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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | September 21, 2017

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Procurement

The 2017 CPO agenda: keeping pace with and enabling digital transformation

May 12, 2017 | 1

According to The Hackett Group’s 2017 Key Issues Study, 84% of procurement organisations believe that digital transformation will fundamentally change the way their services are delivered over the next three to five years. Yet only 25% say that procurement has … Read More

Why multiplying compliance risks demand a calculated strategy

May 10, 2017 |

In the past, compliance risk was a top-of-mind issue among select industries: regulators appeared to have banking and financial services, along with energy and extractives, under a constant microscope. But as supply chains expanded across oceans and continents, and countries … Read More

Will the UK save £1.6bn on procurement after Brexit?

May 5, 2017 |

In its campaign against the UK’s continued membership of the European Union, ‘Vote Leave’ claimed that EU procurement rules, which govern the purchase of goods and services by public sector bodies, cost UK taxpayers £1.6bn a year. It also claimed … Read More

Is procurement the key to unlocking innovation within organisations?

April 21, 2017 |

Depending on your business sector, the department you work in or your job function, innovation means different things to different people. Procurement professionals may view innovation as a long-term strategy, given the tremendous potential for delivering efficiencies and cost savings … Read More

How retailers can drive sustainable savings through strategic sourcing

April 11, 2017 |

Growing economic uncertainty has seen many businesses look to procurement for a means to increase savings and ultimately drive growth. This is especially true in the retail industry where common issues include mounting costs, struggling suppliers, increased competition and expanding … Read More

Here and elsewhere…

March 31, 2017 |

As well as having this column here, for the last couple of months I have also been writing a blog on the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) website (www.sig.org) and I thought it was about time I introduced Outsource readers to … Read More

The ‘mid-market reality check’: what are the real procurement priorities for UK medium-sized businesses in 2017?

March 6, 2017 |

There always seems to be plenty of commentary around what’s driving innovation and growth in both large enterprises and startups. By comparison, the mid-market seems slightly neglected; this seems an oversight given the crucial role it plays in the UK … Read More

Outsourcing realities: what business executives need to know

March 6, 2017 |

Congratulations! It’s been three years since you decided to outsource accounts payable. Or, accounts receivable, or customer care, or payroll, or HR, or procurement, or any one of a dozen business process functions typically outsourced, in part or in full. … Read More

TOP TEN: Outsourcing Solo Artists

March 3, 2017 |

Having previously covered the best outsourcing hip-hop artists and rock bands, we thought it was high time our Top Ten series returned to the music industry – this time, with a look at some of the greatest and most influential solo … Read More

OPINION: Design thinking should be life-centric…

February 27, 2017 |

As the drone flew over the factory in North Carolina and captured pictures and videos both inside and outside the factory, little did the company whose factory was being photographed realise that their practices would be questioned. Here is a … Read More

Sustainable procurement: a necessity for businesses of the future

February 17, 2017 |

As regulations and consumer pressures shift and organisations are increasingly exposed to risk – reputational and beyond – the procurement industry faces a critical juncture. This dynamic has created a business environment where sustainable procurement programs are no longer just … Read More

Spring 2017 Writing Competition: WIN a place at SIG University (and more)!

February 3, 2017 |

Are you a budding sourcing/outsourcing thought leader looking for an audience for your game-changing thoughts? Well, by a tremendously felicitous coincidence, Outsource is seeking fresh talent, so put your creative hats on and get ready for global fame, by entering … Read More

Do you need a sales tune-up – or an overhaul?

January 31, 2017 |

Last October I attended the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Global Summit in Carlsbad, California – an event I have attended more than 40 times over the last 25 years. Why? Because professionally, it is truly worth the time and treasure required. … Read More

Q&A: Raleen Gagnon, ManpowerGroup Solutions

January 19, 2017 |

Raleen Gagnon is Director of Global Market Intelligence at ManpowerGroup Solutions, overseeing research and analysis related to global workforce trends, competitive workforce strategy, labour regulations, cost of labour, and hiring practice. Outsource got together with Raleen at last October’s SIG … Read More

Seven is a lucky number, but procurement success takes more than luck

January 6, 2017 |

It’s clear that procurement has evolved over the past several years. And it continues to evolve. Digitisation has helped take it from what was viewed as a back office function to a key differentiator and value driver. But why have … Read More

Fashion and apparel: labour practices in the supply chain

January 6, 2017 |

In 2015, the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress reported that the fashion industry globally is valued at $1.2 trillion. (Ref. 1) Of that $1.2 trillion, more than $250 billion is spent annually in the United States alone … Read More