Publications

  • U.S. companies fear the Chinese New Year

    January 19, 2011 | CNN Money | Media mention

    As the Chinese workers prepare for a 15 day national holiday, American retail sales are already suffering due to delayed shipments of merchandise from manufacturing facilities in China.

  • Global supply chain expert Miles Cook appointed to head Bain & Company's global Performance Improvement practice

    November 12, 2009 | Press release

    Performance Improvement, a Core Strategic Capability for Businesses in a World of Globalized Competition, Reduced Demand, Volatile Costs and Tight Credit

  • Making the cost-migration decision

    July 03, 2005 | Industrial Machinery | IndustryWeek

    Companies today have unprecedented opportunities to move functions to low-cost countries and tap into the capabilities of overseas suppliers. But the plethora of options at their disposal poses difficult challenges.

  • When offshoring, think functions not factories

    June 07, 2005 | Industrial Machinery | IndustryWeek

    Till Vestring, based in Singapore, directs Bain & Company's (www.bain.com) Asia-Pacific Industrial Practice. Ted Rouse, based in Chicago, directs Bain's Global Industrial Practice, and Uwe Reinert, based in Dusseldorf, directs the firm's European Industrial Practice.

  • Making the move to low-cost countries

    February 28, 2005 | Industrial Machinery | Bain Brief

    Migrating costs to low-cost countries (LCCs) has moved from being an "interesting idea" to an imperative for most industrial companies, but it's a "must do" that too often is managed with ambivalence.

  • Working your assets to boost your growth

    February 28, 2005 | Sustained Cost Transformation | Harvard Business Review: Supply Chain Strategy

    Because enormous costs and assets are tied up in supply chains, their management has ramifications for every aspect of a company. Today product companies have up to 60% of their net assets and a staggering 80% of all costs embedded in their supply chain. Yet companies too seldom look to supply

  • Value-chain accountability: Making the numbers add up

    October 31, 2004 | Supply Chain Management | INSEAD Quarterly

    Boardrooms have replaced barricades as the new front line in the debate over globalisation. Companies, governments and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) are engaged in ongoing discussions nowadays about the risks and opportunities of global business expansion.

  • Loyalty: A Prescription for Cutting Costs

    August 31, 2003 | Customer Loyalty | Marketing Management

    In the current downturn, many companies are tightening their belts, but too many are missing their biggest opportunity to keep costs down. Building loyal relationships with customers and other stakeholders can go a long way toward cost reduction.

  • Finding Hidden Profits

    April 30, 2003 | Sustained Cost Transformation | Journal of Business Strategy

    Productivity is gaining, but earnings continue to disappoint. Where can companies, and their shareholders, find long-lasting relief from the profit squeeze?

  • The Challenge of Cutting Costs

    April 30, 2003 | Telecommunications | Tele.com

    For most managers, cost discipline holds as much appeal as a cold shower. The prevailing attitude is that costs must be cut from time to time. Usually, the gruelling work of taking out costs is a periodic program rather than an ongoing way of life.