Using Risk Mitigation Principles to Minimise the Impacts of Supply Chain Disruptions

Supply chains and logistics are principal components of global trade and commerce, and without stability and reliability, supply chains supporting the world market would suffer greatly. Many global events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the current conflict in Ukraine, have led to unprecedented disruptions globally, with every party from the supplier to the store owner, and the end customer, experiencing disruptions to their daily operations and purchases. While such interferences are unavoidable, steps can be taken prior to a supply chain disruption to safeguard your business and its ability to continue trading as usual. So, how can your business use risk mitigation principles to minimize the impact that these disruptions may have on your business?

Risk Acceptance

Risk acceptance involves accepting the possibility of a risk, and choosing not to act to mitigate it. This method is generally applied where costs associated with preventing a risk may be higher than the potential loss that may arise, should the risk eventuate. Other risks to the business may be more frequent or pose greater losses, and therefore resources may be better spent managing the more detrimental risks. With supply chain disruptions, a business may find that possible disruptions may have a minimal impact on the business’ operations, and the high costs of switching to more local suppliers may not be worth it. The business may then choose to accept the risk, and the potential impacts that it may cause.

Risk Reduction

Risk reduction involves continuing certain processes and activities that may pose a risk, and working to reduce the possible losses that could result from such operations. Some operations will innately carry risks with them, but may be crucial to a business’ operations, and therefore the focus shifts to mitigating how badly the business will be impacted by a risk, should it eventuate. A business will still be at risk, but if mitigated effectively, the reward can counteract the losses experienced along the way. With supply chain disruptions, some products may have to be sourced from international locations due to a lack of available alternatives, or your business may have to shift to using other supplies that are less likely to be impacted.

Risk Transference

Risk transference involves shifting the potential impacts of a risk from one party to another. This is generally achieved by using insurance, and can protect a business from financial loss and legal liabilities. Regarding supply chain disruptions, risk transference can help businesses to avoid the impact that supply disruptions could have on contract fulfilment from both yours or the other party’s end, with an insurance company footing the bill should any financial penalties arise.

Risk Avoidance

Risk avoidance involves limiting or completely stopping certain operations that are likely to increase a business’s exposure to risk. In such cases, reducing services or stopping certain business activities altogether can prove to be more beneficial as the risks posed may be too great. During time periods where certain supply chains are experiencing heavy disruptions, it may be more beneficial to source locally instead of internationally, or to alter the kinds of products and services offered to minimize the risk that supply chain disruptions may have on your business’ ability to provide certain goods and services. Cutting out the need for international supplies could cut out the risk that these kinds of disruptions may pose.

How can you help your business minimize the impact of supply chain disruptions?

In a world of uncertainties, the future is always unpredictable. Using risk management and mitigation techniques can help prevent your business from being impacted by disruptions to supply chains and can help improve your business’ resiliency and adaptability. Failure to adequately prepare can lead to your business being caught unaware after a sudden disruption to a supply chain, which could cause long-lasting damage to a business’ reputation, finances and trade.

Contact our team at Resilient Services and put your business in the best hands possible. Our experienced team uses risk mitigation, business continuity and resiliency principles to help protect your business’ longevity and profitability, and can also offer your business supply chain analysis services. Contact us today to see how we can help your business be stronger, smarter and more secure.

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