The last several weeks have been difficult for people around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. Here in the United States, we are still watching infection totals rise, and more and more businesses continue to shutter as governors across the country issue stringent stay-at-home orders, preventing people from leaving their homes for anything considered non-essential.
We in the logistics industry, though, keep on trucking. Shipping is considered an essential operation, which means K-Way Express, Inc. is considered an essential business. We want to reassure our clients that our trucking company in Minnesota will remain open until further notice. At the moment, there does not appear to be anything on the horizon that would result in us closing down our operations.
What Are We Doing to Stay Safe?
As K-Way Express, Inc. continues to deliver freight on behalf of our clients all over the country, we have made sure to take extra precautions to keep our drivers and people receiving goods as safe as possible.
Of course, a big part of this is stepping up sanitation, which means more washing of hands and using hand sanitizer, and making sure all packages are handled in a sanitary manner. It also means regular wiping down of steering wheels and anything else the driver touches. It can mean wearing gloves and, in some circumstances, masks, and maintaining proper social distancing standards at all times during deliveries.
The good news is that, for the most part, the job of a trucker is a relatively solitary task, so drivers out on the road are generally protected from potential infection that could arise from being surrounded by a lot of people in close proximity.
The first couple weeks of the pandemic were the busiest time for those of us in the shipping and logistics industry. As people were out and clearing shelves at supermarkets and shopping centers, truckers were working overtime to keep up with the demand.
What Can You Do to Stay Safe?
We encourage all our clients to follow all guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means washing hands and using hand sanitizer, taking the appropriate amount of time to ensure you’ve thoroughly washed and cleansed. If you are still required to go into work, you should stay home if you’re feeling any symptoms and self-isolate if you know you’ve been exposed to someone who had the virus.
When receiving packages, make sure you wash your hands immediately after opening. While it is unlikely that the virus will survive for long periods of time on packaging, it is still important to take extra precautions when dealing with anything that came from outside your home or business.
If you’re interested in learning more about the various services we provide to our shipping and logistics clients or about what the shipping and logistics industry as a whole is doing to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to contact our trucking company in Minnesota today. We’d be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.