UPDATE 3/27/20

Weber Logistics, as an essential infrastructure industry servicing other essential industries, continues in full operation across all our facilities and trucking operations.

We have implemented strong COVID-19 prevention-related protocols internally (see 3/14/20 update below for more information), and the Weber Team is willingly and diligently assuring compliance and execution day-after-day, shift-after-shift, throughout our entire organization.  We will continue to follow and implement the directions and recommendations of all federal and state health authorities to assure that we protect our employees’ health to the very best of our ability.

Our distribution of food, clothing, and many other important products needed by Americans every day is a duty that we are committed to maintaining with reliability and excellence.

Weber remains committed to serving our valued clients and we thank them for their continued confidence in the Weber Team. 

 

UPDATE 3/20/20

Re: State of California Stay at Home Order

As you may already be aware, last night Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order to all individuals living in the State of California to stay at home or place of residence except for essential industries to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Here is a link to the Executive Order.

The order, which goes into effect today, March 20, states that exempt from this order are individuals, workers and businesses that are needed to maintain the continuity of operations to critical infrastructure sectors as outlined by DHS Critical Infrastructure Sections.

Consistent with the DHS Critical Infrastructure Section, we believe that it is clear that Weber Logistics is an essential business needed to maintain the continuity to the critical infrastructure. 

Further, California residents may leave their residence to perform any of the following activities/work as defined by the DHS Critical Infrastructure Section, “Essential Infrastructure Workers.”

Below are excerpts of DHS Critical Infrastructure Section that clearly match Weber’s core business:

  • Chemical Sector: Businesses that manufacture, store, use, and transport
  • Commercial Facilities Sector: Businesses Offices and mixed facilities that allow for storage.
  • Food & Agricultural Sector: Businesses that offer transportation of products.
  • Transportation Sector: Businesses that offer deliveries of letters and packages each day and includes large integrated carriers, regional and local courier services, mail services, mail management firms, and chartered and delivery services.

We continue to carefully follow CDC’s health-related preventative recommendations. Our employee’s safety remains our top priority.

At the same time, Weber will continue to operate at every facility, in order to distribute the products that our clients entrust to us to continue through the United States supply chain. 

Weber is committed to assuring that the many products that we distribute which are deemed essential to the well-being of Americans will continue to reach grocery stores, retailers and essential manufacturers to the best of our ability.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it affects our operation and will regularly communicate updates of any changes further affecting our day-to-day operations.   

Thank you,

Robert E Lilja
Chief Operating Officer

 

 

update 3/14/20

COVID-19 (Coronavirus and Supply Chain Risk)

Our clients have been reaching out to us asking about how this virus outbreak may affect their supply chains and their ability to service their customers.  Weber Logistics has been taking steps to help mitigate that impact and keep our employees, customers, and business partners safe and healthy.

We have created this document to provide transparency to our customers, to help them understand our thinking on the risks and to invite our customers' feedback on other ideas.

Obviously, this is an evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and provide updates as our processes evolve.


Weber Logistics Preventive Measures

Employee Health

We have adopted the most updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control including:

  • Conducting daily deep-clean (twice a day), specifically areas that are frequently touched or where employees/people congregate. We have provided facility management with a detailed Virus Prevention Daily Cleaning Checklist.
  • Following proper hand hygiene. Regularly and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching areas such as your face, nose and eyes with your hands.
  • Asking any employee who is sick to stay at home.
  • Asking employees to self-quarantine if they believe they have been exposed.
  • Following proper Cough/Sneezing etiquette: Cover mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing, then wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.

We are also deploying additional signage in all sites to encourage good health practices. For the foreseeable future, we will be releasing Employee Health & Safety alerts at least once per week throughout the crisis to keep the health message in front of employees. 

Leadership Training

We are planning a brief training topic for all leaders on the workplace safety impact of the coronavirus and that training will be recorded and provided to all leaders on all shifts.

Business Travel

  • We have canceled our participation in industry gatherings to avoid the risk of exposure.  
  • We are limiting corporate travel to that which is absolutely essential, and encouraging all employees to eliminate or restrict personal travel that is not essential.
  • For those employees who are traveling, we are reinforcing the commonsense health and hygiene recommendations including:
    • Avoid crowds as much as possible
    • Spend 30 minutes when checking into a hotel and wipe down hard surfaces in the room – while scientists tell us that the virus only lives approximately 10 hours on hard surfaces, such a decontamination routine has no downside.
    • Wipe down hand rests surfaces in your rental car.
    • We know that travelers can be vectors for infection, and we are committed to reducing and mitigating those risks.

Janitorial Services

We have instructed our cleaning staff to use disinfectants on all hard surfaces in addition to our normal cleaning processes, and have increased the number of daily cleanings to every site. We have also increased the number of areas and contact points needed for cleaning and to include most often those which are frequently touched (e.g. door handles, water handles, lift truck steering devices, tractor-trailer cabs, etc.)

 

Business Contingency

Facility Staffing

We have well-established relationships with temporary staffing agencies in Northern and Southern California.  We have established procedures for ramping up the use of temporary employees for other reasons (e.g. staffing shortages, increased volume, etc.) when necessary.  While we don’t view temporary staffing as a permanent solution, we believe we can bring employees in from these agencies to supplement staffing in the event a site is significantly impacted by high absence rates.

Leadership

We operate over 12 logistics sites in Northern and Southern California.  In the event we have high absence rates in multiple sites, we are prepared to deploy leaders from throughout our management staff ranks to support operational demands.  

Remote Support

In the event of a severe outbreak at a particular site, we will also move some support staff from the site and allow them to work remotely.


 

Other Considerations

We assess upstream supply chain risks to be far more significant to business continuity.  Particularly, spikes in infection rates in developing countries, where much of our clients’ manufacturing occurs and a less robust health care system exists, may impact mortality rates.   If the infection and fatality rates increase significantly, and supply chains in Southeast Asia or elsewhere are further disrupted, we could see inbound goods again diminish.

In addition, for some of our customers, ocean ports can be a choke point for inbound goods (e.g., a high incidence of illness at Los Angeles port could effectively shut down 30% of ocean-going freight). Therefore, we suggest that all clients assess their inventory positions and consider building up more inventory on the US side.  We are prepared to work with clients who need additional space for storage, including finding short term space or working with other 3PL partners to help our clients reach their business objectives and mitigate their risks. 


 

Additional Information

For those seeking more information on COVID-19, our insurance provider has supplied the following documents. Please be aware that many of the details of these within attachments may be immediately obsolete due to the ever changing nature of the statistics surrounding the virus.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Weber is carefully monitoring government and healthcare guidelines to assure that we first protect our employees and the public, while remaining committed to serving our valued clients to the best of our ability.   If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to our offices.  We appreciate your thoughts and support.

Thank you,

Robert E Lilja
Chief Operating Officer