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Planning for supply chain disruption

On this page you can find articles and guides to help you plan around potential supply chain disruptions, as well as evaluate your business continuity preparedness.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Managing post-pandemic supply chains

After the Covid-19 pandemic, manufacturing companies need to make their supply chains more resilient. Willy C.Shih suggests a number of strategies, including identifying your vulnerabilities, diversifying your supply base and holding intermediate inventory or safety stock.

Five techniques to manage supply chain risk

Topics include supplier insurance, balancing a supplier portfolio, and segmenting the provider relationship across multiple suppliers.

Risky business

Companies need a risk management strategy to recover from natural disasters and supply chain disruptions. The article discusses the global implications of the 2011 Japan earthquake for manufacturers, and considers strategies for creating a business resilience plan.

Reel in risk with a broader view of supply chain flexibility

Advice for managers on how to implement greater supply chain flexibility, with risk reduction foremost in mind. It's particularly important to consider logistics flexibility, material flexibility and embedding flexibility in the supply chain.

Risk and resilience

Supply chain disruption costs - here's how many supply chain professionals are looking to monitor it. Keep in mind that smaller, more frequent disruptions can be more costly than high-impact but infrequent events.

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Useful links

Reports and practical guides

Robust Strategies for Mitigating Supply Chain Disruptions
Christopher Tang looks at the robust supply chain strategies successfully deployed by companies such as Dell, identifying nine techniques which companies might use to mitigate the effects of disruption: postponement; strategic stock; flexible supply base; make-and-buy; economic supply incentives; flexible transportation; revenue management via dynamic pricing and promotion; assortment planning; silent product rollover. Originally published in the International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications in 2006.

Supply Chain Risk and Resilience: a CIPS introduction to good practice
Report from CIPS that seeks to establish a best practice standard for managing risk in supply chains.

Building resilience in supply chains
A World Economic Forum January 2013 report analyzing government and industry views on systemic supply risks, with recommendations for building resilient supply chains. 

Creating resilient supply chains: a practical guide
This 2003 Cranfield University School of Management report provides insight and practical tools to assist managers in improving the resilience of their organisation's supply chain networks. The report was accompanied by Understanding Supply Chain Risk: A Self-Assessment Workbook, which provides model worksheets to assist companies in identifying and planning for vulnerability and resilience in their supply chains.

How to map your supply chain
Industry experts answer a Supplymanagement.com reader's question on where to start with mapping their supply chain, particularly the chain below their prime contractors. Published in February 2015.

Supply chain resilience: a risk intelligent approach to managing global supply chains
Deloitte's 2012 whitepaper investigates what organizations can do to manage their risk exposure and protect the value of their brand. 

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