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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | April 30, 2017

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Manufacturing

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

Does US outsourcing have a Mickey Mouse future?

February 17, 2017 |

Ever since the 2016 elections, America’s outsourced manufacturing has consistently been front-page news. Now news stories are shifting towards the larger world of foreign imports, rather than just outsourcing. That means new policies and taxes that will impact, well, just … 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

Sin to cross the oceans?

January 3, 2017 |

Our ancestors in India always told us that it was a sin to cross the oceans (and many in India do not cross oceans even today). There was something about globalisation that they just did not like and I have … Read More

The other shoe just dropped

November 1, 2016 | 1

For years, the outsourcing world has been buzzing about reshoring (or “backshoring”), taking the jobs we sent offshore years ago and bringing them back to the US and Europe. Low wages, cheap property, and favourable taxes made offshore manufacturing very … Read More

EMEA sourcing market enjoys a strong third quarter in 2016

October 27, 2016 |

We’ve just published the latest ISG Index, which reveals that the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) market saw solid regional growth in 3Q 2016. Combined third-quarter ACV reached €3.1 billion, up 22% over the previous quarter, with traditional and … 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

US candidates return to familiar outsourcing arguments

September 2, 2016 |

For as long as I can remember, arguments about outsourcing have played a part in the US election cycle. In the final stages of the presidential election the two candidates will make promises they can’t keep and declarations about how … Read More

The outsource economy

August 24, 2016 | 1

Globalisation has sparked a shift in production to third parties. Savvy manufacturers are tapping digital networks to maximise opportunities and minimise risk.

Our plant across the street was shut down this year, replaced by overseas contract manufacturers. It’s the new … 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

Opportunism: the other side of trust (Part 1)

August 1, 2016 | 1

We often hear stories of business relationships that appeared strong suddenly turning sour. These relationships may even have existed for some time. So what is going on? It is likely acts of opportunism.

Here’s an example. A client of mine … Read More

Contracting for multi-supplier DevOps

July 27, 2016 |

Just when multi-supplier (also known as SIAM) contracting is starting to get under control, DevOps emerges. This article looks at the interaction of the two for the design of retained and sourced IT operations. The implications for service contracts are … Read More

Partners or pawns? (Part 2)

July 25, 2016 | 2

(To read the first part of this article, click here.)

Almost a week had passed since my meeting with Jeanette and her team, and I was still reeling from the conversation. It was just so hard to comprehend how a … Read More

EMEA As-a-Service boom contrasts sluggish traditional outsourcing activity

July 22, 2016 |

We’ve just published the latest ISG Index, which includes – for the first time – a view on the growing As-a-Service market. Whilst combined second-quarter ACV in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market fell by 18% year-on-year to … Read More

Why it’s time to lift the “paper weight” from your business

July 21, 2016 |

It’s 2016 and we have digital technology at our fingertips, yet few bank accounts can be opened without printing and signing a paper form. A student can’t get their exam results until an examiner manually crosses and marks their paper. … Read More

Live Wires #7: Giant shoulders

July 15, 2016 |

A lot of the talk of RPA today is about bright new names challenging the established order: plucky newcomers forcing their way past the giants of outsourcing and technology. But what do the giants themselves have to say about this? … Read More