The autumn issue of CPO Agenda continues to examine how the economic downturn is affecting the procurement profession, but there is a stronger focus on some of the more positive changes that have arisen.
In the first edition of her new column on CSR, business coach and consultant Meryl Bushell discusses how sustainability benefits both businesses and individuals alike. Also, our interview with the CPO of Deutsche Post DHL, Hugo Eckseler, reveals how the recession has highlighted the importance of the procurement function and accelerated its development.
Despite this silver lining the negative repercussions of the current economic climate are still being felt, especially by those who have lost their jobs. In Coping with redundancy, four procurement professionals discuss their experiences and give advice. Our cover feature Appetite for acquisition explains the wisdom for procurement to have a strategy in the event of a merger.