American Logistics Aid Network

Logistics Industry Offers Up Its Expertise to Fight COVID-19

April 16, 2020
From transporting hand sanitizers and masks to offering warehouse space for use as field hospitals, the industry is responding to a variety of needs arising from COVID-19.

The worst of times sometimes brings out the best in all of us.

That holds true for logistic companies. According to the American Logistics Aid Network, many companies are stepping up with donations, supplies and physical spaces that can be used to treat those who are sick.

Here is a list of some efforts:

Efforts include:

  •  American Trucking Associations have transported 20 pallets of donated food. 
  •  ACME and the Texas Trucking Association is transporting hand sanitizer for the Dallas police department.
  •  Bergen Logistics has provided warehouse space for a mobile field hospital.
  • CFI is transporting FTL medical supplies Rochester Minn. to San Leandro, Calif. and Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Hassett Express is transporting 21 pallets of medical supplies and equipment from Chula Vista, Calif. to Winter Haven, Calif. 
  • Orbital Transport has donated containers for mobile field hospital
  •  Prologis is providing warehouse space for manufacturing operations 
  • Ware2Go is donating its logistics technology, network of warehouses, fulfillment and shipping services to allow medical providers to use the 1M Masks website to order free PPE.

ALAN also offers an update on the situation 

In addition to those efforts, UPS Healthcare and Resilinc, a provider of AI-based supply chain mapping, teamed up to locate and deliver critical medical items and equipment via The Exchange at Resilinc.

 The Exchange at Resilinc is a cloud-based platform for the healthcare industry where hospitals interact with vetted peer organizations to locate and then initiate the process of borrowing or exchanging items listed on the platform. It is offered at no cost to hospitals and healthcare organizations.

 “As a result of the Coronavirus, our teams have collaborated with strategic partners across the healthcare supply chain ecosystem to help hospitals at the frontlines of the pandemic facilitate faster, more efficient resolutions to medical supply imbalances and shortages,” said Bindiya Vakil, CEO, of Resilinc. 

Fedex is doing its part as well. Since January, FedEx has worked with governments, nonprofits, suppliers and retail customers to proactively help with relief efforts, including:

  • Collaborated with HHS, the TN Air National Guard and other agencies to move over a million COVID-19 test kits to cities across the U.S.
  • Continued collaboration with humanitarian aid organizations, such as Direct Relief to deliver 250,000 N95 masks and other personal protective equipment to as many as 1,000 community health centers and free clinics as part of the FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative.
  •  Expedited delivery of test kits from Indianapolis-based Roche Diagnostics to U.S. labs.