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When diesel goes up, the associated costs in tractors go down When diesel goes up, the Ministry says that the costs associated with diesel in tractors go down. According to the Ministry, in the month of November, the price of diesel reached €1.0517, which means a decrease of 0.7% in comparison to the same month in 2015, according to the Transport Costs Observatory, published by the Ministry of Public Works. Compared to the month of October, direct costs have fallen…

What is Outsourcing?

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Outsourcing, subcontracting or externalising consists of entrusting the management of certain tasks or processes, which are not the company’s main activity, to a company that has specific knowledge and experience in this area. The processes and services considered to be the company’s competitive advantage, should be managed internally or ‘in house’. What are the benefits of outsourcing? It increases productivity One of the main reasons is improving productivity and increasing efficiency. The main company can then strategically focus 100% on…

The digital transformation and the consumer, directions from the XI National Congress of ANCECO

The National Association of Buying and Services Groups celebrated their 11th Congress this Thursday, 17 November in El Born, Barcelona Cultural Centre. The President, Jordi Costa, welcomed the more than 200 attendants and gave way to a program which revolved around the change that is taking place in sales plants in light of a changing context, not to mention consumer as well as various channels. Costa insisted on the need for Buying and Services Groups (BSG) to become real organizations…

Mergers in maritime operators

Fusión en el transporte marítimo

Recently, there has been significant concentration in the division of maritime shipping containers. The three biggest Japanese operators, MOL, NYK Line and K Line are the protagonists of the merger agreement. The main reasons are big losses of more than €1.35 billion since 2012. These unions were made with the aim of reducing these costs through scale economies. Currently, the 10 main operators in the world control 77% of the market. Experts are already referring to these companies as the…

The chemical industry will bill 2.3% more in 2016

According the Spanish Chemical Industry Business Federation (FEIQUE), the total turnover will grow by 2.3% in 2016, billing €59.391 billion. One of the main reasons for this increase is the growth in the volume of production by 3.3%. However, the effect of price decreases will not allow this growth to be completely reflected. Since 2014, consumption and demand for chemical products in Spain has been recovering and this will lead to an increase in private consumption by 3%, which places…

Outsourcing: a strategy to increase competitiveness in business

Outsourcing means the transfer of one’s own business activities to another company who specialises in that field. It provides distinctive advantages for both large businesses and SMEs. It is true that many SMEs nowadays view outsourcing as a threat, given they fear a loss of power, control and information. One of the main advantages is a reduction in costs, thus improving the company’s competitiveness and profitability. It is important to highlight that there are certain processes that a business should never outsource, such as those that set them…

UPS introduces 3D printing by the end of the year

UPS is one of the largest parcel service companies in the world and it delivers more than 14 million parcels to more than 200 countries worldwide every day. In order to save time in its logistics centres, UPS is bringing innovative, on-demand 3D printing to Spain by the end of the year. When a client requests a part and it is not yet available, the user will not have to wait. These printers will manufacture the parts with the aim…

What will future transport be like?

The new features, services and products that were presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles International Exhibition in Hanover (the leading international trade fair for Mobility, Transportation and Logistics), gave us many hints as to how transport will be like in the future. It was also clear that digitisation and electrical mobility will play a major part. The exhibition highlighted proposals and news from the Daimler group, who have positioned themselves as pioneers in connectivity, efficiency and safety. The Mercedes PRO…

Induing: Workshops about Purchasing Networks

On 7 th July, we took part in workshops organised by INDUING that examined the importance of managing sales in companies and how purchasing networks can be a smart way to collaborate. Our CEO, Jordi Costa, shared the key aspects for being more efficient and competitive in this area: Managing purchases is essential for the majority of companies as it represents more than 50% of all sales, and we cannot always dedicate the time and effort needed for it, particularly…

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