Retail Publications

  • 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?

  • How grocers can grow with emerging Asia

    April 02, 2014 | Consumer Products | The Business Times (Singapore)

    THESE would seem like the best of times for the grocery business in emerging Asia. Home to about 44 per cent of the world's population, Asia's emerging markets boast macro trends that would delight any retailer: healthy GDP growth, a rapidly rising middle class and populations that are steadily

  • Indonesia, new frontier for consumer goods companies

    March 24, 2014 | Consumer Products | Jakarta Post

    In the world of consumer products, all eyes are on Indonesia. If the country can manage inflation and political instability, reduce regulatory complexity, increase labor market flexibility and improve infrastructure, it could become the globe’s next big prize. Over the next 15 years, Indonesia will