While in the short term, economic conditions remain highly uncertain, a number of long term factors will contribute to the transformation of the global economic landscape. This include
- The emergence of a large middle class in countries that have developed rapidly in the past decades.
- A transformation of the global innovation process with new sources of innovations throughout the globe
- The tensions on commodity markets and the impact of environmental changes on supply chains
In this context, new risk and new opportunities will emerge, and purchasing leaders could be increasingly asked to play a strong role in addressing them. The EIPM 17th Annual conference will therefore look at the following issues:
- Taking the long view – Transformations ahead for Purchasing
Together with the support from experts and practitioners we will look at our changing landscape and try to understand the implications for the purchasing function and supply networks
- Business Intelligence for Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals
Chance favours the prepared minds, purchasing professionals need to look beyond the obvious in order to anticipate risks, innovate with suppliers and explore new avenues to optimise costs. We will map together how to acces high value information and knowledge
- Collaboration & Trust in times of Uncertainty
The joint creation of value with suppliers requires constancy of purpose a unique ability to share relevant knowledge and a dedication to seamless execution.
- Financial Innovation for Supply Chains
The past decades have seen the multiplication of initiatives to re-invent and improve physical and information flows. The coming years will see the rise of innovations in the management of financial flows in Business to Business relationships. Supply chain finance is a starting point. More will come
- Value Creation and Innovation: Opportunities for Purchasing
Examples of value creation initiatives have flourished in the purchasing community over the past years, the challenge is now to develop more systematic practices to explore where, with whom and how innovation can be developed.