A critical component of product development, life cycle planning, and risk mitigation is the strategic management of a supply chain. Supply chain management must be able to allow the company to be highly responsive to newly encountered opportunities and challenges at any point in a product life cycle. Many top performing companies are establishing manufacturing supply chain safeguards by partnering with rapid response contract manufacturers in order to mitigate the risks associated with production or shipment delays, and unforeseen events. This white paper presents four scenarios in which manufacturing safeguards provide the mechanisms for preventing production disruptions, or for recovering from challenges while taking advantage of opportunities. Download the full paper for more in-depth information.