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WHAT IS A ZERO-BASED MINDSET (ZBx)?

More holistic than zero-based budgeting (ZBB), ZBx is a new way to identify cost savings and reinvest for growth, profitability, sustainability and trust.

ZBx focuses on agility over austerity, visibility over guesswork, and the future over the past to fuel growth and competitiveness.

OUR APPROACH TO ZBx

ZBx takes a zero-based approach across the business by focusing on four essential areas for becoming—and staying—agile in a tough competitive environment.

ZERO-BASED SPEND
(ZBS)

A forensic look at discretionary non-labor overhead costs that frees up cash to improve growth, capability investments and EBITDA while driving cultural change.

ZERO-BASED
ORGANIZATION (ZBO)

Clean sheet organizational design that shifts talent and resources to distinctive capabilities that create new business value and drive profitable growth.

ZERO-BASED FRONT
OFFICE (ZBFO)

An approach to improve marketing, sales, customer service and pricing to lower customer acquisition costs while optimizing customer spending.

ZERO-BASED SUPPLY
CHAIN (ZBSC)

Supply chain optimization that drives COGS reduction by identifying “should costs” and enabling continuous renewal that constantly resets the cost baseline.

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Beyond the ZBB buzz

The largest ever research initiative on ZBB has arrived

An unprecedented rise in ZBB adoption means companies are finally reclaiming profitable growth. Are you ready to move beyond the buzz?

ZERO-BASED FRONT OFFICE (ZBFO)

Zero-based front office

Achieving profitable growth has always been a challenge—and it is becoming more difficult in today’s digital economy.

The front office has more responsibility for growth, profitability and trust than any other part of the company. Yet, it is the most unprepared for this mission.

ZERO-BASED ORGANIZATION (ZBO)

DIGITAL VALUE OR DIGITAL VANITY?

Digital is the hottest and most critical investment around, but very few companies know the value of their digital investments.

By starting at zero—no silos, no assumptions, no bad habits of the past—companies can finally quantify digital value and make sure their investments are driving the business forward.

Owning the ZBx change. Literally.

Implementing and sustaining zero-based mindset is not always easy. Companies enjoying sustained success with their ZBx initiatives
must take the idea of “ownership” quite literally: make C-level executives owners of cost categories across the company.

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Video: Zero-based thinking

Accenture Strategy conducted the largest-ever research on zero-based thinking. Watch Kris Timmermans discuss the top three findings.

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ZERO-BASED SPEND (ZBS)

Zero-based spend

Spending less to get more is critical to a company's strategic growth in complex markets and long-term competitiveness.

ZBS budgets from zero each year, removing unnecessary costs and assigning cost savings to activities that boost growth.

ZERO-BASED SUPPLY CHAIN (ZBSC)

ZERO-BASED SUPPLY CHAIN

ZBSC can drive 5 to 10 percent rapid COGS savings and a COGS to revenue ratio of up to 600 to 800 basis points over time.

Supply chain executives are doing cost optimization, but traditional methods do not sustain lower supply chain costs.

ZERO-BASED MINDSET

ZBx

Unlike cost reduction initiatives like ZBB, ZBx designs from a zero-base, rebuilding "should costs" in line with the future.

ZBx takes a zero-based approach to every line item. Finally, an alternative to align cost savings and growth strategy.

ZERO-BASED MINDSET (ZBX)

The consumer goods supply chain: Growth engine or growth enemy?

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) giants have enjoyed soaring profitability, largely underpinned by rigorous cost takeout initiatives. However, many industry leaders have struggled to turn unlocked resources into new forms of growth and new cost headwinds have emerged.

ZERO-BASED MINDSET (ZBx)

Telecoms are hungry for cost reduction and growth

By calculating costs from a zero-base, telecoms can answer the call for cost savings and control their own destiny in the face of digital disruptors.

ZERO-BASED ORGANIZATION (ZBO)

ZERO-BASED ORGANIZATION

Organizational design that gets the right people with the right skillsets doing the right work is essential to win in the future.

This is the core of ZBO, a strategy that aligns people with work that connects to valued business outcomes.

ZERO-BASED MINDSET (ZBx)

Traditional cost reduction is running out of gas

To thrive amid volatility, oil and gas operators can turn to ZBx to get true visibility into spending to align cost savings with their growth strategy.