Performance Improvement 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?

    August 02, 2017 | Bain infographic

    In the face of Nafta uncertainty, leadership teams should consider three types of actions that minimize risk.

  • Delivering savings that stick

    May 03, 2012 | Performance Improvement | CFO Journal

    This article originally appeared on's CFO Journal (may require subscription). What is it that gives your company an edge over its competitors? Is it technology? Strategy? Market position?

  • Sustained cost transformation: Delivering savings that stick

    January 13, 2012 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    It’s no surprise that most companies routinely try to lower their costs. But few succeed in driving costs out and making the savings stick. What do the successful companies know that the others don't? To find out, we dug deep into our data and conducted a series of executive interviews. We

  • Power to purchasing

    June 04, 2009 | Performance Improvement | The Economic Times

    Changing your purchasing strategy can bring in substantial cost savings WITH THE DOWNTURN affecting virtually every industry, companies are looking for cash. There's no easier way to generate quick cash without salary cuts, bonus reductions or painful layoffs than to find cost savings in purchasing.

  • Three corporate giants exploit Mexico's fragmented distribution channels to achieve competitive advance

    February 29, 2004 | Consumer Products | Business Mexico

    What do Mexican companies: Telcel, Estafeta and Cemex have in common? They are in very different industries: cellular telephony, express packages and cement and each face different competitive landscapes.

  • The Empire Strikes Back in Latin America

    June 29, 2000 | Performance Improvement | Latin American Finance & Capital Markets

    Latin American Internet start-ups have received considerable attention. In the last eighteen months they have captured over $1.84 billion dollars of private funding. However, many of these "flash-in-the-pan" companies are struggling and will soon fail.