2012 has been a challenging year for many businesses. A difficult economic climate coupled with huge pressure to cut costs, forced many finance leaders to substantially alter their business strategies. As a result many new and innovative cost transformation techniques were developed. 4C Insights kept on top of the latest trends and best practice solutions to emerge throughout the year. Here is a round-up of some of the most popular blog posts published over the past 12 months. Posts are ranked by number of page views.
- The Changing Role of the CFO
2012’s CFO Summit, organised by The Economist, saw expert speakers discuss strategies to help finance leaders tackle their increasingly complex roles.
- Cutting Costs to Drive Growth
Whilst cutting costs and driving growth were unsurprisingly listed as the main priorities for 2012, supply risk moved up the agenda.
- Apples and Supply Chains
Back in September, with Apple gearing up for the launch of the iPhone 5, Craig Bunker examined whether its supply chain was ready to meet ravenous demand.
- Onshoring vs. Offshoring: The Winds of Change
Was 2012 the year rising labour and transport costs made offshoring a costly and impracticable option?
- Negotiating the Road to Success
There are many different views and opinions on what makes a good negotiator, 4C’s Guy Allen considers some of the characteristics required to secure the best deal.
- Minimising Supply Risk
Given volatile supply chains, commodity prices and currency rates, how are CFOs protecting revenues and profits?
- A Multichannel Approach to Fashion Retail
Fashion retail supply chains are generally acknowledged to be some of the most complex and demanding in the retail sector. How is the industry coping with changing consumer behaviour?
- Why Experience Trumps Education
Whereas a person’s academic background can be important, in the vast majority of cases, experience is a more valuable consideration for employers.
- “Jugaad Innovation” – A guide to rediscovering innovation in the Western world
Authors, Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja, argue that the current method of nurturing innovation has become obsolete. Simply increasing capital and resources will not guarantee new ideas and the authors argue that Western companies must turn to developing markets for inspiration.
- Developing future Proof Supply Chains
Changing consumer behaviour and a volatile economic climate means supply chains are expected to deliver more for less. The challenges being faced by the industry include, shorter product lifecycles, growing demand for home delivery and the need to balance the latter with keeping expenditure low.