According to latest Xchanging survey, based on views from circa 200 sourcing and procurement decision-makers from across the European manufacturing industry, adoption of external outsourcing of Procurement in Europe is in a very early stage with only 1 out of 6 adopters.
The survey provides some interesting insights. Here are my preferred.
- For those already outsourcing, travel (74%) and professional services (63%) are the most common categories for using an external service provider
- Of those not already outsourcing, only around one in twenty (6%) plan to start outsourcing in the next 1-4 years.
- Personnel issues making outsourcing economically inefficient (52%) and dispersed organisational structure and multiple locations/systems making it complicated (54%), were cited by respondents as the main barriers to expanding use of external sourcing and procurement service providers
- Over half of businesses who do not use external providers (51%), cite losing control of their organisation’s sourcing and procurement as a key concern
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