Hurricane Katrina Showed Importance of Logistics, Supply Chain Management

U. of Arkansas researcher explains how federal agencies, nongovernmental relief organizations can learn from the best practices of successful businesses Fayetteville, AK &#8212 October 10, 2005 &#8212 A University of Arkansas researcher believes state...


Other principles of logistics, such as using fewer suppliers and serving a given market from fewer warehouses, may need to be modified during disasters because organizations will need to augment supply chains or have extra stock and more holding locations.

Waller said disaster response should be an integral part of logistics and supply chain management because more disasters will occur and corporations have a civic responsibility to work with government and nongovernmental agencies to provide relief. He cited a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology study stating that the annual frequency of disasters has tripled since 1970 and wind speeds and durations of hurricanes have increased in recent years.

"Probability is high that a natural disaster or man-made disaster will happen again," Waller said, "so companies and relief organizations are interested in improving logistics and supply chain management."

Supply chain executives are discovering new ways to apply technology and innovative processes to the challenge of managing uncertainty. Read more in Rethinking Risk, cover story in the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.


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