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: Managing the decline of print

A UK leading financial services organisation needed external expertise to help them manage the decline in the print spend. Challenge: After many years of turbulent relationships with different print management organisations, our client wanted to explore whether in-housing was an option. With a rapid conversion to digital planned, a reduced need for print made the [...]