Supply chains can collapse partially or completely for various reasons, as the current pandemic is showing. Therefore, it is important to keep a few principles in mind. We have been talking to our specialist, Beat Buser.
We asked Beat Buser, an expert in supply chain management, what he thinks is particularly important.
In two sentences: which traits characterize you?
Beat Buser: Numbers, data, facts as well as open and clear communication with all those directly involved are essential for the success of complex projects; It is important to develop alternatives and scenarios and to check them according to the principle above. I really enjoy working with interdisciplinary, multicultural teams.
Why are you especially well-suited to comment on the issue of “stable supply chains”?
Beat Buser: Among other things, I was able to travel internationally for more than 17 years and have lived in a wide variety of cultures (Asia, the Middle East, Maghreb, USA and of course Europe / Switzerland). During this time, I have developed and implemented strategies for integrated, multi-level and cross-border supply chains both in corporations and in larger SMEs. In doing so, we sometimes had to master extraordinary and highly destructive situations such as wars, political unrest and natural disasters, each of which had a direct impact on the entire supply chain.
In your opinion: what are the imperative first steps for future, sustainably stable supply chains?
Beat Buser: In my opinion, managers have to ask themselves the following questions:
- Do I know my supply chain(s) profoundly? That is, do I know my suppliers and their suppliers, do I know about my production sites and subcontractors, my storage and transport infrastructure and capacities?
- Am I familiar with the geographical and political situation and the corresponding dependencies of everything?
- Have I developed “What if…?” Scenarios and thus learned about my risks and alternatives?
- And also extremely important: What IT can I fall back on in order to get reliable data on all of these questions in a short period of time?
Based on the answers to these questions, management can develop a broad-based and well-secured project in order to make its supply chain(s) stable for the long term.
Quickly grasping the situation and answering the right questions are crucial for the sustainability and stability of supply chains. Interim managers from Top Fifty bring exactly this practical knowledge with them and quickly achieve good results. We quickly and easily provide you with experts who support you in mastering such challenges.
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