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Hurricane Laura Closes Stores in Louisiana and Texas

2020-08-31
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Laura is a category four hurricane that made landfall Thursday, August 27, 2020, in areas of Texas and Louisiana. It has moved towards Arkansas, weakening to a tropical storm. The hurricane has caused the closure of 52 Walmart stores across the two states.

Storm surges are still causing heavy rains and flooding as Laura wends its way inland. More than 800,000 customers have lost power in Louisiana and Texas, and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has stated that at least six people have died in his state. Due to concerns about the hurricane, some Louisiana parishes have instated curfews.

As of August 26, all of the following stores have been closed, sorted by Region, Market, and then Store Number.

Store Number

Market

Region

City

State

194

60

6

BAYTOWN

TX

1186

60

6

LIBERTY

TX

2439

60

6

BAYTOWN

TX

3298

60

6

KEMAH

TX

462

61

6

ALVIN

TX

482

61

6

WEST COLUMBIA

TX

504

61

6

GALVESTON

TX

527

61

6

ANGLETON

TX

529

61

6

LA MARQUE

TX

808

61

6

LAKE JACKSON

TX

1405

61

6

BAY CITY

TX

5388

61

6

LEAGUE CITY

TX

214

503

6

JASPER

TX

288

503

6

WOODVILLE

TX

283

66

13

BRIDGE CITY

TX

331

66

13

SULPHUR

LA

383

66

13

SILSBEE

TX

384

66

13

LUMBERTON

TX

408

66

13

PORT ARTHUR

TX

449

66

13

PORT ARTHUR

TX

457

66

13

VIDOR

TX

469

66

13

LAKE CHARLES

LA

521

66

13

LAKE CHARLES

LA

651

66

13

BEAUMONT

TX

777

66

13

WEST ORANGE

TX

1204

66

13

LAKE CHARLES

LA

311

129

13

FRANKLIN

LA

540

129

13

MORGAN CITY

LA

309

132

13

ABBEVILLE

LA

310

132

13

CROWLEY

LA

386

132

13

JENNINGS

LA

402

132

13

BREAUX BRIDGE

LA

415

132

13

BROUSSARD

LA

531

132

13

LAFAYETTE

LA

533

132

13

NEW IBERIA

LA

543

132

13

OPELOUSAS

LA

2938

132

13

LAFAYETTE

LA

7301

132

13

CARENCRO

LA

312

134

13

VILLE PLATTE

LA

405

134

13

LEESVILLE

LA

505

134

13

DERIDDER

LA

773

134

13

EUNICE

LA

1107

134

13

OAKDALE

LA

1128

134

13

MARKSVILLE

LA

3727

541

64

ALEXANDRIA

LA

3736

541

64

PINEVILLE

LA

5125

541

64

OPELOUSAS

LA

5773

541

64

NEW IBERIA

LA

6583

541

64

LAKE CHARLES

LA

6590

541

64

LAKE CHARLES

LA

7099

543

64

MORGAN CITY

LA

4618

562

64

LEAGUE CITY

TX

Supply chain best practices for a hurricane

There are a few key practices to follow to create a resilient supply chain during a hurricane. If you sell “emergency” items for natural disasters (e.g., bottled water or batteries), you should attempt to get as much product to affected stores as soon as possible. One way to do this is by working with replenishment managers directly. Another is to create a Store-Specific Order (SSO) to ship products straight to the affected stores.

However, some suppliers will see a reduction in sales as the stores close. If you are a non-emergency supplier, make sure to not ship to the closed stores or distribution centers as no one will be available to receive the orders. Instead, focus on shipping to other stores and DCs. Work with your replenishment manager on making sure you cancel POs for the correct reasons to avoid OTIF fines. Otherwise, expect replenishment as normal.

No matter what you sell, it’s important to stay in touch with your replenishment manager during natural disasters to make sure you’re communicating your needs. DCs and stores may be closed for days or even weeks due to damages, and some may be destroyed permanently.

Walmart is tracking the storm closely out of concern for its customers, associates, and suppliers. To this end, Walmart has created a Hurricane Laura status page you can visit to view updates.

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