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Walmart’s Hurricane Sandy Response – Business Insider

November 1, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Walmart and its warehouse store Sam’s Club managed to send 7,000 generators to its stores in the Northeast that were in the path of superstorm Sandy at the last minute, reports Shelly Banjo at the Wall Street Journal.

It was quite a feat, but how did they make it happen?

Thousands of truck drivers from Walmart’s supply chain have been scurrying around the Northeast to get things where they’re needed.

They’ve been constantly going between Walmart’s huge distribution centers and the big box stores.

“We kick into emergency mode,” one driver in the middle of a 14-hour shift tells the WSJ. “There’s loads of rain, store managers are anxious asking us when their next shipment of water is coming in … But we know it’s up to us to get water and other supplies to the stores and customers as fast as possible.”

Customers had emptied the shelves by Monday night, so employees from all over the region came into New Jersey to get the stores running by 7 AM the next morning.

And, like home improvement chains Home Depot and Lowe’s, Walmart has years of experience responding to disasters. It sets up charging stations and stocks up on the right items beforehand for the hundreds that come by in the storm’s immediate aftermath.

via Walmart’s Hurricane Sandy Response – Business Insider.

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