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7 supply chain risks to be conscious of in 2018

25th January 2018

Your organisation, regardless of size and industry, most likely relies on at least one supply chain to support its operations.

As supply chains are an interconnected system, a disruption to just one link could have significant and detrimental effects. To ensure that you are not caught unaware, here are 7 risks to be conscious of in 2018:

1. Road conditions
Depending on road conditions – such as construction, an accident or the quality of the road – delivery drivers may be delayed or even lose your order.

2. Weather
Inclement weather can slow down delivery drivers, capsize ships and derail trains.

3. Fire
Warehouses and other storage buildings are susceptible to fire hazards. If a business connected to your supply chain does not properly manage its fire risks, you could face a long-term disruption.

4. Heat
Items – such as food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals – can be sensitive to shifts in temperature. If these items are not properly stored and shipped, they can be spoiled or ruined by the time they arrive.

5. Cyber
Cyber-criminals can access carriers’ documentation systems, steal lorry drivers’ identities or reroute the delivery to a location of their choosing.

6. Theft
Whether your delivery is travelling by road, rail or sea, there is the chance that criminals could intercept and steal it.

7. Coveted cargo
Depending on what items – especially high-end electronics – are being delivered to your business, your supply chain may be an attractive target for criminals.

Over 40% of businesses experienced a cyber-attack in the past year, according to recent data from the 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey.

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