Manufacturers expect major supply chain challenges and risks in 2016 stemming from external factors, often beyond their control. While meeting rapid-fire customer demand is deemed a priority, this study of manufacturing executives suggests their execution roadmaps are misguided, focused more on cost cutting than strategy. This starts at the top level, where 76% of manufacturers operate without a Chief Supply Chain Officer. With almost half of manufacturers reporting a disruption that impacted business in the past 12 months, this gap in strategic direction to address broader supply chain agility is a major concern.
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