Marlin is the preeminent provider of credit products and services to small businesses nationwide, delivering exceptional value and service to our customers, creating a rewarding environment for our employees and generating superior returns for our shareholders. For referral-service entrepreneurs-who act as a “welcome wagon” to newcomers-getting to know new as well as existing businesses pays off in more ways than one. Local companies pay to get their services introduced to newcomers, while these new customers pay for a little friendly advice.
Business services are particularly important to European competitiveness as they are essential to manufacturing and other service sectors. They are also increasingly being used to enhance the value of products through new combinations of goods and services and play a central role in the ‘servitisation’ of the European economy.
Adam Smith ‘s book The Wealth of Nations, published in Great Britain in 1776, distinguished between the outputs of what he termed “productive” and “unproductive” labor. The former, he stated, produced goods that could be stored after production and subsequently exchanged for money or other items of value. The latter, however useful or necessary, created services that perished at the time of production and therefore did not contribute to wealth. Building on this theme, French economist Jean-Baptiste Say argued that production and consumption were inseparable in services, coining the term “immaterial products” to describe them.
The most important lessons:Â Services will increasingly be procured together with products (hybrid services) and because of that complexity and the need to increase knowhow in procurement and products will increase more and more. This can’t be handled by procurement alone in the future. This will become more of a team effort, or even an empowerment and enablement of the experts that are the nearest to the customer need. Furthermore the service provider will have to tightly integrate with the customers value stream. Most important learning was that the researcher found is no pattern to procure business services nor a tool yet, that supports it.
I had been observing the general buying trend for a while and realized I should start selling online. The industry seemed very promising with endless opportunities. My only apprehension was the onboarding process, but on the contrary, it was extremely easy. It only had one form to fill and a few documents to upload, after which all you had to do was list your products and start selling. It is encouraging to see that my constant effort of getting excellent products at good rates is leading to three times growth in sales online. My father had a dream to expand our business across the country and I am happy that I could make his dream come true. He would have been so proud of me today.