Advancements in technology, business practices, and consumer demands have brought about a wave of changes in procurement. With time, procurement’s role in business is changing. In most organizations, procurement is now considered a strategic contributor to an enterprise’s growth and performance. Furthermore, the rise of new procurement trends has resulted in considerable changes in the procurement functions. There are several revolutionary procurement trends that we see today, but it is also important to recognize, acknowledge, and perhaps even leverage them as we work to improve the entire procurement cycle. According to the industry experts at SpendEdge, here are some of the top procurement trends that all set to take off in 2019:
Procurement trends 2019
Digitization and blockchain
Blockchain is one of the hottest topics across various industries right now and is soon set to become one of the most sought-after procurement trends. Blockchain technology is believed to play an integral role in shaping the transparency of a supply chain. This technology would make it possible to easily share and transmit information in a safe manner across the supply chain. Furthermore, consequent to blockchain’s increasing influence, there is a predicted rise in digital adoption and use of the cloud.
One of the procurement trends that companies can expect in 2019 is a shortage of qualified talent. Through 2020, the jobs in procurement and logistics are excepted to shoot up by over 20%. Some of the key factors contributing to this include – changing skill requirement, aging workforce, lack of development, and the common perception that supply chain jobs lack excitement. As the role of procurement is changing in most enterprises, the requirement for additional skills sets such as soft skills, critical thinking, and creativity are also growing.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
Over the last few years, CSR has become a procurement criterion in its own right. The rising popularity of CSR among procurement organizations is expected to make it one of the key procurement trends in 2019. This trend is particularly noticeable in the public sector as public purchasing policies are based on European directives, and in large businesses with more than 5000 employees as their responsibility is scrutinized more closely and their larger workforces allow for it too.
In the past few years, the cyber-attacks have skyrocketed at an alarming rate in the U.S. To make it worse, cyber-attacks are growing in size, sophistication, and cost. So, there is little doubt that such malicious practices will continue to plague organization in 2019. In response to the threat, procurement teams must aggressively identify ways to protect the sensitive personal and financial information belonging both to their own organizations and to their suppliers.