Don't give customers options they don't want

Client Results Story

Opportunity
BigWheels, a top-five car company, lacked customer focus. The company offered 15 million possible product combinations, yet did not know which combinations customers truly wanted.  

As a result, BigWheels had a noncompetitive cost structure, poor manufacturing operating performance and excessive stocks at the manufactuere and at dealers. 

To reverse BigWheels' poor performance, the company asked Bain to re-engineer major elements in its European value chain. The specific focus of the project was customer-driven complexity reduction.

Next Approach

Approach
To identify a massive reduction in buildable combinations, the team sought data to clarify which product specifications were in high demand and which were in low demand.

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Next Recommendations

Recommendations
Upon quantifying that a minority of markets and products drove the great majority of sales, Bain recommended that BigWheels focus on the most profitable combinations and markets.

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Next Results

Results
BigWheels approved and implemented a model year line-up with dramatically reduced complexity and substantial savings.

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