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Hurricane Irma: Updates and Impacts

By Francine Yulo | September 11, 2017

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Despite Irma’s downgraded intensity as it moves further inland into the United States, its impact escalated at a steady pace nonetheless. Fortunately, lengthy preparations well in advance managed to mitigate the probability of more extensive damage.


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Atlantic Storm Watch: 3PL Efforts

By Tal Porat | September 9, 2017

  • 3PLs are busy planning so that they can realize operational integrity as soon as possible post emergency. Carriers are maintaining flexibility and directing capacity to areas that could potentially be recovery points for decimated south Florida ports. 3PLs are doing all they can to ensure that their customers’ needs are being met.
  • Proactive over-communication and preparation will lead to operational excellence when the proper information becomes available.
  • It is important to understand that carrier networks see this issue as bigger than supply chain. What’s keeping them up at night is getting products to end-customers and resources to areas that need support.
  • Moreover, the lack of replacement resources in times of emergency isn’t a local issue, but a national one — and carriers are in the trenches making sure there are resources in the right place at the right time.
  • Customers need to make sure they keep an open mind for alternate routing proposals. Use ROI formulas as you see fit, and trust that your provider is doing everything in their power to make sure the prices match the service.
  • In these uncertain times, 3PLs are combining brute force with entrepreneurial spirit to mitigate losses and ensure that operational integrity is resumed as soon as possible.

Atlantic Storm Watch: Communicating with your Supplier Network

By Tal Porat | September 9, 2017

  • Majority of freight is coming in via air from Latin America. Risk areas are import lanes from LATAM to the the US through Miami gateway, and anything destined for Miami through Charleston.
  • It is still unknown when Southeastern air and sea ports are going to reopen. Customers should contact their suppliers, in order to understand current available inventory levels and their capacity for additional demand.
  • Best practice is to prepare supplier network for alternate mode transportation procedures.   
  • Provide best instruction on how supplier would need to land freight so network can ingest and respond.
  • There’s a strong possibility that originally planned landed cost cannot be realized due to Force Majeure; prioritize inbound freight that is critical to network health when deciding what to execute against.  
  • Proactive over-communication and preparation will lead to operational excellence when the proper information becomes available.

Hurricane Harvey & Irma's Threat on the Product Economy

By Joseph Tanador | September 8, 2017

As we reel from Hurricane Harvey and are still struggling to survive Hurricane Irma, here is how companies have been affected so far.

Video Report: Hurricane Irma Updates

By Elementum News Desk | September 8, 2017

Elementum's team of operations experts are in touch with top carriers and suppliers in the path of Hurricane Irma. For the latest news, watch our video broadcast below:

Atlantic Storms: Carriers Stuck at Sea

By Tal Porat | September 8, 2017

The Atlantic is brewing up relentless storms that are forecast to ravage all in their path. Hurricane Irma, the most severe storm from the Atlantic, has already left extreme damage to the Caribbean islands, and is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend. It is clear that Hurricane Irma, and the hurricanes to follow, will impact the flow of cargo and the daily functions of stores, warehouses, and factories.

Hurricane Irma Updates

By Francine Yulo | September 6, 2017

Preparations remain underway for Hurricane Irma’s potentially catastrophic arrival in the continental United States as the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic makes its way through the Caribbean. Its rapid development from a tropical cone into a weather system the size of Texas continues to be a cause for concern.

Here’s what we know:

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Hurricane Irma: What We Know So Far

By Francine Yulo | September 5, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the US remains vigilant for the brewing “extremely dangerous” category 5 hurricane that is expected to hit Florida and the Caribbean. The details of Hurricane Irma’s arrival have yet to emerge, but its looming presence in the Atlantic so soon after Harvey has drawn out proactive responses from authorities. Here’s what we know so far:

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Best Practices Before the Storm

By Tal Porat | September 1, 2017

As hurricanes, tropical storms, and other natural disasters begin to brew, municipalities and leaders must make tough decisions regarding preparedness and civilian evacuation. This is not as easy as saying “leave your homes and come back when things settle down.” Many families cannot afford to miss days of work; they don’t have a place to stay or cannot afford hotel surges; and even if they do try to evacuate, they get stuck in unmanageable traffic, taking countless hours to travel a few miles.

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Hurricane Harvey Updates

By Harriete Lugue | September 1, 2017

The rain has stopped in Houston, Texas, but the traumatic conditions left by Tropical Storm Harvey have not yet cleared. As of Thursday, August 30, the number of people killed by this catastrophic event has already reached to at least 35 people, 17 people were missing while more than 32,000 people sought refuge in Texas shelters.

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