Publications

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for a Nafta Overhaul?

    August 03, 2017 | Bain Brief

    In the 23 years since adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), companies operating in the US, Mexico and Canada have been designing their supply chains for a trade regime of minimal cross-border barriers.

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for a NAFTA Overhaul?

    July 30, 2017 | HBR.org

    Leadership teams can limit the negative consequences of a possible NAFTA withdrawal and currency moves by adopting an approach that anticipates several future scenarios.

  • Finding the "X" Factor in Product Design

    April 12, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Using a technique called design-to-X, companies can identify and prioritize the key elements of product design. Finding the X factor helps companies discover what customers truly value.

  • A Smarter Approach to Procurement

    February 24, 2017 | IndustryWeek

    Successful companies achieve greater savings by creating a collaborative partnership between procurement and the business.

  • Unearthing the Hidden Treasure of Procurement

    October 12, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Companies that think differently about procurement strike a rich vein of savings.

  • Bury the pilot project and build a hothouse

    May 13, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Many lean programs fixate on cost, which fails to inspire employees over the long term. A more effective approach centers on improving the customer experience, not just boosting productivity. It emphasizes end-to-end process redesign based on eliminating the root causes of waste. And it runs tests

  • Cost cutting: no pain, all gain

    October 20, 2014 | Forbes.com

    A preemptive approach to cost containment can make operations far more effective, not just leaner.

  • A Higher Bar

    October 08, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Few companies have gone far enough in connecting their legal and business strategies. As a result, the activities that could unlock the most value for the company can get crowded out by seemingly urgent but less important demands. However, some companies have figured out how their legal departments

  • Cost-Cutting with No Regrets

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Businesses have been squeezing more productivity from existing resources, but efforts to contain costs don't have to cause gloom and doom. In the best companies, cost programs spur major improvements in operating effectiveness along financial customer, employee and other metrics.

  • Focus on the Customer

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Many companies try to offer something to everybody. But the leaders take a different approach: they define their "design target" customers, tailor their products and services to appeal to these customers, and focus their organization to deliver exactly what these customers most value.