Why Supply Chain Disruptions are the Norm Not the Exception and How to Grapple with Them

I don’t think anyone disagrees; the world has a crisis on its hands. Similar to a natural disaster, Covid-19 is disrupting business operations that, in turn, disrupt the supply chain.

Since 2017, supply chain disruption has increasingly rippled across the globe. The most mentioned causes are increasingly severe weather and natural disasters. A virus is now delivering a whopper of a disturbance.

Businesses with an adaptable supply chain remain more likely to overcome this firestorm. How do you improve your supply chain flexibility? Common sense and technology.

Common sense includes selecting more than one reliable, financially stable supplier and establishing a strong relationship with them. A couple of suppliers in different parts of the world will lessen disruptions. Measure the performance of all your suppliers regularly to catch issues before they disrupt your operations.

Technology can help you keep on top of your supply chain. I visited Capterra for some of the best-reviewed SCM (supply chain management software) for small businesses.

For companies with sales over 1 million seeking an end-to-end solution, Cin7 receives high marks. With a focus on retail and wholesale businesses, a few essential features are point of sale, inventory management, forecasting and reporting, and B2B ordering.

Are you looking to automate your transportation and logistics to keep your goods and supplies moving? AscentTMS is a cloud-based solution with no contract, and no complicated setup.

If you’re thinking of moving to an ERP system, SAP Cloud ERP receives high marks. Their solution offers a robust supply chain management module.

 

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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