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

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Supply Chain

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

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

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

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

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

Reliance upon ERP systems alone could be damaging your growth ambitions

November 4, 2016 |

The world is growing increasingly complex. As such, agile capabilities and the ability to quickly adapt to changes in global environments are becoming more and more important. Events like the rise of extremist terror organisations and the dissemination of technology … Read More

Big Problems, Big Ideas and New Ways of Looking at Things

October 31, 2016 |

This month’s SIG Global Summit in Carlsbad, CA featured a wide range of expert speakers and engaging topics, including 1) the increasing importance of third-party risk management, and 2) the competitive imperative to leverage business intelligence from big data. … Read More

Are underdeveloped business practices holding back your growth?

October 3, 2016 | 1

For outsourcers, a commitment to best practice processes is absolutely vital for success. They not only ensure that your business is offering best-of-breed services, but they also go a long way in reducing overall business costs and working capital by … 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

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

Q&A: Nipun Sehgal, Enlighta

August 5, 2016 |

Nipun Sehgal is the Founder and CEO of governance and relationship management software company Enlighta. Continuing our series of interviews with attendees at April’s SIG Summit in Orlando, Florida, we got together with Nipun to find out a bit more about … 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

It isn’t a technology play

July 11, 2016 |

Business services are usually at the core of organisational endeavours, structured to build and manage a variety of workflows and dependencies in a concerted manner. The end goal for all such services is the smooth functioning of an organisation, built … Read More