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  • Ecological responsibility and the use of digital technologies are currently among the key trends in supply chain management. According to the 18th Hermes Barometer "Trends in Supply Chain Management "*, this view is held by around two-thirds of a total of 150 logistics managers from German companies surveyed. For greater supply chain resilience, the respondents also rely on stable supplier relationships and the establishment of an efficient risk management. The basis for the latter is a detailed and transparent data overview – however, companies still see potential for optimization in this context.

  • Cyberattacks on data and network security are a serious threat to companies worldwide, including small and medium-sized enterprises. IT security expert Johannes Mattes and Alexander Gronwald, a specialist in digital transformation, explain the vulnerabilities that attackers abuse, and which defense strategies companies can use for protection. They also discuss why employee training plays a major role when it comes to cybersecurity.

  • Many companies are currently struggling with high cost pressures on the supply chain caused by supply constraints, increased freight and storage costs, sharply rising energy prices and persistent inflation. What is needed at this point are efficient processes that can reduce costs, save time and increase productivity. Discussing examples from practice, we explain how companies can work much more efficiently with technologies specifically tailored to the supply chain.

  • Companies are currently confronted with a multitude of risk events that directly or indirectly impact procurement, production and supply security. Most of these incidents are beyond direct control – yet there are ways to identify risks, adjust processes and optimize systems. The basis for this is supply chain analytics – the targeted evaluation of the data stream that accompanies goods along the supply chain. Our new blog post explains the basics of supply chain analytics.