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  • Writer's pictureMicha Veen

Five Challenges That Could Pose a Risk to Your Supply Chain

Supply chain risk management should be a substantial component of your overall supply chain management system. Mitigating risks can help your business overcome internal and external threats that could be fatal for small or medium enterprises. It is best to perform regular risk assessments and supply chain mapping to determine potential challenges across the entire supplier network.

Here are five challenges that may affect your supply chain:

  • Local economic climate. An unstable economy may cause revenue losses, reduced production, or business liquidation. These challenges affect your supplier network, creating gaps in your supply chain and additional administrative costs to source new suppliers. Economic factors such as inflation and interest rates affect your customer base - posing a threat to consumer purchasing power and your profits.

  • Diverse supply channels. There is a growing demand for diversification of order fulfilment options amongst consumers. Selling products through numerous channels creates more complex and volatile supply chains that require more rigorous management. Third-party marketplaces and drop-shipping can create additional threats to customer satisfaction levels that you must mitigate through your supply chain strategy.

  • Cybersecurity. Moving towards cloud-based tracking and business operations poses the threat of data corruption, malware attacks, privacy breaches, and fraud. Supply chain risk consulting includes implementing online security systems to ensure your operations are protected from malicious intent. This includes alerting stakeholders of security protocols and holding them accountable for infringements.

  • Environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG). ESG factors such as climate change, fair trade, and environmental sustainability require your supply chain strategy to be changed. More consumers demand supply chain transparency in the products and services they purchase. This shift in consumer attitudes dictates everything from your operations into your supply chain, from how you source your raw materials to your product packaging and delivery methods.

  • International trade wars and inflation. Global markets and country inflation often affect tier two and three suppliers that purchase, sell and export raw materials or manufacture packaging and production components. Central Bank percentile hikes focussed on curbing inflation, trade bans, sanctions, strict import legislation, and increased tariffs may cause delays, price increases, and material shortages. Understanding the international business climate can help you prepare for potential disruptions along your supply chain

Remediating and/ or eliminating your supply chain risk is crucial to manage your enterprise risk, this is why it's critical to understand, manage and actively reduce this risk. Only then, you're able to run a resilient supply chain model

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