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Robust, Resilient and Secure

Supply chain security appears to be overlooked in supply chain risk management. However, supply chain security can add to the robustness and resileince of the overall supply chain, providing a “safety net” of services that protects and enhances the overall supply chain operation.

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Can your business take a blow?

This is not so much a book about risk management in logistics, but more a book about resilience management in logistics, where the authors develop a brilliant framework for how to improve a company’s resilience.

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Mitigating supply chain disruptions

Christopher Tang from UCLA talks about three strategies for building a robust supply chain, related to (1) supply, (2) product, and (3) demand.

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Robustness, resilience, flexibility and agility

These concepts are often confused, and thus, warrant further explanation. They are distinctively different.

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Lean logistics = risky logistics?

Lean does not necessarily make you more vulnerable or less robust towards supply chain disruptions. Lean implies agile, and agile is what is needed to overcome supply chain disruptions.

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How to Design Mitigation Capabilities

The severity of supply chain disruptions stems from supply chain design characteristics and supply chain mitigation capabilities: Supply Chain Design: supply chain density,supply chain complexity, node criticality. Supply Chain Mitigation Capability: recovery capability, warning capability.

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Assess the vulnerability of your production system

The paper defines the concept of vulnerability as it applies to production systems and is built around three concepts: A taxonomy of vulnerability factors as a basis for or guideline in establishing scenarios.
An input/output model to describe production systems.
A two-step vulnerability analysis for productions systems.

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Robustness, flexibility and resilience

In a previous post I discussed the issue of Flexibility and robustness to reduce risk and uncertainty. Since then a new term has emerged: resilience, and today I will take a look at that.

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Three steps to make your supply chain less vulnerable

To make the supply chain more resilient, businesses need to do more than just think about the problem; they must prepare to act effectively, and find the optimal tradeoff between disruption costs and mitigation costs.

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Supply Chain Management – Emergency Management

Readiness, Response and Recovery are four key elements in the New Zealand Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. But how can this be related to supply chain management?

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Flexibility and robustness as options to reduce risk and uncertainty

This paper will first present the main risks that are facing any company. Then, the available options to reduce these risks will be considered. Finally, in relation to these risks, flexibility and robustness will be introduced as a tool to handle uncertainties (risks).

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ARTICLES and PAPERS
Supply, Demand, and ... "Miscellanous" Risk?
I've said so before, sometimes new articles are found in new and unlikely places. The other day I wa[...]
The causes of logistics uncertainty
Logistics uncertainty - a new research strand in supply chain risk research? So it would seem, as th[...]
Occupational hazards in supply chains
Material breakages and damages are not unknown incidents in supply chains, but material damage and o[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
The Definition of Agility
Although getting close to 20 years old now, The Agile Virtual Enterprise: Cases, Metrics, Tools, wri[...]
Book review: Transport - Economics and Management
Kept at an executive level, Transport: An Economics and Management Perspective by David A. Hensher a[...]
Risk Management in Global Supply Chain Networks
Supply Chain Risks can be classified as either one of these three, Deviation, Disruption or Disaster[...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
A risky business? The top 10 challenges of offshoring
Organisations embarking on offshoring face multiple challenges; many of which can be extremely daunt[...]
Global Risk Reports
While waiting for the World Economic Forum Global Risk Report for 2009, the continuation of the Glob[...]
Supply Chain and Transport Risk
In our interconnected world, safety, reliability and efficiency can only be secured through collabor[...]
from HERE and THERE
Resilience as a job description
Ever since I started to work for the Southern Region office of the Norwegian Public Roads Administra[...]
Supply Chain Risk Management Forum
Is your supply chain risk keeping you up at night? Maybe it's time to learn how risk management can [...]
ETC 2012 - Call for papers
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, the European Transport Conference or ETC is unique in Euro[...]