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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | June 29, 2017

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The future of retail outsourcing: Amazon versus Walmart

March 27, 2017 |

Wow! Isn’t it amazing how quickly things change? In the early 2000s, the very pinnacle of outsourcing was Walmart. Walmart didn’t outsource its own operations. Instead, it made history by working with offshore suppliers, introducing American consumers to low-cost Chinese … Read More

Extending the corporate risk profile to road safety

January 9, 2017 |

Leading companies are working to extend management of the corporate risk profile to road safety. This is achieved by acknowledging key challenges, understanding the big picture and launching well-targeted strategic programs that consider local challenges and solutions. Such programs include … Read More

Regulating outsourcing creates surprising vendor opportunities

January 3, 2017 |

During the election, Donald Trump said that he would stop work from leaving America, and would tax offshored products at 35%. Weeks before Trump is sworn in as President of the United States, he is hard at work wheeling and … Read More

Air freights, drones, and the Internet of Things: what is the future of the supply chain?

September 26, 2016 | 1

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the global supply chain hasn’t really changed all that much. Products are made from raw materials in factories, shipped off somewhere else (either by land or sea), stored in a warehouse, and then … Read More

Beverage companies get active in reducing their supply chain carbon footprint

September 6, 2016 |

Carbon footprint reduction is a major focus of the beverage industry. The major challenge for this industry is to reduce the carbon footprint while still increasing production in this growing sector. In July 2015, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, along with more than … Read More

Writing Competition: 2nd Place

August 16, 2016 | 6

What will be the most important drivers of change in the global sourcing arena over the next decade, and why?

For the last few decades outsourcing has been on a journey… literally! Outsourcing once meant having another company do your … Read More

Travel to Utopia?

March 16, 2016 | 1

Earlier today, I had the honour of delivering the final presentation at the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG)‘s latest London Regional Roundtable – this time round, actually, a joint effort with the wonderful folks at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives … Read More

The Great Data Disconnect: why business leaders and IT teams must work closer together to mitigate supply chain risk

July 2, 2015 |

With all the supply chain data that organisations have at their disposal today they should be ready for anything, right?

Unfortunately not. New research carried out by Rosslyn Analytics suggests that anyone in procurement who thinks we’re already living in … Read More

Using SRM to manage risk in the food and drink industry

October 23, 2014 |

When it comes to balancing risk management with supply chain efficiency, few industries can boast the level of complexity that surrounds the food and drink sector.

The industry combines common supply chain issues such as logistics, cost pressure and supplier … Read More

NBA Q&A: Martin Rantle, Palletline

September 22, 2014 |

Martin Rantle is Sales & Marketing Director for Palletline. His organisation has been chosen as a finalist in the BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year category at the 2014 National Business Awards; as part of Outsource‘s partnership with the NBAs, … Read More

RE: Strategy

March 26, 2014 |

Outsourcing corporate real estate functions to save money is the right move for the wrong reason. It’s a strategy that may appear successful at first, but will eventually leave a company in an inferior competitive position. Over the past ten … Read More

Bridging the IT gap: contract logistics providers turn to voice technology for competitive advantage

November 18, 2013 |

Changes in our buying patterns have stirred up fierce competition in the logistics industry. The rise in online and multi-channel shopping has made fast delivery a brand differentiator while bricks-and-mortar stores must balance their stock levels carefully to remain profitable.

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Q&A: Paul Bartley, Department of Health & Human Services

April 10, 2013 |

This article originally appeared in Outsource magazine Issue #31 Spring 2013.

Heading up the shared services organisation serving the US Department of Health and Human Services – and some 45 other agencies – is a towering challenge, but Paul Bartley can’t … Read More

Keys to Driving Supply Chain Outsourcing Success

April 9, 2013 |

This article originally appeared in Outsourcemagazine Issue #31 Spring 2013.

Companies have outsourced supply chain operations for decades to glean more efficient labour-based processes and improved asset leverage/utilisation while simultaneously focussing their internal operations on core competencies. As the need for … Read More

What do organisations typically get wrong when approaching Application Development Outsourcing?

October 8, 2012 |

This article originally appeared in Outsource Magazine Issue #29 Autumn 2012.

I am answering this question from the perspective of the core competence of my company which specialises in communications technology strategy and sourcing.

What has this got to do … Read More

Loss of Australian competitiveness irreversible

August 30, 2012 |

Former Australian Treasury Secretary Ken Henry has cautioned Australian businesses that the resources boom fuelled by Asian demand has transformed the structure of the Australian economy so deeply that the lack of competitiveness suffered by foreign exchange and trade-exposed industries … Read More