Operational Risk Subway Research Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Agriculture Type: Research Paper Paper: #45804456 Related Topics: Risk, Risk Management, Food Safety, Culinary

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Risk Management

Operational risks tend to focus on employees, and finding ways to ensure that employees are not a source of reduction in the wealth of the company. Among the operational risks that were identified in Horcher (2005) were those related to training, fraud, theft, as well as managing exposures to certain risks that arise in the course of operations. There have been many examples of operational failures over the years. While most fraud is going to occur at the highest levels of the organization (i.e. Enron), in other companies operating issues have been the problem.

One such instance was with Subway, which faced a salmonella outbreak in the UK (Poulter, 2008) in a major outbreak, but has also faced similar situations in Canada (Mickleburgh, 2011), and the U.S. As well (Blau, 2012; Falkenstein, 2010). Food poisonings increase the risk of legal action that could devastate franchisees and can have a strongly negative impact on the brand as well. Yet, they seem to happen quite frequently over at Subway.

Food poisoning is usually a training & handling issue. Occasionally, it can be traced to a supplier, but again to training and handling issues within the


The CDC estimates that each year 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from eating food, so in that sense given the number of meals Subway serves its track record might not be statistically horrible, but clearly this is something that can and should improve, because the brand depends on it. An estimated 3000 Americans die each year from foodborne diseases. The CDC notes that foodborne illness arises when bacteria are allowed to grow, which happens inside food, especially meat and leafy vegetables, on cutting services, or on the hands of food workers (CDC, 2014). Where Subway's supply chain risk is a different issue, the operational risk associated with workers failing to adhere to basic sanitation standards is an entirely preventable operational risk.

There are several ways for management to mitigate this risk. First, the organizational structure of Subway must be taken into consideration. Individual stores are owned by franchisees. The franchisees will get some training manuals from head office, but Subway also prefers to work with experienced franchisees, so a lot of the training is simply left to the franchise owner. So the first step for Subway is to ensure that there are strict training standards, and that franchisees agree to follow them. This is a step that can mitigate the legal risk for Subway, ensuring that the franchise owner bears most of the risk associated with operations.

For the franchise owner, mitigating this risk starts with establishing standards, if Subway has not already provided them. It is recommended that the standards are stricter than local food handling standards.…

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Blau, R. (2012). Subway restaurants have been closed for health violations more than any other chain in the city. New York Daily News. Retrieved December 12, 2014 from http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/subway-restaurants-closed-health-violations-chain-city-article-1.1063271?localLinksEnabled=false

CDC. (2014). Overview of attribution of foodborne illness. Center for Disease Control. Retrieved December 12, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/attribution/overview.html

Falkenstein, D. (2010). Subway lawsuits and food poisoning claims. Food Poison Journal. Retrieved December 12, 2014 from http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/subway-lawsuits-and-food-poisoning-claims/

Horcher, K. (2005). Essentials of Financial Risk Management John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ.
Mickleburgh, B. (2011). Bad tuna sends seven Subway customers to the hospital in Richmond, BC. Globe & Mail. Retrieved December 12, 2014 from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bad-tuna-sends-seven-subway-customers-to-the-hospital-in-richmond-bc/article554590/
Poulter, S. (2008). Sandwich chain Subway linked to deadly salmonella outbreak. Daily Mail. Retrieved December 12, 2014 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1043031/Sandwich-chain-Subway-linked-deadly-salmonella-outbreak.html

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