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Fresh Insights into the Value Chain

  • The importance of effective recruitment during an economic downturn

    4 months ago

    ​With the global economy teetering on the brink of a recession the likes of which we haven’t seen in nearly a century, companies around the world find themselves doing everything they can to set themselves up for a soft landing.The economic fallout of the pandemic is only beginning, and it could last for years. Business leaders around the world, who are naturally worried abo...

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  • As more supply chains move to South East Asia, the region faces a talent crunch

    4 months ago

    ​As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, countries and companies worldwide are realising the need to balance and diversify their supply chains. While Chinese supply chains will continue to play a major role, relying on these alone has proven to be untenable. Many multinational corporations are looking to move at least some of their production bases elsewhere.South East A...

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  • COVID-19 causing shifts in consumer behaviour

    7 months ago

    ​In grocery stores worldwide, shoppers are finding empty shelves where hand sanitiser, toilet paper, and canned goods used to be. Specific fears related to COVID-19, as well as the extent of the outbreak, are heavily influencing purchasing decisions. A recent Nielsen report identifies six consumer behaviour thresholds that are directly tied to how far the virus has progresse...

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  • E-commerce in the time of COVID-19

    7 months ago

    ​​As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, many countries are taking drastic action. Bans on public gatherings are now commonplace, with shopping malls closing down and strict quarantines enforced. Even in countries whose governments are thus far taking a more relaxed approach, people are widely adopting the practice of social distancing. While certain products are enjoyin...

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  • How the coronavirus may accelerate talent needs amidst supply chain digitalization

    7 months ago

    ​With the coronavirus dramatically straining global supply chains, companies worldwide are taking a financial hit. Even industry titans are feeling the pinch: Tesla has suspended its business in China, and Apple is falling short of market demand for iPhones and other products.While the course of the pandemic remains to be seen, many companies are already re-thinking their re...

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  • Singapore Procurement Market: 2019 Mid-Year Review (Feb – July)

    about 1 year ago

    ​There are clear signs Singapore is becoming a hub for regionally executed transformation activity in procurement and the wider supply chain with leading businesses investing in capability here.There is a slight shift in demand away from skill sets that were previously sought on a large scale and centralized basis such as regional and global category management. There are no...

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  • Multi-Localism and Supply Chain Talent in South East Asia

    over 1 year ago

    One of the great achievements of the 20th century was the establishment of truly massive economies of scale. Improvements in transportation technology and political coordination allowed for a massive revolution in global efficiency, affecting everything from material sourcing to production, logistics, advertising and much more.Rather than sustaining this trend of efficiency ...

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  • Supply Chain and Value Chain

    over 1 year ago

    ​What’s the difference between the supply chain and the value chain? It’s best not to think of the two concepts as mutually exclusive. The supply chain is concrete. The value chain is more conceptual. One of them is necessary for running a business, while the other allows that business to outperform its competitors.The supply chain comprises every step a business takes to tu...

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  • Making the Leap: From Supply Chain to General Management

    over 1 year ago

    ​Supply chain management has changed dramatically since the economic downturn of the last decade. Successful supply chain managers have always known how to cut costs while increasing efficiency and profit. They now also know how to analyse every step in the supply chain, find opportunities to add value for the customer, and gain a competitive advantage over industry rivals. ...

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  • Transformational Shift in the Pulp & Paper Markets: Skill Gap Leaves Jobs Unfilled

    over 1 year ago

    ​An aging workforce, evolving markets, and various cultural shifts have led to a surprising labour shortfall in the pulp and paper industry – at exactly the time when new talent is most needed.Although many casual observers have predicted the decline of the paper industry for quite some time, insiders say that the future is as bright as they can remember. For starters, many ...

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  • Singapore Procurement Job Market in 2019

    almost 2 years ago

    ​Consistent with the general employment outlook in Singapore, the procurement market enjoyed a healthy 2018. Hiring activity was up on previous years, but there was a notable shift in the industries that are hiring, the shape of the roles being recruited, and the skills required to fill positions in the current market.2019 presents some interesting opportunities for the Sing...

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  • What paths could take your procurement career to the next level?

    over 2 years ago

    A unique and rewarding career, Procurement draws on and develops an extremely broad range of skills – resulting in teams of highly versatile, skilled, and ambitious individuals continually seeking new challenges and opportunities.In comparison with similar business functions, Procurement can fall short on opportunity at the executive level, inevitably leading to a surplus of...

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