Report: Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee. Sponsored by UPS Capital Corporation.

A preponderance of natural disasters and huge economic swings over the past decade have caused many companies to face extreme supply chain challenges that dramatically stretched their capabilities. Supply chains, which once functioned almost on autopilot, face many dangers today in both the global and domestic market. This report covers a wide range of risks and offers practical advice for risk mitigation strategies and tactics.

This research examines how leading executives identify, prioritize and mitigate risk in their supply chains. A questionnaire was distributed to supply chain executives across a range of companies, including retailers, manufacturers and service providers. Results are based on 150 responses. In addition, six in-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted with senior executives from six prominent companies.

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