Supply Chain Risk- Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Risk- Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains


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Supply Chain Risk assesses the various sources of external threat to the supply chain, including environmental, geopolitical, economic and technological.


    ISBN: 9780749471101
    Edition: 1st Edition

    John Manners-Bell clearly describes the evolving risks to supply chains and how multinational corporations should be dealing with them at a strategic level. He examines the lack of supply visibility which puts businesses at risk and includes case studies of best practice, as well as citing examples of when and how things go wrong.

    Each case study describes a company's supply chain and production/ sourcing strategy; a description of the catastrophic event which occurred; consequences to supply chain and management response; material losses incurred and resultant changes to company supply chain strategy.


    01 A framework for understanding risk

    • An analysis of supply chain threats
    • The severity of threat
    • Understanding the causes of supply chain disruption
    • External risk categories

    02 Engineering supply chain resilience

    • Preparedness and strategies for response
    • Business Continuity Management (BCM)
    • Offsetting the risk of business interruption
    • Case study of resilience: how does Cisco manage risk?
    • The role of flexible technology in supply chain resilience
    • The role of government and commercial companies

    03 Industry sector resilience to supply chain threats

    • Automotive
    • High tech
    • Consumer goods/retail
    • Food
    • Fashion
    • Pharma/healthcare

    04 Natural disasters, climate change and pandemics

    • The impact of natural disasters on supply chains
    • Climate change
    • Pandemics

    05 Economic risks to the supply chain

    • Demand shocks
    • Currency fluctuations
    • Supply shocks
    • Industrial unrest

    06 Societal risks to supply chains

    • Fair labour
    • ‘Conflict-free’ minerals
    • Environmental practices of supply chain partners
    • Food shortages in developing countries

    07 Terrorism and security

    • Risk and security in air cargo supply chains
    • Sea freight security
    • Conclusion

    08 Corruption in the logistics industry

    • Why is the logistics industry so prone to corruption?
    • ‘Anti-bribery, anti-corruption’ legislation
    • Most corrupt markets
    • Freight forwarding and Customs corruption
    • Customs corruption in the EU
    • Dealing with corrupt Customs officials: WEF best practice
    • Smuggling and Customs corruption
    • VAT fraud schemes
    • Cracking down on customs corruption
    • Freight forwarding, airlines and cartels
    • Unofficial tolls and crossing controls
    • Allegations of corruption in government
    • Contract negotiations
    • Major defence logistics corruption in Afghanistan
    • Humanitarian aid logistics corruption
    • Organized crime in transport operations

    09 Cargo crime and piracy

    • What is cargo crime?
    • Theft from trucks and warehouses
    • Combating vehicle-based cargo crime
    • Cargo crime in North America
    • Cargo crime in emerging markets
    • Theft from airports
    • Conclusion
    • Cyber threats to supply chains
    • Piracy
    • Conclusion

    10 Conclusion

    • References
    • Further reading
    • Index


    John Manners-Bell is the founder and CEO of Transport Intelligence, a leading supplier of market solutions to the global logistics industry. He is Chairman of the Supply Chain Council of the World Economic Forum and advisor to the UN and the European Commission.

    Prior to establishing Transport Intelligence, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics.

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