April 20, 2014

How to Ensure Supplier and Supply Chain Management Delivers Value-Added Mutual Benefits

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All too often, many organizations are facing risk management issues that seem to exist somewhat beyond their direct control.  An organization’s supply chain and the management of those supplier relationship dynamics are often the best examples of areas of risk mitigation where companies appear to be totally at the mercy of others. If your disaster preparedness, business continuity planning, private sector risk or risk management (PS-Prep) team members are talking about issues like this …then, you should consider asking them to attend a LIVE webcast with Jonathan Hughes, who will discuss how … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Program Seminar Coming Soon to George Mason University

Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness, Business Continuity Planning, Organizational Resilience, Private Sector Preparedness, and Supply Chain Continuity, are all concepts that have become increasingly important during a period of increasing disaster related weather events, geo-political upheaval, and/or supply chain disruptions. This seminar will explore how to become compliant or certified to the PS-Prep program as enacted in Public Law 110-53.  This presentation will be given by Lisa DuBrock, and, will be held on November 13, 2012, at 6:30 PM, located at 4031 University Drive, Suite … [Read more...]

Business Continuity in the Supply Chain Webinar on March 23, 2012

Derek Taylor from the Business Continuity Institute will be presenting a webinar entitled “Business Continuity in the Supply Chain” on March 23, 2012. Many of our readers recognize that today’s supply chains are multi-leveled, and very complex processes and operations that not only rely on the flow of produce and goods, but, more importantly, rely heavily on people, integrated information systems, infrastructure, transport and distribution networks.  And, if an interruption to any one of these processes occurs, there could most definitely be a delay or even full dis-continuity of the … [Read more...]

Business Continuity Management + Supply Chain Management = Supply Chain Continuity Management

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Jan Husdal  is an often referenced writer on the topic of supply chain risk management -- and, our staff values his comments and ideas on this critical component of global business continuity. In addition, our staff receives many queries on the topic of supply chain management, and, several have requested a recommendation of a good book to address this topic. With those two thoughts in mind, our staff would like to quote a recent statement by Husdal regarding a book he had just reviewed on the topic --- Husdal states “…as far as I can see, this is the first book that explains in detail … [Read more...]

Supply Chain Officers Present Major Trends for 2012

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  In Antwerp, Belgium, from 21-23 November, supply chain leaders from multinational companies debated and shared their thoughts, experiences and predictions about their organization’s supply chain’s potential to create competitive advantage and improve the bottom line while also mitigating the risks surrounding supply chain management dynamics in our ever changing global village. Some of the areas debated will affect many of our readers who face similar challenges wherever their organizations are located – and --- those major categories of debate forecasted as critical trends … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness and “The Waffle House Index”

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The term “Waffle House Index,” was first coined by DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director W. Craig Fugate in the wake of the Joplin, Mo. tornado May 22, 2011. The index, based on the extent of operations and service at the Waffle House restaurant following a storm, is meant (according to Fugate) to indicate how prepared a business is in case of a natural disaster occuring in its general area of location. However it is also referenced in courses on supply chain risk management conducted by Panos Kouvelis, PhD, the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and … [Read more...]

Risk Management, Global Supply Chain Management and the Languages of Bribery

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One of the more unusual risk components in global supply chain management involves the language of bribery.  And, with fines and penalties for violations of anticorruption laws skyrocketing, feedback from our reader’s comments and following this topic on Google global alerts, our staff has found that multinational companies are applying many of their resources into the pursuit of anticorruption compliance.    In a recent article written by James G. Tillen and Sonia M. Delman, posted on the Forbes website, and entitled “A Bribe by Any Other Name”, we find the two dynamics mentioned above … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Recent Cyber Security Strategies Announced by the Pentagon

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Given that so many organizations today continue to increase their dependencies on cyberspace activities to connect with their supply chain vendors as well as their customers, and, given the constant news reports surrounding the topics of potential cybersecurity related risks and threats to those organizations, it is with particular interest that our readership should pay attention to some of our government’s recently announced programs and strategies to strengthen levels of online privacy and security. One of those recent events involves a press conference held by the United States … [Read more...]

Change Drivers in Cross-Border Supply Chains

Supply Chain Management remains a consistent growing concern on the list of business continuity management issues for global enterprise and even small and medium sized business entities.  This website receives several comments and requests to introduce more postings on this topic.  And, to respond to particular requests concerning supply chains, this website often turns to the website of Jan Husdal. Our staff research has indicated that it would be beneficial for our readers to discuss the topic of what supply chains might look like in the next 10-20 years, and what issues might have the most … [Read more...]

Damaged Submarine Communications Cables in Japan —Yet another Global Supply Chain Issue to Address

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Given the tragedies, threats and developing information that continues to occur in Japan because of the recent 9.0 quake, it seems obvious that business continuity and risk management teams throughout the world have to remain diligent and ready to review their existing BC/DR and business impact analysis (BIA) plans where subject to the effects of this tragedy.  Yet, with the added stress to supply chain management issues that also continue to result from this tragedy, it is certainly not a given that every company affected by this tragedy will be able to look at, re-evaluate and potentially … [Read more...]