Bouncing Back

Incredibly, despite the size of the hurricane, many restaurants and supermarkets — particularly those that avoided any flood damage or loss of power — reopened the day after Sandy swept through the city. Even in the midst of the storm, there was little fear of immediate food shortages largely due to the impressive supply chain management of suppliers and distributors alike.

Shoshanah Cohen, the director of the Global Supply Chain Management Forum at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, cites three key elements of the most flexible supply chains: scale, transparency, and leverage. Large systems with network-wide visibility will be best prepared to avoid a total meltdown, even in the face of calamitous weather events like Hurricane Sandy. Advanced management tools and software give companies the greatest transparency and control over their supply chains, ensuring that rain or shine, their shelves will remain stocked.

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