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A moving feast for the Dutch Food & Beverage Market

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For Dutch food and beverage (F&B) businesses, improving margins is a constant challenge and breaking out of the commodity trap is the name of the game.

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Demand driven models at Alcon Novartis

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Vipin Rikhi, Finance Director, Business Planning Analysis for Alcon Novartis, talks with Proxima about demand driven procurement models and their impact on the business.

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Harvard Business Review recognizes today's leaders cannot afford to downplay procurement

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We are pleased to bring you the news that Proxima’s research and thinking on how commerce has evolved, and the implications for modern corporations, is now being recognized at the highest level globally.

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Real Business: We need to talk about your suppliers

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Proxima's Guy Strafford talks to Real Business about how your suppliers could hold the key to better performance this year, and why it's time to start thinking about better management of the supplier base.

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10 questions senior executives should be asking about their cost base

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Over the past few weeks we have written about the journey towards corporate virtualization that many media & entertainment businesses have been on over the past 10 years.

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The shifting sands of procurement

Shifting sands of procurement

As the global economic recovery gathers pace, more and more businesses are turning their sights from cost reduction to growth. How well an organization’s procurement team supports this shift will materially impact overall business performance.

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Financial Director: Stop firing your best assets

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Cutting too many jobs can damage quality control and undermine company performance, writes Proxima's Guy Strafford

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Corporate risk: when upside is a downer

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Any accountant will tell you that more businesses go bust in the recovery from a downturn than in the recession itself. A big reason for this is poor risk management – because managers think they can stop worrying. They can’t.

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Showing procurement's true value

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I hope your 2014 has got off to a positive start – it seems there is an air of positivity covering global economies – with green shoots well and truly growing at pace in US and UK markets.

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Media & entertainment businesses are now hollow

Media & Entertainment businesses are now hollow

Did you know: The average media & entertainment business spends twice as much on suppliers than its own people?

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Industry Week: Auditing compliance - a heavy and expensive burden for Manufacturers

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Proxima's Guy Strafford recently spoke to IndustryWeek to discuss the process around how audit services are bought and managed.

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Risks and rewards at Coventry Building Society

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Feike Brouwers, Chief Risk Officer for Coventry Building Society, discusses the challenges behind running a successful risk function in a constantly evolving business environment.

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Sourcing Interests Group: The definition of a "company" has changed

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"Corporate virtualization" is sweeping across the global economy, transforming the ‘company’ from what it was – to what it is today, a comprehensive and complex universe of specialist third-party suppliers who are critical but sit outside the organization and all across the planet.

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HfS Research: Why so many cost-obsessed CEOs will fail if they ignore their supplier management capabilities

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HfS Research have confirmed Proxima's latest research (corporate virtualization), explaining why so many cost-obsessed CEOs will fail if they ignore their supplier management capabilities.

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HfS Research: constant focus on savings counter-productive for success

CHICAGO, IL - December 9, 2013 - A new research report released last week from global business analyst firm HfS Research endorses findings from a recent Proxima report into the trend of Corporate Virtualization, affirming that organizations continue to direct more spend outside the organization, relying on external suppliers instead of investing in labor.

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Top 5 tips for managing your virtualized/extended enterprise

Supplier Management

Corporate virtualization’ has taken hold across all large businesses today - the on-going phenomenon of replacing internal functions and labor with suppliers has changed the very fabric of the modern company. It has not been a planned or even conscious decision – but over the last 20 years is has been an unstoppable force.

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Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 3)

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Part one and Part two of this three part mini-series have covered several reasons why non-core procurement is more complex, wider reaching and changes faster than most people imagine (compared to core or direct procurement). In this post, the final in the series, we will discuss why businesses need to approach procurement in a completely different way.

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Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 2)

Non-core costs

Part one of this three part mini-series discussed how non-core procurement is more complex, wider reaching and changes faster than most people imagine. In this post, we explore three further points, namely the necessary skills, knowledge and perspectives required to effectively manage non-core procurement.

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Why are businesses failing to get the most out of their non-core costs? (pt 1)

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Businesses are failing to get the most out of the non-core costs. Why? Well, simply put, because procurement is failing. But the issue here is far deeper than simply pointing your finger at the team of people in procurement - in fact, we would argue, the problem lies in five very different areas, which we’ll explore below.

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The broken bridge between business need and business supply

Supplier Management

On average, two thirds of any business’ activities today are performed outside of their organization by third party suppliers (see this research for more detail).  And it’s a growing trend.

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The Competition Commission and statutory audit – a lot of sense and sensibility – part 2

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Our previous post discussed three of the seven remedies that the competition commission proposed as part of their ruling around statutory audit rotation. In this post, part two of this mini-series, Proxima's Richard James and Guy Strafford will look at the remaining four remedies and some key questions finance / procurement teams and audit committees should be asking when tendering this high profile service.

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The Competition Commission and statutory audit – a lot of sense and sensibility – part 1

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The verdict is in, judgement is pronounced.

The Competition Commission (CC) has delivered its final ruling on the market for statutory audit services in the UK, amending its remedies from the provisional ruling announced a couple of months back (here are our comments from July) and the reaction from the industry is generally positive.

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The alignment of the procurement function to the wider corporate aims: Vodafone's Stephen Day talks with Proxima

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Stephen Day, Group Supply Chain Management Director – IT at Vodafone, and Proxima discuss the importance of procurement to the wider business strategy; and the pros and cons of outsourcing, particularly in the area of procurement outsourcing.

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Catalytics: the end of the unhealthy obsession with savings

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We at Proxima believe too many businesses have an unhealthy obsession with savings. Whilst savings are of course important, no business ever saved its way to greatness.  Procurement should be offering much, much more.

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Spend Matters US: Quantifying suppliers’ contribution to revenue and profit - more than just productivity gains

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Spend Matters discuss Proxima's latest research. In the report, Corporate virtualization – A global study of cost externalization and its implications on profitability, Proxima and FTI Consulting show the P&L impact that comes from increasing external expenditure (i.e., on suppliers) compared with declining labor costs, set in the context of the overall economic environment since 2009.

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Some important questions for CFOs (UK)

Hear why the conventional approach of beating up suppliers and pushing them away means there is real and untapped value sitting in companies across thousands of suppliers.

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Spend Matters UK/Europe: Redefining procurement - non-labor cost’s growing impact on the bottom line

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Proxima’s latest report, found a clear trend line between 2009 and 2011 around labor cost and non-labor cost (both as percentages of revenue) in companies around the world.

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Corporate virtualization - 100 years in the making

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2013 marks 100 years since Henry Ford was faced with the dilemma of producing his latest invention, the Model T Ford, on a large scale - in an efficient, low cost way. His answer was to invent the first mass production assembly line. In doing so, Henry Ford revolutionized the world of manufacturing. Over the past 100 years, following this monumental milestone, business has changed beyond recognition.

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Today's growth is fueled more by suppliers than internal staff

Supplier Management

Today's definition of what a 'company' is varies dramatically from person to person, business to business and country to country. However, we can all agree that a company is no longer made up of just its people, its offices and its factories.

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CFO: Cutting costs? Don’t look at head count first

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Trimming non-labor costs, especially by better managing your fast-growing population of external service providers, likely will have greater impact

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Corporate virtualization

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A global study of cost externalization and its implications on profitability

Businesses around the world have been on a journey, whether deliberate or not, of cost externalization.  A significant portion of any business’ revenues are now being spent outside their own organization. What was once a salary, is now a supplier invoice.

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Spend Matters UK/Europe: Proxima Report – Corporate Virtualization and the central role of suppliers in business

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Peter Smith offers brief summary of Proxima's latest research - calling it an essential material to have in your library – a vital tool to help stakeholder engagement and promotion of the whole procurement raison d’etre!

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Study confirms reducing supplier costs more effective for improving profit

CHICAGO, IL and LONDON, UK –- September 9, 2013 - Proxima today released the results of a global study of nearly 2,000 publicly and privately traded companies, examining trends in spending and implications for profitability.

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The Sunday Times: Heads don’t need to roll, Mr Axeman

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Our latest global study, featured in The Sunday Times, shows companies may find greater cost savings in their supply chains.

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How suppliers have changed Dutch management practices

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To better understand the implications and opportunities of our latest research into the spending habits (and subsequent management practices around these habits) of modern day Dutch businesses, we have compared labor and non-labor (supplier) costs across the Dutch AEX25 over a two year period.

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CFO.nl: 3 new sources of profitability for Dutch businesses

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The Wall Street Journal: Outsourcing labor continues, poses risks for some

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Spend Matters UK/Europe: The Competition Commission and Auditors – shaking up the market or just stirring?

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The externalization of today’s Dutch corporation

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Even though the business environment today changes with unprecedented speed, perceptions of business continue to be rooted in tradition, more specifically -– traditional hierarchy structures and the resultant management practices.

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Procurement Leaders: Auditing reform - does re-tendering deliver value?

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Mandatory audit rotation – a sourcing challenge

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So, after months of deliberation and consultation, the Competition Commission published its provisional decision on the remedies relating to the market for statutory audit services. But will this really achieve the CC’s laudable objectives to improve quality and broaden the competitive market for statutory audit?

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Economia: Counting heads

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Supply Management: Procurement could unlock billions in profits

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With so much of your business activity being done by people not on your payroll, who’s controlling the talent?

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The media sector, along with many other sectors around the world, is experiencing a shift in where talent and expertise now sits within a business...

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Spend Matters Netherlands: Inkoop wordt belangrijker volgens Proxima

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New rules for cost management

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How 'corporate virtualization' is changing the game for Dutch businesses

Reducing non-labor costs could increase profits among Dutch AEX25 companies by billions of euros a year, a new report has uncovered.

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Het Financieele Dagblad: Snoeimes is bot (the sickle is blunt)

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Audit tendering may not turn out as hoped without some market change

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The FRC and Competition Commission are causing change in the audit market, and when combined with pressure from the corporate governance teams of the largest investors, there is now real impetus for change.

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Financieel-management.nl: Hogere winstgevendheid met nieuwe aanpak leveranciersmanagement

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CFO.nl: CFOs vaak onbewust van het verbeterpotentieel bij procurement

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