First and foremost, we want to thank everyone in the transportation and logistics industry for all you do! In these trying times for our country, you’re the backbone getting things done, making products available, and you’re the glue keeping it all together! We need you. We’re grateful to you. Our country would be at a complete standstill without you, and we know that you’re the ones keeping our economy afloat! Thank you.
What are these trying times?
The global COVID-19 virus has become a worldwide pandemic and is affecting nearly everyone, everywhere.
A pandemic for the ages
The world has been hit with something unlike we’ve ever seen before. The COVID-19 virus, which started in China, and has spread throughout countries all over the world and all states in the U.S., is a pandemic, unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime. The virus, to which no one has immunity, is extremely contagious and has been lethal for many people all over the world. Our hearts go out to every family that has been affected. We are so sorry for your losses, and we wish for everyone to return to health.
How did we get here?
Things have changed so quickly; even this blog will be outdated within a week. What do we know right now? The infectious disease is rampant. It doesn’t discriminate. And it’s affecting EVERYONE.
A staggering economy
Due to the pandemic, the economy has nearly come to a halt in the U.S. Businesses everywhere have been forced to close their doors to the public, and people are quarantined and isolated in their homes. There is no end in sight for when the economy will return to normal.
Deliveries are still essential
Isn’t it ironic that it’s not until something is taken away from you that you realize how much you needed it? This is all too clear now. Many people take for granted how their groceries and supplies end up in stores. They take for granted how their mail arrives each day to their mailbox, and that they can order anything online that they may need…and it just shows up. The need for goods transported by shipping companies is higher (and more evident) than ever. Trucks and other freight carriers are now in overdrive (pun intended. A small attempt to keep this light!).
Thank you to our carrier partners
Truckers are working long hours, and there are fewer options for places for them to eat and take breaks. Though some regulations have been flexible, this puts more pressure on truckers to work extended schedules.
Keeping consumers safe
Here at yourLTL, we are committed to keeping all of our customers (and coworkers!) safe. We are following the guidance of global health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are reminding our employees that practicing social distancing, frequently washing our hands, and keeping our work areas clean are all positive things we can each do to be safe and help prevent the spread of the virus.
Carrier COVID-19 updates
Many carriers are operating per status quo at the moment, with some exceptions, such as eliminating inside deliveries and signing for delivery receipts. They all have a process in place for how they are dealing with the virus to keep their employees safe, as well as the public, based on CDC recommendations.
Is it safe to receive a shipment?
This is a question that many people are asking. The WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other shipping containers is low.
Wash your hands
The best thing you can do right now to prevent the potential spread of infection (besides staying home, if that’s an option for you) is to wash your hands. Wash them thoroughly and frequently.
We’ll get through this
It’s times like these that make you reflect on all kinds of things in our lives. We’re so grateful to all of our partners, coworkers, and customers. Thank you for your support and for your trust in us. We will continue to serve you with the health and safety of everyone in our sphere as the highest priority. Together, we’ll get through this.