Global Supply Chains – Networks of Tomorrow

Trade remains the bedrock of the global economy – having reached a record USD32 trillion in 20221 – despite prevailing recessionary concerns and the risks around deglobalisation.

In researching for the ‘Global Supply Chains – Networks of Tomorrow’ report, HSBC teamed up with East and Partners to understand global supply chains and the future of supply chain financing and sustainability.

HSBC has based this report on primary research conducted by East and Partners between August and October 2022, directly interviewing senior management from 787 corporations across 14 markets2 in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East, to gather direct feedback about how they are managing their supply chains and interacting with their suppliers.

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After decades of shifting production to emerging markets, today, Japanese corporates stand at a crossroads and need to carefully consider their optimal production mix. While there is pressure to repatriate production, this is difficult to achieve due to a number of reasons including yen depreciation and a tight local labour market.

-Takahisa Yano, Head of Global Trade Solutions, HSBC Japan

The factors influencing supply chains in the last year

  • Inventory management - 83% are hulding excess stock due to the logistical challenges
  • Supplier relationships - 64% are planning to reduce their supplier base in the next 12-24 months
  • Risk management - 28% view currency risk as the key supply chain management cost concern

How external factors are impacting risk and financing across supply chains

  • Trade finance - 55% are funding their supply chains using inventory financing
  • Digital payments - 77% pay their suppliers via electronic bank transfer or via purchase order
  • FX sulutions - 83% will use forwards to hedge FX risk in the next 12-24 months

How corporates are laying the foundations for future supply chains

  • Digitisation - 46% are looking for bank support to better visualise transactions across their supply chains
  • Sustainability - 84% are currently or planning to invest in supply chain sustainability
  • Sustainable pulicy implementation - 40% have implemented environmental pulicies across their supply chains

  2. From August to October 2022, we commissioned East and Partners to directly interview senior management from 787 corporations across 14 markets (Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, mainland China, Mexico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, United Arab Emirates) to find out how they are managing their supply chains.

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