Our summer issue assesses the dangers of the global economic downturn on the procurement profession. Be it the risks posed to suppliers - and therefore to buyers - by the reduction in the availability of credit But what can you do about these dangers. As the authors of our cover feature describe, bankrolling some essential vendors is worth serious consideration.
Supplier viability is also one of the priorities for CPOs. According to our exclusive survey findings, this together with cutting costs and improving working capital are the issues putting senior buyers under pressure.
And our attendees at our executive debate reveals corporate social responsibility, maintaining quality and commodity prices remain challenges. They also reveal how they are dealing with them.