Wow, there are so many differences in the way we do business. First Logistics has a number of protocols for cleaning, for employees to stay healthy, and for visitors.
Our housekeeping and cleaning procedures already are at a high standard because of the food safety guidelines that we have in place. And in addition, we have been conducting periodic deep cleaning to make the workplace safe for our employees and for the goods we store on behalf of our customers. We just scored a very great AIB inspection of 970/1000m on April 23, 2021. Thanks to all who worked hard to achieve this recognition.
First Logistics also has safe distancing in place for all employees to avoid close contact. Masks are worn when necessary, and as required by State of Illinois and recommended by the CDC. We have encouraged all employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Visitors are required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR or Antigen test 48 hours prior to any visit. This is to keep employees and visitors safe.
This country’s supply chain has experienced several different issues due to the pandemic. Manufacturing has been affected by raw material shortages, plant closures, Covid-19, and lack of workers. Store shelves for some items are empty while waiting for deliveries. Some people have been hording essentials, and stores had to limit quantities that could be purchased. Deliveries are not always on time or as expected due to the lack of goods, also due to shortage of CDL professional truck drivers. Unemployment has also been a huge factor, as has the unforeseen issue of lack of ready to go to work applicants for so many open jobs. Almost any business you drive past, especially small businesses such as light manufacturing, restaurants, salons and even health clubs all have signs advertising their job openings. Business owners have been forced to adhere to the CDC and state and local capacity standards, while trying desperately to re-hire the employees who were furloughed due to the pandemic. Numerous businesses had to close due to several factors, lack of customers, lack of employees and state and local governmental regulations. Some of these businesses have gone completely out of business, while others struggle to pay their bills with the limited income they have.
We all hope that there is some light at the end of this tunnel, and that we can get back to what we will now have to call “the new normal” before the end of 2021.
Continue to social distance, wash your hands, and wear your mask when required. And of course follow the science and get the vaccine.