Supply chain outlook 2013

The economic outlook will increase expectations of price cuts from suppliers. The resulting tensions make it regrettably unlikely that cooperation will evolve towards partnership.

European firms are expected to pay close attention to markets outside Europe, which is likely to affect the functioning of supply chains.

Risks affecting business operations are also expected to increase, such as exchange rate risks, volatility in commodity prices, political changes, natural disasters.

For these reasons, a greater emphasis on supplier risk analysis is also advisable.

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