Global supply chains are a way of life for modern businesses, but in the constant search for affordable labor and services, new challenges and risks continue to emerge.

The 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami drove home the realization that a single point of failure at a single link can halt the flow of goods across an entire supply chain. To meet these challenges, businesses are finding new ways to increase communication and coordination across their supply chains, using technology to integrate systems and create contingency plans should a supplier be taken offline for any reason.

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