Free online tool launched to identify food and drink supply chain risk hotspots

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
16 December 2014

A free online tool has been launched to help companies in the food and drink sector identify risk hotspots in their supply chains.

The system has been developed as part of Project SCALE (step change in agri-food logistics ecosystems) by Cranfield University. It looks at what the impact of risks would be to the company in three areas – people, planet and profit.

Companies provide details about their suppliers, estimating the impact of a particular risk and its likelihood. These two factors are then multiplied to provide a risk level. A score between one and four indicates low risk, five to 14 is medium and 15 to 25 shows a high risk.

It also draws attention to risks that might have a low probability of occurring, but would have a significant impact on the business were they to occur, such as a tsunami or a volcanic eruption.

According to Denyse Julien, senior lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management: “It’s about getting the discussion going and thinking more proactively about where risks are and where the hotspots are.”

While currently aimed at businesses in the food and drink sector, there is the capability to expand the scope of the tool to other sectors in future.

The tool can be accessed by clicking here.

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