Upside to Economic Downturn

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
November 24, 2010 - SCMR Editorial

Risk management in procurement remains “a white-hot topic,” say researchers at Accenture. In a recent “point of view” paper, analysts add that the global recession made companies significantly more aware of the need for advanced risk management practices.

It is Accenture’s position that the need for a structured risk-management capability within (as well as beyond) the procurement organization is significant.

To validate its view that risk management in procurement requires efforts beyond what most companies are doing—and to identify leading practices, metrics and solutions—Accenture partnered with Professor David Simchi-Levi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston on a Procurement Risk Management Research Study.

“Is it possible that the recent economic downturn actually spawned some good news?” researchers asked. “In procurement risk management, that might be the case.”

According to survey results, the global recession made companies significantly more aware of the need for such advanced practices.

Accenture’s survey, which was conducted last year, noted that 85 percent of respondents believe that volatility will remain high in the near future, thus implying that formal and sustained risk management efforts should be enacted to countermand that trend.



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Working with research partner, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,023 global procurement executives from 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

U.S. Carloads were down 7.8 percent annually at 259,544, and intermodal volume was off 15.7 percent for the week ending February 21 at 213,617 containers and trailers.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Logistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in December 2014 was up 5.4 percent annually at $95.8 billion. This marks the 11th straight month of annual increases, according to BTS officials.

While the volume decline was steep, there was numerous reasons behind it, including terminal congestion, protracted contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and other supply chain-related issues, according to POLA officials.

Truckload rates for the month of January, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, saw a 7.9 percent annual hike, and intermodal rates dropped 0.3 percent compared to January 2014, which the report pointed out marks the first annual intermodal pricing decline since December 2013.

Article Topics

Blogs · Global · Technology · Procurement · Management · Accenture · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.