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Guarding Against Disaster

Guarding Against Disaster
I'm sure we're all aware of the recent devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey. The catastrophic impact of this hurricane has resulted in the flooding of over 50 counties and has displaced over 30,000 people who needed to abandon their homes and seek shelter elsewhere.

The personal impact of this event is significant, and it will likely take years for the south-eastern Texas region to recover from this natural disaster. While residents work to rebuild their homes and pick up the pieces of their lives - some businesses also will be struggling to keep facilities open and maintain consistent, reliable operations for their employees.

Natural and man-made disasters - whether a storm, a flood, a fire, or geopolitical unrest - can wreak havoc on a company’s supply chain and limit or halt the flow of goods. Many companies work with multiple partners, and maintain numerous production locations to ensure the continuous delivery of products to customers without interruption. However, when it comes to business continuity, companies always think about shipping and production but often overlook labeling – a key factor in keeping the supply chain running smoothly. Even when issues with production and distribution are addressed, if labeling can’t be shifted to a new location during a crisis, continuity is still broken and this can have a significant, negative impact on your bottom line.

The focus, even when deploying solutions in a distributed fashion, is to continue to leverage common data sources, components and configurations across sites. This is essential to handle the rigors of global infrastructures, allowing users to manage outages and connectivity issues, while providing high availability, failover and disaster recovery capabilities.

During challenging times – whatever the situation may be – ensuring production uptime and business continuity is essential. If label printing goes down that means locations aren’t able to manufacture, move, inventory, or ship products. That’s why it’s important to have an Enterprise Labeling Solution that fully embraces the concept of high availability. It must be able to replicate failover and be seamlessly redundant through the most modern technology so labeling won’t go down and mission critical operations are not impacted.

To learn more about how Enterprise Labeling helps companies deal with changing requirements - including unavoidable, often catastrophic events - and sustain global supply chain operations, download this special report.

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