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The swine flu outbreak is a wakeup call for companies and their supply chain, and points to the escalating risks and irreparable damage to your business if you’re asleep at the wheel. At this very moment, the difference between having a WMS or at least some type of risk mitigation plan in place and not having one is success and failure. A recent article in Logistics Management highlights how vulnerable the supply chain is to disruption. Countries are beginning to ban certain shipments, and many facilities face the potential of a shutdown or quarantine if just a single employee comes down with symptoms.

Just a few years ago, it would’ve been difficult to implement a warehouse and inventory management system in place within 6 months. In these uncertain times, whether or not you like SaaS, you can one up and running in less than 30 days. The fact is that the majority of companies still don’t pay enough attention or have the visibility into their supply chains. That makes the supply chain as susceptible to swine flu as the human population.

Logistics Management
“Swine Flu may give shippers one more worry”
By Patrick Burnson
April 28, 2009
http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/CA6654699.html

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