Publications

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Brexit?

    February 06, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies can limit the negative consequences of a hard or soft Brexit by adopting a different approach to strategy—one that anticipates a number of future scenarios.

  • 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.

  • Why supply chains matter more than ever for technology companies

    October 03, 2011 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    An in-depth Bain analysis of the supply chains at six leading technology companies found a wide disparity in both the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations and identified the three most important areas for improvement.

  • Managers seek treatment for China's supply syndrome

    September 11, 2007 | The Financial Times

    The lesson for multinational corporations is "beware - you tend to get the supplier arrangement you bargained for", whether suppliers are based in Dongguan City, Delhi or Düsseldorf.

  • 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.

  • Value-chain accountability: Making the numbers add up

    October 31, 2004 | Bain Supply Chain Edge℠ | 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.

  • 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.

  • Responsible Value Chain: What Are You Accountable For?

    December 21, 2003 | Consumer Products | Bain Brief

    " The sophistication of NGOs and consumer groups appears to be growing: Increasingly, they target big brands as a way to define and resolve global social issues.