Companies often shift production to lower-cost countries to realize savings on wages or shift their cargo transportation to a cheaper modality to decrease costs. In other cases, emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Indonesia, or Mexico are simply too large to ignore and companies begin rapidly distributing their products in these areas to satiate growing consumer demand.
For the most part, security concerns are an afterthought in these decisions. Executives often think of security in terms of personnel protection or higher-level geopolitical risks, with product losses considered an insignificant cost. As a result, corporate or supply chain security professionals struggle to convince their organization that investments in security can help prop up the bottom line.