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Virtual Cards to Revolutionize Payments Industry

Over the past few years, electronic payments for B2B transactions have been increasingly growing. Virtual cards are the leading electronic payables option, with a steady year-on-year growth rate of 9%, expected to reach a spend of $377 billion by 2018.

Challenges in Outcome-Based Engagement Models in Facilities Management

A key aspect of handling facility management spend is the type of contract the buyer decided to opt for during their engagement. Types of contracts are decided by many variables, such as supplier maturity in the desired geography, price fluctuations, scope of services and geographical reach.

European CEP Market and Carriers Pricing Trends

CEP (Courier, Express and Parcel) are non-palletized products with shipments weighing less than 50 kg/110 lbs. Parcel shipments predominantly travel via ground transport and are delivered in a day or two, whereas express shipments travel by air, which is a time-bound delivery. Today, there is a thin line between Courier, Express or Parcel services. These three terms are commonly amalgamated to Courier-Express-Parcel (CEP) services.

Methanol Overcapacity in the U.S. – An Opportunity for Buyers?

The U.S. methanol market has been under severe pressure over the last few years due to a significant increase in capacity; thus transforming itself from a net importer to a net exporter. The shale gas boom in the U.S. has kick-started a resurgence in petrochemicals and has resulted in massive expansions in methanol production which, in turn, is impacting the domestic and global markets significantly. Methanol production has more than doubled since the beginning of 2015 and has become a pivotal point of the global industry.

Duty of Care – A Proactive Approach to Travel Risk

Corporate travel is considered a priority segment by companies, owing to increasing globalization. It comes with the additional critical element of employee safety and security, mainly referred to as Duty of Care/Travel risk management. Duty of Care is the responsibility of employers to employees in maintaining their safety and security while working on international assignments or in remote areas of their home country. To achieve this, employers need to understand possible risks and their impact on employees.

Is Remanufacturing of Bearings Reshaping the Global Bearings Market?

Major bearing manufacturers such as SKF, Timken and Schaeffler are investing huge on remanufacturing of bearings and are partnering with major OEMs for heavy duty applications. Fluctuating demand and increasing input costs (raw material and labor) have created a gap between production and supply of bearings. Remanufacturing has levelled the supply of bearings, particularly for heavy duty applications. In recent years there has been increasing demand for remanufacturing, mostly due to a service life extension and reduction in cost.

Increase in the Adoption of Native Advertising to Overcome Digital Marketing Challenges

Within the digital advertising arena, traditional display ads and banner ads are quickly losing their effectiveness, with the average click through rates (CTR) falling to 0.17%. However, digital marketers are quickly adopting a new type of digital advertising tool known as “native advertising” to leverage its benefits and engage with the ever-increasing number of internet users.

AT&T and Time Warner Deal - The Roadblock Ahead

U.S. corporate dealmakers are likely to put major merger plans on hold as they assess whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will follow through on his populist promises and threat to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, or if he will have a more traditional, business-friendly Republican administration.

Enterprise Adoption of Cloud IaaS

Sourcing executives are set with their strategic directions for 2017 and see the growing importance of IaaS as a key strategic move for their firms. The market for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is in a state of upheaval. Suppliers vary significantly in their features, performance, costs and business terms. A mix of market, technology and sourcing aspects need to be studied carefully before any cloud IaaS decisions are made.

Future of Outsourcing in Professional Services - Key Trends to Watch

As the world awaits the domino effect of the “Trump” card that U.S. recently embraced, one industry that should have their eyes and ears wide open is the outsourcing segment. While we wait on America’s stance on how business services outsourcing will pan out over the next few years, here are some key trends across outsourcing of various professional services determining the future course of the industry.

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