1. Computers and other visible risk factors
Sadly, damage or defects to computers, vehicles or your machine park are almost impossible to avoid. Fortunately these risks are the most visible. Does your company depend on its physical infrastructure? In that case good maintenance and a recovery plan are your loyal companions: in case of damage they will keep your company from being out for days or weeks at a time.
2. Every link in the chain
Short or long, near or far: every link in the supply chain comes with an inherent risk. The more links, the bigger the risk. Spreading the risk is key: use multiple suppliers so you’ve always got a backup handy.
3. Natural phenomena
There are plenty of things over which your company has complete control. But as in everything, there are also factors that elude your grasp. Depending on the market in which you are active, force majeure is more or less likely. A volcanic eruption, snow storm or earthquake: fortunately such natural phenomena are not an everyday occurrence but it is nevertheless important not to disregard them completely.
4. World players
Geopolitical evolutions are yet another factor that should be taken into account. Brexit or the impending trade war between the US and China may not have a direct impact on your company but they may have an indirect effect because they affect your customers. Keeping a close eye on worldwide events, preferably with an international player at your side, is the ideal way to anticipate geopolitical changes.
5. Inadequate protection against risks
The above-mentioned risks are beyond your control but you can control your level of risk protection. Turning setbacks into an advantage is a true art form. Avoiding the risk of setbacks is an even bigger challenge. Yet this is precisely what Euler Hermes does for your company. With a proper trade credit insurance you can not only sleep easy but it also leaves more time to focus on what really matters to your company: doing business.