3 Ways to Beef up a Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Strategy

Posted on Sep 12, 2014

With the hurricane season upon us, many businesses are still taking a one-sided approach toward their supply chain risk management plan. According to Procurement Leaders, while natural disasters are increasing the concern around a company's alertness, their single-minded approach could possibly not be enough to handle a disruption in the supply chain. For a company to protect itself on all sides of the spectrum, a solid supply chain risk management plan is needed to avoid damage to business assets and other operations.

Beefing up a supply chain management plan could go a long way for a company and its suppliers

Here are three ways a company can beef up its supply chain risk mitigation strategy:

1. Start from the beginning
One of the best ways to plan a successful supply chain risk management strategy is to start from the very beginning and work up, Procurement Leaders reported. Managing or creating a supply risk plan is not difficult since most businesses have the tools and people around them to successfully start.

Companies should avoid trying to create the greatest supply risk management strategy of all time because there are always new risks involved and even the best can be broken. According to the source, companies should instead ask themselves the right questions, like what processes can help the business in the time of an incident?

2. Create similar objectives
Companies and their supply chain business partners all need to be on the same level, especially when something critical such as a natural disaster happens. According to Manufacturing.net, having similar goals will increase the mutual understanding between businesses and their suppliers, which will have everyone on the same page to reduce any unnecessary risks.

3. Understand everyone's place in the supply chain
Getting a better knowledge of how each business works in the supply chain will make it easier to see what other companies might be using or doing to protect the supply chain, Manufacturing.net reported. Understanding everyone's role will create a broader and clearer picture of the entire situation.

Not only is it important to know what other suppliers are doing, but it's necessary to educate employees on supply chain risk management, the source cited. With increased training, workers in the firm can be aware of supply chain risks and even prevent certain issues like theft or transportation problems.


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