Supply Chain Resource Center

Welcome to the Supply Chain Resource Center! This page is a repository of information and links to resources and best practices related to supply chain and supply chain risk management. Learn the principles and building blocks of how to effectively manage your supply chain with these resources.

Please note that links to external resources are for information only and do not necessarily reflect the endorsement or responsibility of Supply Chain Florida and its partners, including the FloridaMakes network.

Supply Chain Resources Library

Capabilities Statements

A capability statement is a concise, one- or two-page document of your business competencies. Think of it as your business's resume. Its purpose is to provide specific information that will convince potential customers to do business with you. When written well, it will differentiate your business from the competition!

Within the Connex Florida and Connex Marketplace connection platform, companies have the opportunity to upload multiple capabilities statements, enabling you to highlight and tailor your messaging to different lines of business, industries or types of customers. All text in those capabilities statements is fully indexed and searchable across the platform, enabling your business to be highlighted via keyword searches across a broad range of industries, capabilities and certifications.

Adding a capability statement (or multiple statements) to your profile can really supercharge your visibility within the platform to potential customers or partners.


For more information regarding Capability Statements, please contact FloridaMakes’ Supplier Development team at Connex@FloridaMakes.com or the Florida PTAC Network.


Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources:

Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM)

The United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) as “a systematic process for managing supply chain risk by identifying susceptibilities, vulnerabilities, and threats throughout the supply chain and developing mitigation strategies to combat those threats whether presented by the supplier, the supplied product and its subcomponents, or the supply chain.” (NIST Glossary)


NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) White Paper on Developing Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies for Small Manufacturers: Download PDF


NIST MEP Supplier Scouting: https://www.nist.gov/mep/supplier-scouting


Best Practices in Supply Chain Risk Management:

Organizations should be aware of and endeavor to follow the key principles recommended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance supply chain resiliency, which include:

  • Diversify Suppliers: A single source of goods or services is a single point of failure.
  • Mitigate Third-Party Risks: Conduct robust due diligence on suppliers, understand their quality and security practices and set minimum standards for them. Incorporate performance, quality and information security requirements into third-party contracts and monitor compliance throughout the lifecycle of a product or service.
  • Identify and Protect Crown Jewels: Map the location and status of essential assets and supplier relationships and prioritize their protection. Monitor systems and performance, promote transparency and communication, and develop resilience to minimize impact of disruptions.
  • Ensure Executive-Level Commitment: Name a senior executive as owner of supply chain risk and include stakeholders across the enterprise in the risk mitigation program. Communicate across the organization to ensure buy-in and establish training and awareness programs.
  • Strengthen Partnerships: Information exchange between government and industry on current threat information and security best practices is paramount.

    Relevant Resources:

US DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Supply Chain Integrity Resource page


US DHS CISA Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Toolkit: https://www.cisa.gov/ict-supply-chain-toolkit
  • Use the Supply Chain Risk Management Toolkit to help shield your business information and communications technology from sophisticated supply chain attacks. Developed by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), this toolkit will help you raise awareness and reduce the impacts of supply chain risks.
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US Presidential Executive Orders related to Supply Chain and Supply Chain Risk Management


EO 13806 Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States (PDF) (July 2017)
     • Executive Order 13806 report (Oct 2018)

EO 14005 Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers (Jan 2021)
     • NIST MEP information on response to EO 14005, including MEP Supplier Scouting: https://www.nist.gov/mep/executive-order-14005

E.O. 14017 America’s Supply Chains (Feb 2021)
     • White House Fact Sheet on 100-day Supply Chain Reports (June 2021) (Batteries, Critical Minerals, Pharmaceuticals, Semiconductors)
     • White House Fact Sheet on 1-year Supply Chain Reports (with links) (Feb 2022) (Defense, Energy, Food, ICTs (Information and Communication Technology), Medical Manufacturing & Personal Protective Equipment, and Transportation)

EO 14028 Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (May 2021)

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis:

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an analytical model that reviews and quantifies costs and risks associated with offshore production and long-distance shipping of components or finished products. TCO helps companies make better sourcing decisions about offshore vs. domestic sourcing and compare “fully loaded” costs across bids from different areas of the world. TCO is also a valuable tool that allows manufacturers to provide “total cost comparison” analyses to sell against imports, making the case to prospective customers about the potential “hidden costs” in competitor’s bid packages.

Impact of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Analysis in comparing U.S. and Chinese bids for production, aggregated data 2010-2017.


The potential impact of using TCO analysis can be seen in the figure above, which graphs the results of 180 cases of users of the Reshoring Initiative’s TCO Estimator tool who compared Chinese to U.S. sources across a broad range of industries. The horizontal axis shows Chinese price as percentage of U.S. price; same for TCO. The blue line is based on Free-on-Board (FOB) prices. Red line is based on TCO. Yellow line includes a 15% tariff, consistent with tariffs imposed on many Chinese products in the 2018-2019 timeframe. The percentage of the cases that favor the U.S. rises from 8% with no TCO adjustment, to 32% with TCO included, to 46% with TCO inclusive of recent tariffs. The above analysis showed that, even prior to the significant transport and cost increases associated with the global pandemic from 2020-2022, about 20% of U.S. imports would be reshored if companies all consistently used TCO analysis in sourcing decisions. Shipping and transportation costs impacted by the pandemic would adjust that point of equilibrium even further in favor of domestic or “near-shored” manufacturing.

More information and resources on how to use Total Cost of Ownership for your own company’s sourcing decisions is available at the Reshoring Institute’s Total Cost of Ownership estimator site (the tool is free to use with registration): https://reshorenow.org/tco-estimator/

Florida-specific Resources:
Connect with your Local Manufacturer Association
Connect with your Local FloridaMakes Business Advisor
FloridaMakes Network Supply Chain Resources
https://www.floridamakes.com/featured-programs/connex-florida

Florida Defense Cybersecurity Training resource page
Florida Defense Contractor Inventory
Florida TaxWatch Report

Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) & Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Network
Space Florida Florida’s Spaceport Authority and Aerospace Finance Fund

State University System of Florida Supply Chain Training Programs:
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) Freight Mobility Research Institute
University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Logistics and Supply Chain Management
University of South Florida (Tampa) Monica Wooden Center for Supply Chain Management & Sustainability
University of West Florida (Pensacola) Center for Supply Chain Management Excellence

Made in America Resources:
Made in America Federal government resources
https://www.MadeinAmerica.gov

Made in America private sector resources