Retail Publications

  • Digical® retail and why stores matter

    December 18, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Although e-commerce sales are growing at double-digit rates, the reality is that 90% of retail sales still happen in stores. In this issue, we look at the holiday shopping season to date and explore the evolving role of stores in a Digical world. We examine how the most successful retailers are

  • Lewis Weinger: A Fresh Look at Store Labor

    December 16, 2015 | Bain video

    Retailers are increasingly looking to boost labor efficiency in order to reinvest in omnichannel and other strategic initiatives. Bain Partner Lewis Weinger explains how winning retailers do three things really well.

  • Retail Banks Wake Up to Digital Lending

    December 15, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Our benchmark survey highlights the capability gaps and the potential for banks to defend their profit pools.

  • Halftime report and all eyes on Amazon

    December 04, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Early reports from the Thanksgiving shopping weekend suggest record e-commerce sales as well as significant and extended promotional activity. Fueling these trends: Amazon. In this issue, we recap the season to date, dissect Amazon's business model and share new research on how retailers can

  • ’Tis the season for free shipping

    November 19, 2015 | Bain Brief

    With every holiday season, customers’ expectations for free and fast delivery increase. This year, retailers must also provide shoppers with a good fulfillment experience, one that is flexible, reliable and seamless. In this issue, we look at how retailers—including grocers—are modernizing their

  • Allison Gans: A Fresh Look at Store Labor

    November 06, 2015 | Retail | Bain video

    As consumer shopping habits continue to change, retailers need effective and transparent ways to reallocate worker hours. Bain Partner Allison Gans discusses three key strategies that successful retailers use to save on labor costs.

  • Andy Noble: Building the Modern Retail Organization

    November 05, 2015 | Retail | Bain video

    How do you become a successful omnichannel retailer? Bain Partner Andy Noble outlines the three rules that are essential to building a modern retail organization.

  • 2015 holiday sales outlook: Let the shopping begin

    October 20, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Bain is forecasting 4% growth in US retail sales this holiday season, below last year’s growth of 4.9% but directly in line with the five-year average. Our optimism stems from several factors, including consumers’ ability to spend and a healthy macroeconomic outlook for 2016. It is tempered,

  • Korean Fashion Needs to Bet on R&d, Not Speed - Bain Seoul

    August 29, 2015 | Retail | Chosun Ilbo

    Korea's fast-growing fashion industry is struggling. Despite growth in size, the industry is witnessing profitability deterioration. According to Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry, the average operating margin of domestic casual fashion companies, including SPA brands, fell sharply to 0.

  • Digital China Boom

    July 08, 2015 | CEO Forum

    As China's e-commerce market evolves, the most successful retailers and brands will be those that invest to engage with customers at all three stages of this journey.