As we approach the winter season, we need to try our best to “weather proof” our Supply Chain.
In general, it is a good idea to make sure your logistics network has enough “bandwidth” to be able to meet your needs and adjust to unpredictable, weather related events, have good communications with your 3PLs, carriers, and distribution centers and make sure that you have adequate visibility throughout your supply chain so that you can react in time to these types of disruptions.
For those businesses with their own transportation fleets, it is especially important to stay on top of weather conditions.
To help mitigate this risk, Ryder Offers Tips to Help Fleets Weather the Winter which include:
“Fleet maintenance proactive planning: An ounce of proactive prevention while temperatures are still mild will go a long way to ensure safety, reliability, and fewer unexpected issues when severe weather strikes. Doing things like replacing wiper blades with winter wiper blades and checking for proper tire inflation are examples of proper maintenance that are key for running an efficient fleet.
Proper fueling: Making sure that fuel has been blended correctly for the seasonal temperature and that a cloud point additive is included prevents fuel filter waxing that causes breakdowns. For this reason, it is important that you consider the cold temperatures you may encounter in reaching your destination before hitting the road.
Driver training: Drivers should be trained and well-informed about how to act in response to different situations. For example, in the event that a warning light turns on, such as the engine regeneration light, it is crucial that a driver know how to respond in order to ensure safety and maintain fleet uptime.
Driver safety: Winter weather can add a lot of variables to driving conditions, but extra caution, alertness, and preparation can reduce the risk of possible collisions and/or mechanical failures. Simply increasing following distance or slowing down can ensure a safer trip.”
As the saying goes “to be forewarned is to be forearmed.”
Happy Holidays everyone!