Minnesota, set out to answer this question. Based on a series of in-depth interviews and surveys, the team
developed a supply chain security
framework highlighting 10 core competencies published in Supply Chain
Management Review.1 These include:
Process Strategy: The executive
commitment to enhancing security
and instituting a culture of security
within the enterprise. Does senior
management believe supply chain security is critical for consumer and
Process Management: The degree
to which specific security provisions
have been integrated into processes,
managing the flow of materials and
products into and out of the firm. Do
you have defined procedures to conduct product recalls? Are there standardized procedures to control
receiving and shipping product? Do
you have a food safety program such
as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) in place?
Security provisions that have been implemented to secure the physical
infrastructure and products (e.g.,
buildings, transportation vehicles). Do
you have controls to limit non-em-ployee access or monitoring equipment to detect unauthorized activity?
Communication Management: The
internal information exchange between employees, managers and contractors to increase security. Is security
part of your employee training? Are
there established communication/
reporting protocols in case of an incident?
Management Technology: The effectiveness of existing information systems to identify and respond to a
potential security breach. Do you have
secure information systems?
Process Technology: Specific tech-
nology (e.g., electronic seals, radio-fre-
quency identification) implemented
to limit access and trace the move-
ment of goods. What is your ability to
track and trace commodities and products up and down the supply
chain and to track salvage and returned products?
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