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Eggs, Gershon and NHS Procurement of Temporary Staff

We are delighted to bring you this post from John Milton, Business Development Director, Comensura, supporting our Health Services topic for November. The NHS faces […]

Using a Managed Service Provider as an Option for Procurement Outsourcing

The main reason companies choose to outsource is to reduce costs, however, a few poor choices and decisions can cause the advantages to come at a significant cost. For instance, you can outsource your manufacturing to China but it will affect your speed to market, innovation, etc. The same though does not apply to the outsourcing of certain non-core functional activities, like Procurement. The past few years have seen an increase in the outsourcing of supplier management. The trend that I am referring to is that of “Managed Service Provider” – a concept that has been around for more than a decade now but has only started to evolve as a Procurement Outsourcing concept in the past couple of years. Today, organisations are looking at MSPs not only with the intent to outsource a certain activity, but to enable them to manage other suppliers that perform a given activity for the company.