Retail Publications

  • The Sprint Toward Christmas

    December 03, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Early promotions and extended hours turned Black Friday into Black November, and the busiest holiday shopping days are yet to come.

  • Spotlight on Technology

    November 17, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Technology is in the spotlight this holiday season, and we’re referring to more than just gift items. With an ever-increasing number of tablets and smartphones in the United States, customers are constantly connected and are incorporating technology into their shopping activities in game-changing

  • Ready, set, shop: Holiday sales outlook

    November 03, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Bain is forecasting holiday retail sales growth of 3% to 4% this year, up from 2.6% in 2013. Lower unemployment, falling gas prices, higher disposable income and healthy financial markets should encourage spending growth this holiday season.

  • Most adults don’t mind 4 months of Christmas ads

    September 25, 2014 |

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year: September, when we start the great tradition of complaining about how retailers push the holiday season earlier every year.

  • Reimagining IT for an Omnichannel World

    August 20, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Customers expect more from their retailers just about every day, as mobile and social technologies create new possibilities for shopping. Most retailers have their hands full keeping the online store running and the cyber attackers at bay. So how can they stay ahead of the curve and offer

  • E-commerce is not eating retail

    August 14, 2014 |

    Omnichannel retailers—those that seamlessly integrate the best of both digital and physical worlds at each step of the customer experience—are likely to enjoy significant advantages over retailers that try to pursue either one alone or both independently.

  • Leading a Digical® Transformation

    June 11, 2014 | Bain Brief

    The digital revolutions we have experienced in the last few decades are nothing short of miraculous. In fact, the changes have been so dramatic that some have predicted the demise of physical commerce entirely.

  • Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study Spring 2014

    May 19, 2014 | Retail | Bain study

    The first quarter update of Bain’s bellwether industry report shows extension of 2013 trends, exchange rate fluctuations and changing purchasing patterns and flows.

  • Focus on enduring values in ten years - Bain Seoul

    May 05, 2014 | Retail Magazine

    The retailing industry's environmental changes have determined the success and failure of numerous businesses, transforming the industry dynamics. For example, in the United States, such “disruption” that fundamentally changes the industry has repeated itself every 50 years.

  • What it takes for grocers to grow with emerging Asia

    April 23, 2014 | Retail | Jakarta Post

    These would seem like the best of times for the grocery business in emerging Asia. But if the growth is strong and prospects are bright, why do some companies pull ahead while others follow distantly or fail?