Supply Chain Resilience

In today's fast-paced and complex business environment, supply chain disruptions are becoming increasingly common. From natural disasters to geopolitical tensions, a variety of factors impact supply chain performance. To minimize the risk of disruption and delay, businesses are taking action to increase supply chain resilience.

Supply Chain Resilience

What is Supply Chain Resilience?

Supply chain resilience refers to a business's ability to withstand and recover from disruptions to the supply chain. This involves building a supply chain that is flexible, adaptable, and able to respond quickly to unexpected events. To achieve this, businesses need to focus on building resilience at every stage of the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to delivering finished products to customers.

The Importance of Supply Chain Resilience

Many lessons can be learned from the tragic Tohoku Earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011. The combination of the earthquake, tsunami, and disrupted transportation and communication infrastructure led to modern history's largest supply chain disruption. By building a resilient supply chain, businesses can:
● Reduce the probability of supply chain disruptions and can minimize the impact of any disruptions that do occur
● Respond quickly to unexpected events and can minimize the time required to recover
● Maintain customer satisfaction levels by ensuring a reliable supply of products and services

Strategies for Building Supply Chain Resilience

In the event of a crisis, businesses need to collaborate seamlessly and need to coordinate actions with supply chain partners. To build a resilient supply chain, businesses need to focus on the following strategies:

Risk Assessment: Identify potential risks and vulnerabilities in the supply chain and develop strategies to mitigate those risks.

Strategic Inventory: Buffer capacity and risk-based inventory planning are some of the most straightforward ways to enhance supply chain resilience.

Diversification: The COVID-19 crisis has shown the need to have a diversified approach to sourcing. Diversify suppliers and transportation routes to reduce single-source exposure.

Collaboration: Work closely with suppliers and other stakeholders to develop contingency plans.

Technology: Invest in modern technology, such as advanced analytics and automation, to improve supply chain visibility and responsiveness.

Continuous Improvement: Continuously monitor and evaluate the supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement.

The strategies highlighted above provide insight into how businesses can build a resilient supply chain that can withstand unanticipated disruption and delay.

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