Navigating COVID-19 impact on transportation and logistics ecosystems

Explore what organizations can do to mitigate the business impact of COVID-19

Yatish Desai

Yatish Desai

Principal, Advisory/Supply Chain Logistics and Distribution Lead, KPMG US

+1 216-875-8129

COVID-19 and its impact on transportation and logistics ecosystems is unlike anything we have ever experienced. It could be comparable to having multiple hurricanes hit the U.S. at the same time. It has placed an unprecedented strain on our transportation and logistics resources.

Life sciences and consumer goods companies have seen unplanned business growth, while retailers and industrial firms are coping with business loss. The question facing all of them is: how do you manage a global supply chain through the challenge and what should be the focus to get back on track?

Further, the COVID-19 virus has hit some geographic areas of the U.S. population harder than others. The areas of highest impact or “hot spots” are also seeing the highest demand for goods. A result is a supply/demand imbalance for trucking companies as freight coming into the impact areas is greater than the freight leaving those areas.

So how should companies respond in times such as these to keep their goods moving to markets?

In this paper Yatish Desai, Principal and KPMG National Leader for Logistics and Distribution, offers a three-tiered approach to manage the complexities of the impact of COVID-19 and to create sustained logistics resiliency.

Navigating the COVID-19 impact to U.S. transportation and logistics ecosystems
The who, what, where, and how companies move goods to market is changing as businesses across industries respond to the impact of COVID-19.


How KPMG can support your supply chain and logistics operations

KPMG addresses issues impacting customers, transportation, warehousing and inventory with a focus on immediate, mid-term and long-term plans for future sustained logistics resiliency. 

  • Immediate: stabilize the logistics organization, activate plans and the communication strategy
  • Mid-term: transition to the new normal, optimize processes and tools
  • Long-term: plan for future logistics resiliency, offering a logistics risk strategy



KPMG Supply Chain Advisory support for COVID-19 impact on logistics