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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | August 23, 2017

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Supply Chain Management

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

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

The joy of webinars

September 22, 2016 |

Earlier today, I had the great pleasure of hosting the seventh episode of Outsource Talks, our webinar series – for those of you not yet familiar with this especially marvellous project – that brings the time-honoured talkshow model to the … 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: The Winner

August 16, 2016 | 3

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

Around the world, companies of all types and sizes are facing a groundswell of pressure to create more sustainable sourcing … Read More

Opportunism: the other side of trust (Part 2)

August 8, 2016 | 2

To read Part 1 of this article, click here.

Social Norms To Do Business By

Reciprocity obligates businesspeople to make fair and balanced exchanges. If one company accepts a business risk, the other must be prepared to do the same. … 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

Global supply chains: understanding and managing key legal risks

January 4, 2016 |

As supply chains become increasingly complex, identifying the legal risks inherent in managing such a widely dispersed network of suppliers, manufacturers and other trading partners is key to spotting issues and being able to solve them as soon as possible. … Read More

A tail with a happy ending for procurement

September 18, 2015 |

From relative obscurity a few years ago, Tail Spend Management is now having its day, as more and more companies recognise the significant benefits this can bring – from cost savings, supplier rationalisation and risk reduction, to increased control and … Read More

Pay up! Why big players need to treat SMEs fairly…

July 14, 2015 |

Successive governments have promised to cut red tape for businesses and the fact that we have had yet another pledge to end bureaucracy suggests they have so far failed to deliver.

But what makes the latest declaration, from business secretary … 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

Do you know what cyber-nasties are lurking in your supply chain?

April 8, 2015 |

What do we really know about the businesses and partners in our supply chains? Looking at the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Cyber Incident Response Survey, I would say, very little. Only 17% of executives felt fully prepared for a cybersecurity incident … 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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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

Manage risk to create value

October 18, 2013 |

There should be no difference in the way that businesses manage risks within their own organisations versus those in their supply chain partners. There is, however, a natural tendency to relinquish some of that responsibility and assume that suppliers and … Read More

The issue with supply management and a call for change

September 24, 2013 |

This round-up of sought after research, articles, discussions and interviews offers some insight into the challenges and concerns of senior executives looking to understand total cost management in their business – and the role that suppliers play.

2013 has … Read More