With more and more supply chain issues arising, manufacturing processes around the world are being tested. Having to survive instances of sudden and drastic shortages of materials necessary to continue their operations will put a lot of stress on manufacturers. Whether a result of political conflict, a lack of labor forces, or numerous other factors, these issues could spell disaster for these businesses. Thus the need for innovative solutions in handling supply chain issues. Many manufacturers, in hopes of solving these issues, are beginning to improve communication and transparency with suppliers. Understanding what the problem is can help the manufacturer get support to get back on track. For example, manufacturers are requesting companies to do more to stay operational. Improving repair and maintenance systems can help to alleviate frustrations. Yet, when a breakdown occurs, they want to be sure there’s a service ready to go with a fast solution. They are also working to maintain their own systems more consistently with the goal of avoiding breakdowns. Organizations are also improving their supply chain planning strategies. That includes better operational and financial management to reduce risks. Planners work to address supply chain issues on a constant basis. Instead of being reactive, they are proactive, examining a range of what-if situations and creating a plan to recover from them if they occur. Supply chain problems will remain, unfortunately regardless of the level of preparation. That said, the most successful manufacturing companies have plans to handle even the most challenging of these shortages. To learn more about how these companies are doing so, review the resource coupled alongside this post.