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NAB Supply Chain Outlook Special Report

The COVID pandemic has caused significant challenges for supply chains around the world, and Australian SMEs have not been immune. […]

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The COVID pandemic has caused significant challenges for supply chains around the world, and Australian SMEs have not been immune. For this first NAB Supply Chain Insights Special Report, a survey of approximately 760 SMBs was asked about the impact supply chain disruptions had on their business, how they were addressing these issues and what they thought was happening. should do to deal with future supply chain issues. The survey was conducted between February 21 and March 10, 2022.

Nearly 3 in 10 SMEs (28%) said that supply chains are currently an “important” issue for their business (score of 8 points or more). By state, this jumped to 35% in WA, followed by 1 in 4 SMEs in NSW (24%), SA (24%) and TAS (25%). By industry, this was a “significant” issue for nearly 1 in 2 wholesale SMEs (47%), and was also particularly problematic in manufacturing (44%), retail (37%) and construction (30%). Around 1 in 4 SMEs (or 23%) expect supply chain to still be a significant issue in 12 months, with VICs being the most affected (27%). By industry, concerns were highest for most SMEs in manufacturing (36%), wholesale (31%), construction (30%), retail (28%) and transportation and warehousing (28%).

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