Supply Chain Security encompasses the strategic planning and management of the many functions involved in the protection of our products and other assets as they move throughout the supply-chain network.
The supply-chain network is a critical component of retail management; and while many view the heart of retail as the interactions and events that happen within the store, this support system has always fueled the way. Through a complex web of processes and activity, a well-managed supply chain is absolutely essential to a successful retail operation. Considering that every single piece of retail merchandise must in some way pass through the supply chain network, the need to implement appropriate controls and protect our interests as product moves throughout the network is a critical aspect of retail management.
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The role of loss prevention across the supply chain has grown considerably in recent years, and continues to expand even today. The advancements in technology, the evolution of e-commerce and omni-channel retailing, and the mounting sophistication of retail crime will continue to revolutionize our role throughout the supply chain network.As this role grows more complex, our approach to the entire process must evolve as well. As a critical element of our overall programs, this function is much more sophisticated than making sure that doors are locked, keys are punched, and logs are signed; and that image and mentality must change to reflect the true nature of the security management process within the supply chain.
Efficient and effective supply-chain networks are necessary to successfully compete in the global retail market. This is a sophisticated, interdependent network of positions, processes, facilities, functions, responsibilities, tasks, transport, and technology that all culminates with delivering products and services to our customers.From a loss prevention management perspective, our attentions must then focus on disruptive risk. Any disruption in production or delivery will result in potential lost sales, decreased revenue, margin erosion, and profit loss.
Appropriate security plans must be designed to identify potential threats, evaluate how, when and where they may occur, develop effective approaches to mitigate losses, and build programs that improve efficiency and business recovery. Theft is certainly a primary consideration of supply-chain security efforts, but specific risks will vary depending on a variety of factors specific to the unique supply chain network. The potential risks must be identified and analyzed at each point along the network, building the plan that serves as the cornerstone of supply chain resiliency.