News Analysis: A risk in the chain

Protecting complex supply chains

Globalisation has seen companies searching far and wide for the best resources and supplies, resulting in complex supply chains. However, the economic downturn has seen a number of corporates consolidate to save money. This growing centralisation improves efficiency but also increases supply chain exposures.

This analysis examines the alternatives and looks at the example of food retailer Morrisons, who plan to improve stock flow and save £200m by changing to central distribution centres. Alan Day, of specialist consultancy State of Flux, gives his expert opinion on how to meet the challenge.