Publications

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for a Nafta Overhaul?

    August 03, 2017 | Bain Brief

    In the 23 years since adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), companies operating in the US, Mexico and Canada have been designing their supply chains for a trade regime of minimal cross-border barriers.

  • The Intangible Benefits of a Digital Supply Chain

    April 13, 2016 | Digital | Bain Brief

    Does your digital supply chain serve your strategy, add value for existing customers or open the door to new ones?

  • Is Your Supply Chain a True Business Partner?

    December 24, 2015 | Bain Supply Chain Edge℠ | Supply Chain 24/7

    At its best, the supply chain can become a true competitive weapon that yields several beneficial outcomes.

  • The Dawn of the Mega Supplier

    June 14, 1999 | Bain Brief

    What if buying a car were more like buying a computer? A shopper would begin by deciding what generation of engine she wanted in her sedan-say, a Cummins NTR with 200 horsepower, the reigning "Pentium" of car engines-and which interior model she wanted: say, the Lear B90 or B100.

  • Right away and all at once: How we saved Continental

    August 31, 1998 | Consumer Products | Harvard Business Review

    In '93, when Greg Brenneman (as a Bain VP) started working at Continental Airlines, it was the most dysfunctional company he had ever seen. It had been through 2 bankruptcies and 10 presidents in ten years. There was next to no strategy. The company was burning through money. Employee morale