PPE theft on the rise

There has been an increase in the theft of medical devices including PPE and ventilators, according to the BSI's latest supply chain report.

Additionally, theft of consumer goods such as cleaning solutions have risen in Mexico, alcohol and tobacco thefts have increased in South America, food and beverage thefts continue to lead in Asia; and electronics remain the top target for cargo theft in Africa and the Middle East.

“Long-held practices around supply chain resilience have been completely upended,” said Jim Yarbrough, global intelligence programme manager at BSI. “As organisations begin the process of rebuilding their supply chains following the COVID-19 pandemic, BSI’s latest SCREEN data indicates that in addition to the virus, organisations face new and additional threats, underscoring the need for business continuity planning.”

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the amount of tracking, data points, and overall information created around this issue can be overwhelming for any supply chain professional, BSI's report states: "The same can be said for many of the issues we discuss in typical years. Our intelligence team, for example, pulls hundreds of thousands of significant data points from a pool of many more hundreds of thousands of incidents each year related to cargo crimes, workplace hazards, labour disruptions, and so forth. The ability to shut out the noise of this information overload and provide insight into the meaning behind all these data is the key to developing that truly resilient supply chain."

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