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Executives warned over supply chain risks

14 February 2013

Many companies do not have adequate risk management programmes in place to deal with threats to their supply chain, according to a new survey.

Research by Deloitte has found that 45 per cent of executives believe their supply chain risk management processes are only somewhat effective or not effective at all.

The survey also discovered that 53 per cent of executives believe disruptions to their supply chain have become more costly over the last three years, further emphasising the importance of good risk management.

"Supply chains are increasingly complex and their interlinked, global nature makes them vulnerable to a range of risks," commented Kelly Marchese, principal at Deloitte Consulting.

Furthermore, she added that businesses now face "a greater frequency of disruptive events such as geopolitical events and natural disasters".

Ms Marchese said disruptions are inevitable due to the complex nature of modern supply chains. As a result, companies should focus on strengthening their ability to recover quickly and lessen the impact of such occurrences, rather than trying to avoid them completely.

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Categories: Commercial, Procurement & Supply Chain

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