Risk Management

Anything related to managing and avoiding risks, but especially supply chain risk

Maritime Risk Remains High for Global Supply Chains Heading into 2024

As we begin 2024, the global economy faces heightened maritime risk vis-à-vis climate and geopolitical crises in the Panama Canal Zone, Red Sea, and Baltic Sea, on top of persistent maritime risks in the Middle East, East Asia, and Arctic Circle. Supply chain procurement leaders need to implement strategies and best practices to improvise, adapt, and overcome disruptions to global supply chains and shipping capacity in order to drive resilience through the global economy in 2024.

Achieving Transparency, Risk Reduction, and Impact with ESG Investing—Part Two

ESG investment claims to leverage financial markets in service of society and to reduce company risk. However, considerable doubts have been expressed about how effective ESG indices and investment actually are in driving meaningful changes. How can investors make informed investment choices to further their lofty goals? Data and reporting frameworks are the mechanisms to link ESG action to impact. Addressing inaccuracies and greenwashing in data and reporting can deliver the substantial potential value to financial risk and social value of ESG investment.

Pallet-level Monitoring – Part One

Pallet-level monitoring enables a more intelligent approach to distribution—Intelligent distribution and FEFO inventory management (First Expired, First Out)—as well as providing the data needed to optimize end-to-end processes for maximum shelf life. Implementing these approaches can cut losses in half for retailers and growers.

Scenario Planning for Supply Chain Risk Management – Part Two

We examine how to weigh and prioritize multiple supply chain risk mitigation options and the use of monitoring and triggers to guide level-headed decision making during a crisis, using the risk of a China-Taiwan-US war as an example. We also look at various other examples of high-uncertainty risks where our framework could be usefully applied.

It’s Late. Do You Know Where Your Supply Chain Is?

The Russo-Ukrainian war has put into focus the question of the proper role for responsible enterprises in response to abuses by authoritarian regimes. Here we look at some of the challenges and solutions to managing an ethical supply chain.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Three

We explore various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Two

We explain specific advanced tools and practices for dealing with demand-supply uncertainty, including probable forecasting, capacity and consumption commitment contracts, real options as risk mitigation strategies, and hedging strategies.

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