Supply Chain Risk – Getting To Grips With n-Tier Visibility: Why Is Supply Chain Risk Important?

A typical risk management process involves identifying key or critical suppliers, and then obtaining information about those supplying firms. The theory goes that if you can get early information if and when there is any danger of a supply problem, you can take action to mitigate the risk. The problem with this theory: it isn’t just the first tier (the suppliers who directly provide goods or services to the buying organization) that is important. Often the critical supply chain risks lie at the second tier (the suppliers’ suppliers) or even further “down” the supply chain, at the n-Tier.  If an organization really wants to understand the potential risk issues that could have serious effects on the business, gaining visibility of the further and wider supply chain is vital.
It is not always easy to know your end-to-end supply chains for critical materials, but for any organization that is serious about risk management, it is essential.


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Whitepaper: Getting To Grips With n-Tier Visibility

Thankfully, we have a new whitepaper to show you how to start managing n-Tier risk. The paper covers:

  • How to manage n-Tier supply chain risk
  • The challenges of managing second-Tier risk
  • Levers for improving second-Tier visibility
  • What success looks like


You can find the paper here, and please share your suggestions for managing n-Tier risk in the comments section below.

Kai Elsermann as Sales Director at riskmethods is responsible for Sales Development and Sales.
Kai brings extensive experience in software selling including six years in various areas of strategic purchasing and supply chain. He is an expert in focus areas of supplier management and risk management while most recently he served as Business Development Director for Central European activities at Achilles Group Ltd. Previously he worked as Account Manager of Supply Management Solutions for D & B Germany GmbH (formerly Dun & Bradstreet) where he set his focus on the financial risks of supplier portfolios and Master Data Management.


  1. Allan Robertson : June 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    It is not only the need for risk management in the procurement and supply chain that is important but the need to control risk throughout the company as BA has discovered. It is essential that all procurement staff hoping to rise to the top posts, ideally at Board level, know and understand all aspects of risk which even our largest companies seem to ignore at potentially huge costs both financial and reputational. In the supply chain slavery aspects in the supply chain are also growing and leading to legal actions. Have a look at theaicp,org which has comprehensive risk management training programmes.

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