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Identify and Reduce Supplier Risk with Rugged Tablet PC

Manufacturers, retailers, financial service companies and government agencies depend heavily on suppliers to keep their operations running smoothly. While outsourcing, globalization, lean supply chain initiatives and supplier rationalization help companies reduce costs and quickly expand into new markets, control over suppliers is often several steps removed. As a result, companies can be exposed to significant cost risks that could ultimately impact the survival of their business, particularly if a supplier suddenly moves from stability to shutting down operations.

Risk can come in many forms, ranging from raw material shortages, physical security and country risk to supplier bankruptcies and tainted materials or goods. Best-in-class companies are proactively and continuously evaluating their supply chains to identify and support key partners and eliminate those who are not performing.

If your organization’s supply chain is facing these challenges, the following supply chain risk factors can help you identify and assess potential issues.

  1. Country of origin: Know where your suppliers have their production facilities and raw materials to determine their susceptibility to security threats. Disruptions to your operations range from potential geopolitical threats and natural disasters to criminal and terrorist activities.
  2. Physical security: Assess your suppliers’ ability to keep their physical location safe. Ask about the materials used in the building’s construction and about their cargo storage procedures. Also ask if the facility has a gate guard, adequate perimeter lighting, locks on all windows and doors, perimeter fencing, etc.Rugged Tablet PC for Transportation
  3. Shipment and delivery accuracy: Ensure that a vendor is able to deliver supplies consistently and on time to avoid raw material shortages. Ask if the vendor uses tablet pc technology to provide in-transit visibility into shipment tracking and delivery. Ask for specific daily or weekly shipment times, mode of transportation used, and rerouting procedures in the event natural disasters should interrupt trade lanes.
  4. Internal processes: Know the controls put in place during the manufacturing process by understanding your suppliers’ internal processes. Inquire about how they check keys in and out, monitor on-site visitors, restrict access to cargo, control computer use and electronic data, and conduct employee background checks.
  5. Social and environmental responsibility: Adhere to product safety regulations by ensuring that your suppliers are socially and environmentally responsible citizens. Where applicable, request information on regulations regarding air quality, chemical disposal, child labor laws, work environment and employee benefits such as maternity leave, paid time off, etc.

When you are managing a global supply chain, risk can come from anywhere, at any time and from any supplier. MobileDemand offers full-screen rugged tablet PCs that can run supplier risk management software with predictive insights that can help you focus in on the risks that matter most.

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