In its day, offshoring created a tectonic change in outsourcing. Today, new trends are bubbling…
Our experts predict several areas of the industry will experience significant growth over the next…
The economic crisis has unleashed a huge appetite for change. Visionary leaders are implementing transformational global sourcing initiatives at an accelerated pace. Linda Tuck Chapman presents a primer on outsourcing leadership.
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.
What are the real risks in offshoring both ITO and BPO work? Professor Ravi Aron, John Hopkins University, says understanding those risks helps buyers set up procedures to make their offshore engagements more successful.
SaaS Enables Next-Generation Inter-Warehouse Inventory Visibility for Supply Chain Management and 3PL Industry | Article
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 | Article
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.
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.
The lower middle market manufacturers ($30 – $200 million in sales) tend not to use strategic sourcing solutions. But there’s an outsourcing provider achieving value for them with e-sourcing technology available in a Software-as-a-Service model. Read how it works for a mattress manufacturer impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Berndt-Uwe Pagel, Senior Vice President of BPO for SAP, discusses the software company’s role in BPO. He explains why IT agendas have to change, standardization is important, and suppliers have to become profitable. And he shares the most important lesson he learned from his dad.