CPG/Retail

Omni-Channel Retailing: The Importance of Seamless Customer Experiences | White Paper

Omni-Channel Retailing: The Importance of Seamless Customer Experiences | White Paper

The customer experience has changed, and this time around, the customer is at the core, driving the change agenda. Customers expect to research, discover and purchase items across multiple channels — websites, brick-and-mortar stores, mobile platforms, direct mail, catalogs, home shopping, gaming and more. The challenge for retailers and service providers is to ensure that […]

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Top 9 Innovation Trends in Outsourcing for 2015

Robotics, Analytics or Multi-channel enagagement? This report explores the innovative practices businesses are implementing in their outsourcing agreements. It is based on 100 in-depth interviews with senior outsourcing buyers. More than four fifths (83%) of buyers say they have experienced innovation in their outsourcing relationships Nine in ten (92%) say their outsourcing partners want to […]

The Six and a Half Things You Really Need to Know About Outsourcing | White Paper

The Six and a Half Things You Really Need to Know About Outsourcing | White Paper

Outsourcing may be one of the most complex topics in business today. Amazon.com lists almost six thousand book titles on the topic. In comparison, rocket science earns only 2,500 entries on Amazon’s list. If you are considering outsourcing or are on an outsourcing taskforce you must be wondering what the important bits are. You will […]

How to Use Customer Data to Improve Your Customer Experience in the Call Center

How to Use Customer Data to Improve Your Customer Experience in the Call Center

Customers are telling you exactly how to win and keep them. They share their data willingly, in exchange for a great brand experience. It’s up to savvy customer experience teams to make use of that data.  Learn about best in class strategies in the new Harte Hanks point of view paper “How to Use Your […]

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

Why ConAgra Foods Decided to Outsource HR Analytics After Doing It In house

This is the second article in a series on how companies are using Big Data to gain critical business insights. ConAgra Foods, a food maker based in Omaha, Nebraska, started its journey to using predictive analysis in an incremental way. The company, whose brands include Healthy Choice, Banquet, Orville Redenbacher’s, Marie Callender’s and Chef Boyardee, […]

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

How Big Data is Becoming Predictive, Helping Executives Make Better Decisions

Businesses have always wanted a crystal ball to predict the future. Now they can almost have one if they combine Big Data, analytic prowess and deep domain and process knowledge. For the first time, analytics is becoming predictive and can help executives make less risky decisions that affect their corporate futures. The key is you […]

Monitoring Your Applications’ Vital Signs—Without All the Pain

Monitoring Your Applications’ Vital Signs—Without All the Pain

You have chest pains during your morning jog. You’re a little out of breath and your stamina’s fading fast. But, when you go to the doctor, no one checks your vital signs or hooks you up to a heart monitor to find out what’s going on. Instead, you’re put into a room with a nurse […]

Big Data Trends 2014: New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions

Big Data Trends 2014: New Uses, New Challenges, New Solutions

It’s hard to find a business enabler that’s evolving as quickly as Big Data analytics. This undisputed darling of the loyalty program and retail world has now infiltrated nearly every industry, from transportation and healthcare to insurance and supply chain management. It’s the catalyst for a new marketing mindset, where targeted offers are not only […]

Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud: A SMAC in the Face for Industrial-Age Business Models

Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud: A SMAC in the Face for Industrial-Age Business Models

It’s no secret that our mobile devices and social networks are rapidly transforming our relationships with people and data. Analytics have driven customer intimacy to previously impossible levels; the cloud has irrevocably changed the way we store and share information. A report from Forrester Research declares that by 2016, we will have 10 billion mobile […]

Let Your Approach to Transition Be an Easy One

Let Your Approach to Transition Be an Easy One

You have developed a sourcing strategy to engage a capable service partner for delivery of IT or business process services.  You hired a reputable advisor to consult with your team to guide you through the sourcing strategy – developing and issuing the RFP, proposal evaluation, partner selection and now preparing for the transition and the […]

What to Outsource in the 24×7 Marketing Age

What to Outsource in the 24×7 Marketing Age

The digital age has changed customer DNA forever. They have no patience with 9 to 5 and they’re shredding the concept of after-hours and weekends. They have a voice, and that voice demands to be heard whenever, wherever. Working hours, what’s that? Banks—previously such strict observers of “working hours” all over the globe—have risen to […]

A Healthy Dose of Innovation: How Analytics Are Transforming Healthcare

A Healthy Dose of Innovation: How Analytics Are Transforming Healthcare

The healthcare industry is no stranger to innovation. Medical breakthroughs, drugs and vaccines have eradicated diseases that ravaged previous generations. New technologies improve outcomes through early detection. Minimally invasive surgeries speed recovery and reduce hospital stays. But, today, innovation in healthcare is taking a different form—namely, data analytics. It’s an innovation that not only enables […]

Tying the Knot on Service Levels and Business Satisfaction | Article

Tying the Knot on Service Levels and Business Satisfaction | Article

While companies are striving to acquire greater economic benefits from its IT, business operation end users rarely are concerned about technology delivery costs. Internal customers’ concern is: will IT work when it is needed without disrupting business operations. If IT services are disrupted, it is difficult to assess penalties on an internal IT delivery organization […]

A Virtual Hotbed of Outsourcing Innovation at Procter & Gamble | Article

A Virtual Hotbed of Outsourcing Innovation at Procter & Gamble | Article

2013 Outsourcing Excellence Awards MOST INNOVATIVE: The Procter & Gamble Company and Accenture “We’ve married P&G’s knowledge with Accenture’s expertise to create a partnership in which one plus one equals five.” Patrick Kern, Director of Business Intelligence, Global Business Services (GBS), The Procter & Gamble Company It is hard to imagine anyone on planet Earth […]

Retail Trends Embrace Technology in 2013 | Article

Retail Trends Embrace Technology in 2013 | Article

The most urgent challenge of 2012 in the retail space was consumers’ rapidly growing mobility and digital empowerment. Retailers responded by devising new ways to attract, engage and retain these droves of customers and meet their fleet-footed demand for products and services—on the customers’ devices and terms. In short, customers have embraced online shopping with […]

Why CIOs Will Outsource More in 2013 | Article

Why CIOs Will Outsource More in 2013 | Article

New forces are shaping the outsourcing industry. More efficient and cost-effective delivery models are being forced into existence. The industry is becoming more reliable and more predictable. The outcome is extremely positive from an outsourcing industry point of view: these are signs of systemic maturity. The impact of this is being directly felt in the […]