Keep Moving

Logistics aren’t something most people think about. Until you need hospital supplies in the middle of a natural disaster.

Enormous Undertaking

Even in the best circumstances, 3M Supply Chain has its work cut out. Coordinating a trans-global network of procurement, manufacturing, warehousing, and delivery is a 24/7 job. Facilitating 3M innovation requires massive manpower, data management, and planning.

And that’s on a good day…

What it takes to keep innovation moving forward

And what happens when disaster strikes?

The Storm

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern coast of the U.S., damaging or destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. Injuries began to mount, while lines bringing in emergency supplies were cut as roads washed out and airports were closed.

“Relief supplies such as sponges, hand sanitizer, and dust masks enable Red Cross volunteers and staff to safely do their jobs while meeting the needs of disaster survivors.”

- Richard Reed

Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross

Michael Retterath

Finding a Way

Lost roads weren’t going to stop the Supply Chain. Using its big-data contingency planning to work around many road closures, 3M knew not only how to reach hospital and Red Cross facilities—but what supplies and amounts each of them needed: respirators, wound dressings, warming blankets, and more. All without being asked.

“Our data tracking, predictive analysis, and route coordinating systems told us what was needed where, and how to get it there.”

- Michael Retterath

Director of 3M Supply Chain Operations

“3M’s commitment to donating relief materials to the Red Cross in a moment’s notice helps to improve our readiness to respond to disasters at any time.”

- Richard Reed

Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross