Publications

  • 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

  • To Tap Tomorrow's Distributed Ledger Tech, Firms Must Act Now

    June 14, 2017 | The Business Times

    Companies that are proactive and strategic about distributed ledger technology can gain an edge, even in today's challenging climate.

  • Reigniting Growth in Industrials

    June 13, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Complexity is the enemy of growth and a particular challenge for industrial companies, whose growth is highly tied to GDP. The experiences of two industrial companies show how to conquer complexity and restore the focus and agility of the Founder’s Mentality.

  • 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.

  • Bain & Company achieves net zero carbon emissions for the sixth year in a row - Part of the firm's global commitment to fighting climate change

    June 09, 2017 | Social & Public Sector | Press release

    Bain & Company, the global business consulting firm, announced today its sixth annual certification as a 100 percent CarbonNeutral® company – an achievement few can claim, according to Natural Capital Partners, a world-leading provider of carbon emission reduction and renewable energy solutions.

  • 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

  • Jim Hackett has an impossible job to remake Ford

    May 24, 2017 | Firm Strategy | The Financial Times | Media mention

    Bain & Company has a model for what it calls the firm of the future — a company, like Ford, facing upheaval. It argues that the leaders like Jim Hackett must keep “engine one”, the traditional core business, operating smoothly. At the same time, they must free capital to invest in “engine two”, the

  • Fighting Sustainability Inertia

    May 18, 2017 | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Keeping sustainability programs on track requires a new mindset, executive leadership and clear public commitments.

  • How Banks Can Turn Around Unprofitable Corporate Clients

    May 16, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Some banks have upgraded their IT systems to better track the profitability of each client, then focused on explicitly managing profitability at the onboarding, deal pricing and account relationship stages.