Supply Chain Security Measures - The Business Perspective

TitleSupply Chain Security Measures - The Business Perspective
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsJażdżewska-Gutta, M, Blecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywordssupply chain security management, supply chain regulations, Supply Chain Security, transport chain security

Since 2001, supply chain security has become a vital issue for governments,
international organizations, many business entities and scientific research. The
governments and international organizations have introduced many regulations
in order to make the trade flows more visible and protect them from
unauthorized access. However, from the point of view of business sector, these
regulations have sometimes a negative impact on supply chain activities. What
is more, they are aimed mainly at protection from terrorism and smuggling of
weapons of mass destruction, while the companies need protection in different
areas, such as thefts in transit.
The aim of the study is to investigate the perceptions of managers on supply
chain security threats and regulations, and to analyze the activities of the
companies in the area of supply chain security management. The research is
based on a survey conducted among 1200 exporters and importers from
Germany and Poland. The survey reveals rather low awareness of security
issues and that not many companies apply supply chain security measures. If
they do, this is usually determined by customers and industry factors. They
employ mainly reactive measures, such as buying insurance. Not many
companies are interested in security certification. There are however some
differences in the perceptions of German and Polish managers. The paper
analyses these differences and proposes some measures that could be applied
in order to protect the supply chains.