Articles

  • "Authenticity" is being peddled as a cure for drooping brands

    November 14, 2015 | Consumer Products | The Economist | Media mention

    The ease of accessing information online makes consumers more likely to abandon their habitual brands because they have heard about something new or cheaper. In China and other big emerging markets, foreign-branded goods are losing their allure as shoppers realize that local products are no longer

  • Smaller Asian markets to top China for deals this year

    November 12, 2015 | Private Equity | Private Equity International | Media mention

    For the largest markets in Asia, the outlook for private equity is robust, according to Bain & Company's Asia-Pacific Private Equity Report 2015. General partners expect that smaller markets in Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines will top China as the most attractive

  • Bain warns Asia-focused GPs to avoid past mistakes

    November 11, 2015 | Private Equity | Private Equity International | Media mention

    Competition for Asia-Pacific deals will continue to be intense due to record amounts of funds ready to invest, forcing all players in the private equity industry to learn the lessons of the past and improve performance, according to the Asia-Pacific Private Equity Report 2015 by Bain & Company.

  • China moves to crack down on counterfeit Disney products

    November 06, 2015 | Consumer Products | The New York Times | Media mention

    A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China, published with Bain & Company, found that 85% of respondents believed China's enforcement of intellectual property rights had improved in the last five years, but two-thirds said that the risks of intellectual property or data being leaked were

  • A harder road ahead

    October 31, 2015 | Consumer Products | The Economist | Media mention

    Some foreign companies are losing their stake in China's consumer markets as local brands flourish. Bain & Company's China Shopper Report found that local brands gained market share in 18 categories last year and command 70% of their combined markets, as foreign firms' market share is declining

  • How Greece can Harvest Low-Hanging Euros

    October 20, 2015 | Forbes.com

    Reducing even a limited set of supply chain barriers to trade halfway to best practices would yield nearly $2.6 trillion in global GDP. For Greece, that could mean boosting its GDP by 5%–6% or adding up to $15 billion to the country’s ailing economy.

  • Huawei joins race to pour money into the cloud

    October 19, 2015 | Technology | The Wall Street Journal | Media mention

    Over the past several months, China's biggest technology companies have announced large investments in cloud computing. Tech companies see huge opportunities because China's cloud-computing market is growing fast. A July report from Bain & Company forecast cloud-related spending could reach $20

  • Alibaba's Ma says data resource is oil, water of the future

    October 14, 2015 | IT, Technology | BloombergBusiness | Media mention

    Chinese cloud computing companies are likely to face skepticism about data and Internet security globally. "The largest markets will still be in the US, Europe and Japan," said Steven Lu, a Shanghai-based partner with Bain & Company. "These places in the foreseeable future will continue to have

  • Alibaba opens second U.S. data center in $1 billion cloud push

    October 09, 2015 | IT, Technology | BloombergBusiness | Media mention

    Chinese cloud computing companies will most likely need to compete for local business to reach scale, said Steven Lu, a Shanghai-based partner with Bain & Company. "When Chinese companies go overseas, following the diaspora of Chinese companies might be a good first step," Lu said. "Yet the

  • China's consumers: Doughty but not superhuman

    September 26, 2015 | Consumer Products | The Economist | Media mention

    A study of Chinese consumers by Bain & Company found that foreign brands lost market share in the majority of categories of cheap consumer goods last year. In more sophisticated products, domestic companies are also elbowing into territory once dominated by international players.