Terrorism Stalks the Supply Chain

November 21, 2017

Terrorist attacks around the globe continue to make headlines. Mostly the stories are about terrorist attacks against people. This is … Continued

Are Supply Chain Risks Making You Restless and Nauseous?

October 10, 2017

“Risk permeates supply chains,” writes Adam Robinson, a marketing strategist for Cerasis.[1] You don’t have to remind supply chain risk … Continued

What Harvey and Irma Teach Us about Supply Chain Risk Management

September 15, 2017

The double punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. economy will be felt for years. Supply chain risk … Continued

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

August 30, 2017

We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued

Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

August 21, 2017

Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued

Confronting Supply Chain Disruptions

August 17, 2017

“Even the biggest players in manufacturing are not immune to supply chain disruptions,” writes Kasey Hall. “Severe weather, factory fires, … Continued

Supply Chain Cyber Security Risks Rising

August 3, 2017

Concerns about cyber security are nothing new. Elena Kvochko (@elenakvochko), a cyber security expert, observes, “Cyber security has long become … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Requires a Resilient Enterprise

July 3, 2017

We’ve all heard the adage “nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” In the business world, Jeff Thomson (@IMA_JeffThomson), … Continued

You Need more than a Kit to Manage Supply Chain Risk

June 13, 2017

Disruptions to supply chain operations are inevitable. Over the years I’ve read a lot of articles discussing the kind of … Continued

Supply Chain Climate Change Risks Poised to Worsen

May 26, 2017

“For the last 4 years,” report PwC analysts Brian Dunch (@Brian_Dunch) and David Sapin (@drsapin), “‘Extreme Weather Events’ has ranked … Continued

Visibility is Essential for Supply Chain Risk Management

May 4, 2017

“Supply chains are driven by data,” writes Susan Fourtané (@SusanFourtane). The right types of data provided at the right time … Continued

Yossi Sheffi, a Supply Chain Leader

April 18, 2017

In addition to posting articles on this blog, I’m also a featured blogger for Supply Chain Insight’s Beet Fusion blog. … Continued

Is Supply Chain Risk Management High Enough on Your Priority List?

March 27, 2017

According to the Dun & Bradstreet-produced CIPS Risk Index, “Global supply chain risk grew to a record high at the … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century

March 7, 2017

Supply chain risk management is a complicated subject because the number of things potentially affecting operations is almost limitless. As … Continued

Risk Management: A Business Priority Begging for Cognitive Computing

January 17, 2017

One hundred percent of businesses are concerned about the possibility of a disruption in their supply chain; yet, 40% of … Continued

Risk Management Needed to Strengthen Fragile Global Supply Chains

December 22, 2016

“Supply chains keep making headlines around the world for the wrong reasons,” insists Boris Felgendreher (@FelgenTweets), Senior Marketing Director for … Continued

‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft

November 28, 2016

Nobody likes to get ripped off; but, experts note the holiday shopping season presents an almost irresistible opportunity for thieves. … Continued

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Risk Management Professional

November 22, 2016

“Over the past 5 years, supply chain risk management has moved onto the radar of the C-level,” write analysts from … Continued

Three Phases of Supply Chain Risk Management

October 18, 2016

There are a lot a moving parts associated with a good supply chain risk management program. First and foremost, a … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: You Can’t Outsource Responsibility

September 19, 2016

“There’s a saying,” writes Warrick Beaver (@WarrickBeaver), Managing Director of Customer & Third Party Risk at Thomas Reuters, “that you … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Involves More than Hoping Your Luck Holds Out

September 1, 2016

Supply chain risk management is a full-time job. Logically that means chief executive officers (CEOs) must delegate that responsibility to … Continued

Combating Fraud in the Supply Chain

August 22, 2016

“It’s not enough just to manage your own company’s supply chain anymore,” writes Ben DiPietro (@BenDiPietro1).[1] By that he means … Continued

Growing Risks Require Resilient Supply Chain Risk Management Process

August 8, 2016

“There is general unease about the state of the global economy with its increase in operational risk,” writes the staff … Continued

Big Data Analytics can Help Supply Chain Risk Management

July 21, 2016

Supply chain risks that result in disruptions continue to cost businesses billions of dollars a year. Gavin van Marle (@LoadstarGav) … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires Connectivity and Advanced Analytics

June 30, 2016

“Supply chains,” writes Abe Eshkenazi (@aeshkenazi), CEO of APICS, “are like the central nervous system in humans — they are … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Keeping Track of the Risks

June 16, 2016

“Supply chain practitioners, accustomed to the ongoing disruptions throughout the sub-tier supply chain, are familiar with the usual risks that … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Resiliency and Fragility

May 26, 2016

“Scratching an itch never makes it go away,” writes Thomas P.M. Barnett (@thomaspmbarnett), former Vice President for Communications at Resilient … Continued

Global Supply Chain Risk Management

May 9, 2016

“Resiliency,” writes Aaron Burman, “has become an overused buzzword. Every field seems to have their own need to talk about … Continued

Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Risk Management and Climate Change

April 14, 2016

“The El Niño phenomenon,” writes Erica E. Phillips (@EEPhillips_WSJ), “is behind extreme weather patterns seen from India to Panama. With … Continued

Butterflies, Swans, and Supply Chain Risk Management

March 21, 2016

“The ‘butterfly effect’,” writes Yolanda Graham, “was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Complexity

February 22, 2016

“The results for Q3 2015 are in on the state of global supply chain risk,” reports Dr. Warwick Knowles, Dun … Continued

Machine Learning Will Change How Supply Chains Function

January 28, 2016

“A few decades ago,” writes Motti Nisani, CEO of emaze, “artificial intelligence was just an exciting topic among engineers and … Continued

Resiliency and Supply Chain Risk Management

January 27, 2016

Nowadays you hear and read a lot about resiliency. Resiliency is a great term because it contains layers of nuanced … Continued

Managing Supply Chain Micro Risks — They are Chronic

December 23, 2015

In an article entitled “Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort,” I discussed the difference between chronic and situational … Continued

Trends 2016: Cyber Security

December 10, 2015

Cyber security is a concern that will continue to plague governments, businesses, and individuals in the years ahead. As our … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Black Swans Aren’t Such Rare Birds

November 30, 2015

Terms like “100-year” or “1000-year” events no longer seem applicable or appropriate in the face of rapidly changing climate conditions. … Continued

Is the Future of Agriculture Indoors and Afloat?

November 6, 2015

Few things in life are certain. We do know, however, that people have to eat. We also know that figuring … Continued

Don’t Cut Costs on Supply Chain Risk Management

November 3, 2015

“Although good CFOs never take their eyes off spending,” writes Jeffrey A. Burchill, FM Global’s CFO, “you need to be … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Length & Depth

October 14, 2015

“Risk isn’t a new topic in the supply chain,” writes Hailey Lynne McKeefry (@HaileyMcK), Editor in Chief of EBN, “but … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Paradigm Shifts Affecting the Supply Chain

September 29, 2015

“To-date,” writes Adeel Najmi (@AdeelNajmi), Chief Science Officer and Senior Fellow at JDA Software, “the entire supply chain has been … Continued

Supply Chains are Adversely Affected by Global Complexity

September 21, 2015

“A study of cross-industry supply chain executives by Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS), found 83 per cent of respondents … Continued

Risk Management in Global Supply Chains

August 24, 2015

Managing day-to-day operations in a global supply chain is no easy task. That’s certainly not news for supply chain professionals. … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Disruption

July 22, 2015

“A third (35 percent) of businesses in the manufacturing industry are extremely concerned about potential supply chain disruption according to … Continued

Combating Supply Chain Fraud, Waste, Theft, & Abuse

June 24, 2015

“Everyday supply-chain transactions pose some of the biggest fraud, waste, and abuse risks companies face,” asserts Sabine Vollmer. “But few … Continued

The Supply Chain and the IoT: A Match Made in Heaven

June 23, 2015

“There is huge potential for countries to further increase their connectedness and prosper through trade, integration and technology,” states Ken … Continued

Predictive Inventory Management: Fulfilling Orders Even When Your Shipment is Late

June 9, 2015

No manufacturer wants to suffer decreased profit margins as a result of shipping delays that can result in product time-to-market … Continued

Supply Chains Face Stormy Weather

June 4, 2015

When David A. Bell wrote the hit tune “Stormy Weather,” he had love rather than supply chains on his mind. … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Better Safe than Sorry

May 7, 2015

“Doing business abroad definitely has its benefits,” asserts Mickey North Rizza (@MNorthRizza), Vice President of Strategic Services at BravoSolution, “but it’s … Continued

Food Security and Science

April 21, 2015

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released results from two polls that indicate a majority of scientists have confidence … Continued

Taking Supply Chain Risk Management Seriously

April 16, 2015

A survey conducted by BSI and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) found that over a “third (35 percent) of businesses … Continued

Food Security: Overcoming Risks in the Food Supply Chain

March 26, 2015

Consumers in the developed world have come to expect supermarkets to offer all varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout … Continued

Making Supply Chain Risk Management a Priority

March 17, 2015

“Risk isn’t a new topic in the supply chain,” writes Hailey Lynne McKeefry (@HaileyMcK), Editor in Chief of EBN, “but … Continued

Africa: Emerging Markets’ Final Frontier

March 9, 2015

In a review of a book entitled Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter, Katrina … Continued

Preparing Your Supply Chain for the 2015 Holidays

February 26, 2015

You might have heard the term “Christmas Creep” as it applies to retailers who start prepping their stores with Christmas … Continued

Climate Change and Supply Chain Risk Management

February 25, 2015

There is growing concern about the global effects of climate change, even among climate change skeptics. Last year was the … Continued

Food Security: A Growing Global Concern

February 16, 2015

Those of us residing in the United States consider ourselves blessed to be living in a land of plenty — … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Planning for the Unknown

February 5, 2015

“While the risk of business disruption can come from anything ranging from natural disasters to economic and political crises,” writes … Continued

What the Super Bowl Can Teach Us about Supply Chain Risk Management

January 29, 2015

This year’s Super Bowl looks pretty evenly matched. Both teams (the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks) sport a 14-4 … Continued

Smart Cities: Big Data and Resiliency

January 23, 2015

Smart city discussions are almost always based on technology and how that technology can be used to improve the systems … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chain Risk Management

January 12, 2015

In an article entitled “Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort,” I discussed two kinds of disruptions that can … Continued

Visibility is Essential for Managing Supply Chain Risk

December 2, 2014

Yves Belanger, a director, and Yves Leclerc, a managing director, at West Monroe Partners, ask, “What does risk mean for … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Requires a Full-time Effort

November 25, 2014

The APICS Supply Chain Council recently released the results of a survey that highlight the ubiquity of chronic supply chain … Continued

Improving Supply Chain Resilience through Effective Risk Management

October 29, 2014

“Supply chain disruption is one of the leading causes of business volatility,” assert analysts from FM Global. That’s why the … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Supply Chain Risk Management

October 2, 2014

Earlier this year, Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain, wrote about a discussion he had with Yves Leclerc (@wmpyleclerc), managing … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: What in the World is Happening?

September 9, 2014

Just when things seem to be quieting down, another “black swan” appears on the world stage that threatens to disrupt … Continued

Supply Chains are Transforming but are Supply Chain Managers Keeping Up?

August 28, 2014

“The seeds of tomorrow’s global supply chains are being planted today,” writes Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, “They … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

August 14, 2014

Research from the Kellogg School of Management and London Cass Business School concludes, “Supply chain management is a delicate balancing … Continued

Climate Change becomes a Priority for Supply Chain Risk Managers

July 15, 2014

“In 2010,” writes Ryan Schuchard (@ryanschuchard), “massive flooding in Pakistan profoundly affected the country and disrupted supply chains globally, spiking … Continued

The Unrelenting Nature of Supply Chain Risk Management

July 9, 2014

In an article about supply chain risk management, Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS, a professional association for supply chain and … Continued

Assessing Supply Chain Risk

June 16, 2014

“In 2013,” writes Lora Cecere, “80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: The Risks Continue to Rise

June 4, 2014

“Supply chain risk has fallen slightly from its all-time peak last year,” writes Paul Snell, “but businesses must remain vigilant … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Mapping Your Way to Resilience

May 13, 2014

Commenting on the results of a survey conducted by APQC, Gregory L. Schlegel, founder of The Supply Chain Risk Management … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Teams are between a Rock and Hard Place

April 22, 2014

“Most managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions,” write Sunil Chopra and ManMohan … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Big Data and Black Swans

April 16, 2014

I have written about so-called “Black Swan” events in the past (see, for example, a post entitled “Black Swans, Dark … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Fewer Risks or More Complacency?

April 7, 2014

Earlier this year, Allianz, a global insurer, reported, “Business interruption and supply chain risks remain atop a list of the … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: A Company’s Weak Link?

March 17, 2014

The data breach involving the giant retailer Target has been all over the news for weeks. There was lots of … Continued

The Supply Chain’s Role in Food Security

March 13, 2014

“If current growth patterns continue,” writes Doug Austin, Senior Vice President of Growth & Innovation, “‘extra mouths to feed’ will … Continued

Global Supply Chain Risk Management

February 24, 2014

If you’ve ever watched ABC’s Shark Tank, you have probably heard one or more the sharks (i.e., angel investors) press … Continued

Food Security and Climate Change

February 19, 2014

At the end of a previous post entitled “Resilience in the Food Supply Chain,” I indicated that I would write … Continued

The Age of Predictive Business

February 18, 2014

During the run-up to 2012 U.S. presidential election, a 34-year-old statistician named Nate Silver “used an elaborate series of calculations … Continued

The World Economic Forum Identifies Global Risks

February 5, 2014

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Swiss Re, Zurich Insurance Group, National University in Singapore, … Continued

Resilience in the Food Supply Chain

February 4, 2014

A couple of years ago, Daniel Dumke wrote, “The food supply chain satisfies one of the most basic Maslowian needs. … Continued

The Growing Importance of Supply Chain Risk Management

January 29, 2014

“In uncertain times,” writes Gavin Hinks, “risk management shoots to the forefront of every business mind, but recently, supply chains … Continued

Transporting Chemicals Safely Through the Supply Chain

January 21, 2014

The recent leakage of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) from a storage tank owned by Freedom Industries Inc. into the Elk River … Continued

Fraud and Theft in the Supply Chain

December 17, 2013

Earlier this year, the Bureau Van Dijk reported, “Fraud cases around the world have seen a significant increase in the … Continued

The Real-time Supply Chain is Demanding New Management Strategies

November 18, 2013

“We are entering into a new era where systems are enabled by live, real-time data such as GPS, sensors, mobile, … Continued

Risk Management and Sustainability Are Becoming Fellow Travelers

November 13, 2013

Earlier this year, Steve Culp, Accenture’s lead in its global Risk Management practice, wrote, “In recent years, supply chains have … Continued

SAP Discusses the Future of Business, Part 2

November 1, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I indicated that I divided the facts presented in an interesting SAP slideshow entitled “99 … Continued

Cyber Security: A Growing Risk to Supply Chains

October 1, 2013

Guy Carpenter, a reinsurance brokerage firm, recently published a report highlighting emerging risks facing the (re)insurance sector. One of the … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Judging Appetite and Capacity

September 13, 2013

SCE Magazine reports “that company executives are coming under increasing pressure from customers, shareholders and regulators, to better address the … Continued

Preparing for Supply Chain Disruptions

August 26, 2013

“After tsunamis, protests, wildfires, and riots — to name just a few recent major disruptions — few managers can be … Continued

Nasdaq Technical Glitch Highlights System Vulnerabilities

August 22, 2013

Trading today came to a sudden halt on the Nasdaq exchange as the result of a technical glitch. Jacob Bunge, … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Disruption Losses are Probably Under-estimated

July 5, 2013

Jennifer Baljko writes, “A new UN report that warns of $100 billion in annual losses from natural disasters should prompt … Continued

Supply Chains: Growing Risk, Less Preparedness

May 21, 2013

In spite of the numerous supply chain disruptions that have occurred over the past several years, results from “the 2013 … Continued

Food Security Requires Implementing Complementary Strategies

May 6, 2013

Mankind has been trying to control the weather since the dawn of time. Historically, this intervention has taken the form … Continued

The Supply Chain Crisis and Disaster Pyramid

April 22, 2013

Back in 2009, R. Glenn Richey. Jr., a professor in the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 2

April 9, 2013

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I discussed the overall problem of predicted water shortages. In this post, I … Continued

Geopolitics and Supply Chain Risk

April 5, 2013

"All eyes are currently watching the deteriorating political situation in Egypt," writes the team at Container magazine. "[The March 2013] … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation: Don’t Look for Perfection

March 29, 2013

Back in the fall of 2011, Trevor Miles wrote, “What fascinates me is that [a] duality of ‘simplicity’ and ‘complexity’ … Continued

Perceptions Can Affect Supply Chain Risk Management

March 28, 2013

In an interview with SupplyChainBrain, John J. Brown, director of supply chain risk management at Coca-Cola, claimed that "psychology plays … Continued