The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the supply chain. Coronavirus outbreaks haven’t just caused supply chain disruption, they’ve disrupted nearly every supply chain in the world in some way. While the long-term effects of quarantines and shelter-in-place orders remain to be seen, many businesses simply can’t afford to look that far ahead right now as they strive to keep their workers safe from coronavirus and while maintaining the viability of their operations
“We’ve always maintained tight channels of communication with our clients and now, more than ever, the relationships we’ve built are demonstrating their importance,“ says Frank P. Crivello, Chairman & Founder of Phoenix Investors, Phoenix Logistics’ affiliate. As we check in with existing customers and field requests from potential new ones, we’re hearing that many businesses have found their warehouse capacity severely strained due to coronavirus-related disruptions. Some of the issues we’ve heard about most include:
- Manufacturers struggling to store growing stockpile of components and materials as shipments continue to arrive even after factories have been temporarily closed.
- The usual distribution networks aren’t sufficient to keep up with the massive uptick in certain essential products such as bottled water and toilet paper being sold by retailers.
- Retailers and other businesses continue to have inventory arriving from overseas, but their stores are closed so their warehouses are too full to receive them.
How Phoenix Logistics Can Help With COVID-19 Logistics Challenges
At Phoenix Logistics, we’re doing all we can to be agile and innovative during this challenging period in history. We’re currently offering and implementing a variety of solutions to help current and new clients mitigate the damage of any short-term problems caused by coronavirus on storage and fulfillment operations.
Here’s what we can do right now:
- We have space available now in a variety of primary and secondary markets. We are working to ensure that we can provide warehousing and distribution space to as many strained businesses as possible.
- Material handling. We have a confirmed inventory of material handling equipment ready to go to any of our facilities to keep up with surges in inventory. Thanks to strong existing relationships, we’ve also been assured by several material handling equipment vendors that our orders for additional equipment will be prioritized and fulfilled as soon as possible.
- Rapid response teams. We have trained project teams ready to deploy to new sites and pop-up distribution operations. Our skilled teams are experienced logistics professionals who are trained to get your operation up and running as soon as possible.
- IT hardware. We have an extensive inventory of laptops, radio frequency (RF) scanners, bill of lading (BOL) printers, label printers, and other relevant critical inventory management and operations equipment ready to be deployed to new and existing facilities.
- Warehouse management system. Our WMS can be quickly rolled out at any new location to help optimize shipments, inventory management, and operations. Our IT team will work with yours to set up EDI and get data feeding to your own systems as soon as possible.
- Transportation management. Our skilled logistics teams can help you find capacity, optimize routes, reroute deliveries, and otherwise adapt to supply chain challenges as they present themselves.
Address Coronavirus Challenges With Phoenix Logistics
Phoenix Logistics has a comprehensive portfolio of real estate, distribution, and transportation management services. We have strategically placed real estate available near many manufacturing and distribution centers in key logistics hubs, including:
- Des Moines
If you find yourself in need of additional warehousing space or capacity in response to coronavirus or for any other reason, please contact us online or give us a call and see how we can help. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter to stay updated on the latest news about coronavirus supply chain impacts and other logistics issues.
As an affiliate of the real estate firm Phoenix Investors of Milwaukee, WI, Phoenix Logistics has unique and preferential access to an expansive portfolio. Phoenix Investors’ Senior Management includes Frank P. Crivello as Chairman & Founder; David Marks as President & CEO; and Anthony Crivello as Executive Vice President. Robert Kriewaldt serves as Phoenix Logistics’ Senior Vice President.