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Hurricane Sandy Winter 2013 // Preparation and communication were the keys for the transportation and logistics sector to survive Hurricane Sandy. The transportation and logistics industry dealt with Hurricane Sandy better than most sectors, insiders say. — By Chris Petersen WEATHERING THE STORM As the second-costliest storm in U.S. history behind Katrina, Hurricane Sandy was also one of the biggest events of 2012. The images of cities and towns washed away by the powerful hurricane were unavoidable in the storm’s wake, and the effects are still being felt in early 2013 as residents of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states continue to rebuild. Hurricane Sandy toppled buildings, washed out roads and knocked out power up and down the East Coast. The impact to many businesses was devastating, and the transportation and logistics industry did not escape unscathed. However, industry professionals have said that although Hurricane Sandy definitely made its presence felt, the repercussions of the storm on the industry have not been as severe as many would think. In fact, with the help of modern technology and substantial planning, the transportation and logistics sector was able to navigate the effects of Hurricane Sandy with only moderate disruption. That’s no small feat considering how the storm shut down much of the Eastern Seaboard and caused more than $63 billion in damages. “I think the expectation that we had with clients that we work with was that early on there could have been a much larger disruption of over-the-road trucking and availability of service,” says Ed Sands, global logistics lead at Pennsylva- 6 TLIMAGAZINE.COM WINTER 2013 http://www.TLIMAGAZINE.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013

Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013
Hurricane Sandy
Intermodal Rail
Near Shoring
Steel Bridges
Porsche Cars North America Inc.
TDS Transport
Aspen Equipment Co.
Consumers Energy
Mountain Valley Express Co. Inc.
Supreme Group
Miller Felpax Corp.
Rio Grande Pacific Corp.
TNT Sales
Usher Transport Inc.
Triad Transport Inc.
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Fusion Logistics
GulfMark Energy Inc.
Mode Transportation
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
Trailways Inc.
Time Logistics Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.
Sears Holding Corp.
Perry Ellis International Inc.
Tennessee Commercial Warehouse
J&P Hall Express
Pacific Air Cargo
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Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2013