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Procurement Insider’s Macroeconomic Update: Q4 2018

Each quarter, ProcurementIQ prepares an update that identifies the most significant recent macroeconomic trends affecting procurement professionals. This quarter’s update focuses on tariffs, commodity prices and net neutrality, issues that are expected to substantially impact business purchases.

Nerves of Steel: New Tariffs Could Raise Costs & Upset Trade Agreements

Recently imposed tariffs are expected to affect a multitude of industries in the short term. In the long term, it is the reaction to those tariffs from other countries that poses the largest threat to procurement departments. Procurement professionals should be wary of how purchasing strategies for the products or services they rely on may be affected.

Sourcing Strategies to Pump New Life into Healthcare Purchasing

Healthcare purchasing departments can relieve cost pressures and increase the quality of care by using procurement strategies that improve both sourcing efficiency and patient care.

After Years of Falling Prices, 2017 Marked an Explosion for Natural Gas

The incredible boom in natural gas production has led prices to decline dramatically during the past three years. However, 2017 was a pivotal year, as prices finally recovered in response to strengthening global demand.

Procurement Insider’s Macroeconomic Update: Q3 2018

This quarter, ProcurementIQ's update focuses on commodity prices, tax cuts and interest rates that can substantially impact business purchases.

Wood Pulp & Paper Prices Continue to Rise

Even though wood pulp prices are expected to reach historical highs in the coming years, it’s not all bad news. Paper-based packaging manufacturers are in a strong position to protect their profit margins, with rising demand for packaging products and solid negotiating leverage.

Amazon Business: A New Way to Procure

Our analysts took a look at the Amazon Business platform to see how the ecommerce behemoth is attempting to make it easier for businesses to purchase products from one another to correct some of the current inefficiencies within the B2B procurement space.

The Future is Here: Blockchain, Smart Contracts & Procurement

If you are a procurement professional, you rely on making decisions quickly. The quality of your decisions is based on the quality of your data. Learn more about how smart contracts and blockchain come into play.

New Year, New Bill: How Tax Reform Will Affect You in 2018 & Beyond

ProcurementIQ has identified a few industries that are likely to see the biggest impact from the tax bill. While many upstream businesses will benefit from higher demand, procurement departments will experience higher prices on several key products and services.

Negotiation Brief: HVAC System Construction & Maintenance

ProcurementIQ has identified several key questions procurement professionals should ask when selecting an HVAC construction and maintenance service provider.

Honeywell to Sell Off Two of its Lucrative Business Units

Honeywell customers should be wary of the takeover, which could increase market share concentration and erode negotiation leverage.

Gas and Globalization: How Rising Production Affects Buyers

ProcurementIQ expects rising globalization will boost competition among natural gas suppliers in the next three years, benefiting buyers with international operations.

DowDuPont Merger Creates Single Chemical Giant

In December of 2015, Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their intent to merge into a single chemical conglomerate. Nearly two years later, the $60-billion merger was finally completed as the New York Stock Exchange closed on the final day of August.

Steel Costs Predicted to Rise After Hitting Record Low

In March, the price of steel in the United States hit record lows, bottoming out after several years of volatile declines.

Beyond Factory Robots: The Impact of Automation on Price Growth

Automation’s disruption of other areas of the economy, however, including the construction, transportation and financial services sectors, has been less widely covered.