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25 Most Resilient High-Tech Supply Chains

The Fortune 500 points towards those companies that represent financial success. The Resilinc R Score highlights organizations that are leading the charge in managing risk and bringing their supply chain organization to the highest levels of resiliency. Particularly in the high-tech space, with its inherent volatility and global reach, resiliency is a key component of success. 

“The R Score can enable a company to enhance its sourcing process (by having greater understanding of a potential suppliers’ resiliency),” Resilinc said.  “It also provides a capability to communicate internally to leadership regarding the current status of their overall program and areas for further improvement… The R Score provides a measurable framework to benchmark with competitors and industry peers and over time, show progress on improving their program.”

Although the R Score efforts reach across a variety of verticals, high-tech companies are robustly represented. In fact, Resilinc has calculated an R Score for over 3,000 companies in the high-tech industry supply chain. Half of those organizations are tier 1 suppliers, while the remainder are tier 2, the company reported. Visibility into that second tier is incredibly important since an event in the second tier may not get reported to those further down the supply chain that might be negatively impacted, Bindiya Vakil, CEO and founder of Resilinc told EBN.

The high-tech industry is leading the way in terms of resilience, with average scores that outperform life sciences and automotive industry averages, Vakil said. “They are a lot more resilient,” she added. “If you are resilient and in high tech, you are better than some of the more traditional verticals in terms of awareness and investment in business continuity.” 

The high-tech industry has learned its risk lessons the hard way in many cases. Earthquakes and hurricanes have made headlines for their impact on the electronics supply chain many times in the past decade or more.  “The manufacturing process in high tech dependent on wafer fabrication site which is complex environment with very little room for making mistakes,” said Vakil. “It’s dependent on China. We’ve struggled with resiliency for longer. Some products are not easily dual source-able and there’s a high dependency in intellectual property (IP).”   

In this context, building strong relationships with suppliers and demanding good visibility is critical to success. Further, it behooves these OEMs to help their critical supplier be more resilient and reliable whenever possible. 

Resilinc, which provides a risk management service, developed its R Score to help organizations monitor and measure the resiliency of its partners.  This comprehensive assessment of a company’s supply chain resiliency evaluates, benchmarks, and ranks companies on a number of key metrics, including transparency, network resiliency, continuity robustness, performance and the mature of the company’s supply chain resiliency program. The company recomputes the scores quarterly, giving each a score between 1 to 10, with a higher score indicating a stronger resiliency profile. 

Click on the image below to review the list of the resiliency leaders in the high-tech sector according to Reslinc.

25 Most Resilient High-Tech Companies

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