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. 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

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.

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Rebuild or Relocate? Disaster Survivors Should Be Able to Choose

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Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, offers an example of how current disaster response mechanisms fail survivors in this regard.

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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.

Synovos Team Members Earn Certified Reliability Leader Recognition


Synovos provides services globally with locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Singapore. RADNOR, Pa. January 21, 2019 – Synovos, the leading pure integrated supply chain management company in the world, announced three new team members have earned Certified Reliability Leader status from the association of Asset Management Professionals (AMP).

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.

Types of Risks Impacting Supply Chains in 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

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.

[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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Fast Facts You Need To Know About The Jones Act

Aborn and Co.

Ever since Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, & Maria tore through the United States & Puerto Rico, relief efforts have been in full force. While President Trump issued a 10-day waiver of exemption on the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, debate about the century old protectionist shipping act raged on. Mainly that it should repealed for good

Current Events In Electric Trucking

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But that was before Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Irma and Tesla’s entry level electric car (Model 3) experienced production delays. October 26th was supposed to be the day the world of short haul trucking got electrified. On October 6 th, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors & SpaceX, tweeted, “Tesla Semi unveil now Nov

Rethinking your optimum

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

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.

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.

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.

Checklist for Global Trade Management

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Puerto Rico. 10 questions about Global Trade Management. Managing the activities comprising a supply chain is becoming more difficult with the growth of trade and increased regulation.

Doing Business in the United States


In addition, the United States has several permanently inhabited territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. In 1776, 13 British colonies declared their independence and formed the United States.

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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?

Supply Chain Movement

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.

Taking Risks that Pay Off

JDA software

Last year, we went to six foreign countries: Aruba, Curacao, Puerto Rico, St.

4 Things We Learned this Hurricane Season About How Companies Use Tech to Help Communities

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World Central Kitchen, which provided meals after the devastation in Puerto Rico last year, pitched in with fresh food for storm victims. Hurricane season has rolled through and there’s just a few weeks left. This year’s season included two major storms and eight hurricanes total. So, what can we learn as businesses and bystanders in the aftermath? Here are four ways companies prepare for impact to support their local communities in the eye of the storm: They keep eyes on the cone.

Examining LogiPharma 2019 – Top 3 symptoms you caught the life sciences supply chain bug


Then, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. by Bill DuBois. With LogiPharma 2019 in the books, a big congratulations goes out to all the organizers, speakers, vendors and attendees for a successful event.

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.

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.

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.

How the Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Face of Natural Disasters

Material Handling & Logistics

In a similar fashion, when Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria last year, the supply chain of two of the island’s most important industries—pharmaceuticals and medical devices—ground to a complete halt.

Leadership Personified: Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck


We were bringing jets into distribute pallets of water to people in Puerto Rico, for example. I had the opportunity to hear Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, speak at the SC50 meeting.