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Snow StormAs you read this, Triple Point headquarters is emerging from the second of two headline-grabbing storms to wreak havoc on the northeastern United States.  Winter storm Nemo dumped 40 inches of snow on New England, cutting power to 650,000 customers across eight states and paralyzing air, rail and road networks.  And while recovery should not take too long this time, that was not the case with Hurricane Sandy last October whose 110 mph winds caused $74 billion in damages in a swath from the Caribbean to Cape Cod.

If your job is managing the distribution of materials across a supply chain, storms like these mean big headaches.

When transportation lines are cut, product does not move.  Customer orders are delayed or canceled.  Raw materials are not delivered.  Production assets are offline.  You must respond with supply chain planning and scheduling revisions that somehow accommodate your customers while avoiding impact to margins.

The complexity of revising integrated supply chain production and distribution schedules cannot be overstated.  Maintaining balance during plan revisions is virtually impossible without accurate, timely data from across your enterprise.  Creating and evaluating feasible recovery scenarios is equally impossible if attempted using inadequate planning technologies.  Simply put, you need supply chain software that gives you clearly-defined options and lets you make planning decisions that help you quickly get your supply chain back on track.

When 100-year storms start occurring every six months, supply chain professionals trade their spreadsheets for advanced supply chain planning solutions that deliver enterprise-wide visibility and enable optimal plan revision.  Triple Point’s Supply Chain Optimization solution lets you maintain optimized plans and schedules in the face of such disruptions.  Learn more.