Cost

(Outsourcing) Location, Location, Location: Why it Should Factor Into Your Decision-Making Process

Posted: 12/05/2018 - 03:32
Outsourcing has become synonymous with cheap services offered by another country. Lower costs are on everyone’s mind when outsourcing is mentioned, especially in the IT world, where it can make a substantial difference. However, it’s not just about saving a buck. Outsourcing can also help companies find the right talent (and enough of it), reduce overhead and in the end, yes, reduce costs.

The Future of Plain Old Telephone Service: Hang Up or Pay Up

Posted: 11/30/2018 - 04:02
Plain old telephone service, also known as POTS, is old-fashioned copper wires connected to a standard telephone that provides the power and connectivity to the telephone service provider’s central switching system. Replacing POTS with new technology has become equivalent to replacing a typewriter with a laptop. New technologies in the market like VoIP and wireless can now offer telephone services at a much lower cost than POTS.  
 

Every Day is Black Friday in British Retail

Posted: 11/27/2018 - 23:01
Black Friday is the American retail phenomenon that is the day after Thanksgiving and billed as the start of the Christmas shopping season. Billions of dollars are spent by consumers enticed by heavily discounted items from all retailers for one day only. This concept was imported to the U.K. a few years ago by such American-owned retailers as Walmart and Amazon
 

3 Reasons Organizations Should Hop on the Corporate Social Responsibility Bandwagon

Posted: 11/21/2018 - 07:01
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), also known as sustainability, may not solve world hunger but it can be beneficial to your organization while making a significant impact on society. While many organizations understand the value of CSR, the uninitiated tend to have a distorted view of it. Some believe it’s just greenwashing: donating heaps of money into popular causes or people sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya, but that’s far from reality. In actuality, CSR can be leveraged to optimize a company’s business processes.

Challenging Ourselves: Be the Change

Posted: 08/24/2018 - 11:27
If we mean what we say about transformation, we have to be willing to question everything procurement does and how we do it. While procurement clamors for ‘transformation,’ I sometimes suspect that we are secretly hoping the solution will actually involve the rest of the organization awakening to the brilliance of our wisdom, and that they—not us—will do the majority of the changing.
 
Unfortunately, that scenario is unlikely to play out in reality. 
 

Why CIOs Should Worry About Tail Spend Management

Posted: 08/19/2018 - 05:57
“Tail spend” represents a significant cost for large enterprises. While comprising a relatively small portion of total cost, the drip-drop accumulation of spend by large numbers of small, non-strategic suppliers making ad hoc and one-time purchases adds up to represent a sizable sum. The issue is exacerbated by inefficient contract management, cumbersome payment processes and a lack of automation.
 

The 5 Advantages of Outsourcing for Effective Global Payroll

Posted: 08/03/2018 - 04:55
The world is more global and digitalised than ever before. As organisations expand globally, business leaders must consider the logistics of payroll and the changes that will need to take place—including mobility, flexibility and the use of technology. Expanding internationally can bring various challenges to HR and payroll departments, as each region has tailored laws and regulations regarding payroll, and there is a large difference between the amount of technology employees use in their personal lives and their work lives. 
 

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