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Supply chain managers 'lack training'
A large number of managers with supply chain responsibilities do not receive adequate training for the job and lack an understanding of risk management.
This is according to the Cross-Border Research Association (CBRA), which has claimed that important supply chain issues should be discussed in the boardroom and not left to middle managers.
Juha Hintsa of the CBRA said the introduction of new regulations and government schemes means that supply chain management is no longer "a purely internal affair".
He added: "It is a matter of corporate responsibility that needs to be placed on the agenda of every boardroom meeting."
The CBRA, a non-profit research association based at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, recently completed a feasibility study regarding a European standard for supply chain security on behalf of the European Committee for Standardisation.
It has also joined forces with web portal the Shippers' Voice to issue a monthly supply chain security report entitled Searchlight.
Dr Andrew Traill of the Shippers' Voice claimed that many companies practise supply chain risk management in an "ad hoc way", while managers with responsibilities in this area often have "very little training or resources".
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