The modern workplace is transforming into a more efficient, collaborative, and productive environment through numerous developments. Higher density floor plans are becoming more prevalent among the newest office concepts, re-configuring personal workspaces into shared group areas, and ultimately condensing personal workspace per employee.
Every logistics manager knows the importance of their carrier relationships. A lot is riding on your carrier—protection of your goods, budget, on-time delivery, and your customers’ satisfaction level. When it comes to negotiating a parcel contract, many logistics professionals take pride in being able to negotiate the best shipping
Because they do it every day, carriers know their way around a contract. After all, it is under their terms, and the success of their company is dependent terms and rates; however, don’t discount the idea of having a third-party consultant help with your small parcel contracts. The information they have access to can make a significant difference in your rates. on how well they can negotiate. Shippers, on the other hand, don’t have nearly the same amount of experience with contracts. But skill level comparisons are not really the issue; it’s about who has access to the most accurate and relevant information that will give them the upper hand. In 99.99% of negotiations, it is the carrier.
Parcel shipping is getting expensive. In reality, it already was costly and now it is even more so. The recent rate increase announcements from UPS and FedEx means that it will cost more money to ship in 2018. Reducing parcel shipping costs, without sacrificing service, has become a concern for many businesses. Profit margins continue to narrow for ecommerce companies meaning they will need to make sure that their parcel shipping strategy not only fulfills customer demands but also saves money.
Brand consistency can be a challenge for global enterprises but is critical for success. Creating a consistent branding message enables you to develop global recognition while engaging with your audience to build meaningful relationships. A cohesive brand ‘voice’ is a benefit to the entire enterprise, but connecting global locations and tasking them to act as brand guardians can be complex. While this may seem like a minor issue to tackle, brand consistency is crucial for three very key reasons:
Language translation is a critical tool for organizations who want to expand their global footprint. It’s also a fairly complex industry – with many different service offerings, various industry terms and a number of qualified suppliers in the market. This makes taking the right approach to translation essential for success.
It’s that time of year. Rate increase announcements from small parcel carriers have started to come out – which means that you’ll inevitably be paying more for shipping in 2018. But just how much?
Modern procurement teams care about more than the cost savings you achieve. Yes, finding new and greater opportunities for savings is important, but increasing procurement’s influence and becoming a strategic partner to the business are also top priorities. This means taking a more strategic approach to buying, and considering factors beyond price when making purchasing decisions.
Much has changed in the workplace over the past several years. A number of factors are driving change in everything from corporate culture to the physical setup of offices. Younger generations enter the workforce and bring a desire for collaboration and flexible workplaces. Sustainability efforts have become increasingly important for many organizations. New technology is enabling a more flexible work environment and increased interactivity among co-workers.
We hear it from procurement teams a lot: they want to spend smarter. This is especially true for indirect spend categories. Many organizations are aware of the opportunities that indirect categories offer to achieve procurement goals like increased cost savings, but, the challenge is that many teams are already overstretched and don’t have the time to really focus on driving improvements in their spend programs.