Research & Insight

Supply Chain

Supply Chain Changes: Going Green and Going Global

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Going global and green initiatives are two new directions supply chain outsourcing is heading. Like other BPO processes, IT and services are converging. And our experts see two new areas for supplier growth. Here’s what else the experts expect. Going global: the move to right-shoring Navanit Samaiyar, Senior Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain services …

Areas Where Outsourcing Will Grow in the Next Five Years

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Our experts predict several areas of the industry will experience significant growth over the next five years. Predicted growth areas for outsourcing will include reverse outsourcing, verticalization, emerging markets, business analytics, healthcare, transportation, and ERP, among others. Industry trends Andrew Pery, Chief Marketing Officer, Kofax, says one of the predicted growth areas for outsourcing will …

How Two Partners Made the Largest Pan-European Finance and Accounting Engagement Work

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Unilever Europe has 80 factories in 24 countries. The division used 18 ERP systems and hundreds of different finance processes, which led to high costs and varying reliability. IBM turned the organization upside down. This contract is groundbreaking in the FAO BPO sector in Europe in both size and scope.

SaaS Enables Next-Generation Inter-Warehouse Inventory Visibility for Supply Chain Management and 3PL Industry

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The SaaS model has now been applied to a supply chain, warehousing, and inventory management solution. It’s cost-effective, flexible, has a quick implementation, and resolves all the challenges that 3PLs and their customers face.

Source One Provides End-to-End and On-Demand Strategic Sourcing Solution for Mid-market Companies

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Mid-size companies are limited in their ability to drive continuous improvements in cost and performance for strategic sourcing of goods and materials. And it’s too costly for companies to maintain domain expertise in every category of spend and keep up with current market in each area. Outsourcing to Source One solves these problems, and a contingency-based model for pricing based on a percentage of savings achieved provides even more value.

Offshore Manufacturing Proves a Boon for Small Business

John Harney, Business Writer

One of the toughest problems people in small businesses face in getting a product to market is finding a manufacturer that will run small batches. Ashe Archery overcame this problem by outsourcing its design and manufacturing to Metrotech, a Chinese provider that produces small runs as needed at a substantially lower cost per piece than domestic manufacturers.

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