Bain in the news

  • Vietnam’s emerging consumers embrace eCommerce

    April 25, 2018 | Retail | Financial Times | Media mention

    Ecommerce has been slower to take off in south-east Asia than in China because of the region’s challenging logistics. However, online businesses are booming: Bain & Company recently estimated that the region had 200 million digital consumers — people who bought goods or services online — out of an

  • Using AI Can Have Unintended Consequences

    April 19, 2018 | Retail | Carrier Management | Media mention

    New insights from Bain & Company offers a list of risks to beware of when considering leveraging AI, and advises that executives be involved in establishing the goals and limits around the AI used by their businesses.

  • Investors target Indonesia’s 260m population

    April 10, 2018 | Private Equity | Financial Times | Media mention

    The promise of gold mines hidden in the jungle once lured investors to Indonesia. Now it is start-ups and consumer brands that have brought in a wave of cash from conglomerates, Chinese tech groups, banks and private equity investors. “The resource sector has seen less focus but consumer is really

  • The digitisation of trade’s paper trail may be at hand

    March 22, 2018 | Financial Services | The Economist | Media mention

    Thomas Olsen, a partner with Bain & Company, thinks that digitization of records in trade could also slow the trend away from formal letters of credit, which now account for about 15% of trade finance. “Open account” trade, in which exporters send goods to importers and trust that their invoices

  • Bain & Co: ‘Asia PE becoming more activist’

    March 20, 2018 | Private Equity | Private Equity International | Media mention

    With Asia’s private equity industry maturing, the regional fund managers are taking a much more activist role in their portfolio companies to deliver the kinds of returns expected by their investors. “When you feel like you have become one of the big boys, you have to play like the big boys too –

  • Is Uber's Grip on Southeast Asia Up for Grab?

    November 16, 2017 | Retail | Wall Street Journal | Media mention

    A report from Bain & Company in May found that users across the Southeast Asia region prefer Grab to Uber.

  • A Showdown Brews Between Amazon and Alibaba, Far From Home

    October 22, 2017 | Consumer Products | The New York Times | Media mention

    There are huge hurdles for tech companies to jump in Southeast Asia, but the pay off is big, to the tune of 200 million untapped digital consumers. “It’s a mix of urban, semi-urban and rural areas, separated by large distances and water,” said Mike Booker, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • From ecommerce to cloud services, the fight is on to dominate a market of 200m online

    October 19, 2017 | Consumer Products | Financial Times | Media mention

    Tech companies are fighting for a share in the market of 200 million digital consumers in Southeast Asia. “There’s a lot of deal activity now,” says Florian Hoppe, a partner with Bain & Company. “It’s clearly an escalating battle and the impacted sectors are getting broader and broader.”

  • Supply-chain finance: The missing link

    October 14, 2017 | Financial Services | The Economist | Media mention

    Thomas Olsen, a partner with Bain & Company reckons that the supply-chain finance market is expanding by 15-25% a year in the Americas and by 30-50% in Asia, with food and retailing among the most active industries.

  • HSBC takes tech route to end trade paper trail

    August 10, 2017 | Financial Services | Financial Times | Media mention

    Consultants caution that trade finance lacks more than technology: that the Victorian system has endured so long is testament to the lack of alternatives and absence of standardization. Unlike in, say, ecommerce, there is no ecosystem of banks, shippers, ports and customs. “Banks and others have