Inefficiencies. Compliance issues at the local level. Siloed, outdated protocols. As supply chains grow to include diverse regional facilities, spread-out networks and over-reliance on local freight providers can often lead to increased operational costs. Whether it’s regional managers approving premium rates with little oversight or an increase in payment and invoicing errors, there are a thousand small cuts that can crop up across any large-scale operation, slowly bleeding money from the bottom line. But it’s often the less visible impacts of decentralization that are the most costly. Here are some of the hidden costs that decentralized locations invite—creating supply chain inefficiencies, preventing companies from gaining crucial strategic insights, and hindering them from competing on a global level.