Ukraine Sinks & Taiwan Soars in FM Global’s 2015 Country Rankings of Supply Chain Risk

Johnston, RI—Ukraine, roiled by conflict with neighboring Russia, poses significant challenges for companies considering expanding their supply chains there. So does Thailand despite the years that have passed since the popular manufacturing destination’s devastating floods. Exactly what risk do these countries present? Their vulnerabilities, as well as those of many other countries, are quantified in…

The Audit Supply Chain Professionals Are Not Doing

Supply chain professionals do lots of supplier audits. They ask about quality standards, IP data protection, manufacturing process certifications, contract review requirements, document control measures, and source of origin of parts and raw materials. But, surprisingly, they may not be asking how suppliers deal with bribes and corruption issues, according to a recent report from…

How to Overcome the 4 C’s in Global Technology Shipping

There are lots of challenges in the technology supply chain ranging from sourcing decisions to global supplier selection and from management to distribution planning, but one challenge we haven't talked about before in this column is international shipping. With 96 percent of consumers worldwide living outside of the US representing two-thirds of the world's purchasing…

Infographic: Skills Gap Felt Globally

If you're in electronics, you're in luck. A global skills gap is driving demand for your expertise. The demand is not as great in developed regions such as North America, Japan, and Europe, but if you're willing to export your skills to a BRIC country (Brazil, Russian, India, China), you could find yourself very well…