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How inflation and recent disruptions threaten supply chain resilience

Disruption in the Red Sea: a new test for resilient supply chains

While navigating the aftermath of the pandemic’s impact on supply chains, businesses –are now facing another unexpected blow: Red Sea security concerns. These incidents, alongside ongoing inflationary pressures, further point to the fragile reality faced by global trade.

Ligentia, a leading supply chain management solution provider, shares its insights on how inflation and recent disruptions are impacting supply chain resilience, from a firsthand perspective.

A double conundrum: uncertainty and inflation

While moderate inflation is a natural symptom of a growing economy, the current scenario presents a unique challenge. The pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions, coupled with the Ukraine war’s influence on energy and commodities, have fueled inflation.

This, in turn, creates a vicious cycle:

  • Rising costs in raw materials, transportation, and labour translate to higher prices for finished goods.
  • Consumers, facing reduced purchasing power, prioritise essential items over discretionary ones.
  • Demand patterns shift, causing uncertainty for businesses and potentially leading to overstocking or understocking.

The Red Sea: a spotlight on vulnerability

The Red Sea security concerns serve as a reminder of the inherent vulnerabilities hidden within global supply chains.

These events have highlighted:

  • The fragility of global trade networks:   The crisis underscores the fragility of global trade networks, especially when faced with geopolitical tensions. Exposing the reliance on specific routes and infrastructure, further destabilising the global economy.
  • Insurance and security concerns: The increased risk of attacks prompts higher insurance premiums for ships navigating the region. This adds another layer of financial strain on the shipping industry, which, combined with escalating operational costs, contributes to an overall increase in trade expenses.
  • The need for diversification: Companies with limited supply chain options faced the brunt of the impact, emphasising the importance of redundancy and flexibility.

Building resilience: the Ligentia playbook

At Ligentia, we believe preparedness and adaptability are key to navigating this tumultuous landscape. Here’s how we’re helping our clients build resilient supply chains:

  • Data-driven risk management: Utilising real-time data and scenario planning, we identify potential disruptions and proactively develop mitigation strategies.
  • Diversification and strategic sourcing: We work with clients to build flexible networks, exploring alternative routes, suppliers, and production facilities.
  • Technology-enabled transparency: By leveraging digital solutions, we provide end-to-end visibility, enabling quick decision-making during disruptions.
  • Collaborative partnerships: We foster strong relationships with stakeholders across the supply chain, facilitating information sharing and joint problem-solving.

The road ahead: embracing agility and collaboration

The future of supply chains demands agility and collaboration. As inflation and unforeseen disruptions continue, businesses must proactively build resilience by:

  • Investing in technology and automation to streamline operations and enhance visibility.
  • Prioritising adaptable sourcing strategies and diversifying supplier networks.
  • Building strong partnerships with logistics providers who offer expertise and flexibility.

By actively embracing these strategies, businesses can navigate the complexities of the current landscape and ensure the seamless flow of their operations, no matter what might be around the corner.

Ligentia stands ready to be your partner in building resilient and future-proof supply chains. Together, we can navigate the turbulent waters of inflation and disruptions, emerging stronger and more adaptable than ever before.