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Emerging Market Consumers

June 2015
China has become a two-speed consumer market. The optimistic, “high-speed” market disproportionately consists of middle- to upper-middle-class and affluent households that are powering consumer spending.

Transportation & Logistics

June 2015

Transportation has become the top concern of supply chain leaders at consumer packaged goods companies. A strategic approach to transportation is now a must.

June 2015
As much as 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the U.S. could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020.
March 2015
The eagerly anticipated uplift has not yet materialized, as companies continue to grapple with challenges stemming from overcapacity and a highly fragmented industry structure.
March 2015
Drawing on analysis from proprietary tools, BCG assesses challenges facing container shippers, including overcapacity and low returns, and offers recommendations for restoring carriers’ profitability.

Organizing for Excellence

July 2015
Companies have applied BCG’s Exercising for Excellence approach to reduce the costs of support functions by up to 35 percent while increasing productivity by approximately 50 percent.
June 2015
Many decentralized companies have practices that vary widely across sites. Correcting this—and implementing advanced techniques such as lean—requires a company-wide production system that establishes the right degree of standardization.

Globalization

June 2015
A sea change is under way in the automotive-supply, construction equipment, and chemical industries as rapidly growing emerging-market companies challenge the global leadership of multinational corporations.
June 2015
Despite high aspirations, few companies are ready to build and run truly global organizations and operations.
November 2014
A new and more complex phase of globalization has begun. Rather than determine whether their companies should go global, CEOs must now figure out how they can do so in a way that works for the long term.

Energy

June 2015
A divisive and often misinformed debate about unconventional gas-and-oil resources is jeopardizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change America’s economic and energy trajectory.
June 2015
For many downstream companies, the current environment of low oil prices has been a boon. But prospects vary by sector and region.
July 2014
Improving economics and innovation are driving the growth of distributed energy. Utilities must respond proactively to this rising threat by leveraging their many advantages.

Mining

June 2015
Mineral exploration worldwide is in crisis. Mining companies that shift their focus from productivity to an integrated approach that restores greenfield exploration will come out ahead.