The Supply Chain of Puerto Rico is Broken- Assistance is Needed Now

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Supply Chain Matters through its social media voice, is appealing to non-profit disaster response agencies, governments, cities, individual companies and supply chain services firms to volunteer what you can in services and expertise to the government of Puerto Rico in its time of need.

Drugmakers Face Puerto Rico Factory Challenges with Shattered Infrastructure

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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. Puerto Rico officials have said that fully restoring power and water services to the island could take months or years.

Puerto Rico Infrastructure Ruined After Hurricane

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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.

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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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. The biggest impediment to Puerto Rico's supply chain was a lack of available diesel fuel.

Companies Weren’t Prepared for Hurricanes in 2017

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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.

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

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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.

Blockchain & Supply Chain Visibility: Will Blockchain Finally Eliminate Supply Chain Black Swans?


Supply chains struggled for months to return to operation, and in some areas, such as Port Aransas and Puerto Rico, recovery from the disastrous season is still on-going, eight-months after landfall, reports the Statesman. Supply chain risk is at the forefront of supply chain executives’ minds. Proper risk management can help supply chains navigate the complexities of post-hurricane recovery and increase productivity.

Types of Risks Impacting Supply Chains in 2018

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Hurricane Maria, which slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, is a prime example of a catastrophe that reverberates through supply chains. Risks can be categorized into three broad areas such as natural catastrophes, man-made and economic.

Why the Great Driver Shortage Is Now Top of Mind for Shippers & a Driver of a Capacity Crunch


While the infrastructure disaster in Puerto Rico continues, the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have taken a backseat, and these areas are struggling to get the trucking industry moving at all.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Alexander Hamilton: A US Manufacturing Visionary


The MEP national network, a public/private partnership in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, is represented in Illinois by the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).

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.

Disaster Logistics: The Nature of Disaster Recovery Planning


Puerto Rico and the islands, unfortunately, were not so fortuitous. Hurricane Irma caused plenty of damage, that much is true, but it’s nothing compared to what she would have done to the southeastern coast of the United States if she had hit with full force.

Patient-centric networks at the heart of pharmaceutical supply chain management: Lessons from LogiPharma Europe 2018

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To highlight his point, Thornley shared this example: The API was manufactured in China, granulation was performed in Puerto Rico, and then packaging was performed in Netherlands.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

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Puerto Rico. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

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Climate Change and the Supply Chain


In September, Hurricane Irma caused flooding and the closure of several logistics hubs in Florida, while Hurricane Maria brought strong winds that destroyed almost all facilities and knocked out electricity across Puerto Rico. As climate change risks grow — rising sea levels, change in precipitation patterns, extreme droughts and heat waves, and intensification of hurricane events — global supply chains are vulnerable to major disruptions.

When Disaster Strikes: Ensuring Access to Health and Safety Supplies


Case in point, when Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico – the home of many manufacturers for American medical supplies – hospitals suffered a shortage of IV saline bags. Managing a hospital supply chain can be challenging in and of itself.

NASCES 2016: End-to-End Supply Chain Management Transformations

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percent) and lowest in Puerto Rico (22.3 by Trevor Miles I was at the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit in Chicago earlier this week.

Hurricane Irma: What We Know So Far


Puerto Rico’s northern coast may see up to four feet. In the Caribbean , the storm is expected to make its presence felt in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by Wednesday, September 6.

Rethinking your optimum

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Puerto Rico. Rethink your optimum: Prepare your supply chain for the challenges of 2017 and beyond.

Hurricane Florence: What We Know About the Year's First Major Storm


The storm is expected to reach Puerto Rico on Friday morning with winds up to 73 mph. Hurricane Florence is predicted to be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern seaboard in decades. It will deliver tropical-storm-level winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday.

Spot Tendering: Are You Prepared for Capacity Shortfalls in Your Transportation Operation?

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With the recent hurricanes that have hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, we’ve seen another practical example where assumptions on carrier capacity are challenged at inopportune times. Symptoms of those disruptions include carriers, who have traditionally been reliable, more frequently rejecting the loads they’ve been offered. Large corporations are also hedging on securing capacity, creating more capacity challenges in the marketplace.

LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight

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Con-Way Freight’s service area includes the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. LTL Carrier Profile: Con-Way Freight. Con-Way Freight is the second largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $3.3B in sales (estimated 2012). Con-Way Freight has 9.4% of the less than truckload (LTL) market. Con-Way Freight is the largest of three 3 operating units owned by Con-Way Inc.

What About Them Apples?

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A shortage of pharmaceuticals in Puerto Rico. Today hurricane Nate’s north winds are pushing against the bayous of Louisiana. In offices across the United Sates, demand planners are scratching their heads. The impact of the multiple hurricanes this season differ by commodity.

White paper: Are the weakest link in your supply chain?

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Puerto Rico. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver.

White paper: What if you are the weakest link in your supply chain?

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Puerto Rico. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver.

Hurricane Harvey & Irma's Threat on the Product Economy


In Puerto Rico, more than a million people were left without power and 50,000 without water. As we reel from Hurricane Harvey and are still struggling to survive Hurricane Irma, here is how companies have been effected so far.

La carte du commerce international 2016 / Global Trade Map 2016 in French

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Puerto Rico. Les accords commerciaux et leurs risques d’un point de vue UE.

Supply Chain Best Practices: Preparing for the Worst


Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, drug manufacturing plants were faced with production delays, fueling nationwide shortages of basic medicines. Supply chain disruptions are inevitable, whether resulting from natural disasters, technical failures, worker strikes, or other unforeseen incidents.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

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Puerto Rico. More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This C.H.

The Cost of Disaster


million residents in Puerto Rico for more than three months, cost $90 billion, while Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, left 97 people dead and recorded losses of $50 billion. Natural disasters continue to dominate headlines worldwide and are only likely to increase in prevalence in years to come. Last year marked the costliest on record for natural disasters in the United States.

Checklist for working capital management

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Puerto Rico. 10 questions to assess working capital management. Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital.