The shaky recovery that has reared its head in some parts of the global economy continues to divide analysts opinion on what businesses are going to be facing over the next six months. As you’d expect though, recovery or not, the concerns of procurement chiefs have mutated into a difficult combination of global risk, talent and top-line influencing agendas, like CSR - all of which reared their heads this week.
The question that companies are often confronted with is whether they have learned lessons from the floods and earthquakes and revolutions that left them short on parts and scrambling to minimize the impact on revenue. But its not necessarily the right question.
As you might expect, there’s an American flavo(u)r to this week’s news. Not just the attention-sucking elections, but the Procurement Leaders Boston Forum too. Now, after the dust has settled on a hectic couple of weeks, there’s plenty to consider both Stateside and beyond.
Boston is a special place this time of year and in a week of momentous events and massive clean-up operations all eyes will be on the US. For procurement, the biggest event on the Autumn Calendar comes at a time of change and influential events.
For Europe, the agenda over the past year has been a seemingly unending cycle of risk and decline, with businesses becoming increasingly aware of their exposure to all sorts of risk and vulnerability. Suddenly, there are few businesses that can say that they're confident of their future.
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