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How Packaging Pros Can Prevent Supply Chain Pitfalls

Packaging is one of the single most fundamental aspects of supply chain. For all its simplicity, it manages to be quite complex. Lisa McTigue Pierce interviews supply chain expert Dan Balan about the biggest pitfalls involving packaging and the supply chain at large, and some of the tips that can be used to leap those pits.

Secure the Supply

Balan says one of the major powers of packaging lies in its ability to secure the supply chain. It is designed to ward off theft and preserve the brand, as well as help to detect any deviant activities. It is necessary for packagers to get to understand processes throughout the supply chain as a whole in order to better align their designs with organizational needs. Pierce then goes on to include the big list of pitfalls that Balan sees in supply chain:

  1. Lack of supply chain consciousness
  2. Lack of executive leadership that values supply chain
  3. Supply disruption and lack of supplier compliance
  4. Risks in the extended SC are not isolated and mitigated
  5. No common ground for performance. No clear, aligned metrics
  6. Supply chain security is at stake—theft, brand tampering, piracy and shortchanging of goods
  7. Transportation costs are not controlled
  8. Lack of timely, coordinated information flow between stakeholders
  9. Too many tight couplings in the supply chain, leaving no room for recovery in case of rupture
  10. Constraints throughout the extended chain are not visible in a timely manner
  11. No clear costs and times—leading to ballooned total landed cost

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About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid’s Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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