Supply chain risk mapping

Every time you pick up a piece of print you are touching dozens of ingredients, many of which have travelled thousands of miles and exchanged many hands before touching yours. We help you identify the geographic source of all raw and processed materials in your supply chain.

With increasing geo-political tension, organisations are beginning to assess what is happening in the deep and hidden parts of their supply chain. Chains of custody exist for some aspects, but it is a far from common theme and sometimes the supply chain just becomes invisible. We know how paper and cartonboard materials are made – not just the trees, but the industrial mined minerals. We know the supply chain behind plastic substrates and packaging, whether oil-based, bio-based, and whether virgin or recycled. We know about the blend of minerals in inks, as well as the source of often-disposed consumables such as aluminium printing plates. The average print supply chain draws on raw materials from across the globe, including locations that some observers consider undesirable or unstable. From China and other south-east Asian locations, from Brazil and South America, and from African mines.

Case study: Moving to an in-house solution

Our customer is one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide. Challenge: This client engaged the Harler team to review their incumbent print management relationship to identify alternative operating models for the future.  The supplier's service delivery had not progressed in recent years and improved innovation or improvement was not forthcoming. Solution: Over a [...]