It’s only November and snow has already touched down in some of parts of the US, so it’s never too early to prepare your pharma supply chain for winter storms. It won’t be long until that severe snow storm hits causing mayhem in your supply chain. Just because your pharma company is located in a sunny, snow-less region, like Florida or California, does not mean you are safe from the impacts of a winter storm; most likely your raw materials are shipping from an area that has snow storms or has to cross a snowy path. Regardless of location, it’s important to start thinking about the potential impacts of a winter storm and how to mitigate those risks.
These storms can sometimes be unpredictable, which can cause ugly delays and chaos throughout you organization. In order to be proactive about these situations, we recommend you combat this by working with your supply chain partner to create a strategic plan. Thinking about it now can save you a lot of overtime work. Supply chain partners are there to help you manage your entire supply chain from end to end, so looping them into conversations early can help you out in the long run. They can help you understand gaps and opportunities, create forecasting plans, and ensure consolidated shipments. As a result of reaching out to them now, you can help avoid future delayed shipments and production shutdowns. Don’t wait until the last minute when it’s too late. Start the conversations with your internal and external resources.