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El Niño May Have Your Supply Chain Partying Like It’s 1997


A massive El Niño occurred in 1997-1998, unleashing record rains in California, deadly tornados in Florida, and a brutal drought in Indonesia, thus landing the term firmly on the radar (no pun intended) of millions of people around the globe. With extreme weather—running the gamut from droughts to flooding rains—likely to occur across the globe this winter, we can expect to see the supply chain affected in several areas.

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Supply Chain Risks Come from All Sides

Material Handling and Logistics

cargo ship Peak Pegasus made its way toward the port of Dalian with a load of soybeans. But as is often the case in the world of supply chain, the ship did not come in as planned. The Peak Pegasus and its $20 million cargo of soybeans continued to drift off the Chinese coast until mid-August , at a cost of about $12,500 each day it sat idle. Another effect of supply chain connectivity is to help reduce paperwork and processes that slow production down.