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    15,299.240
    -0.110
    0%
  • OTRI.USA
    25.510
    0.060
    0.2%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,294.330
    11.020
    0.1%
  • TLT.USA
    2.690
    0.020
    0.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.900
    -0.030
    -1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.160
    -0.090
    -2.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.440
    0.000
    0%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.820
    -0.010
    -0.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.160
    -0.030
    -1.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.400
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    -0.6%
  • WAIT.USA
    125.000
    -1.000
    -0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,299.240
    -0.110
    0%
  • OTRI.USA
    25.510
    0.060
    0.2%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,294.330
    11.020
    0.1%
  • TLT.USA
    2.690
    0.020
    0.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.900
    -0.030
    -1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.160
    -0.090
    -2.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.440
    0.000
    0%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.820
    -0.010
    -0.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.160
    -0.030
    -1.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
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GSCW chat recap: Weather impacts on supply chains

‘We’re busier than ever, material is harder to get than I have ever seen it. Because of the natural disasters we’ve [had], they are turbulent times for the electrical distribution business’

This fireside chat recap is from Day 6 of FreightWaves’ Global Supply Chain Week. Day 6 focuses on global maritime logistics.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: How weather impacts supply chains

DETAILS: 2020 was a record year for weather disasters in the United States and shipping activity was impacted by those disasters. How do shippers navigate extreme weather events, especially as a changing climate moves to make disasters a more regular occurrence?

SPEAKER: Korby Keeney, vice president of shipping and operations at Irby Co., an electrical distributor for the utility sector

BIO: At Irby Co., Keeney develops strategic business plans pertaining to the utility market trends. Prior to his current role, Keeney was a national sales manager of project services with  Irby. In this capacity, he led the single largest sales event in company history — 210 miles of 345-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line. 

KEY QUOTES FROM KEENEY:

“Utilities can’t build infrastructure and bill their customers if they don’t have material, and it has been a crazy, crazy year. The panhandle of Texas is not quite as bad as the coast, but everything that happens across the country, that is a detriment to material supply, really affects everybody.”

“If we knew what [weather] was ahead of us and could change that route or change that load or bring it from another branch, because we are located all over the country, it would be a huge advantage for us.”

“We meet with [customers] regularly on their logistics plans. We tell them how we can participate. When you get a hurricane, when you have so many customers affected, the reason they’re affected is downed power lines. They need material and they need a way to get it there quickly. That’s where we come in.”

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Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers Mexico cross-border trucking, logistics and trade for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1999. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact nmahoney@freightwaves.com