Close to 40% of small businesses suffered supply chain disruptions throughout 2021 according to a recent Census Bureau study. Whether or not supply chain trends will continue in this direction during 2022 remains to be seen.

Supply chain technology is constantly improving and emerging tech like trucking apps may be able to put the brakes on supply chain disruptions.

If you are wondering which direction to take your supply chain management check out this nifty guide. Here we discuss some significant 2022 supply chain trends that could get your business back on track.

1. The Emergence of New Domestic Suppliers

International trade was hit hard last year. The farther away a business was from its supplier the more supply chain disruptions it faced. This led many businesses to source more local suppliers.

Even though global trade is making a huge comeback, residual effects from the pandemic taught many business leaders that suppliers closer to home are more resilient. This trend of domestication of suppliers may continue into 2022.

2. Automation in Supply Chain Trends

We can continue to expect more automation in all aspects of our lives as this technology continues to expand. Automation in the warehousing, shipping, and logistics industries is sure to continue.

Things such as automated trucks and warehouse equipment will revolutionize the supply chains of tomorrow. We can expect to see the effects of this automation as early as 2022.

3. Focus on Crisis Mitigation

One thing that 2020 and 2021 showed business leaders is that they need to focus more on mitigating crises to keep their supply chains resilient. An increased crisis management focus will be a theme in 2022.

With a solid crisis management plan, it doesn’t matter if disease, weather, labor shortages, or economic downfalls strike. Your supply chains will have the capabilities they need to weather the storm.

4. Simplifying Supply Chains

A supply chain with multiple different parts is harder to manage and more vulnerable to disruptions. In the past, many companies contracted out individual aspects of their supply chain such as logistics or warehousing.

Going into 2022 we can expect to see many businesses simplifying their supply chains. This includes doing some of the following.

Decreases in Volume Orders

The lower volume of goods and services you have moving through your supply chain the less you have to lose during a disruption. We can expect to see businesses making lower volume orders to minimize risk.

Elimination of Third Parties

Third-party warehousers, logistics companies, and retailers are important, but they make supply chains more complicated. By 2022 we can expect to see more businesses handling aspects of their supply chain in-house.

Decreasing Geographic Reach of Supply Chains

The farther your markets are from your suppliers the more strain you put on your supply chain. Many businesses found this out the hard way in 2020 and 2021.

We can expect to see businesses finding markets closer to their suppliers and vice versa during 2022. This trend will keep supply chains more resilient, but less extensive.

Keep Up With the Changing Times

If your business has any hopes of keeping up with the changing times, you need to be aware of the upcoming supply chain trends for 2022. By knowing trends in the marketplace you can stay ahead of your competition.

If you need help ironing out your supply chain or with any other aspects of your business contact us today. We can ensure that your business will be ready to succeed in the coming year.

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