Outsourcing: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The competition experienced in the global market has tuned up brands to do everything possible to come up with products and services of sterling qualities. To this end, a lot of brands resort to outsourcing in order to fill up gaps that will enhance their competitive advantage. Outsourcing is all about brands hiring sources from outside the company to perform services or create products which ordinarily should have been done in-house by employees and staff of the company. Outsourcing was first recognized as a business strategy in 1989 and became an integral part of business economics throughout the 1990s. In the business world, outsourcing is subject to considerable controversy. A group, especially in the manufacturing sector argues that it has caused the loss of domestic jobs. Supporters say it creates an incentive for businesses and companies to allocate resources where they are most effective, and that outsourcing helps maintain the nature of free market economies on a global scale. The good There are a whole lot of reasons why you may decide to embark on outsourcing some certain tasks in your company. It can help you to reduce labor costs significantly by avoiding expenses associated with overhead. You also have…

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Consumers And More Consumers in 2019

Population in the world is currently (2018) growing at a rate of around 1.09% per year (down from 1.12% in 2017 and 1.14% in 2016). The current average population increase is estimated at 83 million people per year. This simply means that an estimated 83 million consumers will be added to the 7.62 billion world population as at mid-2018. The lifeline of any business is the consumer because it’s only when your products or services are purchased that you may be talking about profit and ROI. Your focus as a founder/CEO as you are going into 2019 and beyond should, therefore, be on the acquisition of customers and more customers. Targeting only 0.1% of the estimated 7.7 billion in 2019 will give you 7.7 million consumers. This will make very good progress for your business given that Amazon, one of the leading online retail platforms worldwide as of the first quarter of 2016, had 310 million active customers. This, however, is not something you can do out of the blues. It requires articulation, strategic approach, and adequate planning, especially now that the modern day consumer has become technologically savvy and advanced, with it becoming more apparent that the consumer wants…

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