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  • Choreographing a Full Potential Transformation

    April 09, 2014 | Full Potential Transformation | Bain Brief

    Full-potential transformation can boost performance by an order of magnitude and deliver sustained growth. But a clear vision of what the company should become must be supported by the right choreography for change, realistic risk assessment and a management structure that can deliver game-changing

  • The Biggest Contributor to Brand Growth

    March 19, 2014 | Consumer Products | Bain Brief

    Most brand plans typically call for tapping into a well-segmented group of shoppers, getting them to try the brand, and progressively converting them into avid consumers who buy larger and larger quantities of it over time. But the evidence shows this doesn’t work. The best way to grow brands is to

  • Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2014

    March 10, 2014 | Bain report

    Released in the wake of PE's strongest year since the global financial crisis, Bain's latest Global Private Equity Report takes a comprehensive look at the sources of continuity and change as PE investors work to build on the industry's recent success.

  • What Does It Really Take for Grocers to Win in Emerging Asia?

    February 12, 2014 | Retail | Bain Brief

    Despite the dazzling macro trends that make emerging Asia so attractive to grocery retailers, there are a host of obstacles that also make this region a tricky one. We’ve identified the nine critical rules any successful company must follow to win in this region, and three important

  • How to Win on China's "Good Enough" Battlefield

    February 12, 2014 | Strategy | Bain Brief

    In almost every sector in China, from construction equipment to financial information, local companies have matured sufficiently to offer products that are much more competitive than in the past. In most cases they aren't competing directly with foreign incumbents' premium brands—at least not yet.

  • Winning with procurement in Asia

    December 11, 2013 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    Companies have set aggressive targets to squeeze cost savings from procurement, but a Bain study finds that many executives feel ill-equipped to meet those goals. Just as the need to improve has never been greater, they're saddled with insufficient processes and under-developed talent. Fortunately,

  • The true behavior of the Chinese shopper

    November 26, 2013 | Consumer Products | Bain Brief

    China is a complex market—all the more so as growth slows and competition intensifies. The days of growing a brand just by riding a category wave are coming to an end. To win in China now, it's critical for companies to increase penetration and recruit shoppers every time they step into a store.

  • Customer Loyalty in Retail Banking: Global Edition 2013

    November 06, 2013 | Bain Net Promoter System®, Financial Services | Bain Brief

    Banks made progress in earning customers’ loyalty during 2013, but they’re far from exploiting the full potential. And as the take-up of mobile banking accelerates, some players are falling behind, leaving themselves vulnerable to new competitors. The leaders, by contrast, have developed channel

  • Foreign and local brands battle for China's shoppers in a rapidly changing environment

    October 18, 2013 | Consumer Products | Bain report

    Our 2013 analysis of how Chinese shoppers behave allowed us to confirm and refine our previous findings, and provided additional invaluable insights into how shoppers make purchases. These insights will be critical to marketers as they seek to grow their brands in a Chinese market characterized by

  • What "good" looks like: Creating an operational excellence management system

    October 15, 2013 | Oil and Gas | Bain Brief

    Unlike individuals, companies can’t simply decide one day to act more efficiently. Complex organizations need a systematic approach to improvement. An operational excellence management system is a set of rules that, when implemented with measurable accountability, can guide a company on its journey