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Tesla Raises the Bar on Production Goals

By Stephen Fortes | October 6, 2017

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This year Tesla debuted in the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, and it came out strong, receiving an “excellent” reputation rating as it sits on the top nine among a hundred other companies and the highest of any automaker to be included on the list.

Becoming the Next Auto Hub

By Tal Porat | September 29, 2017

Global car makers are facing massive costs to quickly develop new technologies by delving into the production of lower-emission cars and self-driving cars. The competition to be on top of the automotive industry means creating unusual partnerships.

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Mary Angela Cortes | September 27, 2017

All businesses are bound to experience some bumps in the road in the course of their corporate existence. From the logistical challenges in smaller companies to the complexities in supply chains as they grow and mature into a full-blown enterprises, one’s fate in the business world is determined by how one responds to these challenges.

2017 Hurricanes: A Katrina Deja Vu

By Tal Porat | September 24, 2017

Around this time of the year in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the United States and left 1,800 people dead and more than a million displaced in the Gulf Coast region. It also destroying over 200,000 homes in New Orleans. Similar to Hurricane Harvey, Katrina also impacted the Gulf of Mexico before hitting the United States.

Keeping it Fresh: Supply Chain of Livestock and Fresh Food

By Angelo Alix | September 23, 2017

Complexity is a major issue faced by most production-based supply chains because of the interconnected nature across global operations; and when it comes to livestock and fresh food, their perishable and voluminous nature create unique challenges that make matters significantly worse.

Hurricane Irma: Updates and Impacts

By Francine Yulo | September 11, 2017

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: