How to Avoid Blind Spots in the Supply Chain


A staff writer at published an article the other day about the occurrence of blind spots in any given supply chain.  Here is a synopsis of what the article said and what we can learn from it:

Supply chains cover a large area: physical, socioeconomic, and even ethical.  The article talks about corporate social responsibility; this is something that must be upheld in order for the supply chain to thrive and remain safe for all involved.  Because of this dedication to the welfare of those involved in the processes of business, no matter the level, blind spots are not only bad for money-making--they are also unacceptable and can be unethical.  

As the global transportation and supply industry broadens worldwide, more and more individuals are becoming involved with it.  The article quotes MIT Professor Greg Distelhorst, who said that the way to ensure a supply chain is safe, understood, and ethical is knowing exactly where your money is going, and your “dollar should not go to anyone who’s profiteering off of slavery or worker exploitation or destroying the environment”.  In a perfect world, it would be easy to avoid all ethical landmines, but in reality it is a bit more difficult to ensure perfect clarity and visibility in the supply chain--especially on a global scale. Some of the concerns listed in the article include: “child and/or migrant slavery, health and safety of workers, and environmental impact”. Consumers are pushing for more information on where there products come from and who is handling them.  Companies that are able to provide this information, and are confident in the answers themselves, will profit more in the coming years.

While the topic of ethics can be difficult to navigate, the article does provide some tips on how to address and eliminate blind spots in the supply chain.  

Things to work on include: establishing an ethical code of conduct--this will promote clarity and communication with all of the workers. Another thing to do is to interrogate the supply chain--work to know everything that happens with your product and labor from start to finish.  Tracking your supply chain with technology will also aid in increasing visibility to avoid ethical violations before they come about.

To read the full article and discover a few more ideas on how to avoid blind spots in the supply chain, head over to the site by clicking this link: