How to Anticipate Supply Chain Issues

Every industry, from retail to construction, relies on its supply chain for processes and operations to be successful. But with so many moving parts throughout, challenges arising can have a huge impact on the flow of deliveries. This is why it’s important to identify challenges before they grow into a much larger issue.

Wincanton, experts in infrastructure logistics, have provided insight into how to anticipate issues within the supply chain. This means that industries can be proactive about appropriately preparing and addressing them.

The early signs of disruptions

There are many ways that disruptions can occur in supply chains, like natural disasters. With some of the more common disruptions, there are warning signs that you can recognise early with key indicators:

Demand fluctuations

When there are unexpected and fast changes in demands from consumers, clients, or partners for a product or service, it can massively impact stock and delivery schedules throughout the supply chain. This can result from a particular seasonal demand or an emerging trend encouraging more investment.

Unstable suppliers

Supplier stability can be a massive issue throughout supply chains, with financial concerns such as missed payments. Another indicator can be breakdowns in communication with said suppliers.

Transport delays

Whether it’s traffic and route issues that are key to logistics, or lead times increasing, there are plenty of red flags that you can catch early. These disruptions can have a huge impact later down the supply chain.


Politics can have a significant impact on supply chains, with relationships between countries and their trading and regulations massively affecting transport across borders and markets.

Proactively assessing the risks

Taking risk assessment seriously and proactively by implementing technologies and insights into supply chain processes can help stay ahead of disruptions and concerns with data-driven decision making.

Predictive analytics

Many companies may not realise they have existing data from within their industry of trends, fluctuations, and disruptions that regularly occur. By analysing that data for where particular sticking points are, businesses can make informed decisions and set up adaptable strategies that can flex according to needs.

Collaborative technology

Cloud-based systems have opened the doors of collaborative technologies that provide instant communication tools and offer transparency throughout the supply chain. Making the appropriate investments in collaborative tech can provide seamless communication as well as data and file sharing between businesses, stakeholders, and partners.


Knowing where products and materials are within your supply chain relies on end-to-end visibility, which can be solved through effective tracking and monitoring. This can help identify where orders are and adjust to any challenges, thus preventing escalation.

Supply chain resilience, Diversifying

By diversifying the suppliers used and worked with, as well as optimising transport routes, it cuts down on the reliance on a singular source or region. This offers an alternative in the face of challenges that weren’t forecast.

Rolling monitoring

Through monitoring systems being incorporated, more accurate data on performance, trends, and the health of the supplier is produced. Having up-to-date information on the supply chain, as well as regular updates, helps keep strategies ready for change and evolution.

Flexible response strategies

A flexible response strategy is important for dealing with supply chain disruptions, as many issues can still occur despite analysis of the market and trends that occur. Having plans in place that can respond quickly and effectively can make a world of difference. The importance of anticipating and reacting to supply chain disruptions cannot be overstated, which is why proactive analysis and risk management should be prioritised to identify and prevent any stalling.

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