As COVID-19 continues to challenge freight flows, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has launched an advanced visibility dashboard that it’s releasing free of charge to all U.S. businesses and non-profit organizations.
The new dashboard–the ALAN Supply Chain Intelligence Center–provides a cloud-based, real-time view of the latest coronavirus impacts by way of an easy-to-use map. The map includes the status of roads, ports and airports, as well as the latest policy changes at national, state, county and local levels.
“Right now, organizations have to navigate a very fragmented landscape as they work to deliver essential commodities,” said Kathy Fulton, executive director for the logistics relief group. “And new policies with new supply chain consequences and opportunities seem to be unfolding faster than most groups can keep pace. This tool is our ‘We’re all in this together’ answer to that challenge.”
The ALAN Supply Chain Intelligence Center is provided by ALAN as a free-access layer on the Riskpulse platform, a tool used by many global companies and government entities to visualize and analyze supply chain risk. ALAN has mobilized a team of volunteers who update the dashboard daily from the many disparate government sources that share closure or waiver information.
“During disasters like this, few things are more important than accurate visibility to the situation on the ground,” Fulton said. “But getting that visibility often puts a huge burden on organizations at a time when they’re already overloaded. Now, rather than numerous entities across the country working overtime to collect and analyze the same critical pieces of information, this dashboard will serve as a single, unified source. We’re thankful it was ready in time to be of use during this pandemic and hope it will pave the way for better and faster response during all future crises.”
Founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ALAN is a philanthropic, industry-wide organization that provides free logistics assistance to disaster relief organizations before, during and after catastrophic events. It does this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with compassionate organizations so that help can arrive sooner and each relief dollar can be maximized.
Riskpulse is a supply chain risk analytics company that helps its clients and their partners increase the predictability and stability of their financial and physical operations globally. Many of the largest food shippers, consumer packaged goods manufacturers, automakers, and retailers trust the Riskpulse Score and Riskpulse suite of cloud-based software applications to standardize their quantification of risk and automate their operational planning.