NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has commended Menlo Worldwide Logistics for its performance in planning and deploying critical health and comfort supplies supporting the OEM's emergency response efforts during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
Since 2007, Menlo, the logistics and supply chain management unit of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), has partnered with the OEM to warehouse and stage relief supplies, and then mobilize a logistics plan for rapid deployment of supplies into relief shelters in all five of New York City's boroughs in advance of severe weather events. Known as the New York City Emergency Supply Stockpile (ESS), it is the largest of its kind in the United States and a one-of-a-kind program worldwide, according to the OEM.
"Menlo Worldwide Logistics has proven time and again to be one of New York City's most valued and flexible partners during citywide emergency events," said Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management, in a letter to the company. "The outstanding partnership we formed is no doubt facilitated by Menlo's deep commitment to proactive planning and exceptional command of logistics management. Menlo's team made our program a continued success and a reality."
The program has been mobilized twice, most recently in advance of last year's Superstorm Sandy, and for 2011's Hurricane Irene. In both cases, the events marked the only two times in New York City's history that a general population evacuation was ordered.
As OEM's partner, Menlo warehouses and manages a large stockpile of relief supplies for the ESS program, and then when mobilized, executes rapid-deployment logistics and transportation management operations to stock citywide emergency shelters with relief supplies under the Logistics Shelter Support Program (LSSP). OEM and Menlo then work together post-event to plan and execute the recovery of unused supplies, rebuild and reconstitute stockpiles at the two ESS staging warehouses, and conduct post-event assessments to capture lessons learned and improve operational processes.
"We look forward to advancing our program and collaboration," concluded Commissioner Bruno. "It is a model."
Robert L. Bianco Jr., Menlo's president, said, "It is truly an honor, and a testament to the expertise, dedication and professionalism of our OEM team, to receive this recognition from Commissioner Bruno. We're gratified to have earned the OEM's confidence and we look forward to our joint efforts to further refine and improve this important program."
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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics' services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.6 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com.