Supply chain fluctuations can leave manufacturers unaware. This is why it can be so important to forecast for the worst. Instead of worrying about supply chain disruption, plan for it as if it’s a guarantee. Create plans that can address as many possible scenarios for your organization and the processes that it undertakes. This allows you to pinpoint areas of weakness. Knowing where you can get the materials you need should a supplier run out allows you to have a game plan when something goes wrong. This lays credence to the importance of a network to meet your manufacturing needs. This network shouldn’t be purely transactional. Make it a relationship. Be sure that you are valuing your entire network, from your employees to the suppliers. Understand their business so that you can anticipate their continued ability (or limitations) to meet your needs. Build strong relationships that create a clear communication line, as these can help weather the supply chain storm. Interested in learning more about the ways in which your organization can prepare for the supply chain shifts to come? Read on to the resource highlighted alongside this post.