Be Prepared, as they say in the Scouts.
All the elements of any supply chain should be stress tested regularly to ensure business continuity. Typically, elements such as what happens if key systems fail, or if staff are unavailable for any reason, are the subjects of such tests. Indeed, due to the pandemic, transport operators have had their systems inadvertently stress tested with lockdowns, driver shortages, etc. Now, there is no excuse for operators not to learn from the past and look to the future and initiate stress tests themselves. The advent of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is giving rise to travel bans and tightening of Covid regulations and there’s no guarantee that supply chains will not come under all sorts of other stresses as governments around the world battle to contain it.
Going forward, for transport operators it’s not just Covid that’s an immediate concern, there’s also the matter of the effects of climate change – and for UK operators, there are always Brexit-related challenges. So, it has become even more imperative to conduct stress testing of supply chains down to the minutest level of detail. Fortunately, with a modern TMS that is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based, such tests are easy to carry out – the data is all there and can be readily reviewed to help learn from mistakes and adapt logistics operations to cope with whatever the future brings. On thing’s for sure, we haven’t seen the last of Covid yet and, perish the thought, it’s possible there’s more where that came from.
Deltion’s own CarrierNet is a SaaS-based TMS, so if you’re wondering how it can conduct stress testing of a supply chain, contact Bashir Khan here to find out.