Fulfillment

Logistical Interference by Mother Nature

August 6, 2020

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Hurricane Season Is Here

Summer is finally upon us, and unfortunately, so is hurricane season. Hurricanes have a devastating impact on people's lives, homes, and communities every year. A less apparent effect of hurricane season is the disruption it causes to the shipping and fulfillment sector. Every year, shipping companies are tasked with traversing Mother Nature's wrath in the form of hurricane season. Severe weather events have far reaching effects on shipping operations and logistics.

"Anytime a port closes, it means delays and having to re-route vessels. Without counting damages caused, the impact is rather significant, even on regular logistics. This ranges from carriers omitting ports to not having cargo on their vessels and all the work that goes into rescheduling, to name a few. Everyone is losing time and money."
-Klaus Lysdal, VP Sales & Operations, iContainers

Impact on Shipping & Logistics

Hurricanes, and the carnage and destruction they bring, have had long lasting effects on countless shipping companies over the years, as well as the industry as a whole. Young Brothers, an inter-island ocean carrier of Hawaii, was forced to halt transportation between islands due to impending Hurricane Douglas, which was projected to bring damaging winds, flash floods, and heavy surf to the area. The company had no choice but to cancel their regular Saturday sailings. Young Brothers transitioned their pending Monday shipments to allow only non-hazardous medical materials and emergency public utility vehicles. Of course, if you run an eCommerce store and had shipments en route to Hawaii at that time, you would be experiencing significant delays.

Limited Ports and Delayed Maritime Traffic

Additionally, in another case, Hurricane Hanna was threatening to hit the shipping coast of the South Texas border and Northeast Mexican shoreline. Flash flooding and rapidly rising water levels threatened the shores with severe conditions for shipping and automotive traffic; thus, ports in the area were delayed due to weather conditions and safety precautions.

Although the shipping industry's ultimate objective is to get products to customers seamlessly
and efficiently, Mother Nature, and the hurricanes she creates, do not always fit into that
objective. High traffic ports closed or limited by a storm can have a huge ripple
effect on numerous aspects of the shipping industry - whether it be delay charges, increased
freight or fuel pricing, or longer lead time for package delivery. To limit the shock waves hurricanes can send through your eCommerce business, prepare by having real-time access to track
carriers, suppliers, and inventory. Contact ShipDaddy today to partner with a fulfillment company that communicates with you and gives you real-time updates on the statuses of your inventory and deliveries. Request a quote!

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