Supply Chain Risk Management Blog

Out and about at CPhI Worldwide

Greetings from Frankfurt where we’ve been at CPhI Worldwide. We’re just returning from a successful week taking SCAIR to 36,000 pharmaceutical professionals. You don’t have to be at the conference long to appreciate the importance of technology: The event brings … Continue reading

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The thing about the hurricane season is it’s always easy to speak too soo. We noted a couple of weeks ago that Puerto Rico, a key production centre for pharma manufacturers, had escaped the worst of hurricane Irma. Yet the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma once again shows us the importance of mapping supply chain risks for the pharmaceuticals industry. The storm has passed, but the effects will be felt for months to come. In the Florida Keys up to a quarter of … Continue reading

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There’s work to be done on all sides – not just by the negotiators – to prepare supply chains for a future outside the EU. For anyone already sick of Brexit, Michael Barnier’s recent announcement won’t have been encouraging: “The hard … Continue reading

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Continuous manufacturing could have significant success in improving the pharmaceuticals supply chain, but challenges remain. The journey to continuous manufacturing in pharmaceuticals is going to be a long one. As a recent report on another, related technology – 3D printing – made … Continue reading

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Businesses have a window of opportunity to make preparations for a more protectionist future. It will not be open forever. John Major’s intervention aside, a hard Brexit remains the government’s position on the EU, and industries are starting to take … Continue reading

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It’s a new year, but the problems for supply chains are much the same. Among them, increasingly, is industrial action. December drew comparisons with the Winter of Discontent with strikes or threats by Post Office staff, train and tube drivers, … Continue reading

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The new Cyber Highway service makes it easier than ever for businesses to start to asses the cyber security of their suppliers. It’s an opportunity more need to take. Cyber is rising up the supply chain. Last month former Home … Continue reading

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It may not seem it, but the deadline for company’s statements on tackling modern slavery is deadly serious. Businesses need to be sure they know what’s happening in their supply chains. Human rights is the number one corporate social responsibility … Continue reading

EU vote has brought risks, but also opportunities. It’s time for a review. Brexit is among the factors pushing supply chain risks to a three-year high, according to a new survey. The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply quarterly Risk … Continue reading

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Brexit means uncertainty and complexity for supply chains, but that shouldn’t stop us planning We know the result, but not much more. The only certain conclusion we can draw from the EU referendum vote is that we’re in for a … Continue reading

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Evidence supply chain management is increasingly critical to corporate success Money isn’t everything, but it helps, and supply chain management professionals are likely to welcome evidence of rising salaries. According to the recent Institute for Supply Management (ISM) survey average … Continue reading

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Treacherous waters

“When will we learn?” asks an article in the shipping bible Lloyd’s List, reviewing the findings of a recent report on the Hoegh Osaka. We now know the container ship, which ran aground in the Solent in January 2015, was … Continue reading

Taking the biscuit

Think you’ve got supply chain problems? Spare a thought for John Titmuss. He took up his role as group supply chain director at United Biscuits (where he was previously HR director) at the start of October. Two months later came … Continue reading

Does not compute

Changing customer demands, high levels of risk in global markets and globally dispersed partners are among the key risks facing manufacturers, according to a survey by pollsters YouGov for GTNexus. The results, published earlier this month, show four in ten … Continue reading

Are traditional supply chain methods failing when it comes to companies’ environmental social and governance (ESG) policies? It depends on what you count as success, according to a recent report by the University of Sheffield, picked up by The Guardian. … Continue reading

As of 2016, the downloadable Product Summary for SCAIR highlights the features of latest iteration of this award winning SCRM / Supply Chain Risk Management Software. SCAIR is used by some of the world’s largest Pharmaceutical and other manufacturing organisations, … Continue reading

Keeping the lights on

Beware the black swan: That was the warning from GlaxoSmithKline quality assurance and compliance manager Stephen Mitchell at a recent conference in London. “We’ve got to refocus on areas of potential vulnerability in the supply chain,” he’s reported as saying. … Continue reading

Last week, we briefly mentioned Hedley Rees’s excellent new book Find It, File It, Flog It: Pharma’s Crippling Addiction and How to Cure it (well worth £14 of anyone’s money at Amazon). The book quotes our own Catherine Geyman saying: … Continue reading

Challenging Big and Mid Pharma Industry paradigms A superb new book: Find It, File It, Flog It: Pharma’s Crippling Addiction and How to Cure it, includes expert witness from Catherine Geyman of Intersys. Hedley Rees issues his challenge to the … Continue reading


Shifting sands

The Paris attacks have been another harsh reminder that the risks the world faces are increasingly global. Being in the West does not make us immune to the threat of ISIS. Unlike terrorism, however, natural disasters are often assumed to … Continue reading

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Labour is riding up the supply chain agenda. On October 29 requirements under the Modern Slavery Act came into force obliging companies to make an annual statement on their policies for excluding slavery from their own organization and their supply … Continue reading

SCAIR (Supply Chain Analysis of Interruption Risks) is available as a Cloud Hosted  Software As A Service model. You can expect your Supply Chain Risk Management provider to take data security seriously and we work hard to ensure that sensitive … Continue reading

The final installment to a Q&A series, generated following a prominent Risk Management publication’s request for industry expert opinion. q. “What tools can companies use to manage their supply chains and ensure they have up-to-date information on their whole extended … Continue reading

The second part of a series in which Catherine Geyman, of Intersys Risk, answers questions posed by a prominent Risk Management publication. q.”What are the challenges to managing the risks a modern, global supply chain presents? Can you give any … Continue reading

Catherine Geyman, of Intersys Risk, was asked by a prominent Risk Management publication to give her opinion on a number of topical issues. The publication summarised and, for clarity, her full answers are shown below. q: Have lessons been learned … Continue reading

The cyber supply chain risk

In a digital world, cyber risks are an increasing concern for businesses – as our colleagues within the InterSys technical group are well aware. This deals with the findings of the government’s Information Security Breaches Survey 2015, which shows both the … Continue reading

Supply chain risks are once again close to all-time highs, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. The group’s Risk Index assesses risks in 132 countries across a range of categories to calculate the global supply risk score. … Continue reading

Courier group Fedex and researchers at Frost & Sullivan have published an interesting report looking at the importance of supply chains to competiveness for medical device, pharma and biotech manufacturers, among others. The study opens by noting the supply chain’s … Continue reading

There are an increasing list of reasons for Senior Management Teams to understand the risks inherent all tiers of their supply chains. Intersys was invited to speak at a leading re-insurer’s conference on Contingent Business Interruption Insurance (earnings protection against … Continue reading

The last three years have seen an unprecedented rise in drug shortages in both Europe and America. The number of shortages in the US has been growing steadily from 70 in 2006, peaking at 276 in 2011 . However this … Continue reading

Contingent Business Interruption Risk Coverage Natural disasters across the Globe in 2011 (the Japan Tsunami in March last year, and the Thailand Floods from July to December) have had a far-reaching and lasting impact on businesses small and large world-wide, … Continue reading

The impact of the recent floods in Thailand upon hard disk drive (HDD) production in the fourth quarter of this year means retailers world-wide are bracing themselves for PC shortages in the run up to Christmas. This HDD availability issue … Continue reading

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Compared to sudden economic downturns, terrorist attacks, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like, the next potential disaster to hit global supply chains could be pretty left-field. It’s all to do with the cyclic behaviour of the sun… The sun’s magnetic field … Continue reading

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The tsunami in Japan in March this year caused a dreadful loss of life and unquantifiable human suffering. It also damaged the country’s economy and its industrial base. The full impact (in a broader, global sense), is more difficult to … Continue reading

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In today’s global supply chains, the threats that are most likely to elude identification are those buried deep in an organisation’s upstream supply chains. The loss of a direct, single source of a key material could prove a major headache … Continue reading

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Mining and Steel – What’s the immediate impact and long term outlook? The impact of the devastating floods in Queensland will be felt through global supply chains for many months to come. Almost 70% of global steel production is dependent … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Impact of Water Shortages

Whilst the December snowfalls have taken their toll on the UK’s ability to deliver Christmas goodies, the impact of the thaw is creating further disruption for many companies. The water shortage in Northern Ireland is continuing to affect a huge … Continue reading

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There certainly is a spectrum of views on the UK’s ability to plan for and react to extreme weather events. These range from the average man on the street complaining that the UK will always grind to a halt after … Continue reading

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Some ERP systems, such as SAP, JD Edwards and Dynamics have very strong Supply Chain functionality, however do not focus on the SCRM issues addresses by SCAIR. Whilst ERP systems manage the resources, SCAIR translates the financial impacts and is … Continue reading

SCAIR, our award winning Supply Chain Risk Management software is in use by a number of global organisations who understand the criticality of their supply chains and want to protect themselves against their disruption. Insurance Industry: the 4th largest insurance … Continue reading

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2010 – a year of surprises? Or was it all pretty predictable? 2010 started uncomfortably for certain organisations with freezing Eurostar trains stuck in the Channel Tunnel and the threat of Pandemic flu still just lurking just over the horizon. … Continue reading

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Intersys joined 7 highly respected companies in New York to accept awards from Business Insurance, who recognised SCAIR, our ‘Supply Chain Analysis of Interruption Risks’ software as bringing innovation to the insurance industry. SCAIR is used by insurers to help … Continue reading

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If you’re a Risk Manager, Supply Chain Professional or just someone concerned with the health of your manufacturing functions, how can you be sure you have fully considered your supply chain vulnerabilities? Our software, SCAIR: Supply Chain Analysis of Interruption … Continue reading

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It pays to have supply chain backup plans, providing you know what to back up. SCAIR™ helps you improve supply chain risk decision making. The outputs from SCAIR™ enable you to quantify the impact of critical supply point failure on … Continue reading

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