Just as there was no roadmap for navigating a crisis like COVID-19, there is no formula for the best way to come out of a pandemic, either. However, if anyone has proven that they are up to charting the way forward, it’s procurement professionals. As resourcing experts, procurement is known for finding strategic solutions that satisfy diverse stakeholder needs — and fast.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the global workforce in a variety of ways, with employee health and safety catapulted to the forefront of business concerns. Even with vaccination rollouts and months of experience navigating a worldwide pandemic, the future of the global workforce remains uncertain.
When Alibaba.com surveyed 5,000 SMB decision-makers in September 2020, keeping employees healthy and safe while reopening in-person operations was reported as the number one concern among employer firms in 2021.
Remember when the U.S. was virtually held hostage by OPEC? If they raised the price per barrel, U.S. consumers were stuck with higher prices at the gas pump. And then along came fracking. Boom! The U.S. took the alpha role in energy production. Carbon emissions notwithstanding, this new power freed the U.S. economy from dependance on other oil-producing nations.
The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter for businesses that were forced to halt 2020 strategies and goals, customer acquisition and procurement. As the economy slowed to a halt, business leaders struggled to develop a risk management strategy that determined the how, why and when their COVID-19 safety protocols had been enacted. The waters were muddy because initial reopening strategies varied state by state and frequently changed based on infection rates in communities.
In March 2020, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC)—the largest electric cooperative in the United States, servicing more than 346,000 accounts in Central Texas—had to go from being fully in-office to fully remote virtually overnight, like many organizations across North America during the COVID-19 health crisis.
The supply chain is an often overlooked, yet critical, component of businesses everywhere. For a long time, the focus around supply chains has always been on efficiency and cost reduction. But when COVID-19 hit, weaknesses within the supply chain became readily apparent as traditional management approaches and technologies left businesses underequipped to tackle the huge surges in demand. This problem quickly became widespread. Whether it was a shortage of toilet paper on the consumer side or dropping supplies of microchips in the B2B world, no one was left unaffected.
With the impacts of COVID-19 still being felt around the world, it’s hard to look ahead at what might be coming next. But you should.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought a truly unprecedented level of disruption to global supply chains, bringing entire industries to a complete halt. It was unlike any supply chain crisis we’ve seen in modern times, but it was far from an isolated incident.
Enterprise risk has never been a higher priority for businesses, executives and procurement practitioners than right now in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The coronavirus disruption has only accelerated many enterprise risks — from cyberthreats, employee health and safety, and most certainly, to supply risks affecting suppliers in complex value chains.
In the midst of a pandemic, business models are wide open for transformation.
From my perspective, COIVD-19 is just a precursor to the larger threat looming from unmitigated climate change. In conjunction with racial inequality, old-hat “business as usual” models are potentially heading off a cliff.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are what many consider the gold standard for social impact goals. They provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet, along with an urgent call to action. How do we help achieve these goals?
So far in this series on diversity and inclusion, we have explored a historical perspective on supplier diversity in the enterprise, tips to improve it, and how the supplier community can leverage their diversity status. Now we will discuss how procurement leaders can incorporate diversity and inclusion into their team management strategies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the parking and transportation industry in countless ways. Corporate offices once filled with hustle and bustle have mostly turned into ghost towns, resulting in a significantly decreased need for shuttle and transportation services. So, what’s next for the future of shuttles? As pharmaceutical companies race to distribute vaccines, a vision of life returning to normal draws closer.
The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for better collaboration between finance and procurement as organizations needed to act quickly to increase their focus on their cash position, cash flow and net working capital through a more collaborative finance-procurement relationship.
The relationship each side has with suppliers is synchronistic – procurement ensures the right goods and services at the right price with the right supplier, and finance ensures those same suppliers are paid on time, to confirm that hard-negotiated relationships are not jeopardized.
What do the oracles say about society’s return to normalcy? Bill Gates is pinning his hopes on a semi-normal return to life in the spring of 2021, provided we rapidly adopt the vaccine. Dr. Fauci’s more conservative estimate suggests that we’ll enjoy movie theater experiences, indoor dining and regular school attendance by late fall.
Companies everywhere have come to accept the impacts of the pandemic on the future of work in stages that are eerily similar to the stages of grief: First, there was the wait-and-see phase, in which business leaders cautiously monitored news of the growing COVID-19 threat; then recovery mode, when enterprises were forced to adopt work-at-home functionality to keep their employees safe.
As the world slowly moves past the Covid-19 pandemic with the arrival of the vaccines, the job market is starting to gather itself and get back into momentum. But the newer challenges for organizations that arise daily have rendered recruitment to take a back seat. A well-established recruitment strategy can be your redeemer in the coming post-COVID era as you start re-establishing your company, even though it may be tricky to envision what HR will look like in a post-pandemic world.