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.

Corporates are planning for uncertainty. Equally, they're trying to find the balance between stocking up for just-in-case and carrying additional inventory costs.

Vivek Ramachandran | Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

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Shifting supply chain strategies

The factors influencing supply chains in the last year

Inventory management


are holding excess stock due to the logistical challenges

Supplier relationships


are planning to reduce their supplier base in the next 12-24 months

Risk management


view currency risk as the key supply chain management cost concern

How external factors are impacting risk and financing across supply chains

Trade finance


are funding their supply chains using inventory financing

Digital payments


pay their suppliers via electronic bank transfer or via purchase order

FX solutions


will use forwards to hedge FX risk in the next 12-24 months

Ensuring supply chain resilience

How corporates are laying the foundations for future supply chains



are looking for bank support to better visualise transactions across their supply chains



are currently or planning to invest in supply chain sustainability

Sustainable policy implementation


have implemented environmental policies across their supply chains

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