Category Archives: Resilience

The End is Nigh for Some Retailers – But Not the World

The End is Nigh for Some Retailers – But Not the World

Traditional “brick and mortar” retailers are disappearing in record numbers and many are close to drawing their last commercial breath. The demise of well-known brands may be regrettable to some – but it’s not the end of the world. While this period of disruption is traumatic for many people, it’s important to keep in mindRead More

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Devastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals. But we can at least stop intensifying their impact through a lack of foresight. Our hearts go out to the citizens of Houston and Florida as they continue to dig out fromRead More

Engineering spare parts supply chains for harsh environments

Engineering spare parts supply chains for harsh environments

Engineering projects carried out in harsh environments require a reliable supply of spare parts. However, providing such a service is challenging when the demand for parts is intermittent and procurement practices lack cohesion. A thesis project completed by Sachin Shedge, a graduate of the MIT-Malaysia Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program, explored theRead More

Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

Substantial investments in supply chain resilience have enabled companies to vastly improve their capacity for bouncing back after a disruption. But the digitization of supply chains is introducing new demands on company operations that require a different approach to building supply chain resilience. With the benefit of digital technologies, companies are using Big Data toRead More

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step-up their efforts in one key area: the threats posed by water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total ofRead More