10 Ways to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Supply chain risk management is essential for countering events like natural disasters, unpaid bills, transport disruptions, preventing issues, and providing loss mitigation if risk events occur.

FREMONT, CA: An unlimited number of factors can affect the cost, schedule or risk of a supply chain at any given point. While it is not possible to prevent complete supply chain risk, risk management minimizes the impact of the disruption in the supply chain.

Risk management is gaining momentum in the supply chain because both large and small companies are striving to increase their global reach. New markets often require enterprises to establish new provider partnerships, interact with government institutions, and adapt to local laws and culture. This complexity can mask a wide variety of economic, legal and regulatory hazards in the supply chain.

 In the following ways supply chain risk can be reduced:

• Understanding Suppliers’ Capabilities and Limitations: Keeping a track on the suppliers is necessary for a successful supply chain. Take a full inventory of who you do business with so that weak links can be identified.

• Focusing More on Quality, not Quantity: Be selective and strategic on all sides, for vendors, staff and much more. Quality should be given more priority. Reiterate that accounts and evaluates are just as precise as the original information. Concerning stock scheduling, accurate predictions should be worked out to avoid errors.

• Standardizing and Clarifying the Procedures: It is necessary to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for every supply chain procedure, from procurement and testing quality to logistics and order management. Detailing methods and establishing standards at the start ensures a smoother production chain and reduces the danger of unsatisfied client, customer and supplier requirements. SOPs should be updated to current trends while the business grows and evolves.

• Conducting Risk Assessment: Once all the partners have been recognized, evaluate each cybersecurity position correctly and understand the hazards they might present to the company.

• Transportation Failure: Cargo theft, regulatory modifications, transport damages, climate and traffic delays are instances of future transport disruptions to the supply chain. Every year new logistics and transport service suppliers join the industry, generating a more dynamic environment through cost-reducing, but also risking hazards.

• Proper Cyber Knowledge to the Employees: Employees should be taught the benefits of using secure transaction pathway and the use of secure passwords to help reduce the effects of cybercrime.

• Performing Periodic Safety Awareness Training Sessions: Teach staff how to define scams for phishing, update software and increase safety awareness.

• Identifying and Evaluating Existing Risks: Measure and prioritize danger and create a plan for prevention. Start from the customer and assess the impact on revenue of disruptions to the supply chain. Follow the path to prospective source or logistics limiting variables through the production cycle.

• Be proactive: Enhance visibility in activities of the supply chain, including event administration, which allows material flow surveillance and tracking. Incorporate analytics to determine models for preventive measures driven by data.

Planning and Working Together on Possible Disruptions: Include cooperation plans with suppliers, logistics service providers and clients. Drive to risk schemes for each connection in your supply chain, which are mutually accessible.

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