managed with the same discipline and integration that we use for global product launches. This will remain an ongoing priority for us.

Another good example of how we’re becoming more productive is the “digitization” of P&G. With digitization, our goal is to standardize, automate and integrate systems and data so we can create a real-time operating and decision-making environment. We want P&G to be the most technology-enabled company in the world.

We are targeting a 20–25% reduction in some spending areas and we are looking for a sevenfold increase in real-time data. By getting the right data to the right decision makers at the right time, we can become increasingly efficient and productive.

A good illustration is logistics. We are digitizing our Transportation Management systems, including what we call our “Control Tower.” Think of this as an “air traffic control system” for ground transportation. The real-time information this system provides allows us to coordinate scheduling and truck movement for all inbound and outbound transportation. So far, we’re on track to reduce the number of “deadhead legs”—or, empty truck shipments—by more than 15%. We currently have control tower approaches in place covering about one-quarter of our business in both developing and developed markets. We think increasing the capacity utilization of trucks can save more than $200 million annually.

Another way we are increasing productivity is by turning the Company’s size into scale and our scale into growth. To do this, we are increasingly competing as one Company. Our individual categories, brands, countries and functions are all critical and each has unique value to add. But at the total-Company level, we can create scale advantages by allocating resources more strategically and efficiently than any individual business can do on its own. The combination of the individual components is greater together as one Company than the sum of the parts—and we are focused on maximizing this total value.

We are working across our businesses and markets to leverage P&G scale. A good example is the global sponsorship agreement we signed in July with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The partnership gives P&G global sponsorship rights for the next five Olympic Games, from London 2012 through the 2020 Olympic Games, enabling the Company to take the Games to the more than 4 billion consumers worldwide served by P&G brands today. The breadth of P&G’s portfolio and the depth of our reach make this the most far-reaching Olympic partnership. It demonstrates the powerful appeal of our brand portfolio and its tremendous global scale. No other consumer products company could create a comparable partnership with the IOC.

As part of this sponsorship, we also announced the global expansion of our Proud Sponsor of Moms campaign. We will build upon the success of our Team USA partnership at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, which resulted in increased favorability ratings for P&G and our brands, greater market share and nearly $100 million in incremental sales. P&G will leverage the IOC partnership to deliver on our growth strategy and to help improve the lives of athletes, moms and their families around the world in several ways:

  • We will continue to support families of Olympians, reapplying on-site activities from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • As part of the Proud Sponsor of Moms campaign, our Thank You, Mom program will continue in conjunction with the IOC’s inaugural Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore in August 2010, helping 25 moms of Youth Olympians from around the world with their travel and lodging costs so they can be in Singapore with their children as they compete.
  • We will produce a documentary video series called “Raising an Olympian, The P&G Momumentary Project” to celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of moms, families and their Olympians. The video series will tell the stories of Olympians as seen through the eyes of their moms. It will be shown leading up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games and will aim to answer the question, “What does it take to raise an Olympian?”

By leveraging P&G scale and competing more effectively as one Company—rather than as individual businesses and brands alone—we are able to touch and improve more lives while creating meaningful competitive advantage.