Christopher Hagon is a managing partner of IMG GlobalSecur, Inc., a company that specializes in corporate security consulting. This blog series draws from IMG GlobalSecur’s expertise in security-related topics that include executive protection, travel security, supply chain security consulting, workplace safety, crisis management, business continuity, event security and more.
Revisiting supply chain management procedures
As we emerge from this challenging season, old threats to your corporation’s supply chain may take on new meaning in today’s “new normal” world. Whether your company operates domestically or globally, moving consumer goods (including pharmaceuticals) from one place to another may require a refresh of your security measures. Have your security plans gotten an update to reflect the latest threat environments that vary across the USA and overseas? If so, your product will continue to move in a secure environment.
As in the past, losses may stem from lax or inadequate controls, errors, omissions and notification failures.
Or, a misunderstanding of one, seemingly low priority, supply chain activity can cause losses as well. The overall landscape of supply chain security is a complex environment that requires continuous monitoring and the ability to adapt rapidly to unanticipated events. This year has only proved this point even more strongly. Take a look at this TechRadar article about a computer company mitigating supply chain issues.
In one such instance, unexpected handling of a pharmaceutical finished product resulted in significant losses. The root cause stemmed from some supply product activities that were inadvertently deviated from normal practice and operated in a “vacuum”. Lesson learned: a minor or obscure failure at one point can “cascade” in relevance if not quickly discovered and remedied.
So, in essence, “if you understand the process, you can identify the issue and come up with the solution.”
For a recent Energy Manufacturers presentation, I highlighted the essential “process-driven” security approach applicable not only for supply chains, but also for confronting any other security-related challenge. One all-embracing protective theme runs through every aspect of protecting people, assets, operations and reputation. This theme is neatly summarized in the Special Forces’ creed of “putting off the day when something bad happens.” With good planning and execution in place, your organization can spare itself from the introspection and trauma of “if only” situations.
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