Bringing Supply Chain Benchmarking to Nordic Countries

Hackett, X-lence Group ally to offer business advisory services in Scandinavia, Russia

Hackett, X-lence Group ally to offer business advisory services in Scandinavia, Russia

Atlanta — May 2, 2005 — Business process advisory firm The Hackett Group is partnering with Norwegian consulting firm X-lence Group AS to enable Hackett to offer its benchmarking, advisory and transformation services to companies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Russia.

The agreement, under which X-lence Group will serve as a sales agent for Hackett in these five countries, is designed to expand Hackett's channel presence beyond the U.S. and Western European markets, where it has already established itself as a provider of best practices research, benchmarking and transformation advisory services.

Hackett said it empowers executives to achieve world-class enterprise performance by offering analysis and insight backed by metrics derived from 3,300 benchmark studies over 13 years at more than 1,865 of the world's leading companies, including 93 percent of the Dow Jones Industrials.

X-lence Group, based in Norway, assists clients in developing and executing blueprints for improvement programs and advises top management in corporations and institutions on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations.

"X-lence already has a strong hands-on experience helping companies make process-level improvements, and we're happy to have them as a Hackett partner," said Hackett President Wayne Mincey. "They know this market and have excellent executive-level contacts at companies in some of the most active industries. We expect X-lence to help us replicate the success we've seen in the U.S. and Europe in the Nordic region and Russia."

X-lence Group CEO Marianne E. Johnsen said: "Based on our experience, there's tremendous need for empirically based advice to assist executives in this region move towards world-class performance. Hackett's offerings are unique in their use of proven best practices backed by benchmarking data."

Current Hackett clients in Europe include Bayer, BMW, BP, Cadbury Schweppes, Diageo, Nissan, Philips and Siemens.

Enabling the end-to-end purchase to pay process may seem daunting, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Read the best practices article "The Analyst Corner: Payment" by Christopher Sawchuk and Joseph B. Lancaster III of The Hackett Group, in the February/March 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.