The logistics industry is notorious for changing constantly. Now, however, our industry is even more turbulent than ever, thanks to the spread of COVID-19.
In the face of mass lockdowns, workforce freezes, blank sailings, and container shortages, it can seem daunting to try to keep up with the constant changes. That’s why our team has put together tips on how to anticipate and prepare for these supply chain disruptions.
When conditions are rapidly changing, it’s essential to stay in touch with every part of your supply chain. Reach out to all of your partners regularly and keep an eye out for statements from specific ports or locations.
When you learn about disruptions in a particular part of the supply chain, be certain to communicate this with anyone else who this may impact. When in doubt, it’s an excellent idea to overcommunicate. That way you and everyone you work with knows exactly what to expect at any given moment.
The response to COVID-19 is shifting on an hour-to-hour basis. It’s essential to stay on top of news about all countries that touch your supply chain. The sooner you know information, the sooner you can communicate it and take necessary actions to avoid as much disruption as possible.
To stay informed, be sure to check out our Coronavirus Advisory page. You can also follow these industry publications, if you aren’t already.
Work with a 3PL
Third-Party Logistics companies like TOC Logistics have relationships that span the globe. Because of that, we’re able to find out news quickly, and also to offer alternative options in order to continue the flow of goods with minimal disruption.
This is a difficult time for many supply chain managers, but you don’t have to go at it alone. Our team is willing to do whatever is necessary to help your shipments get where they need to go, no matter where that is.
Reach out to us today. We’d love to work with you and to help you navigate this difficult time.