The political and economic changes witnessed in 2016 will continue to have far-reaching effects on global businesses in 2017 and beyond, according to GEP’s recently published annual Procurement Outlook report. Uncertainty in the global economic and business environment could result in lower investments and dampen the overall global economic growth. In addition, the lack of international consensus on climate change is another possibly destabilizing factor.
However, a push for lower taxes and reduced government regulation may provide a stimulus in both the United States and Europe, if enacted. Lower growth in BRICS nations, especially China, would mean lower demand for key commodities and this will keep commodity prices in check.
The evolution and adoption of new, innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality will continue to have a profound impact on the global socioeconomic environment.
GEP has identified five global supertrends that would impact procurement and supply chain in 2017:
- Global Trade, Populism, and Economic Growth
- Geopolitical Instability
- Lower Commodity Prices
- Climate Change Uncertainty
- Expansion of Digital Technologies
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