All quiet on the home front?

21 February 2012
We’ve reported on how natural disasters, the economic stability of suppliers and commodity swings are affecting purchaser’s procurement choices, but are buyers closely monitoring political policy decisions to consider their potential impact? The EU’s fresh look at public procurement rules and amendments is, I’m sure, being closely monitored by public purchasers. Sustainability targets adopted by the UK government are already filtering down into the buying activities of the private as well as the public sector. And political unrest abroad is assessed by buyers sourcing goods from those locations. But perhaps purchasers should keep in mind the risks posed a little closer to home. As reported in SM, the coalition government is proposing that all lorries using UK roads pay for the privilege, but has said it will compensate UK hauliers for the extra. Some buyers have told SM that they would, in response, use UK hauliers instead of foreign companies, which may try to pass on the extra charges to customers. This is just one example of a proposal the current government is considering; there are, of course, many more. How far do you go to assess the impact of proposed government policies on your operation?
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