In today’s competitive environment more and more, the focus turns to the security aspects of protecting every element of fast-moving and complex supply chains. Security for these systems now assumes equal importance with other critical aspects in overall logistics management. Nowadays, losses for any reason at any stage of the chain or single point of pipeline weakness can trigger a cascade of failures throughout operations and dependencies. Supply chain security consulting assistance can help pinpoint these weaknesses and help to alleviate painful losses.
Important considerations for companies dealing with logistics management issues
The complexity of modern logistics operations has become a plus and minus for efforts to enable security measures to control cargo or material losses. On the plus side, sophisticated systems can and do point out weaknesses or identify shortages – no easy task with today’s extended operations.
“No-one understands logistics processes better than those who practice them every day.”
Lean and streamlined manufacturing and distribution processes are valued disciplines. One of the few remaining areas where there is still an opportunity for organizational cost savings and improved service is supply chain operations. Today, the market will no longer tolerate non-timely or non-delivery of the product. To survive and compete, companies can no longer “write off” product loss or accept unavailability as a cost of doing business. Instead, the focus should be on the “true replacement cost” that includes reputational damage, contractual obligations and investigatory or client-imposed costs.
“It may be a mistake to assume that, in a complex and extended manufacturing a distribution environment, the cause of a weakness must also be complex.”
Velocity and complexity tend to blur the process and add difficulty to enabling supply chain “visibility,” and obscure the nature of appropriate proactive and response measures needed. The goal is to confront and prevent in-channel product theft, product diversion, contamination, counterfeit, piracy, or repackaging. Pursuing this goal will require ongoing proactive and response measures.
“Know the Process – Know the Weakness – Know the Solution”
Experience suggests that a way to achieve clarity is to state the obvious, as a high-level objective expressed straightforwardly – “The actions necessary to implement an end-to-end supply chain security solution.” And a stated goal: – “To ensure that product and raw material remain in their intended channels of manufacture and distribution.”
These statements drive all security preventive measures and, with the help of supply chain security consulting experts, corporations can find weak spots and work to improve losses and increase the bottom line.
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This blog is part of a series of IMG GlobalSecur, Inc. security articles on logistics management. For a brief PowerPoint Supply Chain presentation, please contact Christopher Hagon via our Contact page.
About Mr. Christopher Hagon
Christopher Hagon is a former police superintendent with London’s Metropolitan Police. and a personal protection officer to senior members of Britain’s Royal Family. Other past assignments include Director of Corporate Security for Miami-based Ryder System. In 1995, Hagon co-founded Incident Management Group, Inc., a consultancy that provides a wide spectrum of proactive and response services to corporate America. The company’s focus includes security program development, supply chain security consulting, forensic psychological services, emergency response, crisis management and worldwide travel security for organizations and individuals using our GlobalSecur® and FoneTrac® Travel Safety Programs.