When a much-heralded technology like 3D printers comes along, you might well ask if it can solve some of these challenges. Well potentially yes, but it also brings risk too, raising difficult questions around intellectual property and liability.
There are certain things that belong together – the reaction and the action, the chicken and the egg, In their own right, separate entities and concepts, however, in existence one thrives from that of the other. For procurement, cost savings and risk are similarly difficult to consider in isolation.
Procurement has been faced with fundamental changes of the business environment over the last few years and from my point of view there is one decisive factor to turn threads into opportunities: people.
A little while ago, I attended a roundtable event in London hosted by Business in the Community after Procurement Leaders was asked by the charity to support a new initiative it is promoting called The Access Pledge.
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