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  • High impact lossesWith supply chain risk a growing business issue, research suggests CPOs may need to reconsider their mitigation strategies, says Paul Snell.
  • Businessmen shaking hands © Alamy Joining forces looks good againThanks to better trading conditions companies are looking to develop strategies for the upturn. Mergers and acquisitions are on the increase and the experts Nick Martindale spoke to insist procurement should be involved 'from the very beginning' – to assess risks, work out cost synergies and make savings.
  • "Pulling together" © Skopein/Ikon images Pulling togetherLeveraged purchasing helps businesses to save on costs and avoids the problems of a consortium, say Leon Smith and Nabeel Irshad.
  • "What goes around comes around" illustration NEW © Fernando Volken Togni What goes around comes aroundCompanies are increasingly judged on how they respond to product recalls. CPOs should be prepared for and involved in the process, Rima Evans is told.
  • Jet engine © iStock Sector focus: aerospace Demand for civilian airliners is sky-high, but manufacturers' margins are being squeezed – sending shockwaves through the supply chain as managers are forced to focus on indirect costs.
Les Murray and Richard Nixon report.
  • Drilling for oil in Russia © Shutterstock Bear necessitiesAs hostilities fester between Russia and Ukraine, it is vital for Europe's business leaders to know their supply chain risks – and what sanctions are being imposed, says Andrew Pring.
  • Pieter Swarts © KPN Buyer's journeyRima Evans talks to Pieter Swarts, CPO at Dutch company KPN, about his brief to transform the procurement function in a fast-moving telecoms market, using the CEO's key themes of 'strengthen', 'simplify' and 'grow'.
  • "Training for all" illustration NEW © Robert Ball Training for allA squeeze on discretionary spend has taken its toll on training budgets. How are businesses continuing to develop employees on reduced resources?
  • Makeup set © Shutterstock COR workoutIt is time for CPOs and their teams to adopt a quantitive cost of risk approach, becoming as good at negotiating and valuing risk as they are with other aspects of the process.
  • Mario Draghi © Shutterstock The spectre of deflationDeclining prices may sound like good news for buyers, but the prospect of deflation is a worry for governments, says CIPS economist John Glen.
  • Cigarette manufacturing © Shutterstock Defining supply chain strategy in the process industryTraditionally process industries have paid much less attention to supply chain management in comparison to other sectors, but the tide is turning as pressures on sales, prices and costs bite.
  • Spotlight © Shutterstock Five tips to keep your supply chain out of the spotlightWhat can businesses do to effectively manage supplier relationships and decrease the risk associated with international partners? Martin Berr-Sorokin provides some guidance.
  • Wedding couple kissing in rain © Shutterstock How risk-free is your supply chain?Filed accounts and credit scores are an incomplete guide to supply chain risk, argues Richard Nixon of Collinson Grant
  • Jamie Hindhaugh © BT Making the playRima Evans talks to Jamie Hindhaugh, COO of BT Sport, about launching a winning brand, taking on Sky at its own game and utilising his procurement skills to help his new team at BT play a blinder.
  • Workers on Foxxcon assembly line, China © Alamy From buyer to entrepreneurThe procurement function has a unique chance to transform its value proposition in the next decade, say Peter Spiller and Nicolas Reinecke from McKinsey & Company.
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