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5 Tips To Protect Your Supply Chain From Winter Weather

September 14, 2021
5 Tips To Protect Your Supply Chain From Winter Weather
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Supply chain management is essential for any business that deals with products of any kind, and as the facility manager, it is your responsibility to take measures that prevent supply chain disruption during the winter.

At Earth Development, our local teams of snow removal experts work with businesses across the Midwest to prevent supply chain problems and to provide snow logistics. We also provide valuable information right here on our blog.

Click here to read our guide on what to expect in the Midwestern winter, and read on to learn more about how you can protect your supply chain this winter.

1. Monitor the Weather

One of the best resources we have at our disposal is weather services. Earth Development uses expert meteorologists to accurately predict bad weather and take pre-emptive action, but you can do something similar by checking your local weather forecast.

Keep on top of the weather in the coming days and weeks, and you’ll know when to use your contingency plans to maintain your supply chain. You can learn more about how to monitor the weather by checking out our blog post here.

2. Adapt Your Stocks

If there is ever a time to increase your stocks, it’s winter. Work with your colleagues to plan for shipping delays or different lead times, and consider increasing your stock and using temporary warehousing solutions to ensure that you won’t be letting your customers down.

Protect Supply Chain in Winter

3. Protect Sensitive Freight from Cold Temperatures

If you deal in temperature-sensitive products, then you’ll need to take action to protect your stock from the cold. That means hiring shipping and freight experts that use specialized trailers and equipment, as well as servicing your HVAC systems and using backup generators to ensure your warehouses or storerooms do not get too cold.

4. Keep Your Dock Clear and Safe For Drivers

Your docking area can quickly become a safety hazard in the winter. From hard-to-see patches of ice to snow and slush, your outdoor spaces can be difficult to walk on and pose a danger to delivery workers and warehouse workers who remove stock from trucks and bring them inside your store.

It’s essential that you use deicing products in the winter to prevent ice from building up and posing a risk to your employees, and it’s important to consider options like sanding. By improving the friction on your outdoor surfaces, you’ll create a safer environment for workers and drivers.

If you want to find out more about surface sanding, click here.

Supply Chain Winter Tips

5. Hire A Reliable Commercial Snow Removal Company

For the sake of your supply chain management, you should hire a commercial snow removal company in advance. Don’t wait until the winter weather hits when other businesses in your region are scrambling for last-minute help.

Outsourcing snow removal services leaves your employees with enough time to fulfill their normal duties and keep the business running while providing a safer environment for those employees, your customers, and your clients. Earth Development works with you to develop a custom snow removal plan that fits your needs and budget and ensures you’re ready months before the winter weather arrives.

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Want to find out more about how Earth Development can help you with supply chain management in the winter?

Call today for a free quote and consultation about our snow removal services in the Midwest.

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The amount of snow Minnesota gets each winter fluctuates, but it’s typically safe to expect a consistent amount throughout the winter months. Last year, did you have enough space on your property to store plowed snow?