2013 Hot Sourcing Categories!

November 26th, 2012

With the New Year approaching what are the hot categories to review for your company this year?

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Sr. Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing

Each year there are new categories of products and services that rise to the top of the heap for serious consideration by companies all over the world.  These categories can be influenced by technology, the economy or any number of social changes that shape the world in which we live.

Over the course of the this week we will be looking at some of the hot categories to consider moving into 2013 to include mobile devices, managed services, contingent labor providers, marketing and social media planning and travel related services.

Mobile Devices – These are not new to the corporate world as almost every employee has at least one mobile device and terms like “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) begin to apply more and more to the business landscape.  Companies are beginning to understand that desktop PC’s and even traditional laptops are being replaced by mobile phone and tablets leveraging Wi-Fi and mobile service technology.

Tablet Devices – As tablet devices become more powerful and functional, they will begin to replace the traditional laptop PC’s.  Several companies have released versions of tablet PC’s that range in price from $500 to $3,000 depending on the desired features.  2013 will be a year where many companies begin to look at these devices for their employees to leverage the increased acceptance of the devices in the corporate and private sectors.

Consolidated Phone Plan – Another area that will be one of 2013 focus will be that of a consolidated corporate cell plan.  By moving to a corporate fleet of mobile phones your company can begin to leverage the buying power to get the best prices on a select set of phones that will be easier to support and can ensure that each employee has the functionality they need.  As companies begin to use smart phones in new ways like mileage reimbursement tracking this can be a huge benefit.

Corporate Mobile Plan – In some cases companies will allow their employees to purchase whatever phone they want on their own and will consolidate the mobile service plan that the company pays for.  With this approach you give your employees the flexibility to choose the phone that fits them while still leveraging the consolidating buying power of your company to get better rates and service.  This will be a very hot category for many companies in 2013 as cell companies continue to compete for business and many local companies entering in to the mix.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can help you source these or any of products and services discussed this week, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. Please join us for tomorrow’s post on managed services. 

We look forward to your comments.

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