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Plan for a rainy day

I am sure you have heard you mother say these words to you when you were growing up. It is good advice in business and in your personal life. We all hope that we will not experience that terrible rainy day but the odds are that you very well might, so think ahead.

Many businesses try to anticipate what might interrupt the business and build plans to deal with those things.  At Tractor Supply a distribution center was shut down with serious tornado damage. Our prior detailed planning allowed us to quickly begin shipping to the affected stores from other distribution centers with little or no loss of sales.  The prior planning covered labor availability, trucks and trailers, computer support, supplier shipments, and a whole lot more. Preparation yielded success.

No matter where you are in the chain of command in your organization it is always a healthy exercise to say “what is the worst thing that can happen to us?” and “do we have a plan to deal with it?” Don’t let your operation fail if disaster strikes.

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