Tag Archives: outsourcing

Risk management and offshoring

This Deloitte report looks at the the risks associated with offshoring and outsourcing.  They identify the risks and how to mitigate them for each of the five stages of their “outsourcing/offshoring life cycle”: Strategic assessment – deciding on whether to … Continue reading

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Hotel asset management – the other way of making money in this industry

The obvious way that hotel chains make money is from their operations – letting rooms and selling food, beverages and events.  But there is another way – by increasing the value of the asset i.e. the hotel property itself.  The … Continue reading

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Factors that enable business startups

This piece by Nicky Jackson on the entrepreneur.com website is headlined “10 forces that have caused the packaged food startup explosion”.  I’m not sure that these can be categorised as “forces”, that they have “caused” anything (maybe ‘helped shape’?), nor … Continue reading

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Adapting the in-house food experience for modern work practices

I’ve not blogged much about contract foodservice, but an article in July‘s EP Magazine (page 29) caught my eye.  Adrian Evans, Sodexo’s Transformation Director, is talking about how market research is applied to workplace restaurants.  This highlights one of the key issues relating … Continue reading

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Outsourcing in emerging markets

Entrepreneur.com has just posted an article on this subject.  It specifically looks at three countries – the Philippines, Vietnam and Rwanda (reflecting the expertise of the author rather than any operational reason?).

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Amazon is rapidly ‘backward-integrating’ its business

Amazon, the global online retailer, is investing $1.5 billion is its own air cargo hub, to be located in Kentucky.  Until relatively recently, it had outsourced its logistics operation in the USA to companies such as FedEx and UPS.  But … Continue reading

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How the range of services a manufacturer may offer varies by industry sector

A wide range of different services may be offered by manufacturers and operators. These include: Design and development services Systems and solutions Maintenance and support services Retail and leasing services Installation and implementation services Property and real estate Financial services … Continue reading

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Getting the lowdown on outsourcing IT and business services

Horses for Sources is the official blog of HfS Research.  This consulting firm specialises in analytics, IT and business services, and their outsourcing.  It is a good resource for those interested in this area.   Their website currently has reports … Continue reading

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To outsource, or not to outsource, F & B in hotels? That is the question

In some hotel markets around the world, Food and Beverage is regarded as a cost centre rather than a profit centre.  Hence hotel operators seek to offload this burden by outsourcing the provision of food and drink to a caterer or … Continue reading

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Research Insight: How sourcing may affect product recalls

Very interesting article in the latest Journal of Operations Management.  Steven et al’s (2014) ‘Global sourcing and quality recalls: An empirical study of outsourcing-supplier concentration product recalls linkages’ researches product recalls across a wide range of industry sectors.  It seeks … Continue reading

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