Strategies to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption: Inventory Management, Supply Chain Mapping & Risk Assessment

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June 24, 2024By Will Quinn | Global Director of Strategy, Infor WMS

The previous installment of our blog series on strategies to help mitigate disruptions in your supply chain covered the need for investment in supply chain visibility software. In this final blog of our series, we will discuss the critical capabilities of inventory management, supply chain mapping, and risk assessment to help mitigate supply chain vulnerability.

In an era of volatility, supply chain disruptions have become an inescapable reality. From natural disasters and geopolitical conflicts to shifts in customer demand, unforeseen events can derail even the most meticulously planned operations. However, by embracing advanced strategies and leveraging cutting-edge technology, businesses can bolster their supply chain resilience and emerge from adversity as industry leaders.

The Pillars of Supply Chain Resilience

Inventory Management: The Backbone of Operational Efficiency

Effective inventory management is the cornerstone of a robust supply chain. By systematically tracking stock levels from purchase to sale, companies can identify trends, respond proactively to fluctuations, and ensure a seamless flow of goods and services. This strategic approach enhances operational efficiency and visibility into your supply chain, which helps prevent stockouts and overstocking, optimizes cash flow and helps reduce supply chain risk.

Supply Chain Mapping: Visualizing the Flow & Optimizing the Journey

Mapping supply chains involves documenting the complex web of entities, processes, and interactions that control the flow of materials, information, and money. By creating visual representations of this system, companies can spot possible bottlenecks, make operations more efficient, and proactively tackle emerging issues to help address any supply chain crisis.

Supply chain mapping offers an overview of the entire value chain, from sourcing raw materials and making purchases, to manufacturing, distribution, and delivering products to customers. This comprehensive perspective sheds light on how interconnected supply chain operations help businesses grasp the dependencies, limitations, and supply chain vulnerabilities within their networks.

Supply chain mapping allows organizations to identify inefficiencies and unnecessary redundancies, such as transport routes, excessive inventory holdings, or duplicated processes. Armed with this insight, they can optimize their processes by improving the flow of goods and information, leading to cost reductions and increased efficiency.

Supply chain mapping also helps recognize supply chain risks and finds ways to mitigate them. By identifying all touchpoints in the supply chain network, businesses can pinpoint weak spots, such as relying too heavily on one supplier or transportation method, enabling them to develop backup plans and diversify suppliers for enhanced supply chain resilience.

In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s also important to note that creating a supply chain is not a one-time endeavor.  It’s important to ensure that companies continuously review and adjust their supply chain maps to keep up with changing regulations and evolving customer expectations in order to properly address new supply chain challenges.

Risk Assessment: Proactive Preparedness Against a Myriad Threats

Risk evaluation is crucial in managing supply chains. This process carefully assesses all aspects of the supply chain to pinpoint weaknesses that could result in disruptions, financial setbacks, or harm to a company's reputation. By recognizing and addressing supply chain risks, businesses can strengthen their operations against various threats.

For example, a meticulous risk assessment would analyze a company's dependence on a supplier or location, revealing supply chain vulnerabilities to localized disruptions like disasters, political unrest, or labor disputes. Companies can reduce the impact of incidents by diversifying their supplier network and creating contingency strategies.

Additionally, risk assessment procedures should consider cybersecurity risks that can hamper supply chain functions through data breaches, ransomware attacks, or system failures. Enforcing cybersecurity protocols, regular software updates, and staff training on security practices can protect against these digital threats.

Environmental and regulatory risks present another obstacle as companies navigate changing laws, sustainability requirements, and the increasing effects of climate change. A thorough risk assessment can identify areas of non-compliance, assess the company's footprint, and help implement eco-friendly practices.

The Infor Advantage: Your Single Source for Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Management Solutions

To effectively address the critical needs of inventory management, supply chain mapping, and risk assessment, you can rely on Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud software designed to empower businesses with unparalleled supply chain resilience. 

Infor CloudSuite Distribution & CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise: ERPs Built for Distributors

Based on best practices from thousands of customers, Infor’s industry-specific, multi-tenant, cloud-based distribution software provides businesses of all sizes the tools to streamline operations, adapt to evolving market dynamics and effectively manage supply chain risk through robust capabilities spanning order entry, pricing, supply chain management, and global localizations.

Supply Chain Management: Delivering Superior Visibility & Control

From real-time orchestration and global trade management to advanced planning and demand forecasting, Infor's Supply Chain Management (SCM) software delivers the visibility, control, and agility required to navigate even the most turbulent landscapes.

Demand Planning: Precision Forecasting

Infor's Demand Planning solution simplifies and accelerates forecasting, delivering unmatched accuracy through advanced data modeling and analytics. It enables businesses to proactively adjust their supply chains by predicting market fluctuations, improving service levels, and optimizing inventory management for maximum productivity.

Inventory Management: Real-Time Visibility

Infor's Warehouse Management System (WMS) provides real-time visibility into inventory levels across multiple locations. Coupled with demand forecasting capabilities, this solution enables businesses to optimize stock levels, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction through data-driven decision-making.


As supply chain disruptions continue to challenge businesses worldwide, the need for resilience has never been more pressing. By embracing strategies like inventory management, supply chain mapping and risk assessment, and leveraging the power of Infor's cutting-edge solutions, companies can fortify their operations, mitigate risks, and emerge from adversity as agile, adaptable, and competitive forces in their respective industries.

As we conclude our 5-part blog series focusing on strategies to mitigate supply chain disruptions, it's clear that effective strategy and preparation are paramount in today's volatile business landscape. Distributors must adopt a multi-faceted approach to address supply chain risk, which should include a combination of mitigation strategies such as:

  • Leveraging nearshoring to create geographic diversification
  • Applying supply chain redundancy through multi-sourcing and safety stock practices
  • Investing in supply chain visibility solutions to empower businesses with informed decision-making
  • Investing in solutions that help you effectively manage inventory, map your supply chain and properly assess risk

By seamlessly integrating these strategies and harnessing the power of Infor's advanced technology, businesses can cultivate a supply chain that is not merely reactive, but inherently resilient. One that withstands shocks, capitalizes on opportunities, and propels organizations toward sustained growth and competitive dominance in an era of unprecedented volatility.

Embrace resilience as a cornerstone of your supply chain strategy and emerge as an industry vanguard, equipped to thrive in the face of any supply chain disruption.

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