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"Bellwether has eliminated the paper in purchasing and allowed us go from decentralized out of control purchasing to centralized purchasing and invoice processing. This has reduced cost and provided us a clear picture of accruals."

Ben Belflower, Reporting & Analysis Manager, Aramark

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Supply Chain Risk Management

There are a wide variety of different aspects that are involved in the business world, one being supply chain risk management.  Considering that there are many individuals involved in an industry ranging from employees to stakeholders, becoming aware of the risks that can affect logistical chains can be quite advantageous.  With the appropriate knowledge and systems in place,  companies will be able to limit or even eliminate disruptions in the future due to natural disasters associated with supply chain risk management.

The importance of the supply chain is what makes it imperative to be aware of the risks that can affect a corporation at any time due to natural disasters, social unrest, or even war.  The supply chain essentially provides the company with their earned profits and it provides customers with the products that they pay for.  Without a strong and sophisticated supply chain, corporations would inevitably fail and/or become bankrupt.  It goes without saying that since money is an essential component to any business plan, ensuring that there is an abundance of it can be quite beneficial.  Therefore, preventing a business from being affected from supply chain disruptions will bring forth more profits.

As previously mentioned there are an ample amount of natural disasters that can affect the supply chain of a company.  As a relevant example, a laptop manufacturer needs to gather crude oil to create the plastic that is used to manufacture the keyboard that eventually creates the laptop for the consumer.  If a natural disaster such as a tsunami affects the source of the crude oil, the entire supply chain would be disrupted and the company would be unable to provide their consumers with the products that they desire.  Regardless of whether you are the owner of a larger scaled corporation or if you own an independent small business, being susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, war, and even economic failures is one aspect all should consider.

With the implementation of purchasing software companies are provided with the opportunity to eliminate the worry associated with supply chain risk management and natural disasters.  Considering that the vast majority of manual techniques will be disrupted if a supply chain is interrupted or broken, purchasing software allows companies to make all manual processes automated.  With the implementation of purchasing streamlining and the ability to utilize procurement software, more corporations are beginning to evade the detriments brought forth from economic unrest with the use of purchasing software.  Essentially all of the information, invoices, and numbers that you would generally have on physical paper will be implemented into a digital format that will be less susceptible to damage. When disruptions occur, it only takes a few clicks to implement back-up processes that have previously been put in place. Purchasing software can become a necessary component to mitigate risk associated with supply chain disruptions. 

June 26, 2012
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