You should be in control of your supply chain and your suppliers and subcontractors should not be able to jeopardize your business’s finances, operations, or reputation. Therefore, we have created a 3-step guide to secure your supply chain.
In the last years, the concept of transparency in supply chains has become a common trend. Supply Chain Transparency means that companies know what is happening upstream in the supply chain and to openly communicate this information both internally and externally.
One factor that has pushed companies towards greater transparency of their supply chain is consumer demand. Researches at MIT Sloan School of Management have found that consumers may be willing to pay 2% to 10% more for products from companies that provide greater supply chain transparency (Bateman & Bonanni, 2019). Therefore, there is a great incentive for organizations to increase transparency of their supply chain.
However, there is also a personal interest, as increased transparency reduces financial and reputational risks. In addition, increased transparency will prevent the alienation in delivery of goods, as all parts of the supply chain will become visible with increased transparency.
Through Orixe’s software, an organization can ensure that the supply chain is more transparent to minimize disruptions, improve customer service, and reduce financial and reputational risk.
A threat to an organization is the risk of receiving falsified and pirate goods from suppliers. Increased transparency and documentation will make it easier for organizations to trace their products and can save organizations from ending up with faulty machinery. Faulty machinery costs an organization resources, time, reliability, and reputation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how organizations have suffered due to falsified goods, specifically face masks. During the first months of the pandemic, 8 million face masks were stopped at customs in Norway, and only half of them were approved. Most of the goods that were not approved were due to missing documentation, labelling, and packaging (Mossing, 2020). With increased transparency, the organizations in Norway could have figured out where in the supply chain it went wrong and improved their standards and operations for the future.
With Orixe, this problem could have been solved. All the components of the organization’s supply chain can be integrated into one platform and increase transparency which makes it easier for companies to trace their products and can save companies from ending up with faulty machinery. The integration into one platform will also make it easier to identify where in the supply chain it went wrong, so the fault is not automatically blamed on the organization selling the end-product.
Consumers have become more aware of the way organizations operate, especially when it comes to ethical and environmentally friendly practices. As mentioned, consumers may be willing to pay 2% to 10 % more for products from companies that provide greater supply chain transparency. In the study by MIT, consumers especially valued information about the treatment of workers in a product supply chain and the seller’s effort to improve both working conditions and environmentally friendly practices. The pressure by consumers combined with the personal inventive, shows that companies need to be more transparent about supply chain externalities.
During the last years, in general, organizations have increased their transparency when it comes to the sustainability of their supply chain and efforts of moderating their carbon footprint. However, a greater amount of transparency on the impact of supply chain, sourcing practices, and labor regulations used.
The increase of transparency and sharing information in the supply chain, will allow organizations to improve their brand and value image. Orixe secures transparency and accountability. Companies can also prove to the public that they are taking responsibility and expect the same from their suppliers through Orixe’s platform.
Bateman, A., Bonanni, L. (2019) What Supply Chain Transparency Really Means. https://hbr.org/2019/08/what-supply-chain-transparency-really-means
Mossing, J. B. (2020) Tolletaten stanset 500.000 munnbind fra kina på grensa. https://www.nrk.no/vestland/tolletaten-stanset-500.000-munnbind-fra-kina-pa-grensa-1.15046170