Title: Mitigating supply chain risk through improved agility: lessons from a UK retailer

Authors: Omera Khan, Yvonne Cutler Greaves

Addresses: Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedford, England MK43 0AL, UK. ' YaGCo, 43, St Mary's St, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England OX10 0EU, UK

Abstract: Success in a volatile market is achieved by the ability to respond to changes in demand as well as anticipating changes and responding to uncertainties and opportunities that may emerge. However, the continued rise in global sourcing and manufacturing has significantly extended supply chains for many companies and has added to their complexity. In this paper, we present an example of how risk assessment tools helped a major UK retailer mitigate supply chain risk and become more responsive in a global market.

Keywords: supply chain risk; risk management; risk tools; agile supply chains; supply chain design; fashion retailing; supply chain management; SCM; agility; UK; United Kingdom; supply chain uncertainty; responsiveness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2008.021213

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.263 - 281

Published online: 11 Nov 2008 *

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