Bain briefs and books

  • 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.

  • Spotlight on Long-Hold Funds: Opening Up New Horizons

    March 13, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Longer-term investment vehicles can outperform—but only for the right types of assets.

  • Working with Suppliers for Sustainable Food Supply Chains

    March 13, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Even companies making steady progress cannot go much further without collaborating across the value chain.

  • Overcoming the Existential Crisis in Consumer Goods

    March 07, 2018 | Bain Brief

    Leading brands need to fight today’s battles and the even bigger ones hitting them tomorrow.

  • 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.

  • Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2018

    February 26, 2018 | Bain report

    In Bain & Company's 2018 Global Private Equity Report, we highlight how the best firms are building capabilities to thrive in this tough new environment.

  • Grocery Retailing, Reimagined

    February 14, 2018 | Bain Brief

    As grocers face into the future they should not lose sight of what customers love about them today.