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

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Strategic Sourcing

How to Ramp Up Your Sourcing Strategy With the Right Provider

July 7, 2017 |

More and more companies are using strategic sourcing platforms as a fulcrum for digital transformation within the department (and the enterprise as a whole, but that’s another story for another day). How? By working with the right partner, sourcing can … 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

Q&A: Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee & Vested (Part 2)

June 20, 2016 | 1

To read the first part of this interview, click here.

O: With all of that in mind, what are the implications for the global business services model? Where do you sit on global business services (GBS)? Are you a fan?

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Q&A: Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee & Vested (Part 1)

June 13, 2016 | 2

One of the most famous figures in the global outsourcing arena, Kate Vitasek is also – not coincidentally – one of Outsource’s most popular contributors, having graced our pages with both her regular column (examining lessons to be learnt by … Read More

Q&A: Bill Huber, Alsbridge

May 6, 2016 |

Bill Huber is Managing Director: Digital Platforms & Solutions at sourcing advisors Alsbridge – and one of the best-known figures in the global sourcing advisory space. We met up with Bill at last month’s SIG Summit in Orlando, Florida, to … Read More

What makes strategic sourcing strategic?

March 23, 2016 | 1

As enterprises make significant investments in their sourcing and procurement function, they rightfully expect a solid return on that investment. One of the more significant value creation elements of a sourcing and procurement function is the team and process that … Read More

Helping suppliers fight back

September 26, 2014 |

The headlines are everywhere: “Suppliers being squeezed”, “Margins under pressure”. There are numerous tools and countless advisors helping buyers, but what support is available for suppliers trying to sell to these sophisticated buyers?

The 1990s saw the rise of strategic … Read More

2014 the year of working the profit and loss harder

December 16, 2013 |

CFO.com recently published an article around the Eight Top Issues for CFOs in 2014*. The number one consideration was to ‘avoid choking off revenue growth’ or put another way, focus on growth oriented cost management.

The article commented: “Corporate profit margins are close … Read More

Harmonising your suppliers and your business objectives

December 10, 2013 |

Modern businesses must effectively conduct an orchestra of suppliers, but can a disjointed procurement function ever ensure perfect harmony between the two?

A business is no longer governed solely by those who run it. As globalisation continues, a business … Read More

Top 5 tips for managing your virtualized/extended enterprise

December 2, 2013 |

Business has changed. Suppliers now account for 70 per cent of revenue expenditure. Innovation, IP and control no longer reside within YOUR business, but instead within your suppliers’. Yet blame, accountability and risk still firmly reside with you and … Read More

Mending a fragmented function. Colt Technology discuss how they repaired a disjointed procurement unit

November 27, 2013 |

Grahame Ball, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer for Colt Technology Services Group, talks to Proxima’s Chris Gayner around the challenges behind re-building a fractured procurement function to support increasingly dynamic business demands.

Click here to read the full … Read More

Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 3)

November 20, 2013 |

As businesses continue to become more externalized, clever procurement people are being sought to extract innovation, improve business practice and obtain the best value for money from your external network of suppliers and providers. Yet traditional practice, and a stunted … Read More

Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 2)

November 15, 2013 |

Many businesses are failing to properly manage both external suppliers and non-core costs. The conventional procurement function in a vast majority of large organizations is failing. After a great response to the first part of this series,  part two … Read More

Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 1)

November 14, 2013 |

Many businesses are failing to properly manage both external suppliers and non-core costs. The conventional procurement function in a vast majority of large organizations is failing. But the issue here is far deeper than simply pointing your finger at … Read More

The broken bridge between business need and business supply

November 8, 2013 |

On average, two thirds of any business’ activities today are performed outside of their organization by third party suppliers (see this research for more detail).  And it’s a growing trend.

These suppliers support both core areas of the business … Read More

The alignment of the procurement function to the wider corporate aims: Vodafone’s Stephen Day talks with Proxima

October 31, 2013 |

Stephen Day, Group Supply Chain Management Director – IT at Vodafone, and Proxima’s Chris Gayner, discuss the importance of procurement to the wider business strategy; and the pros and cons of outsourcing, particularly in the area of procurement outsourcing.

Click here … Read More