How 3PLs are changing to continue operations amid COVID-19

by Michael Kotendzhi | Trucking, Logistics

In today’s current challenging times it’s crucial that businesses have the support and flexibility of their supply chain partners. With changing laws and updates every day, 3PLs are adjusting their practices and re-evaluating their operation strategies. Luckily, many 3PLs are willing to be flexible and make necessary changes for their clients in order to help keep supply chain operations moving forward.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, protocols of local and federal officials are continuously changing. One protocol requires that non-essential workers and companies discontinue working for the time being, while those that are deemed essential are given permission to continue operation. Today’s changing environment can render a new order to be executed, and it’s a 3PL’s job to keep track of these updates and ensure that they’re in compliance with them.

‚ÄčIn order to keep business efficient and running, 3PLs are also implementing safeguard operations in order to deal with the increase in demand. Internal measures and adaptions must be taken in order to keep work environments safe, facilities clean, and supply chain operations moving. Some measures may include:

  • Hygiene guides for employees to minimize spreading
  • Social distancing measures for employees that are in compliance with legal protocols
  • Protocol for visitors in order to reduce the risk of exposure or possible virus spread
  • Strict cleaning protocols for all facilities and surfaces
  • Employees to work from home, when possible

These measures taken by 3PL providers will protect teams and help keep supply chain operations moving forward. Many 3PLs are showing clients that they’re willing to go above and beyond to ensure the continuity of their clients’ operations.

18 Wheels Warehousing and Trucking in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada is well equipped to handle any supply chain needs during COVID-19. Contact us for all your co-packaging, transportation, and distribution needs. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.