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The simple fact is that in today’s longer, more global supply chains, product moves over greater distances and across more multinational borders than in the more localized supply chains of the past. The coordination and execution required for international shipments has always been a challenge. But now we find that market conditions, security considerations, transportation versus inventory costs of ownership, increasing regulatory and political pressures, and even natural events (such as storms and earthquakes) with increasing frequency and havoc are converging in such a way that it makes the task even more daunting.
Proactive discovery and visibility of logistics risks is the key to the prevention and management of supply chain disruptions. And a key ingredient in managing supply chain disruptions is risk identification; so attend this valuable presentation to find out what the Top 10 Logistics Risks are (in the spirit of David Letterman) that you will be facing in the coming years. Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense quipped in 2002, “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because, as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns-—-the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
General Gus Pagonis, in charge of logistics during the First Gulf War in 1991 describes it best in his own words, “Logisticians deal with unknowns. They attempt to eliminate unknowns, one by one, until they are confident that they have done away with the possibility of paralyzing surprises.” Are you equipped to succeed in a supply chain world of increasing difficulty and insecurity and multiple interconnected supply chains? Do you have the correct response to a supply disruption in the supply chain and the attendant Top 10 Logistics Risks?
Why is logistics risk management in the supply chain so important now? You’ve spent years streamlining operations, reengineering processes, integrating with partners, implementing purchasing, contract management and supply chain systems, and moving production to low-cost, offshore locations. You’ve done all of this in order to get a global supply chain that really works. Finally, you can take a deserved rest, right? Unfortunately, the answer is no-—-you must learn to continuously adapt to a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous logistics environment!
As noted by Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
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