May 17, 2020

Top 10 Reasons to Outsource

Supply Chain Digital
Top Reasons to Outsource
Benefits of
Freddie Pierce
4 min
Supply Chain Digital breaks down the Top 10 reasons that companies choose to outsource
10.) Flexibility With uncertainty surrounding todays global economy, companies need the ability to expand or downsize quickly. Unfortunately, thats not...

10.) Flexibility

With uncertainty surrounding today’s global economy, companies need the ability to expand or downsize quickly. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible with today’s labor laws, as employee lawsuits are at an all-time high. By outsourcing, companies take that risk away, allowing businesses to adapt more quickly to rising or slowing demand.

9.) Efficiency

Odds are, your company isn’t an expert in IT management, HR services or accounting functions. Companies can spend weeks, sometimes months, just finding people for a particular in-house department. From there, you’re forced to train people and really adjust on the fly. At the end of the day, businesses can be left with a hefty bill with little to show for their money. By simply outsourcing basic business services, companies are able to jump right to the finish line when building a department.

8.) Peace of Mind

While the uncertainty surrounding outsourcing contract negotiations can be unsettling, companies often feel a sense of relief once people start signing on the dotted line. Contractual agreements offer protection for both parties, and remove any nasty human interactions that can take place when in-house workers are dismissed. Outsourcing companies can also be held responsible for negligence and poor performance in legally binding contracts, further aiding the outsourcing drive.

THE BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING

7.) Freeing Up Internal Resources

Why waste people in areas that don’t focus on core business functions? Capital and people are becoming higher commodities in a difficult financial environment, and companies need as many good people as possible to focus on what really matters with a business. By outsourcing lesser services, companies free up time and capital to move their business forward.

6.) Risk Management

Going along with No. 10 on this list, risk management is another top reason why companies choose to outsource. If a business is launching a new product or offering something new, having employees in developed nations offers little in terms of risk management should the product not do well on the open market. With offshore workers, operations can quickly be fine-tuned to meet a skyrocketing demand or a demand that never comes into fruition.

5.) Improved Service

Believe it or not, outsourcing can actually help improve service. Why waste time and valuable resources training an in-house customer service team when there are professionals to be hired that can usually do the same task for less money? IT performance, HR functions and financial services are some of the most commonly outsourced jobs, and companies all over the world have been working in those specific fields for years. Having an offshore company handle non-core business activities usually leads to better service.

4.) Tax Breaks

Check out our piece on the Top 5 Tax Efficient Outsourcing Locations, and you’ll get a clearer picture on why companies choose to outsource some of their operations. By handling business overseas, businesses are able to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates. Countries like Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan have very low corporate tax rates, which can have a dramatic impact on a company’s bottom line should they outsource certain services there.

3.) Lower Regulatory Costs

Not only can companies pay offshore workers less, but significantly lowering regulatory costs also drive down the outsourcing price tag. Programs like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance don’t exist in many developing countries, which drive down outsourcing costs further. Even if an outsourced worker makes the same as his/her American or European counterpart, lower regulatory costs mean that it’s usually much cheaper for the business to go with the overseas employee.

THE PROS AND CONS OF OUTSOURCING

2.) Focusing on Core Business

The second biggest reason companies choose to outsource is to free up time to focus on core business processes. Without having to run an accounting department or an IT operation, companies are able to direct their scope to work on what really matters inside their business, increasing work flow and allowing managers to finish projects faster.

1.) Lower Wages

As the old saying goes, it’s all about the money. The fact of the matter is that most companies wouldn’t be sending jobs overseas if they weren’t saving money. According to a 2010 study, India’s per capita income is $1,371, good for 133rd in the world. By comparison, the United States placed tenth, with a per capita income of $46,860. Lower wages are a huge factor when outsourcing, and the top reason companies choose to send parts of their operation overseas.

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Jun 21, 2021

Pandora and IBM digitise jewellery supply chain

supplychain
IBM
Pandora
omnichannel
2 min
Jewellery retailer Pandora teamed with IBM to streamline supply chains as sales of hand-finished jewellery doubled across ecommerce platforms

Pandora has overhauled its global supply chain in partnership with IBM amid an ecommerce sales boom for its hand-finished jewellery. 

The company found international success offering customisable charm bracelets and other personalised jewellery though its chain of bricks and mortar retail destinations. But in 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced physical stores to close, Pandora strengthened its omnichannel operations and doubled online sales. 

A focus on customer experience included deploying IBM’s Sterling Order Management, increasing supply chain resiliency and safeguarding against disruption across the global value chain.

Pandora leverages IBM Sterling Order Management as the backbone it its omnichannel fulfilment, with Salesforce Commerce Cloud powering its ecommerce. Greater automation across its channels has boosted the jeweller’s sustainability credentials, IBM said, streamlining processes for more efficient delivery. It has also given in-store staff and virtual customer service representatives superior end-to-end visibility to better meet consumer needs. 

Jim Cruickshank, VP of Digital Development & Retail Technology, Pandora, said the digital transformation journey has brought “digital and store technology closer together and closer to the customer”, highlighting how important the customer journey remains, even during unprecedented disruption. 

"Our mission is about creating a personal experience and we've instituted massive platform changes with IBM Sterling and Salesforce to enable new digital-first capabilities that are much more individualised, localised and connected across channels and markets,” he added. 

 

Pandora’s pivot to digital 

The pandemic forced the doors closed at most of Pandora’s 2,700 retail locations. To remain competitive, it pivoted to online retail. Virtual queuing for stores and virtual product trials via augmented reality (AR) technology went someway to emulating the in-store experience and retail theatre that is the brand’s hallmark. Meanwhile digital investments in supply chain efficiency was central to delivering on consumer demand. 

“Consumer behaviour has significantly shifted and will continue to evolve with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new preferences and needs,” said Kareem Yusuf, General Manager, AI Applications and Blockchain, IBM. “To address this shift, leading retailers like Pandora rely on innovation to increase their business agility by enabling and scaling sustainable supply chain operations using AI and cloud.”

Yusuf said Pandora’s success was indicative of how to remain competitive by “finding new ways to create differentiated customer experiences that protect their enterprises from disruptions to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth”. 
 

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