Publications

  • Supply managers move to mission critical

    November 07, 2006 | Sustained Cost Transformation | IndustryWeek

    When the first passengers board Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in 2008, they'll be part of aviation history, flying aboard a super fuel-efficient aircraft that allows midsize jets to achieve the range of much larger jetliners.

  • Supply management: strategy's hidden accelerator

    May 14, 2006 | Bain Brief

    Most companies are already pursuing a variety of initiatives that constitute today's conventional wisdom for improving supply management. They are optimizing costs through expanded (often global) sourcing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Divide and prosper: Unbundling Europe's energy supply

    October 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Benelux newsletter

    In France's energy market, EDF and Poweo have little in common at first blush. One is the country's largest power utility and serves 40 million companies and households. The other just signed on its ten-thousandth customer in October.

  • Unbundling Distribution and Supply (Decoupler la Distribution et la Fourniture)

    May 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Over the past decade the value chains in both the electricity and gas industries have undergone profound structural changes in most European countries.

  • Everyday low cost

    May 31, 2003 | Sustained Cost Transformation | Benelux newsletter

    For most managers, cost discipline holds as much appeal as a cold shower. The prevailing attitude, even in harsh economic conditions, is that costs must occasionally be cut said Bain's Patrick Demoucelle.