Global commerce has become a normal way of doing business in today’s competitive marketplace. The key to any business is finding a great opportunity and making it work to your advantage.
For corporations, opportunity may look like outsourcing materials and labor to benefit a company’s bottom line. Just about anything can be outsourced and transported back to the United States. Products such as beverages, food, furniture, computers and pharmaceuticals are only a few of the items companies outsource to world partners. “Suppy chain management,” is the buzzword, for this activity. But, of course, criminals are opportunists too and profits gained through outsourcing can quickly vanish when inventory is stolen, compromised, or subject to any type of threat – ranging from mere theft to industrial espionage.
Your Supply Chain Could be Vulnerable at a Security Level
Every year companies lose billions of dollars in supply chain theft. Logistics management must stay aware of inventory pilferage 24/7 as it can happen anywhere along the supply chain. Managers normally hire security guards to help protect company goods in transport. Still, the more times cargo is moved, the more opportunity there is for thieves to steal it. Organized crime in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom to Brazil to Thailand can target warehouses and distribution centers. Rogue bandits can hijack cargo trucks on the way to the docks in Asia. Even poorly vetted overseas employees can steal thousands of dollars in goods. Security guards overseeing the transport of products may not be enough. Companies looking to stop the loss of inventory should consider speaking to an international security consultant to see the bigger picture.
The first job? A detailed security audit of your supply chain.
International Security Consultants Find Weak Links in a Global Supply Chain
A strong security team is an important element to securing the flow of goods through the global supply chain. Although corporate security is focused on the direct path materials move through, they may be unaware of outside threats evolving in a particular country. The international climate can change quickly. A road in Mexico previously thought to be safe for transporting goods can become dangerous overnight due to rising criminal activity in the region. To ensure a broader perspective inside and around the supply chain, it is wise to meet with an international security consultant. IMG, International Security Consultants are world-wide experts in secure logistics solutions.
IMG professionals will evaluate emerging security threats within the supply chain and within the country; each situation is unique. IMG can also provide a thorough evaluation of the weakest security spots and who has access along the way. This includes ports, checkpoints, transportation lanes, warehouses, manufacturers and distribution centers. Company security guards have their role and add great value to supply chain safety. International security consultants can offer the overall picture and pinpoint vulnerabilities anywhere on the route to the consumer. If your supply chain is experiencing vulnerabilities and loss of inventory, contact IMG international security consultants for support.