Publications

  • Divide and prosper: Unbundling Europe's energy supply

    October 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Benelux newsletter

    In France's energy market, EDF and Poweo have little in common at first blush. One is the country's largest power utility and serves 40 million companies and households. The other just signed on its ten-thousandth customer in October.

  • Europe's low-cost path to high-performance banking

    October 31, 2004 | Financial Services | INSEAD Quarterly

    How can European banks sustain long-term growth while keeping the costs of expansion under control? Bain & Company's Philippe De Backer, Tim Wright, Cornel Wisskirchen and Scott Tanner explain.

  • Unbundling Distribution and Supply (Decoupler la Distribution et la Fourniture)

    May 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Over the past decade the value chains in both the electricity and gas industries have undergone profound structural changes in most European countries.

  • Everyday low cost

    May 31, 2003 | Bain Sustained Cost Transformation | Benelux newsletter

    For most managers, cost discipline holds as much appeal as a cold shower. The prevailing attitude, even in harsh economic conditions, is that costs must occasionally be cut said Bain's Patrick Demoucelle.

  • Shaping up Your Supply Chain

    February 28, 2002 | Bain Sustained Cost Transformation | Benelux newsletter

    Independent research reveals that the average company spends nearly 10% on its supply chain-the sequence of activities that bring materials to manufacturers, take finished goods to retailers, and move inventory onto shelves. Ironically, this is more than twice what top supply chain performers spend.