87% of supply chain professionals plan to invest in resilience within 2 years
A global survey by analyst company Gartner of more than 1,300 supply chain professionals found that 87% of respondents plan investments in supply chain resiliency within the next two years. The survey, conducted from September 2020 through November 2020, showed that even more supply chain professionals (89%) want to invest in agility.
However, cost remains a priority, challenging chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) to find a new balance between resiliency, cost-efficiency and fulfilling increasing customer demands.
“Supply chain executives overwhelmingly recognize the necessity to make their networks more resilient and agile,” said Geraint John, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “At the same time, 60% admit that their supply chains have not been designed for resilience, but cost-efficiency The challenge will be to create an operating model for supply chains that combines the best of both worlds and also delivers supreme customer service.”
Gartner defines resilience as the ability to adapt to structural changes by modifying supply chain strategies, products and technologies, and agility as the ability to sense and respond to unanticipated changes in demand or supply quickly and reliably, without sacrificing cost or quality…
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