A major natural disaster is almost a rite of passage for a supply chain manager.
Events like Hurricane Harvey or Irma are annual reminders of the constant need for a resilience plan, a healthy cash reserve and a flexible logistics network. But amid this yearly dance of disaster and response, it is easy to forget just how unexpectedly a risk can emerge.
In the end, supply chain risk is not just about hurricanes and wildfires. It can also stem from human factors, like ineffective quality assurance processes, faulty building inspections or labor disputes. A market crash could knock the ground out from under a resilience plan any day.
As a healthy reminder to expect the unexpected, we look back at some of the top supply chain crises in the news in 2017:
Protesting job loss and port mismanagement, the longshoremen aim to strike in the next 30 days. Read More >>
Slowdowns and strikes impeded trade at ports for eight days in four cities in Spain, impacting European trade routes and shipments. Read More >>
UPS and FedEx are exempt from service guarantees in the case of warehouse fires, despite its supply effects downstream. Read More >>
The natural disaster is closing roads and prompting curfews, which means 3PLs, shippers and carriers will struggle to deliver in-state this holiday season. Read More >>
Big box retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's tell Supply Chain Dive what it's like to be at the front-lines of repair efforts. Read More >>
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