The Future of IT outsourcing?

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The imminent death of outsourcing has been widely reported. Partly due to US economic woes and the close alignment with offshoring, outsourcing is suddenly off the agenda.  These developments leave us with a question; where will the future of IT outsourcing lie? Is there a justification for keeing the IT function in-house?. Application outsourcing deals, based on labour arbitrage, have become less …

Fleet costs can be reduced by up to 10 per cent

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London, UK – 17 October 2012: 4C Associates believes that most businesses would be able to reduce their fleet costs by 5 – 10 per cent by implementing industry best practice. “With fuel prices steadily rising and businesses continuing to evolve in a volatile economic environment, fleet expenditure is a key area for our clients to cut costs,” said Craig …

The challenges of seasonal stock

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As profit margins tighten and businesses continue to search for ways to increase cash flow and mitigate risks, reducing stockholding is an increasingly attractive option for companies. One of the main issues raised by this strategy is the lack of flexibility it affords businesses faced with high, seasonal demand for products. Costs of Seasonal Stock Although there are many potential …

Cutting costs to drive growth – CFO Survey 2012

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High value cost transformation strategies such as procurement and supply chain are pivotal for businesses to continue to thrive in the current economic climate.Whilst cutting costs and driving growth were unsurprisingly listed as the main priorities for 2012, supply risk has also moved up the agenda. This is due to an increasingly globalised supply chain and a series of high …