Most companies depend on other companies to supply goods and services - many companies depend on hundreds of suppliers for thousands of parts. These suppliers in turn often have many sub-suppliers, and so on. Such supply chains are becoming increasingly more extended, more complex and more global.
An event on one side of the world can stop production or delivery of a service on the other side of the world. The event may be a natural disaster (such as an earthquake or flood), or a man-made or other event (such as an explosion, a labour dispute, a company insolvency, an environmental protest).
Produced by Airmic, this report studies the nature, causes and complexity of supply chain disruptions.