Building resilient supply chain capabilities

Assess the current resilience of your supply chain to prepare for future disruption

Companies all over the world have been affected by the COVID-19 situation in very diverse ways, seeing their supply chains put under pressure as bottlenecks appeared and additional requirements came to light. Factors like shortage of staff, interruption in the sourcing of materials, restrictions in transportation and delivery routes, changes in consumer behaviour (drops or surges in demand) or changes in the go-to-market approach have all impacted supply chains to various degrees. 

How can you anticipate future disruption and enable your supply chain to cope with the risk? What should you do to give your organisation a competitive advantage?

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Examples of disruptions across the supply chain

Examples of disruptions across the supply chain

Disruptions generally affect different levels of the supply chain

Disruptions generally affect different levels of the supply chain

Assessing supply chain resilience

To provide companies with insights into their supply chains and current resilience, PwC has developed a framework to assess current resilience status. This framework is built around six capabilities, covering all three phases of a crisis or disruption:

Phase 1 - Before the disruption

Is your company ready and does it have the ability to anticipate and prepare? Proactively building security and robustness are first steps in getting ready to tackle any disruptive event.

Other steps to consider are creating situation awareness and having the knowledge to identify potential threats. It’s also crucial to have clear visibility across your supply chain while maintaining security (cyber, physical and protective).

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Phase 2 - During the disruption

Do you have the responsiveness and the ability to both adapt and respond to events? To be able to do so, you need to manage and adjust resources by building flexibility and redundancy.

It requires the right level of coordination (e.g. planning, suppliers, partners) to be able to respond to the situation efficiently while maintaining business continuity.

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Phase 3 - After the disruption

Are you equipped to learn, recover and/or grow from past events? Contingencies will need to be put in place to restore functions and adapt to the ‘new normal’.

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Supply chain resilience capabilities

What capabilities are needed before, during and after a disruption to be resilient? How well do you score?

Before disruption of supply chain
During disruption of supply chain
After disruption of supply chain

PwC’s free Supply Chain Resilience assessment 

We’ve created a test to provide companies with insights into their current supply chain resilience maturity level.

Built around the six elements from our framework above, participants will answer a series of questions that will provide information about the current state of their supply chain resilience maturity and potential next steps to take to increase resilience against future disruptive events.

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PwC’s free Supply Chain Resilience assessment

How PwC can help you build a resilient supply chain

With an increased threat of recurring disruptions, it’s crucial that companies take the necessary steps to both assess and prepare their own supply chains to be more resilient. We work closely with organisations across multiple industries and sectors to help them prepare for future events by sharing our extensive supply chain knowledge and experience with a scientific, industry-specific approach and best practices. 

PwC’s a global industry expert and leader in supply chain management consulting. We provide a wide range of services covering all the aspects of the supply chain:

  • Network design, manufacturing footprint, supplier selection and rationalisation
  • Supply chain operating model and resilience, simulation including processes, tools, and a responsibility assignment matrix
  • Sourcing strategy, supplier risk management and integration, multi-sourcing
  • End-to-end supply chain visibility implementation, digital operations, cybersecurity and digital capability assessment
  • Production efficiency and flexible manufacturing, digitising the shop floor, connected devices and wearables
  • All industry sectors: Automotive, Retail and Consumer, Industrial Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Agriculture, Banking and Insurance 

Contact us

Peter Vermeire

Peter Vermeire

Partner, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 493 51 87 28

Jochen Vincke

Jochen Vincke

Partner, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 477 61 12 22

Kristof De Coster

Kristof De Coster

Director, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 476 56 13 23

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