On Sunday June 11th, a section of Route I-95 near Philadelphia collapsed when a truck carrying gasoline crashed and caught fire underneath the highway.
The highway is a major commuter and commercial route that runs the full length of the East coast from Maine to Florida and carries an estimated 160,000 vehicles per day, of which an estimated 14,000 are commercial trucks.
Obviously, this will have a significant impact on holiday makers, commuters, and commerce for several weeks, if not months.
How to address the business ramifications
The reality is that we plan in the perfect world and execute in the real world. And in the real world, things don’t always go to plan. When a major event like the I95 road collapse effects your plans, short and long-term actions must be taken into consideration.
In the short term:
Identify all shipments impacted that are already or about to be on route
Inform customers who’s orders will be impacted (delayed)