Puerto Rico Is Becoming the Ultimate 5G Test Zone

Supply Chain Brain

For logistics and supply-chain professionals, there’s a new way to think about Puerto Rico: a 3,500-square-mile test bed for 5G and internet-of-things technology integration

What You Need to Know About Shipping to Puerto Rico


Shipping to Puerto Rico is more complex than it might seem. Puerto Rico is a U.S. On top of that, as an island nation, shipping to Puerto Rico is also naturally more expensive and limited. Here's what you need to know about shipping to Puerto Rico. An Overview of Shipping to Puerto Rico. For the purposes of the United States Postal Service , Puerto Rico is considered the "state" and the United States is considered the "country."


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Drugmakers Face Puerto Rico Factory Challenges with Shattered Infrastructure

Material Handling & Logistics

Drugmakers rode out Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but keeping plants running while the devastated island picks up the pieces is likely to be tougher. Tax breaks and incentives made Puerto Rico the Caribbean’s economic powerhouse two decades ago, helping attract dozens of drug and device makers that built state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Puerto Rico officials have said that fully restoring power and water services to the island could take months or years.

Rebuild or Relocate? Disaster Survivors Should Be Able to Choose

MIT Supply Chain

Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, offers an example of how current disaster response mechanisms fail survivors in this regard. Featured Humanitarian FEMA helping disaster victims to recover Hurricane Maria MIT Center Transportation & Logistics MIT Humanitarian Response Lab Puerto Rico disaster survivors

Among Piers: Container record, terminal opening and COVID-19 vaccines

The Supply Chain Journal

At next Monday’s board meeting, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault will join JAXPORT leadership in hosting Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel A. Port Houston.

Puerto Rico Infrastructure Ruined After Hurricane

Material Handling & Logistics

Estimates of damage in Puerto Rico could hit $30 billion, according to Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research, as reported by the Washington Post. It may take months to turn the power back on. After Maria hit the island on Sept. 20, with winds up to 155 miles per hour, electricity was knocked out across the island. The island’s main electricity provider, government-owned Electric Power Authority, is racing to restore the island’s grid.

Angels Go Above And Beyond To Support Puerto Rico Startups -- And The Economy

Marianne Hudson

Stewart Thompson is bringing 70 employees of Puerto Rican startups to Calgary. Angels, accelerators and entrepreneurs helped in extraordinary ways to support the startups affected by recent hurricanes. Supporters can have a hand in preserving the startup ecosystem in an emerging economy

IAG Cargo Opens New Route Between Spain and Ecuador

Supply Chain Brain

IAG Cargo has recently announced the start of a new route to Guayaquil, Ecuador, increased frequency to Sao Paolo, Brazil and Mexico City, and plans to restart regular flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico

DHL Expands San Juan Cold Chain Facility

Supply Chain Brain

DHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight specialist, is expanding its Certified Life Science Station in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico by investing in additional cold storage space and technology for the life sciences and healthcare sector

Global Logistics—November 2014

Inbound Logistics

North Korea,South Korea,and Russia team up to test new trade partnership,GS1 global registry sets new standard with 15 million products,Middle East airports face growing congestion problem,Puerto Rico makes Panama Canal transshipment play with Port of the Americas project,Britain introduces supply chain slavery bill

Companies Weren’t Prepared for Hurricanes in 2017

Material Handling and Logistics

For companies with operations in Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico, last year’s hurricane season brought not only catastrophe to their communities, but also a wake-up call on how to better manage this type of risk going forward. based companies with operations in Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico. A recent survey found that 62% of companies affected by hurricanes last year admitted they were “not completely prepared” to deal with them.

Walgreens’ Digital Commerce Evolution: Microservices to the Rescue

Logistics Viewpoints

This is a large public company with 8,900 stores in the US, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands. Brian Amend, Senior Director of Supply Chain Systems at Walgreens. You hear the term “digital transformation” everywhere. That means different things to different people.

The Biggest Supply Chain Blunders of 2017


Puerto Rico Aid. One of the year's most devastating failures in supply chain planning happened in Puerto Rico after catastrophic Hurricane Maria. While aid and supplies were crucially necessary, thousands of shipping containers from mainland United States and other countries became trapped at Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico's main port. The biggest impediment to Puerto Rico's supply chain was a lack of available diesel fuel.

Types of Risks Impacting Supply Chains in 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Hurricane Maria, which slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, is a prime example of a catastrophe that reverberates through supply chains. It’s been reported, for example, that the destruction of medical device manufacturing capacity in Puerto Rico wrought by the hurricane has led to a national shortage of medical IVs, which has forced some hospitals to use alternative products and find new suppliers.

FreightWaves Haul of Fame: New Penn is a long-time Northeastern LTL

The Supply Chain Journal

The company also serviced Canada and Puerto Rico. Its service area includes the northeastern United States, the province of Ontario, Canada, and Puerto Rico. On July 8, 2019 FreightWaves’ Mark Solomon reported that New Penn Motor Express (“New Penn”), one of three U.S.-based

Tropical Storm Fred eyes US landfall this weekend

The Supply Chain Journal

A flash flood watch remains in place for Puerto Rico as Fred continues to produce periods of heavy rain today on portions of the island. Updated August 11 at 11 a.m. Tropical Storm Fred became the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season late Tuesday night.

Hurricane Elsa eyeing the Caribbean this weekend

The Supply Chain Journal

Over Puerto Rico, rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 5 inches are possible late Friday into Saturday. Note: Elsa became a hurricane after the embedded video was recorded.

US Bank partners with Mastercard for international fleet card acceptance

The Supply Chain Journal

Bank announced it had partnered with Mastercard to offer a new card service that opens the Voyager fleet program to fuel, toll road, parking, hotel, food and maintenance locations in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. The U.S.

Affinity Empowering takes the ‘visit’ out of ‘doctor’s visit’

The Supply Chain Journal

states and Puerto Rico and says it has managed well over 25 million health care transactions, including 3 million diagnostic tests, through its digital platforms.

Profiles in Leadership: Chef José Andrés

Enterra Insights

” Despite his fundraising efforts, Wofford reports, “[In 2017,] when [Hurricane] Maria hit Puerto Rico, World Central Kitchen had [only] three full-time employees.” The volcanic eruption near Tonga reminds us that we never know where or when a disaster will strike.

How and why do hurricanes get their names?

The Supply Chain Journal

For example, there was Hurricane Santa Ana that struck Puerto Rico on July 26, 1825, as well as San Felipe (the first) and San Felipe (the second) that hit Puerto Rico on Sept.

FreightWaves Haul of Fame: NEMF’s 2019 bankruptcy shocked LTL sector

The Supply Chain Journal

Over the years it grew, and was a major provider of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight services in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, although the company’s services extended as far west as Chicago and included handling shipments into Canada and Puerto Rico.

How supply chain planners should spend their time, with cues from Chris Hadfield


Or, plan for what might happen if, let’s say, Puerto Rico endured a severe hurricane, or if Houston was flooded, or if a tsunami hit the Philippines, or if earthquakes occurred in Mexico. by Duncan Klett I was fascinated watching the key note address from Chris Hadfield at the Kinaxis user conference, Kinexions 2017. Canadians and space junkies will know him as the first Canadian to walk in space and as a commander of the International Space Station.

How to Dispute a Walmart Deduction


What is a retail deduction? For retail suppliers, deductions can have a drastic impact on their bottom line. Deductions ( also known as chargebacks ) are the fines that suppliers receive from their retailers when a perceived issue has happened in the supplier’s supply chain.

Hurricane Sam to intensify on way to Caribbean

The Supply Chain Journal

territories like the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Hurricane Sam, the 18th named cyclone of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, will make big waves in Atlantic shipping lanes this weekend. Related: How and why do hurricanes get their names?

Synovos Names Walt Teesdale Senior Vice President of Operations


Synovos provides services globally with locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and Europe. RADNOR, Pa. July 9, 2019 – Synovos, the leading independent integrated supply chain management company in the world, announced that Walt Teesdale has been named Senior Vice President of Operations. Teesdale, who joined the company in 2018, formerly served as a general manager for a leading North America engineering and technology services company.

Synovos Names Walt Teesdale Senior Vice President of Operations


Synovos provides services globally with locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and Europe. RADNOR, Pa. July 9, 2019 – Synovos, the leading independent integrated supply chain management company in the world, announced that Walt Teesdale has been named Senior Vice President of Operations. Teesdale, who joined the company in 2018, formerly served as a general manager for a leading North America engineering and technology services company.

Florida’s JAXPORT boasts record container volumes in May

The Supply Chain Journal

Volumes from Puerto Rico are up by 19% and volumes from Asia are 18% higher. May was a record month for container volumes at JAXPORT , the Florida port serving the greater Jacksonville area and beyond.

FreightWaves Classics: I-17 serves Arizona’s ever-growing population

The Supply Chain Journal

Because of this definition, there are interstates that are beltways around large metropolitan areas or in places such as Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico that cannot connect to other states. Interstate 17 (I-17) is another intrastate interstate (as are I-2 , I-4 , I-12 , I-14 and I-16 ).

Hot Shots: Fire whirl, train derailments, huge hail and more

The Supply Chain Journal

It’s been drenching part of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and Cuba the past few days. Every Friday, FreightWaves takes a look at the past week or so in social media, highlighting images in trucking, transportation and weather.

White House charts a course for drug supply chain

The Supply Chain Journal

The report highlights the example of Puerto Rico, which has a large concentration of drug production facilities. This is an excerpt from Medically Necessary, a health care supply chain newsletter. Subscribe here.

Synovos Releases Best Practices Paper on Bridging the Gap within MRO Supply Chain


Synovos provides services globally with locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Singapore. RADNOR, Pa. – May 21, 2019 – Synovos, the leading pure integrated supply chain management company in the world, announced the availability of a new best practices article: MRO Supply Chain Best Practices: Bridging the Gap Between Maintenance and Procurement. The paper highlights the deep and consistent challenges within the MRO supply chain.

Capacity Crunch Factors: What Causes a Capacity Crunch?


This puts a strain on the existing transportation resources, and if mother nature wipes out the infrastructure in coastal areas, such as Houston, the Port of Miami or even shipments between Puerto Rico and the mainland, capacity tightens faster than anyone expects. Unbelievably, the capacity crunch is back the shipping headlines. In April 2017, William B.

Biden Releases 1M Barrels/Day From Strategic Reserve, Shippers Hope for Results

Intelligent Audit

In response to continued rising fuel prices, both FedEx and UPS have implemented higher fuel surcharges as follows, effective April 4, 2022: FedEx Express and FedEx Ground Surcharges rose to 21.75% for Domestic and US to Puerto Rico.

Supply Chain Efficiency or Resiliency


On the other hand, Pharmaceuticals are a lot more exposed to policy changes, hurricanes (regional dependency in Puerto Rico) and cyberattacks than many others. Which Comes First?