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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | October 25, 2014

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Outsourcing non-routine tasks: mastering the challenge

October 24, 2014 |

Traditionally, outsourcing, whether of support services such as office cleaning and security or of core processes such as manufacturing and delivering the customer offer, has focussed on routine tasks. But most routine tasks have now already been outsourced or automated. … Read More

The Optimism Illusion

October 24, 2014 | 1

Many of you may have been, like me, entertained at Volkswagen’s recent series of ‘well worth it’ television adverts.  For those who have been trapped on a remote desert island, or been relying on the City of London public Wi-Fi … Read More

The Deal Doctor: Location Strategies

October 24, 2014 |

For a generation, the story of outsourcing has been intrinsically linked to location. If you outsourced, whether you realised it or not, this probably resulted in shifting some tasks to different places – tapping into differentials in labour availability, wages … Read More

Using SRM to manage risk in the food and drink industry

October 23, 2014 |

When it comes to balancing risk management with supply chain efficiency, few industries can boast the level of complexity that surrounds the food and drink sector.

The industry combines common supply chain issues such as logistics, cost pressure and supplier … Read More

Share your thoughts on innovation (and maybe win an HP tablet…)

October 22, 2014 |

From an overused cliché to a driver that impacts processes, organisations, industries or society, ‘innovation’ strikes many different chords.

But the fact remains that innovation seems to be very important to businesses of all types. Organisations today are under constant … Read More

Ten tips for doing business with Indians

October 21, 2014 |

We Indians have a lot of quirks. No doubt, people from other cultures have their quirks too, but arguably, we Indians have more of them. Maybe it’s because we’ve had thousands of years of civilisation to acquire these idiosyncrasies, or … Read More

Why quality counts

October 17, 2014 | 1

Does your outsourcing contract disappoint you? I am going to let you into a little secret that some of your competitors do not want you to know. Whilst some decry the word quality, the most successful companies embed it within … Read More

Designing a succession plan for IT outsourcing

October 16, 2014 |

Before outsourcing, a company will nurture their own talent to achieve their key technology goals, such as developing a strong IT strategy and architecture, forming sound IT business relationships and optimising functions.

Technology leadership is groomed through professional development, with … Read More

Omnichannel customer care: what do customers expect from you?

October 14, 2014 |

 

The customer of 2014 demands 24/7/365 support and expects it anytime, anywhere and from any device. This generation of shoppers simply wants service their way. They expect companies to solve problems quickly and they expect to enjoy themselves … Read More

Is your offshore research partnership in good hands?

October 14, 2014 |

It is people who create effective relationships…or destroy them. And this certainly holds true for research offshoring partnerships. No doubt research offshoring relationships need to have robust institutional and process frameworks at their base. You need a comprehensive contract, service … Read More