Supply-chain resilience in a disrupted world

Policy Paper: Supply Chain Resilience in a Disrupted World

This policy paper outlines our recommendations to government on the role of technology and digitisation in delivering resilient, efficient systems of trade in light of today's unprecedented global supply chain challenges.


The report illustrates how low-inventory ‘just-in-time' models have exacerbated the recent pinch in global supply chains, resulting in vulnerability to delays in production and delivery, jeopardising the UK's security of supply. The report explains how embedded redundancy is increasingly being deployed by businesses, meaning higher stock levels, expanded warehousing and more frequent shipping being built into supply chains at higher cost. In light of on-going supply chain constraints, the report provides a wealth of insight including:

  • The macro trends and specific conditions that have taken recent supply chain constraints to the point of crisis

  • Why resilience and risk management matters now more than ever before and how it can be put within reach for the UK's public and private sectors

  • The role of supply chains in rising to meet ESG challenges and achieve readiness for emerging legislation

  • The transformative power of AI-driven technology in supply chain management

  • How governments can actively influence supply chain management practice for societal good

For NHS Leaders

For leaders and influencers in health and social care, this is an important read, packed with insights on how smart technology can increase visibility and alleviate pressures within mission-critical supply chains. You can learn:

  • What supplier diversification can and should mean in a disrupted world

  • How we can 'square the circle' of security of supply and drive for efficiency

  • How technology can help deliver supply chains that deliver against ESG priorities and commitments

  • How the government's policy response can be optimised to meet these challenges

For Government

For those with a parliamentary and policy-based interest in this topic, the report outlines clear steps and measures that could be pursued to ease UK supply chain challenges and deliver resilient, efficient systems of trade for the future. Recommendations include:

  • Procuring a single, digital platform to link the UK's eight forthcoming freeports

  • Investing in technological upgrades in NHS supply chains and UK port digitisation

  • Developing a landside strategy, that includes warehousing around ports and supporting rail freight services, to improve efficiency at UK ports

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