Transportation & Logistics Companies Prepared for Sandy

Hurricane Sandy left parts of the east coast with a devastating amount of damage. And while most could not prepare for everything that Sandy left behind, there was one industry waiting for the aftermath.

Transportation and logistics companies were among the first to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and kept the supply chain running. Many businesses affected by Sandy were without power and fuel, but still needed deliveries.

The United Parcel Service and FedEx began making deliveries the day right after the storm. For truckers, Sandy presented a business opportunity over $14 billion because of the food, batteries, generators and building materials needed. Rental trucks are also high in demand—Miami-based Ryder sent up 500 rental trucks to supplement the surge of rental trucks needed.

After Hurricane Katrina, transportation and logistics companies had learned their lesson. They were ready for Sandy though—the gas tanks were topped off, back-up generators were ready to go and relief and manufacturing supplies were waiting for businesses in the Northeast.

Walmart, which owns the majority of their trucking gleet, shipped over 1,900 truckloads into the storm zone, 600 of which were filled with emergency products such as flashlights, batteries and water.
“We really started to formalize our processes after Hurricane Katrina,” Bryan Boudreaux, senior vice president of Walmart Supply Chain, Eastern Business Unit. “Unfortunately, because of the wide area that I support and that Walmart has across the United States, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to update the processes all the time.”

While many are still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, its reassuring that those in the transportation and logistics industries are prepared for any storm that lies ahead.