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Five Natural Disasters That Threatened To Break IT Supply Chains

Successful IT supply chains are often only a single disaster away from unraveling to cause a shortage of hard drives, memory, or other key IT component and leading to price spikes for those components.

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Hong Kong Floods, 2011: Disrupting Airfreight Operations

Hong Kong, along with the Philippines and southern China, in September was pummeled by Typhoon Nesat. Winds of up to 100 miles an hour forced the closure of the Hong Kong harbor and airport.

Because of the amount of finished IT products and IT components which are sent via air freight from China via Hong Kong to other parts of the world, system builders were for a few days on the edge of their seats over potential disruptions to their business. Fortunately, the air freight disruption was short-lived, and left only a minor impact. However, it underscored the dependency of the IT industry on overseas manufacturing and the potential harm to business that could result from a disruption in air freight services.

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