Probably not thinking about supply chains, but we received this photo with a thank you letter.
A Force for Good –
TOTALogistix works with relief agencies to ship food to typhoon survivors. The images of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have been painful and riveting – to see how easily human life and infrastructure can be swept away by the forces of nature. In the storm’s aftermath, the suffering of the survivors has been thrown into sharp focus, as we witness the stark consequences of people deprived of food and water, the basic necessities of life, essentially due to a disruption of the supply chain on which they depend.
For many in the Philippines, hunger is nothing new, even without a typhoon thrown in, and TOTALogistix has been helping to alleviate the condition’s of some of the country’s neediest. For more than a year, the firm has worked with International Care Ministries to expedite food shipments to the island chain.
Drawing on our knowledge of the ins and outs of international shipping, we have been able to minimize the costs of transportation, enabling dollars to be conserved to go to the relief operations. CEO Scott Shearer met in Hong Kong with the Morgan Stanley executive who has taken the lead in Philippine food assistance to get the ball rolling. Director of Operations Steve Katz used his knowledge and connections from a career in the U.S. Army, working with an alphabet soup of governmental organizations to ship container loads of dehydrated food via the Department of Defense. Each 40-foot container holds 42,000 lbs. of food, and will provide sustenance to tens of thousands of destitute residents.
Post-Haiyan, food deliveries have been intensified. As you read this, two additional container loads are on the water, to augment the 35 that have already been shipped, bringing much-needed relief to the area. This initiative is just a small part of the total effort that is needed, but it’s gratifying to know that logistics can be a force for good.