Be Careful! Winter Weather and Supply Chain
- Published: 21 Oct 2016
With fall upon us, winter will be here before we know it. This can be the time for companies to plan what to do in the event of a winter weather disruption. The winter weather can cause disruptions in the supply chain and cause delays in product arriving to customers on time. Planning ahead of what to do in the event of winter weather interruptions can help you be prepared for any weather that will come your way. Ways that you can prepare your supply chain include:
Monitor weather reportsThis can indicate what areas may be hit while taking into consideration the route the shipment will be taking. While this is a simple task, this can assist in knowing what to expect and plan for any changes. This can allow you to plan for the product delivery and where in the supply chain the product is located.
Establish communicationHaving open communication in the supply chain ensures that customers know what is happening in the supply chain. This provides visibility in the supply chain and your customers are aware of any disruptions or delays that may be occurring. Reaching your customers and keeping them informed assists with customer service and keeping your customers informed of where their product is located.
Creating a backup planIf a weather disruption may occur, if possible, putting a backup plan in place. This way if a weather disruption may occur there will be a backup plan as to what to do with the freight shipment and freight loads. Placing a backup plan in place can make a large difference when it comes to customer loyalty. Your customers will see that you can handle any issues that arise and can resolve these issues.
Plan for alternate routesHaving alternate routes in place will help to alleviate any issues that arise and having another backup plan in place. This also assists with any future routes if a weather-related disruption or delay may occur. Again, this way can increase your customer service to your customers.
Internal communicationCommunicating within your own company of how weather affects the supply chain and how to avoid these issues as best as you can. Explain and plan how to accommodate any disruptions or delays that may occur. Also, communicating how these can affect the customer-client relationship.
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