- Despite initial concerns, outbound freight has endured little impact as a result of the California wildfires, HDT reported last week.
- Though inbound spot rates rose to incentivize drivers reluctant to enter the state, outbound rates remained at seasonally normal levels, mostly due to the fact that the areas of export for produce and other goods were a far distance from the flames.
- The greatest impact for drivers is an occasional rerouting resulting in extra miles, American Shipper also reported last week.
Though hugely problematic for residents and area wildlife, the California wildfires have left the supply chain largely unaffected.
Despite peak season concern and multiple reroutings, the current spate of wildfires in California remained distant from direct supply chain impact. Though fires as recent as August had a significant impact, stranding cargo and causing losses, the effect of current blazes has been far less intense.
Fortunately, logistics managers were able to chart safe courses for any drivers having routes affected by the fires. By taking early and immediate action, disruption and delays were easily avoided, resulting in the smooth continuation of peak season flow.
Even though inbound rates jumped for truckers, they'll likely fall after the fires subside. With help from the market, logistics and supply chain managers were able to sustain the supply chain — that takes a lot of resiliency and risk planning, and should be an inspiration to supply chain managers and 3PLs everywhere.