Supply Chain and You   

February 3rd, 2022

Before Covid-19, most people not in the supply chain rarely ever thought about logistics

 

Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Director of HR, and Administration at SafeSourcing

Before Covid-19, most people not in the supply chain rarely ever thought about logistics and the supply chain. Since then, and with so many disruptions and obstacles, it has now become something most people are acutely aware of. In fact, the reliance on our supply chain and logistics will likely grow in the future with the increasing amount of online shopping and demand for goods quickly.

Now, as winter strikes different areas of the country, the focus on the logistics of the supply chain are again hitting home. People are stocking up on bread and toilet paper and the need for a consistent and reliable supply is likely a concern for many retailers. Delays due to weather, a workforce shortage, or illness can cause a lot of disruptions down the road and are something every retailer should have plans in place for. Empty shelves mean less that can be sold and could in turn be felt in the pockets of your organization. So, what should you do? There are a number of ways that you can better prepare for supply chain disruptions.

One way you can prepare is by having reliable suppliers and manufacturers who you can count on for steady and well running processes. This will not only provide peace of mind that things will go as planned, but also will likely be consistent in supplies and business practices.

There will still sometimes be delays, so another way to prepare is by having a variety of suppliers that you can obtain goods from. Then if one vendor has supply problems, you may still be able to fill your shelves in the meantime from another vendor. This can be especially beneficial during inclement weather, from hurricanes and snow to forest fires.

If you or your organization is having problems already with the supply chain or logistics, another great tool is to utilize a procurement partner, like SafeSourcing.  A procurement partner can help your team find the supplies you need or the suppliers you can count on and ensure your organization’s needs are addressed, helping to keep your shelves stocked and allowing you to pass your products onto your customers and ensuring they stay customers.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can help your organization or on our Risk-Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

 

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