Logistics firms reacted quickly to the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes in Nepal, with Deutsche Post DHL Group, UPS Inc., FedEx Corp., Cardinal Health, and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) all rushing planes, distribution experts, and relief supplies such as food, water, tents, and medical supplies to the affected region. (Click here to read the full news story.)
DHL also partnered with DynCorp International to prepare hundreds of Afghan women and children for the winter months by delivering some 150 boxes of donated winter clothing and supplies to Kabul, Afghanistan. The items had been collected by a local charity called the Afghan-American Women's Association, which needed logistical expertise to distribute the supplies to local communities.
Volunteers from reusable container and pallet manufacturer Orbis Corp. of Oconomowoc, Wis., joined forces to donate more than $6,000 to support cancer prevention and research programs at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. The group of 89 registered walkers participated in the annual LakeWalk for Cancer event for the 10th time, raising much of the money themselves and collecting $2,000 in matching funds from Orbis.
Yusen Logistics Inc. has provided free transport of high-nutrition food into poverty-stricken areas of Cambodia, supporting the nonprofit group People's Hope Japan in its "Maternal and Child Health Improvement" project. Yusen arranged for the food to be forwarded by air from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Cambodia, then handled the import customs clearance and arranged the delivery of 4,800 nutritional bars.
Cross-border logistics specialist Purolator International of Jericho, N.Y., will donate two 14-foot trucks—stocked with 1,968 pounds of food—to Long Island Cares, a food bank serving New York's Nassau and Suffolk counties. Each truck can deliver about 2,500 free meals, and the group hopes to convert one of the vehicles into a food truck with a workable kitchen.