Complex supply chains put UK food system at risk

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Complex supply chains put UK food system at risk

June 10, 2020 · posted by Andrew Allen, in Procurement – cips.org

Complex just-in-time supply chains and an increased likelihood of blockages are putting the UK’s food system at risk, according to a report.

The report by York Management School and the University of York said complexity had made supply chains more vulnerable.

“Despite advances in supply chain technology and logistics, sourcing efficiency has paradoxically made supply chains more vulnerable to disruptions,” it said.

“The length and complex networks of contemporary supply chains make them difficult to regulate and manage.”

The report said the UK imported half of its food as well as 84% of fresh fruit. It was “dangerously dependent” on Spain and the Netherlands for vegetables, with trade relying on frictionless borders…

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