Supply Chain Disruptions up 88% in 2021—Here’s Why

by Carolyn Mathas

There’s no doubt that supply chain disruptions in 2021 were brutal. According to Resilinc’s data compiled from its EventWatch monitoring system, supply chain disruptions were up 88% year-over-year, with 90% of disruptive events being human-caused.

So, the breakdown goes like this:

  • 2021 saw the most factory fires ever recorded in a single year–1,946 factory fire alerts when out from Resilinc, up 129% year-over-year. Causes include gaps in regulatory and process execution and a shortage of warehouse skilled labor
  • Supply shortages increased 452% year-over-year. This is the largest increase across all types monitored. Resilinc sent out 491 alerts, including a short supply of semiconductor chips, plastics, paper, and raw materials
  • Although health disruptions (read COVID) lockdowns and restrictions fell 68% year-over-year, Resilinc still calls it “severe”
  • Labor Disruption events increased 156% year-over-year
  • Extreme Weather events increased 130% year-over-year
  • Cyber Attack events increased 143% year-over-year

In 2021, Resilinc sent out 11,642 alerts about potential supply chain disruptions, an 88% increase over 2020.

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