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Hurricane Delta Left With Minimal Impact On Logistics Sector

Weather plays a major impact on logistic activity. While we cannot control the weather, the weather definitely controls road conditions. Extreme weather conditions can incur damages to the load, delays, and increases the chances of accidents. The logistics providers need to keep their dispatchers informed and their drivers safe.

Hurricane Delta

Back-to-back hurricanes in a span of six weeks left parts of Louisiana blanketed Sunday with tarpaulins, mangled metal, and downed power lines. The current Hurricane Delta leaves one dead in Louisiana and brings tornado threat to Carolinas. Fortunately, there is limited impact seen on the logistics sector by Hurricane Delta.

Before the Hurricane Delta came inland, Several LTL and parcel carriers had shut down some deliveries. UPS was not providing pickups and deliveries to 107 zip codes in Louisiana and 03 in Texas. FedEx Ground had suspended services to more than 100 cities in Louisiana and 45 in Texas. YRC has what it called “limited operations” at terminals in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houston.

The heaviest work of the American Logistics Aid Network generally kicks in after the storm as it supplies and impacted area with equipment and other storm-related goods as they try to recover. Railroads active in the region are taking their usual precautions. After the hurricane, The Louisiana Department of Transportation was not reporting any significant outages on major interstates, including Interstate 10, which runs east-west across the state Norfolk Southern said Thursday that interchanges in New Orleans were open but that some local movements have been impacted.

 

The Impact of Weather and Climate on Logistics

We’re all familiar with this image. Recently, six storms whirling at once this week in the Atlantic and Pacific tying with a record first set in 1992. Hurricane Imelda is Houston’s fourth major flood in the past three years leaving 20 percent of residents with post-flood PTSD according to a study conducted by Rice University. Though Imelda produced 40 inches of rain versus the 60 inches left by Harvey, damages left by Imelda are comparable to what was left from Harvey in 2017. One of the major interstates, I-10, collapsed after two barges were lodged beneath the bridge near Channelview (east of Houston). This particular portion of the road was often used to travel in and out of the ports near the Gulf.

The Impact of Weather and Climate on Logistics
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It is also worth noting that last week (September 20 – 27) was the Global Climate Strike which is the third of its kind and were timed to occur around the UN Youth Climate Summit. Inspired by Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, over 4 million people all over the world participated in this strike against climate change. Considering all recent events, it seems now is a more appropriate time than ever to talk about how weather/climate effects logistics.

The Impact of Weather and Climate on Logistics
Greta Thunberg, Photo: Instagram.

While we can’t control the weather, the weather definitely controls road conditions. Extreme weather conditions can incur damages to the load, delays, and increases the chances of accidents. It is up to the logistics provider to keep their dispatchers informed and their drivers safe.

This could mean:

  • Avoiding weather-related risks all together like flooding, blizzard. lightning, etc. and being informed of safe alternative routes during times of inclement weather.
  • Having reliable and accurate schedule to maintain customer satisfaction.
  • Managing the number of call-backs and appointment cancellations.
  • Reducing wages of people sitting around.

Inclement weather is never worth risking your driver or your load!

In terms of climate change, one thing we can do in the logistics industry is finding more sustainable modes of transportation. Maybe this means looking more into automated trucks which we’ve discussed in this blog more than once and how it could be a double-edged sword. Maybe this means utilizing already established greener solutions like intermodal and rejecting the normalcy of 1-2 day shipping rate. Whether or not you believe in climate change it is indisputable that there’s always something we can do better. So why not do it?

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