Publications

  • How Brands Can Prepare for European Retailing's Tectonic Shifts

    March 16, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Europe’s grocers are grappling with the weakening performance of big-box stores, the rise of everyday value concepts and the acceleration of e-commerce. Here's how consumer goods companies can control their own destinies and protect margins in this changing retail landscape.

  • Heroes Can Save Consumer Products Innovation

    February 29, 2016 | Consumer Products | Bangkok Post

    Consumer goods companies need an innovation in innovation. The largest companies invest an average of US$1.4 billion in research and development, typically 2% to 5% of their net sales, each year to bring new products to market.

  • Making "Heroes" Core of Innovation Push

    February 13, 2016 | Consumer Products | The Business Times (Singapore)

    Leading consumer products companies focus on their "hero" products, which usually contribute the bulk of sales and profits.

  • Jean-Charles van den Branden: Repeatable M&A in Consumer Products

    December 18, 2015 | Bain video

    Companies that cut costs to create additional cash can generate more value for their shareholders by reinvesting into growth. Bain Partner Jean-Charles van den Branden discusses four elements of a successful repeatable M&A model.

  • Frédéric Debruyne appointed to lead Bain & Company's Telecommunications, Media, Technology practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa

    December 01, 2015 | Telecommunications | Press release

    Brussels – December 1, 2015 – Bain & Company, the global strategy consulting firm, has selected Frédéric Debruyne, a telecom and customer experience expert, as its new regional leader for the firm's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice.

  • Currency fluctuations and luxury globe-trotters boost global personal luxury goods to over a quarter trillion Euros

    October 29, 2015 | Retail | Press release

    According to Bain & Company's 2015 worldwide luxury report, luxury brands will need the right pricing model to win against hard-to-predict currency volatility

  • VARs: The Untapped Growth Engine for Telcos

    October 21, 2015 | Bain Brief

    The enterprise business of telecommunications faces a crisis of eroding top and bottom lines as their customers switch from margin-rich, traditional connectivity to financially less attractive IP (internet protocol) connectivity. For some telcos, acquiring a value-added reseller (VAR) might be the

  • More than half of all businesses lack the talent needed to “reboot” their it operating models

    September 23, 2015 | IT | Press release

    Brussels – September, 2015 – Technology has moved to the center of digital strategy, which is challenging senior executives to find new ways to integrate IT into the business and avoid being left behind by more technically savvy competitors.

  • Innovation in Consumer Goods: Heroes to the Rescue

    September 09, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Instead of unleashing a flood of new products each year, winning consumer goods companies focus their innovation efforts on their most profitable products—their heroes. They upgrade and update them with different pack sizes or new ingredients, and make changes that serve new needs and occasions.

  • How to Outgrow Your Competitors: Lessons from US Brand Winners

    September 09, 2015 | Bain Brief

    It's harder than ever to grow a brand, but one in five in the US are gaining share in their categories, according to our study of 550 top brands. These brands outperform their rivals by innovating more effectively to improve penetration, spending more wisely on brand memorability and excelling at