Bain in the news

  • Betting On Brick-And-Mortar: Alibaba's Billion-Dollar Retail Experiment

    August 30, 2017 | Retail | Forbes | Media mention

    The issue is that China’s retail landscape is incredibly fragmented, according to Jason Ding, a partner with Bain & Company. There are hundreds of department store chains across the country – but even the market share of the biggest ones doesn’t exceed 2%.

  • Private Equity-Backed Richelieu Foods Explores a Sale

    August 30, 2017 | Retail | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    Bain & Company found in a recent survey that about 85% of shoppers are open to purchasing private-label items and over half say store brands have as good or better quality than national brands.

  • LBO Focus: Chinese Acquirers Begin Giving Local Private-Equity Firms a Run for Their Money

    August 29, 2017 | Private Equity | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    “If you look at Chinese consumers, they’re getting more and more wealthy,” said Hao Zhou, a partner with Bain & Company. He added that buyers in the expanding Chinese middle class have demonstrated their willingness to embrace premium prices for quality products in the wellness, nutrition and

  • Athleisure stays ahead of the retail pack

    August 24, 2017 | Retail | San Francisco Chronicle | Media mention

    Aaron Cheris, a partner with Bain & Company, believes that athleisure is here to stay but will likely taper down to half its current growth rate to match the apparel industry’s steady average of 3 percent growth.

  • Amazon's Whole Foods deal will make Alexa a lot smarter

    August 24, 2017 | Retail | CNBC | Media mention

    Amazon already has access to troves of consumer data. People can buy everything from books to furniture on its website. However, Amazon had one blind spot: grocery, said Mikey Vu, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • Three trends could trip up oil and gas pipeline companies. Here's how to trade them

    August 23, 2017 | Oil & Gas | CNBC | Media mention

    Pipeline and energy infrastructure companies face operational challenges in the coming years even as U.S. crude oil drilling recovers and a natural gas export boom gets underway, says Bain & Company in a new report.

  • Turkish Firms Set for $64 Billion Spending Spree to Leave Home

    August 21, 2017 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Bloomberg | Media mention

    Turkish companies may spend a further $64 billion on overseas acquisitions and setting up new operations abroad by 2023, according to Volkan Kara, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • Reviving Midwest Express: $100 million and a good cookie recipe

    August 19, 2017 | Airlines & Transportation | USA Today | Media mention

    Bringing back Midwest Express, the beloved local airline, as two Wisconsin businessmen are proposing, will be extremely difficult. “Nothing is impossible, but it would certainly be an uphill climb," said Dave Emerson, a partner with Bain & Company and leader of the firm's global airline practice.

  • The construction industry: Least improved

    August 19, 2017 | Infrastructure, Construction & Building Products | The Economist | Media mention

    Volatility in demand for construction has trained builders to curb investment. "The industry has learned through bitter experience to prepare for the next recession," says Luc Luyten, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • Bain & Co Says Offline Stores Next Big Thing for Alibaba

    August 18, 2017 | Retail | Bloomberg | Media mention

    Larry Zhu, a partner with Bain & Company, discusses the importance of bricks and mortar stores for Alibaba ad his outlook for the company. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."