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Warehousing and Logistics Insurance

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Warehousing and logistics insurance for your business needs.

When you run warehouses and logistics, you’re faced with a lot of moving parts. From the inventory you store to your forklifts to your employees, a lot can go wrong in an instant, leaving your business to pick up the financial pieces. That’s why you need to invest in comprehensive warehousing and logistics insurance coverage to help protect your business and make sure you’re covered.

Coverage for your expensive and necessary equipment.

Your business relies on the equipment you use to keep running. From conveyor belts and forklifts to sorters and more, if even one part of your process breaks down or malfunctions, your business could face many unexpected costs. Equipment breakdown insurance as part of your comprehensive warehousing and logistics insurance coverage can help cover repair and replacement costs—and sometimes the costs of damaged goods—so you can be back up and running in no time.

What happens if your business or a contingent business shuts down?

Warehousing and logistics involves a lot of fine-tuned processes, not only within your business but with the contingent businesses you rely on. If you or a contingent business is forced to shut down or relocate due to a covered peril, you could face significant financial losses during that downtime. When putting together your warehousing and logistics insurance plan, investing in business interruption insurance and contingent business interruption insurance can help keep you protected from unexpected and covered perils.

 

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There is room for error everywhere.

As mentioned before, your warehousing and logistics business relies on well-planned operations. From tracking inventory to processing shipments, there is a lot of room for error in your business. For example, a delay in a shipment could result in a breach of contract. What happens then when you are held liable? Errors and omissions (E&O) liability insurance offers coverage to help with the costs of legal defenses and paying damages resulting from E&O claims, making E&O coverage an important part of your warehousing and logistics insurance policy.

Don’t forget the standard business coverages.

There are some business insurance products you’ll likely need, regardless of your industry. Commercial umbrella insurance offers coverage beyond the limits of some of your other policies. Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns or leases, including buildings, inventory, equipment, and more. A cyber liability insurance policy offers coverage against the financial losses associated with data breaches.

If you are in need of specialized warehousing and logistics insurance coverage, contact us today to discuss your options.

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Business Auto Insurance

Risk Factor

An auto accident can cause bodily injury or property damage to others for which you are responsible, potentially putting your business in financial jeopardy.

Solution

Business auto insurance provides coverage for vehicles owned or leased by a commercial enterprise and provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and other coverages, and includes both comprehensive and collision coverage.

Workers’ Compensation

Risk Factor

If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper insurance coverage in place.

Solution

Maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to eligible employees. Otherwise, you can be penalized for every day that coverage is not maintained, as well as for any benefits an employee would have been eligible for in the event of a job-related injury or sickness.

Commercial Property

Risk Factor

Your business property is a significant financial investment. What if something happens to it?

Solution

Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns or leases, including things like equipment, inventory, furniture, and fixtures. Whether you own your building or lease your workspace, commercial property insurance can be purchased separately or can be combined with other necessary coverage to protect your business’ physical assets.

Pollution

Risk Factor

Pollution and environmental contamination is an increasing risk that can occur due to improper storage and use of chemicals, run-off, fuel leaks, and other situations. Pollutant cleanup is generally excluded from basic insurance policies. Leaking from an aboveground or underground fuel tank, for example, can be very costly to remediate.

Solution

It is difficult to control pollution risks, but not impossible. You can protect yourself from this type of risk by obtaining environmental insurance that provides coverage for both bodily injury and property damage caused by a pollution incident. This type of insurance can provide coverage for clean up costs and third party lawsuits that result from contamination.

Equipment Breakdown

Risk Factor

While your homeowners policy covers a wide array of perils, such as damage caused by a fire or a falling tree, it doesn’t cover some common types of problems that can occur to the equipment in or around your home. For example, a sudden surge from the local power plant might damage appliances, HVAC systems, or your home power generator.

Solution

Add mechanical breakdown coverage to your homeowners policy. If you have multiple homes, it can be purchased for each one individually. Keep in mind that while it does protect against major events, it does not cover normal wear and tear.

Business Interruption and Contingent Business Interruption

Risk Factor

If you have to temporarily suspend your business due to a covered peril, you’ll likely face significant revenue loss. You may also incur extra expenses if you have to relocate your business. However, you may also have to halt operations if there’s a similar covered loss at the location of a supplier or customer. For example, if you store and handle goods made by a particular manufacturer and they have a fire that causes them to shut down, you may not have the inventory to store and handle, which will hurt your business.

Solution

Business interruption helps to cover lost revenue and extra expenses that arise from a covered peril. This could include replacement of income, payroll, temporary office space, or other costs. Contingent business interruption covers losses you incur as the result of a covered peril occurring at the location of a customer or supplier your business depends on.

Workers Compensation / Employee Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

Risk Factor

There are risks associated with employing domestic staff in your home. Employees can become injured on the job, leaving you to pay out-of-pocket for their medical expenses. Additionally, staff can sue for wrongful termination, privacy issues, discrimination, and harassment claims.

Solution

Be sure to obtain coverage for medical expenses when your staff are hurt while on the job. Additionally, employment practices liability insurance can protect you from high legal costs associated with lawsuits and additional claims from current and past employees.

Errors and Omissions Liability (E&O)

Risk Factor

If you perform services for others, you are at risk of not doing the work correctly (errors) or not doing it at all (omissions). Lawsuits can arise claiming the error or omission harmed your client and caused them a financial loss.

Solution

Errors and omissions liability insurance protects any business that gives advice, makes educated recommendations, designs solutions, or represents the needs of others. Ensure you have this important coverage if you perform services for clients.

Cyber Liability

Risk Factor

The Internet has spun a whole new web of liability exposures. E-commerce, social networking, cloud storage, and other technologies bring great benefits to large and small businesses alike. But with these benefits also come challenges, including protection of privacy, data, and financial information of your customers.

Solution

Cyber liability coverage covers unauthorized access to electronic data or software within your network. It also provides coverage for spreading a virus, computer theft, extortion, or any unintentional act, mistake, error, or omission made by an employee. This coverage is quickly becoming more and more important as you embrace technology to help run your businesses.

Bailee and Property of Others

Risk Factor

A major part of your warehousing and logistics operations includes taking temporary possession of the property of others. While these items are in your care, they can be damaged or stolen, resulting in significant loss for your business.

Solution

Often a part of warehouse legal liability policies, bailee and property of others coverage offers protection in the event of property damage or direct physical loss of items you are responsible for. This could include losses at your main warehouse or overflow facilities, or even during the process of various services you provide including storage, package, labeling, or transporting.

Commercial Umbrella

Risk Factor

What happens when your business faces a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limit of your standard policy?

Solution

A commercial umbrella policy provides high limits of insurance, typically between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000. Coverage is extended over your general liability insurance, workers’ compensation, business auto, as well as directors and officers liability coverage. It provides a great safety net and helps ensure your business is well protected.