Business Continuity is Easy for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (New Case Study)
- Jul 26, 2018
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Did you know that we work with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to help them maintain business continuity in the face of severe weather?
Business continuity is extremely important to Southern Glazer’s. They are the largest wholesaler and distributor of wine and spirits in North America. The company was founded in 1909 and is now a Fortune Top 20 company. They have 250 locations and 23,000 employees around the world. That’s a lot of places and people to worry about.
Their Severe Weather Challenge
Without the right tools, it’s difficult to keep operations safe from weather in 46 U.S. states and 38 countries.
Before using Earth Networks, blizzards, hurricanes, and floods were causing operational headaches for the Southern Glazer’s team. Severe weather conditions frequently threaten different areas of business, including:
- Asset protection
- Business sustainability
- Operational efficiency
- Human resource safety
- Customer satisfaction
- The distribution network
The above list shows that severe weather is a complex problem for Southern Glazer’s. We see this weather-related chain reaction in most of our customers’ businesses. Conditions like thunderstorms, blizzards, and hurricanes aren’t just a one-stop problem. They create over-arching issues. These problems then pile onto various areas of a business, long after the skies are blue again. If the proper steps are not heeded before, during, and after a weather disaster, these effects catch up to even the strongest businesses and can stop them in their tracks.
The proper steps include basing operational decisions on commercial-grade weather data. One of Southern Glazer’s biggest problems was inaccurate information from free weather websites and mobile applications. These generic solutions weren’t precise or robust enough to handle complex weather threats. These types of free weather sources caused big problems during the 2017 hurricane season as four major hurricanes impacted their Florida headquarters alone.
Why It Matters
Think the risk is gone after a storm passes? According to FEMA, 40% of businesses do not reopen after a natural disaster or severe weather event. To make matters worse, 25% of businesses that can reopen fail within the next year. Southern Glazer’s, like many other international businesses, cannot afford down-time after a disaster.
Are you ready to learn how we enable Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to mitigate severe weather risks? You can find examples straight from Southern Glazer’s in our latest written case study. This quick read will teach you how Southern Glazer’s found Earth Networks, what tools they use, and how they handled the extremely disruptive northeast snowstorms during winter 2017-2018. Follow the link to read their story.
Here’s a short preview what they had to say:
The automated weather solution will help us in the long run. It provides real-time intelligence we need to make more informed weather-related decisions. And most importantly, it can help our business build resilience for severe weather and be sustainable.