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Understanding and Managing Supply Chain Risk


With supply chains expanding in size and complexity, enlightened professionals and companies are focusing more energy on managing supply chain risk. While the topic is gaining prominence in boardrooms, many companies do not yet have a sufficient grip on the risks they face. Globe-spanning extended supply chains are susceptible to myriad disruptions. These range from the fairly typical and mild fluctuations of the "normal" course of business to major disruptions, such as lost production capability caused by a fire at a crucial fabrication plant, or the closing of ports or transportation corridors due to a natural disaster. Many organizations do not commit the time and resources necessary to understand global sourcing and the ramifications, costs, and benefits of redesigning supply chains to better manage risk. To address this, companies can implement programs to identify and profile risk variables, quantify risk for business decision making, and implement IT solutions - leading to greater resilience and efficiency and improving the bottom line.

Download this white paper and explore new thinking on potential risk to global supply chains and how companies are adopting the statistical methods more commonly associated with finance and insurance. Learn how identifying and profiling risk variables, quantifying risk, and using IT solutions can create higher resilience for supply chain management.


Scott R. Sykes Principal of Supply Chain Solutions, SAP America Scott R. Sykes is a principal of supply chain solutions at SAP America. As a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), he was a speaker at CSCMP’s 2006 Annual Conference in San Diego, California, copresenting Dr. C. John Langley’s “11th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study” findings in the current research and surveys track.
SAP America, Inc.
31 Jan 2008
01 Jan 2006
12 Page(s)
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