Industryweek 2020 Iw0311logbook

A Supply Chain Management Guide to Business Continuity

Feb. 15, 2011
As a consultant with the Disaster Recovery Institute International, the author offers an overview of how to identify risks and subsequently reduce or eliminate the incidence of supply chain disruptions.

Note: Supply Chain Management is by Betty A. Kildown, AMACOM, 2011, 266 pages $35

The fragile nature of the global supply chain was on full display the first week of February 2011 when a violent uprising in Egypt threatened to halt traffic through the Suez Canal, as well as clamping down on the Suez-Mediterranean oil pipeline. That same week, roughly a third of the United States was affected by a winter storm that closed major airports and interstate highways, delaying countless shipments.

This book arrives, then, at an opportune moment as its central point is the importance of planning for supply chain disasters, of all shapes and sizes. While the author, a consultant with the Disaster Recovery Institute International, does a good job offering an overview of how to identify risks and subsequently reduce or eliminate the incidence of supply chain disruptions, what sets this book apart is its supplemental material.

One appendix, for instance, offers a helpful business continuity planning assessment questionnaire, while another appendix walks the reader step-by-step through the process of creating a business continuity plan.

Ultimately, unforeseen disasters are always going to happen, but this book provides plenty of tactical advice on how to mitigate the effects of those disasters.

See Also:
Another BRIC in the Wall
Congested Highways

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