Tuesday 12 March 2013

Top Supply Chain & Procurement Headlines of Last Week

Authored by Richard Hogg

It was another busy week in the supply chain and procurement realms, so we've decided to roll out a new weekly feature that summarises the top stories you may

CPOs search globally to fill the procurement talent gap. Four top CPOs shared their new strategies for finding procurement talent around the globe and how to create effective teams, even when staff is scattered in several countries. It is a worthy read and a hot discussion topic at any procurement event as many organisations struggle to find staff with the skills and technology expertise needed to excel.

Construction sector hits three-year low. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for February shows that the UK construction sector has declined at the fastest pace since October 2009 – yet another victim of the lagging economy. Reduced new business volumes have contributed to a major decline in purchasing activity at construction companies. However, the construction firms surveyed are confident that losses will turn into gains in activity during the next 12 months. Only time will tell…

PC shipments in Western Europe fell by 11.7% - Gartner reported that the demand for PCs in Western Europe slowed significantly in Q4 2012: Mobile and desktop PC shipments declined 12.1% and 10.9% respectively. The PC industry as a whole is suffering from a lack of innovation as the popularity of Apple products grows, and traditional PC users are converting to tablets and smart phones.

In another great moment for the procurement industry, one of Toshiba’s longtime procurement team members, Hisao Tanaka, a manager of procurement and manufacturing at the consumer electronics division, will be promoted to CEO effective in June. Best of luck to him – and a shining example of the respect procurement is gaining at the management level.

What other news items caught your eye?

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