Procurement and supply: Unlocking competitive advantage

Market disruptors, ever-advancing technology, economic and geopolitical fluctuations – these factors are all having a huge impact on the world around us and the future of work. They bring threats as well as opportunities.

The 2017 CIPS Australasia Conference explored these issues and more and provided practical help, together with the motivation and inspiration to help you play your part.

CIPS President and former CEO of Rio Tinto Sam Walsh offered insight into the CEO’s view of procurement; highlighting how indigenous businesses can boost your reputation and revenue; and why technology should be embraced and not feared.

IHS Markit Asia-Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas proffered a global economic overview; CIPS Group Marketing Director Cath Hill explored emerging changes that impact the future of the profession with the CIPS Supply Century presentation; and breakout sessions offered a deeper dive into specific topics of interest.

This first day of the conference was followed by a focus day, comprising of hour-long panel presentations and workshops examining the world of automated procurement and robotics, career development, how to boost supplier and stakeholder relations and the risk of ignoring supply chain resilience.

Procurement and supply professionals are central to the region’s success. They can act as the catalyst for supplier innovation, the mitigators of risk and the energisers of efficiency and effectiveness.

Join us on 4 and 5 July at the ICC Sydney and meet procurement professionals from across sectors, countries and categories to boost your peer network, discover what others are doing and make connections with suppliers who can help.

2017 Conference

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