HONGKONG (ANN/THE STAR) – More than 40 per cent of corporate decision-makers see an urgent need to overhaul their supply chains in 2023, with inflation, higher interest rates and weaker global trade acting as some of the stiffest economic headwinds, a new survey shows.
Just 11 per cent of respondents in the HSBC Holdings Plc survey said transforming their supply chain wasn’t a priority next year, but 42 per cent plan to do so and almost 47 per cent see it as a priority at some stage in the future.
Conducted by the research firm Toluna, the poll covered 2,170 executives at medium-size companies in 14 countries from September 28 to October 24, according to the London-based bank.
The survey also showed concerns were broader than supply chains, with 51 per cent of respondents saying they expect the environment for international trade to be harder next year.
That lines up with the latest forecasts from the World Trade Organization for cross-border commerce to grow just one per cent next year, after a projected 3.5 per cent increase this year.
Asked about the biggest impediments to their business next year, 38 per cent cited inflation, 32 per cent pointed to higher interest rates and 27 per cent said an uncertain political environment, the poll showed.
Overall, though, there was plenty of optimism about revenue prospects for the year ahead, according to the survey.
More than three-quarters expect sales growth to exceed 10 per cent next year, with 19 per cent of those respondents expecting revenue. “Businesses are operating in an increasingly complex global economic landscape, navigating a wide range of challenges,” Chief Executive of HSBC’s global commercial banking unit Barry O’Byrne said in a statement.
“Despite this, there is a strong sense of global resilience and ambition among mid-size businesses.”