Buckman North America Update
As cities and states in the U.S. prepare for a second wave of COVID-19, we want to let you know that the Buckman COVID-19 Global Task Force is closely monitoring the status of new outbreaks and their potential impact on our supply chain.
Since February, we have put our business continuation protocols into action to secure the safety of our global employees and customers. As we previously stated, we have taken the most aggressive and unprecedented actions in our history to combat the challenges of the pandemic and the ever-changing market conditions we all find ourselves in.
The health and safety of our employees and customers remains a top priority and we are complying with all local, state and federal government requirements for preventing the spread of the virus. Buckman’s manufacturing locations in North America are fully operational and continue to receive incoming shipments from suppliers, manufacture per our forecasted demands, and make outbound shipments to customers.
We are also diligently working to ensure that our supply chain remains strong and flexible, working with our logistics and transportation partners to maintain delivery with as few disruptions as possible. Our supply chain planning teams are collaborating regularly with sales and customers to optimize our stock requirements, and we are adjusting our manufacturing schedules as needed.
Buckman remains committed to meeting your needs and expectations. We will continue to update the COVID-19 page on buckman.com with the latest information. Please check back or contact your Buckman representative with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your business.
We are providing the below update based on the current state of LTL carriers.
The market expectations are that the current tense situation will remain at the same levels for the remainder of 2020. We are predicting that this may have an impact on the service levels by LTL shipments across all carriers.
As a precaution, Buckman is adding one day to transit times where we can in order to give extra time for shipments.
We cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for the millions of frontline workers around the world. Whether they work in healthcare, emergency services, food services, transportation, manufacturing or the many, many other essential professions, they are important to our global infrastructure and have not let us down since this pandemic broke out at the beginning of 2020.
In addition, we don’t know where we would be without the incredible dedication of our own manufacturing employees located in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, South Africa, China and Singapore. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that we meet and exceed our customers’ supply needs and expectations. They also continue to take this pandemic as seriously as it deserves by practicing the health and safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, WHO and state and local governments.
We are proud of each of our employees who work daily to ensure we give our customers the best experience we possibly can, no matter where they are in the world. This pandemic is far from over, but with our team behind us, we know we can continue to weather it.
We would also like to provide an update on the impact COVID-19 has had on our logistics. As you can imagine, the pandemic has had varying degrees of impact on logistics. We are continuously monitoring several indicators that predict we will likely continue to face challenges with freight thru the rest of 2020. Placing orders with the required lead time will help ensure we can deliver as requested.
While not related to COVID-19, many of you may know that several states in the U.S. were recently hit by Hurricane Laura. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by this terrible storm. If you need supply assistance during this time, please do not hesitate to contact Buckman.