Ebola & Your Supply Chain

by Sterling J. Scott, Marketing Communications Coordinator, MHI | @mhi_sterling

The Ebola outbreak is infecting the global supply chain. Companies with suppliers or operations in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria are facing the most risk, especially in mining, agriculture, and energy. As one of the largest continents and the greatest source of raw materials and labor, Africa has always had strategic importance in the global supply chain. Any major disruption in the workforce or shipping of goods has global implications.

Companies should have an accurate, real-time view of their supply chains as well as supply chains that do not rely on suppliers from only one country. Two very important factors in managing a supply chain are visibility and adaptability. By maintaining the two, businesses can contain the impact of disruptions to their supply chains. Containing the Ebola virus is proving to be a struggle; however,  containing its impact on your supply chain should not be a struggle.

Download and read the 2014 Annual MHI Industry Report to learn more about supply chain innovations that not only drive supply chains, but improve visibility and adaptability as well. Visit www.mhi.org to connect with suppliers of  supply chain products and solutions and to learn how MHI can help your business.