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.
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:
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.
Robert E Lilja
Chief Operating Officer
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.
We have adopted the most updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control including:
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert E Lilja
Chief Operating Officer