To help keep shippers like you up to date, Transportation Impact has compiled a summary of the week’s news related to COVID-19 and its impact on the logistics world. We’ll continue to provide weekly updates as the situation warrants, with more frequent updates through social media via the links below and view our live Twitter feed below.

  • FedEx: Statement Regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

    On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The CARES Act is intended to provide economic relief to U.S. citizens and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More
  • FedEx Adds Temperature Screening to COVID-19 Precautions at Memphis World Hub

    FedEx says it’s checking temperatures and practicing social distancing “where possible” within the massive FedEx Express world hub where more than 11,000 workers converge daily. Read More
  • UPS Mobilizes Against Coronavirus in Collaboration with Global Customers and U.S. Agencies

    UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced an unprecedented increase in efforts in coordination with the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and State health agencies. Read More

NOTE: We reported this last week, but it bears repeating that both carriers announced the suspension of their money-back guarantee.

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It is also important to emphasize that auditing your small parcel invoices is still necessary because there are many ways you are eligible for refunds besides service failures. There are also many soft-dollar savings opportunities available to shippers who audit and leverage a small parcel business intelligence tool to make use of the data it provides. Small parcel data can provide actionable information and assist in more informed decision-making in any parcel shipping operation.

Small Parcel Articles of Interest:

  • Essential and Exposed: Anxiety Spreads Among UPS, FedEx Drivers

    In the new coronavirus economy that divides labor into essential and nonessential, truckers and parcel delivery drivers have become some of the most indispensable -- and most exposed -- workers as shut-in Americans rely more on online shopping. Read More
  • Don’t Panic about Shopping, Getting Delivery or Accepting Packages

    A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine is making people think twice about how they might be exposed to covid-19 if they open a box delivered by UPS, touch packages at the grocery store or accept food delivery. Read More
  • Instacart Workers Are Planning to Strike until the Company Gives Them Hazard Pay and Safety Gear

    Instacart workers are planning to strike on Monday until the grocery delivery company meets their demands for provisions like hazard pay and safety equipment.  Read More

Logistics / Supply Chain Articles of Interest

  • House Democrats Push for Infrastructure in Next Coronavirus Bill

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next coronavirus stimulus bill should include at least $760 billion over five years for water projects, broadband and transportation. Read More
  • Spot Market Displays New Behavior as COVID-19 Shifts Demand

    As the U.S. economy goes up or down, the routes that fleets use often remain the same, as does the price structure of spot rates. Read More
  • Trump Tweets 'Phase 4' Could Mean Long-Awaited Infrastructure Bill

    The current political climate, with estimates of unemployment surging, could drive Congress to compromise on infrastructure. Read More
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Keeps Long-Haul Truckers on the Move

    For long-haul truckers in Alabama, as well as those across the nation, the coronavirus pandemic has made things such as finding a real meal or public restroom on the road a real challenge. Read More 
  • Survey: 59% of US Companies Would Have 2 Weeks of Stock after Halting Production

    Given the risks of JIT manufacturing and carrying low inventory levels, RapidRatings did find that 64% of companies have a pandemic response plan and 68% have a committee or working group in place for continuity planning. Read More

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