Global Supply Chains – Networks of Tomorrow

Trade remains the bedrock of the global economy, so corporates in India and around the world are constantly making supply chain decisions to ensure resilience and adaptability in their business operations.

HSBC Global Supply Chains Research focuses on discovering the latest supply chain trends, the drivers of change, and how corporates are financing trade, managing risk and streamlining payments to achieve commercial success.

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.

India’s significant mid-market and local corporate segments have shown a desire to expand supply chain partners in general and financing partners in particular. While the disruption in supply chains over the last few years are settling, digital capabilities are playing an increasingly prominent role in our endeavor to support our customers over the changing dynamics of supply chains in the ecosystem of trade finance. As a financing partner, we play a significant role in helping our customers build resilience across their supply chains.

Runa Baksi | Head of Global Trade Solutions, HSBC India

Shifting supply chain strategies

What has been influencing supply chain strategies for organisations in India over the last year?

Inventory management


corporates in India are holding excess inventory in our survey

Top reasons for holding excess inventory

  1. Freight rates (56%)
  2. Covid restrictions (52%)
  3. Preparing for future disruptions (23%)

How external factors are impacting risk and financing across supply chains

Supplier payments


Prefer Electronic bank transfer for supplier payments

Financing the supply chain


prefer traditional trade finance as a source of funding

Supply chain costs


cite currency risk management as their greatest supply chain cost concern

Ensuring supply chain resilience

How corporates are laying the foundations for future supply chains



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