Contingency planning is preparing in advance for the emergencies not considered in the regular planning process.1 The best approach is to ask the question, “What If?” For example, what if our major suppliers are on strike? What if we are unable to obtain sufficient fuel to run our truck fleets? What if we are hit with an earthquake or a tornado at our biggest distribution center? What if we simply cannot find enough secretaries, order pickers, industrial engineers to staff our distribution facilities? What if we have to recall one of our major products?
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- 1.Based on an article by Bernard J. Hale, Bergen Brunswig Drug Corp. Warehousing & Physical Distribution Productivity Report, Vol. 14, No. 3, Marketing Publications, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.Google Scholar