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.

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

Supply Chain Matters

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.

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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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Featured Humanitarian FEMA humanitarian supply chains Hurricanes Irma and Maria logistics of disaster response MIT Humanitarian Response Lab Puerto Rico devastation

Initial Pharmaceutical and Drug Industry Impacts of Hurricane Maria

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Supply Chain Matters highlights some initial pharmaceutical and drug industry supply chain impacts concerning the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Maria on the nation of Puerto Rico. Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences and Healthcare Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption pharmacetical and drug industry impacts of Hurricane Maria Supply chain Matters blog

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.

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.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

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Supply Chain KPIs are Essential – The Right Ones! The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?… … How many to use?

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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.

[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).

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.

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’.

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.

The Tesla Semi Truck Will Change Freight


Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas. The Tesla Semi Truck Will Change Freight.

Hurricane Irma Updates


Puerto Rico also issued evacuation orders for flood-prone areas, as did authorities in eight coastal provinces in the Dominican Republic.

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.

10 questions about the benefits of S&OP for your organisation

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. Management at the helm. Some companies have a well-developed sales & operations planning (S&OP) process as a safeguard for structured decision-making. Those companies take an integral view of supply and demand, including the financial impact of mediumterm risks.

Complex costs of transportation

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Puerto Rico. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management. There are numerous ways a shipper can reduce freight spend. They can renegotiate contracts, find other carriers, and do a better job of maximizing their truck utilization. But these efforts bring temporary, not permanent, relief.

Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

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Puerto Rico. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way. These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains.

Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

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Puerto Rico. Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’. Supply chain leaders have gained an ever-stronger position in the world of business over recent years.

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.

Mind Map for Order Management 2.0

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network.

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

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Puerto Rico. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux. Three large, international take-overs are changing the face of the market.

Mindmap for Global Logistics Integration

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. The world is becoming smaller and larger at the same time through globalization and the internet. Goods have to be transported across the globe and across the neighbourhood.

Gradual changes in the European supply chain consulting market

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Puerto Rico. The major consultancy firms are still acquiring smaller niche competitors to intensify their supply chain expertise. At the same time, the supply chain specialists are expanding across Europe and even into North America.

Manufacturing Pulse Report 2016

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Puerto Rico. The manufacturing sector is in the midst of a period of great change. Driven by a desire to get closer to end customers, many are now looking at selling directly to shoppers, while continuing to serve their traditional B2B channels.

Mindmap for the Supply Chain Director 2020

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Puerto Rico. The rapidly changing world is forcing companies to continually adapt.

SCM Map Europe: European location decisions remain complex

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Puerto Rico. Supply chains in Europe are facing a wide variety of changes. To arrive at optimal European supply chains it is crucial to consider shifts in economic growth, currency fluctuations and tax reductions in addition to production and distribution costs.

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

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Puerto Rico. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock. Such huge pressure on sales is also dragging the supply chain department(s) towards an ever-higher service level.

10 questions about supply chain optimisation

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Puerto Rico. Better decision-making processes. The business complexity is increasing all the time due to globalisation, big data and dynamic interdependences. It is becoming ever-more difficult for supply chain professionals to make the right decisions.

Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

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Puerto Rico. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, and supported by Supply Chain Media, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

In Memoriam- El Faro

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The ship departed Jacksonville Florida on its scheduled route to San Juan Puerto Rico and was apparently sunk by the effects of Hurricane Joaquin. Last week’s incident involving the container ship El Faro and its encounter with a Category Four hurricane has surely touched and saddened our supply chain community. According to various reports, the […]. Transportation and Logistics Supply chain Matters blog

New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations. International trade can entail significantly more risk than straightforward domestic business-to-business transactions.

Download now: 3PL Subway Map Europe 2016

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Puerto Rico. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. they want logistics service providers to offer full service on a global scale and are demanding more technological innovation.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Puerto Rico. In the global fashion and luxury goods market, ever-higher customer expectations, combined with demographic and economic shifts, are making it increasingly difficult to predict consumer behaviour and plan accordingly.

3PL Subway 2015: Strategic movements among logistics providers

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Puerto Rico. After years of declining revenues in European logistics services, the business started to stabilise in 2013/2014.

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC] What Manufacturing Really Looks Like: Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2015


All across the country, organizations showed the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 1,660 open houses and events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with an estimated 50,000 students, parents, and community members attending.

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.