Levi’s Outsourcing and Accounting Robots

One of the most interesting articles I read last year was also one of the most obscure. Levi Strauss announced in July that they were outsourcing their entire Finance and Accounting function:

The move is the last part of Levi Strauss’ global productivity initiative, announced last year and designed to shave $175 million to $200 million annually from the company’s expenses.

Two things are remarkable about the announcement. First, instead of selecting functions such as Accounts Payable, Levi’s is outsourcing the whole enchilada. Second, it’s Levi’s. The company has been around since before Lincoln was president. These days, they operate a global wholesale and retail business that has far more complicated logistics than the average hoodie-wearing startup.

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