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Advanced Retail Buying

Buffeted by fierce competition and fickle consumers, and facing precipitously declining margins, retailers have a secret weapon: data. A lot of data, from market research firms, loyalty card programs, online purchase activity and many other sources. Bain Advanced Retail Buying helps you unlock the full value of that data with Advanced Analytics so you can grow categories significantly while reducing costs.

Why Bain

Why Bain

  • Our deep understanding of customer behavior combined with our Advanced Analytics capabilities helps you reach valuable insights you can share with suppliers as you collaborate on category growth strategies.
  • We have worked with mass-market retailers, grocery chains, office supply stores and many other categories of retailers, consistently helping them reduce the cost of goods sold by 2%–5%, and in some cases more.
  • Our customized buyer toolkit enables you to gather data across many disparate internal sources, without modifying legacy systems.
  • We work side by side with your buying team to build your organization’s capabilities and transfer knowledge to buyers.


What to Expect

What to Expect

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