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The benefits of supply chain mapping

Take time to understand which parts of your business will be impacted by COVID-19.

Supply chain disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted production for many manufacturing operations, leading to supply chain challenges for companies in Scotland. If your supply chain is disrupted you may wish to find different suppliers from Scotland, the UK or the rest of the world.

Supply chain mapping - what is it and how can it help?

This is a straightforward exercise to help identify risk points in your supply chain. The map helps you see how complex it is and can be used as a starting point for discussions with your teams. They can look at the map and highlight any areas they see as having potential supply chain risks.  

It's essential to involve the right people in this activity. For example, you might want to include supply chain managers, buyers, warehouse staff, technical staff and finance staff.

Once you have assessed the risks, they should be prioritised and courses of action agreed upon.

If you need help with supply chain mapping advice, contact the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).

Finding alternative suppliers

Finding and engaging an alternate supplier can seem like a daunting, complicated task. However, when the task is split up into smaller “bite sized” activities, you can put them into a logical sequence. This is much easier to follow.

If you would like further guidance on how to find the right supplier for your business, please contact the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).

The following links can be used to help you identify and assess alternative suppliers: 

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