Bain briefs and books

  • The Zero-Based Cost Revolution in Retail

    June 21, 2018 | Bain Brief

    These are particularly tricky times for traditional retailers. Web, mobile and even voice shopping options have upended the rules of engagement, intensified competition and boosted customer expectations. Customers now expect to move seamlessly between digital and physical channels.

  • How Commercial Excellence Jump-Starts Growth in Private Equity

    March 28, 2018 | Bain Brief

    In 2014, Swedish private equity firm EQT turned its sights on Bureau van Dijk (BvD), a global information services provider headquartered in Amsterdam.

  • Are Investors Mispricing US Bank Risks?

    March 21, 2018 | Bain Brief

    The equity market is not making much distinction between weaker and healthier banks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.