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Tue 20 Jan 2015
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The fall-out from the unexpected un-pegging of the Swiss currency is still uncertain. More firms are reporting a negative impact. But how should we prepare for more bad news?

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Wed 05 Nov 2014
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

Businesses have been caught off guard by the war in Ukraine, but the conflict will require careful watching in the future. To understand this, the Economist Intelligence Unit held a session in London, debating the future of the region.

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Wed 06 Aug 2014
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

As the rebellion in Eastern Ukraine seems to be collapsing, the broader geopolitical environment is becoming more complex. From a procurement perspective, those with a big stake in the commercial outcome of the situation are likely to find consistent challenges in the coming years.

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Wed 30 Jul 2014
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

What do the sanctions on Russia mean for global business in terms of sourcing strategies and commodity prices? We look at the effects from a procurement standpoint.

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Thu 07 Mar 2013
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

As reported today by the PLN, a recent survey found that half of UK-based businesses check their suppliers for compliance to the UK Bribery Act. Interestingly, a mere 6% of the sample in the by Ernst & Young research stated that they would re-tender if they found a non-compliant supplier.

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Tue 15 Jan 2013
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

When I’m not writing about procurement, I’m busy playing the trumpet. It’s hard to fit in because these purchasing blogs don’t write themselves, but it’s a rewarding hobby.

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Tue 16 Oct 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

In recent research that the PIU has conducted, we asked CPOs about the future of the economy. This was referenced to both the world as well as their local or regional economy. The response was mixed.

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Wed 29 Aug 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

Buyers are often nervous about suppliers deploying a 'divide and conquer' strategy to selling. However, there’s nothing stopping turning this approach on its head.

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Thu 23 Aug 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

For many in the business world, the summer months are a peaceful period spent on a sunny beach. Buyers, however, are worried as category plans are urgently being forged for the next year.

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Wed 25 Jul 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

There is a perennial discussion within PLN towers about social media. It's clear that procurement still doesn't get it, but will these new technologies change the way we do sourcing?

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