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Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Supply Chain Featured Topics at ACP Meeting

July 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity, disaster recovery and leadership in supply chain management were topics covered in two presentations at the New York Metro Area chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners meeting last week at National Grid's MetroTech office in Brooklyn

Locals Evacuated After Train Crash

July 21, 2014 4:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two people were injured and thousands of gallons of fuel were spilled when southbound Canadian...

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers...

Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could...

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Expiring Contracts Could Cause Shipping Problems

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.  With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.

New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

Video: All Recoveries are Not Equal:Print and Mail Operations Often Require Additional Consideration

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Durfee, Director of Sales and Marketing for MailGard, discusses why some items, like print and mail operations, sometimes require extra consideration during recovery and why not all recovery projects are created equal.      

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Iraq Violence Could Affect Oil Supply

June 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for four years. Iraqi oil production is at risk because of the outbreak of violence involving militant groups who seized two cities this week and have pledged to march on Baghdad.

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 6, 2014 10:24 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing ... Backups in ports, hampered logistics and things of that sort is reflected in February’s production numbers." 

Redwood Software Celebrates 20 Years Of Automation With A Look To The Future

November 11, 2013 5:23 pm | News | Comments

Redwood Software Inc., the global leader of Enterprise Process AutomationTM, celebrates 20 years of success. Since 1993, Redwood has partnered with more than 3,000 of the world’s most prominent brands, including Roche Diagnostics GmbH and Freudenberg. 

Staying On Track When Trains Derail

June 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Records show that rail safety is steadily improving, but the month of May unfortunately highlighted the vulnerabilities of America’s railways. These recent derailments highlight the importance of planning for anything and everything. 

Continuity Q&A: Walt Thomasson On Balanced Testing Exercises

May 24, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services to find out more about the best testing strategies and current industry trends. "We see a large gap in the market right now when it comes to  creating a well-balanced exercise program."

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Southern Wine & Spirits Of America Appoints New Director Of Business Continuity

February 26, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

John Liuzzi has accepted the newly-created position of Director of Business Continuity at Southern, where he will ensure the company’s ongoing, successful operations in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster at or near any of the company’s facilities.

Continuity Insights Chicago 2013

February 7, 2013 2:29 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Events

June 18-19, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center, Chicago, Il.Continuity Insights Chicago will address the critical issues most important to business continuity professionals in the Midwest, and facilitate the sharing of meaningful and valuable information between regional colleagues.

Wal-Mart Warns Suppliers On Stricter Supply Chain Measures

January 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has alerted its global suppliers that it will immediately drop them if they subcontract their work to factories that haven't been authorized by the discounter. Wal-Mart's stricter measure, along with other changes to its policy, comes amid increasing calls for better safety oversight after a deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplied clothing to Wal-Mart and other retailers.

4 Trends That Will Impact The Role Of BC/DR Practitioners In 2013 & Beyond

January 2, 2013 4:54 pm | by John Jackson, Executive VP, Fusion Risk Management | Blogs | Comments

In 2013 we will continue to see a shift in the way business continuity and disaster recovery professionals view and approach their roles. As our industry moves forward we will eventually see two types of practitioners emerge: risk managers and outage planners.

Factory Fire Reveals Complex & Ever-Morphing Supply Chain

December 3, 2012 11:55 pm | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

There is no single answer to how and why so many branded garments from Tazreen found their way to U.S. consumers, because that is precisely the advantage of the global supply chain: It never has to be one size fits all. Critics say that companies are hiding behind links in the supply chain to duck their responsibility for working conditions in the plants that produce their goods.

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Wal-Mart's Risk Assesments Highlight Safety Issues At Bangladesh Factories

November 27, 2012 10:19 am | by FARID HOSSAIN & JULHAS ALAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The garment factory where up to 124 people were killed in a fire Saturday was given an orange or "high risk" assessment after a May 2011 inspection and a yellow or "medium risk" report after an inspection in August 2011. In its 2012 Global Responsibility report, Wal-Mart said it ceased working with 49 factories in Bangladesh in 2011 because of fire safety issues.

2013 CIMC Plenary Sessions: Cybersecurity, Active Shooter Events & An EF3 Tornado

November 19, 2012 11:25 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

The 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference, running April 22-24 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, comprises three days of comprehensive educational programming, numerous networking opportunities, a review of the latest technologies, products and services--plus a special evening reception at the world famous San Diego Zoo. It is truly the industry's leading gathering of subject-matter experts.

xMatters & Fusion Risk Management Announce Integration Of Risk Management & Crisis Response For The Enterprise & Supply Chain

September 6, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Enterprise organizations can now manage their people records as "Teams" and "Rosters" within the context of contingency plans in the Fusion Framework System, and synchronize these with the xMatters notification system. While reducing costs and work effort, this capability speeds response times and removes the potential for errors and delays resulting from out of date or incorrect contact information.

Behind The Bureaucracy: How PS-Prep Can Shore Up Supply Chains

August 6, 2012 5:27 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

At its heart, PS-Prep certification is a very straightforward process: Simply certify to one of the three standards chosen by DHS and you’re pretty much good to go. Unfortunately, PS-Prep is plagued by several technicalities that cause potential adopter’s eyes to glaze over faster than you can say “ANAB-accredited certifying body.” To shed some light on the program, Continuity Insights speaks with Tim Mathews, Director of Enterprise Resiliency at Educational Testing Service, about how PS-Prep can shore up supply chains, the Wal-Mart effect, accreditation roadblocks, and the special consideration for small businesses.

Honda's Profit Quadruples On Disaster Recovery

July 31, 2012 11:47 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan and the flooding in Thailand last year disrupted parts supplies and production for all Japanese automakers. But the Japanese automakers are making a comeback.

New ProducTrak For Automated Data Collection & Task Management Processes

July 31, 2012 10:21 am | News | Comments

Acsis ProducTrak applications run on an independent full-time server, Acsis VisiTrak®, that can provide continuity for mission critical applications in the event of an ERP or wide area network outage.

Companies Release Step-By-Step Guide To Build Resilience Against Climate Change

July 17, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Companies from the food and beverage, insurance, investment, technology, and energy industries today released a step-by-step tool, Business ADAPT, for businesses to assess and prepare for the risks and opportunities posed by climate change.

Disasters, Competition Result In Record Annual Loss For Sony

May 10, 2012 9:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's recent troubles were worsened by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan, ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. Sony also suffered production disruptions from the flooding in Thailand.

Crises Make Automakers Rethink Lean Parts Supplies

April 24, 2012 10:48 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN & TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

So-called just-in-time deliveries have helped automakers save billions and run their factories more efficiently. But the approach also relies on an almost perfect supply chain. And twice in the last year, weak links have been exposed.

Chemical Plant Shutdown Could Cut Auto Production

April 17, 2012 2:38 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The potential shortage of a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines could force automakers in the U.S. and around the world to close car and truck plants as they run short of parts.

Tornado Damage Stalls Wichita Aircraft Industry

April 17, 2012 2:18 pm | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tornado damage in Kansas' aircraft manufacturing hub could have a ripple effect on the industry, analysts warned Monday, even as airplane makers Boeing and Hawker Beechcraft and nearby parts maker Spirit AeroSystems were still tallying losses.

The Inner-Workings Of A Radiological Response Plan

February 27, 2012 1:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year’s earthquake, tsunami and subsequent partial meltdown of two reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant presented numerous challenges for U.S. organizations with employees, facilities or critical suppliers in Japan. An effective incident response and recovery on foreign soil requires substantial pre-planning with local authorities and an understanding of international standards and best practices — not just those laid-out by FEMA.

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