How to ‘understand’ suppliers through your supply chains

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Responding to Uncertainty

Understand suppliers Supply Chains cannot be managed. Instead, the role of supply chain professionals is to understand supply chains and the likely actions of suppliers and providers of supply chain services. But what does ‘understand’ mean? It relates to understanding the likely behaviour and response of businesses to unplanned occurrences in their supply chains. How much the responses are likely … Read More

Use Power between parties in Supply Chain negotiations

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Collaboration in Supply Chains

Using a wrong term Partnership is one of the most overused terms in business and particularly when discussing supply chains. The dictionary meaning of the word is a sharing of risk and reward. Do any of your organisation’s relationships with suppliers match the meaning? The more familiar approach for buyers is you take the risk and I take the reward. … Read More

Procurement Intelligence to build Supply Markets Plan

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Agile supply chains

Know supply markets Surveys conducted since the COVID pandemic indicate that even well-resourced companies know the production location details of only about half of their Tier 1 suppliers, about 20 percent of Tier 2 suppliers and less than 5 percent of Tier 3 suppliers. Yet it is at these lower Tiers where the risks to supply are highest. The ‘need … Read More

The requirement to map your Supply Chains is approaching

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Requirements analysis

Are two maps required? The previous blogpost discussed three aspects of Sustainability built into government regulations. It noted that Sustainability in the EU regulations is focussed on the ESG elements of environmental (e.g. climate change), human rights (social) and due diligence (governance) that requires a business to identify, manage and mitigate risks in its value chains. The ESG risk reduction approach … Read More

Laws will drive the need for Supply Chains Mapping

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Road to sustainability

Sustainability Directive in Europe Momentum is increasing, with this year seeing the introduction or enforcement of Sustainability laws concerning Operations through supply chains. The laws may initially only relate to large businesses, but if they are your customers, their Procurement people will be asking questions, so you will need to ask questions of your suppliers, wherever they are located. The … Read More