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GUEST COMMENTARY

GUEST COMMENTARY Understanding risks, boosting resilience Dear readers, Supply chain risk can hit in unexpected places: An earthquake struck Japan on 11th of March 2011. It and the subsequent tsunami destroyed towns, transportation links, and industrial infrastructure. Later that year, extensive flooding in Thailand affected production at more than 900 factories producing components for the automotive and high-tech sectors. In the following months, companies worldwide struggled with shortages of key components and materials. The result of a research effort at DHL’s Customer Solutions and Innovation team was Resilience360, a unique supply chain risk management solution built on three sophisticated products: a continuous assessment of supply chain risk and resilience, a near–real-time incident monitoring solution, and dedicated logistics control towers that can actively respond to incidents and manage business continuity. The Resilience360 risk assessment process maps every node in a supply chain – down to third- and fourth-tier suppliers. DHL supply chain risk experts evaluate the risk level at each node with proprietary tools, including country-level risk maps and DHL’s unique Supply Chain Risk Exposure Index. Then they build a picture of network resilience, based on the criticality of parts supplied, the availability of alternative sources or buffer stocks, and detailed surveys of supplier risk mitigation plans. Once an organization has built a model of its supply chain, sites across the network will receive immediate alerts of potentially disruptive incidents. Early warnings enable companies to seek feedback from supply chain partners, and quickly take mitigating actions, like sourcing components from backup suppliers. The tool logs feedback from individual sites too, keeping an up-to-date picture of the current state of the entire network, and helping managers coordinate cross-network responses to major incidents. The final element of the Resilience360 service is a dedicated logistics and risk control tower that evaluates the potential impact of supply chain disruptions by interacting with the supply chain partners of the customer. Further, it identifies mitigation strategies, such as alternative transportation modes or different routes, and manages their execution in collaboration with stakeholders. With Risk Response, companies get a complete picture of available options in the event of disruption, ensuring they pick the most robust and costeffective solution. Tobias Larsson is a director at DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation and Head of DHL Resilience360 Intralogistics Trade magazine for material flow and material management Imprint Publisher: Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Wesselowski (We) Email: r.wesselowski@vfmz.de Editor in chief: Holger Seybold (Sey), Email: h.seybold@vfmz.de Editorial board: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer (WB), Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Weber (MW), Dipl.-Medienwirtin (FH) Marie Krueger (MK) Assistant editor: Svenja Stenner Design/layout: Sonja Schirmer, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Anna Schätzlein, Mario Wüst Epaper designer: Katja Rüdell, Mathias Göbel Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer Publishing house: Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH Lise-Meitner-Str. 2, 55129 Mainz, Germany Commercial Register No.: HRB 2270, District Court of Mainz VAT-ID: DE149063659 Managing director: Dr. Olaf Theisen Publishing director: Dr. Michael Werner, Email: m.werner@vfmz.de Correspondent India: Sushen Haresh Doshi M.Sc. Advertising Sales Director: Beatrice Thomas-Meyer Email: b.thomas-meyer@vfmz.de Advertising Sales Manager: Andreas Zepig, Email: a.zepig@vfmz.de Advertising representatives: Austria Heinz-Joachim Greiner Email: verlagsbuero-greiner@vfmz.de Brazil Carlos Frederico Graf Schaffgotsch Email: datadress@vfmz.de China, India Andreas Zepig, Email: a.zepig@vfmz.de France Marc Jouanny, Email: marc-jouanny@wanadoo.fr Great Britain, Ireland Roberto Tondina, Email: roberto@ts-communications.co.uk Italy, Switzerland Hermann Jordi, Email: info@jordipublipress.de Sweden, Finland, Norway Malte Mezger Email: verlagsbuero-mezger@vfmz.de USA, Canada Aryan Zandieh, Email: aryan@hfusa.com Advertising Disposition: Annemarie Benthin, Email: a.benthin@vfmz.de In cooperation with: Hannover Fairs International GmbH Messegelände, 30521 Hannover, Germany VDMA – German Engineering Federation Trade Association Materials Handling and Intralogistics Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany Additional Partner: Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung Internet: www.fh-intralogistics.com 8th year (2016) f+h Distribution 2/2016

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