Publications

  • Automation Nation: Whose Job Is Next?

    March 19, 2018 | Bain Snap Chart

    Lower costs from automation may increase demand for workers, but automation is likely to eliminate nearly 40 million jobs in the US in the coming decade.

  • Can 'Cobots' Bring Manufacturing Back Home?

    March 19, 2018 | Bain Snap Chart

    By enhancing the productivity of humans, automation will likely make manufacturing costs attractive closer to home.

  • Build a Digital Supply Chain That Is Fit for the Future

    March 13, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Complaints from frustrated customers were mounting at a major US retailer. More than 20% said they could not find the company’s branded products in shops because items were out of stock. The problem was that efforts to improve service disrupted the company’s low-cost distribution model.

  • Hernan Saenz tapped to lead Bain & Company's global Performance Improvement practice

    March 13, 2018 | Firm Strategy | Press release

    Hernan Saenz, a 20-year veteran of Bain & Company, has been appointed to lead the firm’s Global Performance Improvement Practice.

  • Robots Make the Stuff. Soon, They Will Serve It, Too

    March 07, 2018 | Bain Snap Chart

    The next phase of automation, based on machine learning, artificial intelligence and advances in robotics, will affect 80% of workers through wage suppression and job loss.

  • Quick and Painful: Brace for Job Automation's Next Wave

    March 07, 2018 | Bain Snap Chart

    Automation could displace nearly 2.5 million workers per year in the coming decade.

  • Robots for Hire as Baby Boomers Retire

    March 07, 2018 | Bain Snap Chart

    As baby boomers move into retirement, labor will grow scarcer, accelerating investment in automation technologies. That shift will boost productivity, but the rapid spread of automation may eliminate as many as 20% to 25% of current jobs in the US, setting the stage for a boom–bust cycle.

  • Banking's Amazon Moment

    March 05, 2018 | Bain Brief

    The e-commerce juggernaut may be taking the plunge into banking, but it is not invulnerable. Banks that focus on customers over products, on fast test-and-learn over business cases, can thrive.

  • Kelner’s Take: The Public-Private Energy Venture’s Marriage of Convenience

    February 09, 2018 | Private Equity | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    For investment managers, joint ventures are “an opportunity to deploy capital in big chunks,” said Ethan Phillips, a partner with Bain & Company. In some cases, joint ventures with public oil-and-gas companies also give firms exposure to seasoned management teams and businesses with established

  • Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality

    February 07, 2018 | Bain report

    The business environment of the 2020s will be more volatile and economic swings more extreme.