It's not the end of the world
Give an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters an infinite amount of time and still they may never complete the list of supply chain challenges facing the profession. If that’s too bleak, perhaps we need a change of perspective; instead of focusing on doomsday disruptions signifying the end of the world’s supply chains as we know them, we should be viewing this as a rebirth and asking what happens next.
In our Big Read, we talk to economists, practitioners and globalisation experts about the influence of geopolitics on supply chains, and how organisations are moving away from dominant regions to form relationships with lower risk allies, as well as the pivotal role emerging markets will play in this new supply network. It’s the end of cost’s reign and the beginning of supplier diversity as king. Globalisation is dead. Long live globalisation.
Also in this issue:
CPO interview: How do humanitarian supply networks operate and what are the challenges of procuring essential items for displaced people in Ukraine? Danish Refugee Council head of supply, Christian Gronnerod, explains
CIPS turns 90: As we celebrate nine decades of the Institute, we reflect on this history, achievements so far and speak with global offices about key concerns in the future of the profession
Skills: Exports rules and sanctions are mounting up quickly, and responsibility often falls to procurement. Learn how tech manufacturers and distributors can stay ahead of these changes to avoid significant consequences
Case study: A team of virtual workers helped to ensure school children were fed during the pandemic. The local authority leading the way shares their journey of creating and managing autonomous workers in the public care sector
Analysis: There’s a growing use of critical commodities lists and export bans to prioritise goods linked to national security. But what does this rise in protectionism mean for global supply chains and international relationships?
Read all of these articles and much more in Supply Management magazine: