Keep on Trucking (Even in Weather Delays)
Virtually every interstate system east of the Rockies has experienced some measure of disruption during the last month of Polar Vortex weather. From whiteout snowfall to gale force winds to fog as heavy as blanket wraps, truck drivers face an unprecedented upheaval in an already demanding occupation. Weather is an increasing threat to supply chain normality.
In a recent Fleet Owner article, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty insurance company emphasizes that weather impacts business performance across a wide range of industries. “The weather does not have to be extreme in order to have a negative impact on cash flows; sometimes it is merely enough for it to be uncommon, unseasonal or even unexpected,” noted Karsten Berlage, global head of weather risk management at Allianz Risk Transfer (ART), one of Allianz’s specialty divisions. According to Allianz, the cost of U.S. weather-related delays for airlines and trucking companies annually amounts to $3 billion and $3.5 billion respectively. Estimates indicate 30% of U.S. gross domestic product – some $5.7 trillion – is directly or indirectly affected by weather and climate activity.
Hanson Logistics remains committed to on-time frozen food distribution across the U.S. and throughout the four seasons. With an eye on safety, we keep on trucking.