Publications

  • IKEA undertakes some home improvements

    November 02, 2017 | Retail | The Economist | Media mention

    IKEA's new digitally-focused strategy carries the usual risks faced by firms going online. Customers are not shifting entirely to e-commerce, notes Marc-André Kamel, a partner with Bain & Company, but wish to mix and match channels.

  • Bain & Co.'s Rafael Natanek on how to make your drug launch a success

    September 27, 2017 | Pharmaceuticals | S&P Global | Media mention

    Following a survey of 100 executives at the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, Rafael Natanek, a partner with Bain & Company, talked to S&P Global Market Intelligence about the critical importance of a successful new drug launch, given that drug companies will derive 25% to 80% of their revenue from

  • European banking landscape increasingly polarized, says analyst

    September 06, 2017 | Banking | CNBC | Media mention

    Strong banks have been getting stronger but a number of banks could be in danger, João Soares, partner with Bain & Company, told CNBC.

  • Number of European lenders in danger rises sharply

    September 04, 2017 | Banking | Financial Times | Media mention

    A new report by Bain & Company shows that the number of European banks in grave danger rose sharply last year and is now close to its 2013 level, despite extensive efforts by lenders to bolster balance sheets and profits. "The fragile banks that have not acted effectively or that delayed taking

  • 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.

  • European utilities primed for consolidation in shift to renewables

    June 27, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, says growth in renewables has created excess capacity of about 25 to 30 percent in the European power sector, depressing profit margins for generators. He predicts mergers of equals through which companies will share synergies from closing uneconomic

  • Amazon's Whole Foods Deal Turns Spotlight on France's Carrefour

    June 20, 2017 | Retail | Bloomberg | Media mention

    French grocer Carrefour named a new chief executive officer this month. His mission is to expand his new employer’s online presence while revamping its tired hypermarkets. “The hypermarket concept needs to be fundamentally rethought in terms of what it’s bringing to the market and in terms of

  • U.K.'s Hung Parliament Raises Business Hopes for a Softer Brexit

    June 12, 2017 | Macro Trends | Bloomberg | Media mention

    One of the biggest challenges for business leaders since the referendum has been the uncertainty over whether the U.K. would remain in the single market or fall out and face tighter immigration controls, said Michael Garstka, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • British Airways botches its response to its latest technical woes

    June 03, 2017 | Information Technology | The Economist | Media mention

    Frank Ford, a partner with Bain & Company, postulates that airlines could fix systematic IT crashes by simply performing tests on these systems more often. Firms in many industries, including airlines, typically fear that tests could disrupt business too much, and as a consequence skimp on them.

  • Utilities think digital to serve homes of future

    May 29, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, stresses that in the immediate future most utility companies will need - and will continue - to make money on basic energy supply. Until more homes move "off grid" with their own solar panels and batteries that can store excess electricity, energy