In the first post in this series, we shared five potential headlines that we potentially expect to see with some degree of plausibility throughout the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. Today, we'll continue the series, but again, with the caveat to pay particular note not to just names in the headlines (especially if they are practitioner organizations rather than providers), but others that might stand in their place as well. For example, in the first post, we used Boeing as a proxy any type of large A&D OEM. However, in the case of vendors, the names could very well represent more than just a proxy (decide for yourself). And remember, these are potential headlines based on our reading of what's going on the market. They haven't happened yet!
- "China imposes new round of import tariffs and export restrictions to protect weakening, fragile economy" and/or "China continues to restrict RMB from floating to where economists suggest it should trade to prevent further domestic instability"
- "In wake of Wal-Mart scandal in Mexico, US Federal government aggressively Enforces Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- Five Fortune 100 firms caught in latest sting had 'under-invested' in automated systems to create supply chain audit trails and sign-offs"
- "SAP closes Ariba deal; Recently-signed SAP customers using the Ariba network continue to run SAP SRM with no Ariba migration plans"
- "Q3 ISM PMI numbers suggest China and EU contagion spreading to US; economists predict US recession into 2013"
- "Commodity management and price forecasting capability named most important new procurement/supply chain core competency by Supply Chain Management Review. Commodity price movements prove just as disruptive on downswing as buying organizations scramble to attempt to balance sourcing, contracting and supply risk management strategies together while still not being able to to adequately forecast and plan price movements"