Supply Chain Risk Management Services

We are Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants who have been in business for over 30 years. We have a very successful track record and a high rate of repeat business.

We are Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants who have been in business for over 30 years. We have a very successful track record and a high rate of repeat business in supply chain risk management services.

Assessing supply chain risk has always been an element of our strategy and network reviews. However, in light of all the recent disruptions, businesses need to focus more on managing supply chain risks, and for them to do that efficiently and effectively, they have to rely on the expertise of supply chain risk management consulting.

Covid, the war in Ukraine, and the extreme weather we have been experiencing have highlighted how unpredictable the world is and that we have to be prepared for the unexpected.

Businesses need to take steps to ensure they protect future business performance. This can be achieved by creating supply chain resilience and secondly, by building internal capability to manage future supply chain shocks.

Let’s be clear. The objective is not just to mitigate the risk but to build a competitive advantage in reacting to it effectively.

The first step on this journey is to identify and mitigate your current supply chain risks and conduct a risk assessment.

Introduction to Supply Chain Risk Assessment

Supply chain risk is one of those business concepts that has been around for many years. It has developed traction especially in automotive businesses that operate on lean logistics principles.

By their very nature, these are more fragile to supply chain shocks. However, generally, it has not really been taken seriously enough by many businesses, until of course, a catastrophe occurs.

Supply chain risks can arise in a variety of different forms. Risk identification can be categorised as:

  • Network risks. As you already know this can be a very long list. Supplier failure, supply chain IT failure, and strikes in a logistics service provider are at the top of the list. Others follow in quick succession, flood or fire at a DC, and even a surge in demand that the infrastructure cannot handle.
  • Organisational risks are prevalent too. Departmental failure, key individual illness, no relevant data to support decision-making, lack of information sharing and no early warning mechanisms.
  • Business environment risks. Macro-level effects such as a general recession, trade disputes and loss of market to competition.

Obviously, when a crisis hits all 3 of these risk areas simultaneously as in the case of Covid the resulting impacts are massive. Companies that consider themselves UK-based and should not, they may think in theory, be affected by Brexit have had quite a shock. Although a business may be UK-based quite often their suppliers are not. Ensuring your business is robust even if it has limited direct contact with other countries within the EU is an important factor.

Just one failing in the supply chain often means customers needs cannot be met.

Yet even the best-laid risk assessment and contingency planning would not fully protect a business in this type of situation. However, it would mitigate some of the worst impacts. It will certainly help to get the business back up again as restrictions are eased.

The Foundations of Good Supply Chain Risk Management.

The 4 pillars of supply chain risk management that underpin best-in-class performance are shown below:-

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The key questions to ask of your business are:

  • Does your supply chain provide you with complete visibility? This shouldn’t just be available historically but in real-time.
  • Do you understand your supply chain risks and do you have business tools to assess them?
  • Have you made systematic planned actions to limit the level of supply chain risk?
  • Do you have contingency plans in place in the event of a major supply chain disruption? Have they been recently reviewed and are still fit for purpose?
  • What other risks in the supply chain could have a negative impact on your performance and profits?

Supply Chain Risk Assessment Strategies That Add Value.

We at Bisham Consulting have developed an interactive approach to carrying out supply chain risk assessments for our clients. It is based on a 4-stage process for the analysis of the risk including:

Identifying risks, through end-to-end mapping of the supply chain. Auditing existing operations and finding process weaknesses, compliance risks and checking existing contingency plans, where they exist.

The supply chain risk extends as far as the software and even the company website where malware and waterhole attacks are becoming increasingly common.

Assessing risks, by attributing risk indices to all elements of your supply chain. This produces a Hot Spot analysis and identifies a Single Point of Failure in your supply chain.

Risk mitigation plans based on segmentation of supply chain risks. Can they be avoided or reduced through supply chain re-design? Can the risks be limited or transferred e.g. insured or must they be retained in the business but with robust contingency plans put in place?

Finally, what are the capabilities our clients need to effectively monitor supply chain risk on an ongoing basis?

Combining these four elements are the key to an effective risk management programme. They will make you more risk-aware and give supply chain managers far better control.

You can see more of the services we offer here.

What are the client benefits of a risk-assessed supply chain?

With a properly risk-assessed supply chain, you will obtain a fresh and independent check of the risk levels in your organisation. Ensuring that hidden risks are revealed, known risks have been mitigated and that robust contingency plans are in place. We will also leave you with clear recommendations on how your organisation should be monitoring ongoing risks and reacting to them effectively.

We offer these services for both local and global supply chains.

Going through the process will build better resilience into your business performance. It will ensure improved business continuity. It will also give you a major competitive advantage.

Ultimately you may even get a better night’s sleep as well!

For more information on our Supply Chain Risk Management Services contact our consultants on 01628 487000.

Logistics and Supply Chain Consultants: Experience you can trust

“Bisham used their experience & expertise to ensure we sourced the right partner and took a safe path through supply chain transformation, which ultimately allowed us to meet our strategic supply chain objectives”

Justin Porter, GM Finance & Operations 

Pioneer DJ Europe

“Brammer has worked with Bisham Consulting on a number of projects over the years. I have invariably been delighted with their approach and the quality of their output. Bisham Consulting has supported Brammer on new warehouse design and delivery, the implementation of warehouse systems, and facilitated the definition of supply chain strategy. All the members of the Bisham Consulting team that we have worked with, and continue to work with, are experienced and pragmatic. They are intellectually rigorous, but with a real-world approach to solving sometimes very complex problems.”

Nigel Trend, Director of Business Integration

Brammer

Bert van den Berg, Service and Parts Development Director
Hiab USA Inc.

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