SAN FRANCISCO and AMSTERDAM — A resilient supply chain is the fundamental goal of the majority of enterprises throughout the world. Increased complexity, the pressure to become both more efficient and environmentally friendly, as well as the geographical distances involved in such supply chains all contribute to a greater risk of disruption. Clearly, solutions need to become increasingly innovative to meet the challenge.
Arthur van Gerven from the global logistics service provider, Menlo Logistics, was recently invited to join professors of logistics and other leading authorities from around Europe to address the issue and present Menlo's view on how solutions can be created. The TRA 2014 Conference, of which Van Gerven's session formed a part, was organized by the LOG4GREEN* cooperation. This initiative aims at awareness raising and strengthening the competitiveness in Europe's logistics sector.
Van Gerven started from the premise that 4PL or lead logistics provision benefits supply chain resilience by avoiding the causes of disruption or by better adapting to its consequences. “The over-sight provided by a 4PL operator will improve performance in four criteria, which are key to the resilience of any supply chain,” explained van Gerven. “The model provides flexibility to achieve rapid reaction to circumstances; predictability in order to maximize optimization and both cost and carbon efficiency, which promote business and environmental sustainability.”