Does Chronic Disruption Affect Your Supply Chain?

by | Nov 6, 2014

Chronic disruption, a persistent disruption that degrades, but does not inhibit, supply chain function and that does not respond to traditional remedies, plagues more than 73 percent of supply chain managers, according to an APICS Foundation survey.

The supply chain management foundation says chronic disruption is an issue that supply chain and operations management professionals need to understand and design supply chains to mitigate against. APICS’ survey identifies areas where supply chain and operations management professionals can enhance their company’s ability to manage chronic disruption as part of their ongoing supply chain strategy.

The survey discovered chronic disruption is frequently caused by internal issues that are hard to recognize and even more difficult to measure. These causes often include a lack of manpower or trained manpower, a lack of updated information technology, short-term financial pressures and more.

The survey also found that while many industries are affected by chronic disruption, manufacturing was most affected (41 percent) followed by health care and pharmaceuticals (10 percent), and the food and beverage industry (10 percent).

APICS research published in June found 68 percent of respondents say sustainability is the primary advantage of remanufacturing and 41 percent already consider it a formal component of their organization’s sustainability policies.

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