Help doesn’t arrive without the supply chain

Humanitarian aid is a lifeline for many people during times of crisis. But without an efficient supply chain, that aid never reaches its intended destination.

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Relief supply chains are a bit more complex than traditional supply chains. Supply chain professionals are used to planning, planning routes, planning efficiencies, etc. But in a disaster situation, time can be of the essence, and the chaotic nature of trying to pull together a massive relief effort means existing relationships may be more important than ever. Whether it is a shipper looking to move relief suppliers such as water or food, or a trucking company with trucks and trailers to loan out, what steps can these companies take prior to disaster striking so they are in a position to help when needed?

Iana Shaheen is an assistant professor of supply chain management at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. She has done extensive research on humanitarian supply chains and joins Talking Supply Chain host Brian Straight to discuss what businesses need to know, and how they can be in a position to help.

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Brian Straight, SCMR Editor in Chief
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Brian Straight is the Editor in Chief of Supply Chain Management Review. He has covered trucking, logistics and the broader supply chain for more than 15 years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. He can be reached at [email protected], @TruckingTalk, on LinkedIn, or by phone at 774-440-3870.

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