FreightWatch International, a provider of security services for global logistics, has released its Annual Global Threat Assessment. The publication examines each region of the world and the countries that are considered major players in the global supply chain.
Despite key factors that cause disruption throughout the global supply chain, there are opportunities for operators to save costs by tightening procedures to minimise accidents, breakdowns, delays and other risks, according to Laurence Jones, TT Club's director of global risk assessment.
Analyst Insight: Our research finds that very few companies have a good handle on supply chain risk. The dynamic nature of trading partner relationships, the depth and global footprint of multi-tier supply networks, and many other factors make building a resilient supply chain very difficult. However, those that manage supply chain risk well can gain market share when the inevitable disruptions occur, impacting their competitors. - Bill McBeath, chief research officer, ChainLink Research
Analyst Insight: There were more than 2,000 supply chain disruptions for publicly held companies in 2011. That, coupled with PRTM's 2010 global survey stating that over 90 percent of all companies plan to grow market share by manufacturing and selling in overseas markets, it goes without saying that our global supply chains will experience additional uncertainty, complexity and risk in 2012. And yet, the vast majority of manufacturers are fully unprepared for the complexity of manufacturing and servicing global customers with regionally customized products. - Gregory L. Schlegel, adjunct professor, Supply Chain Risk Management, Graduate Program, Lehigh University