• How Europe's grocers keep food sales fresh

    January 21, 2009 | Retail | The Wall Street Journal Europe

    " The capability to cater to local preferences in a cost-effective way may help position these companies to weather the economic downturn better than their competitors.

  • Results March-April 2006: Business strategy brief

    March 31, 2006 | Customer Strategy & Marketing | Bain Brief

    Too many companies can't tell the difference between good profits and bad. The consequences are disastrous. Bad profits choke off a company's best opportunities for true, lasting growth. They blacken its reputation and make it vulnerable to competitors.

  • January-February 2006-Bain strategy results

    December 31, 2005 | Bain Brief

    International expansion requires a sure-footed strategy. Bain analysis shows that more than 60% of geographic moves fail entirely, and only 17% of companies achieve profitable foreign growth. But for those who get it right, the rewards can be great.

  • Say it loud, say it proud:"Shareholder value!"

    December 31, 2004 | Benelux newsletter

    Remember the phrase "creating shareholder value"? The expression nearly died of shame after WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers made quarterly stock analyst presentations by pointing to a nearly vertical share-price chart and challenging: "Any questions?

  • Can deal making solve your growth problem?

    October 31, 2004 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Benelux newsletter

    Most CEOs today recognize that their businesses can't succeed without acquisitions. Companies need to add new capabilities to find the next wave of profitable growth, and the vast majority will think that an acquisition is the most efficient way to deliver what they are looking for.

  • 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.

  • Anticipating the light at the end of the tunnel

    January 31, 2004 | Fundamentals of Growth | Benelux newsletter

    Though it could well be the last year of turbulence, 2004 may not bring the 'recovery' we've all been waiting for. Many challenges remain: unemployment is still unresolved, growth still weak, and the disequilibrium between dollar and euro still wreaking havoc.

  • China: The new Belgian frontier

    January 31, 2004 | Fundamentals of Growth | Benelux newsletter

    China has been the world's most rapidly growing economy for the past five years and is expected to remain so for the next four. This past year alone, China was the first universal destination for direct foreign investments. Particularly Belgian money.

  • Innovating in turbulent times

    July 31, 2003 | Fundamentals of Growth | Benelux newsletter

    In an economy that doesn't know up from down, it's hard to figure out where the next wave of growth will come from. There have been few "next big things" developed during economic uncertainty. Surprisingly, a select number of companies seem to consistently figure it out.