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COVID-19 | JARRETT LOGISTICS UPDATE

Posted by Jarrett on Mar 19, 2020 11:18:00 AM


4.2.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 4/2/2020 at 3:00 PM.

Modes of Transportation:

LTL:  Several carriers are beginning to furlough employees in various areas within their organizations as overall business levels have recently dropped.

Significant Carrier Announcements: 

ArchBest: Logistics provider ArcBest Corp. (NASDAQ: ARCB) announced that it has drawn down its revolving credit facility in response to the uncertainty facing freight markets amid the coronavirus outbreak. More information can be found here.

Parcel: The small parcel market has seen a dramatic change in a short period of time, with a significant spike in business to consumer activity. 

 

Other National Updates: 

Canadian Border: Regarding perceived or potential restrictions moving across the Canadian border, we have this reassurance from Clint Ellis, President of Priority Brokerage, a Canadian customs brokerage firm, “‘There are no restrictions on the free flow of commercial traffic across the US/Canadian border due to COVID-19.”

You can contact Clint at info@prioritybrokerage.ca or 905-212-9901. For more information, you can visit their website: www.prioritybrokerage.ca 

Impossible Dock Scheduling: Impossible Foods has implemented dock scheduling software to eliminate carrier wait times, reduce detention costs and provide much enhanced visibility to what is coming in, what is going out and when. Additionally, it makes drivers happy. This makes companies like Impossible a ‘shipper of choice’, allowing them to grab more capacity when it’s otherwise scarce. Jarrett has implemented similar software at many of its clients’ locations through North America with great success. Learn more about Impossible’ s story here.

The CARES Act: The CARES Act was recently passed. This act proposes setting up a task force to evaluate American medical supply chains and develop a plan to address their current and potential vulnerabilities using the following strategies:

  • Promote supply chain redundancy and contingency planning; 
  • Encourage domestic manufacturing
  • Improve supply chain information gaps 
  • Improve planning considerations for medical product supply chain capacity during public health emergencies
  • Promote the accessibility of such drugs and devices.

More information on how the CARES Act will affect supply chains can be found here. 

State by state closures: See what states and cities have told residents to stay home through this link.

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Monday, 4/6 at 4 PM. Please visit our website for other updates. 

If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news.


3.31.2020

There are no significant updates in the transportation segment at this time. We will begin to provide updates at a cadence of every other day while continuing to monitor activity proactively. If any other urgent news develops, we will communicate that information accordingly. 

Social distancing extension: During his press conference Sunday, March 29, Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines to April 30. More information can be found here.

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Thursday, 4/2 at 7 PM.

If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 


3.30.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/30/2020 at 2:30 PM.

Modes of Transportation:

LTL: National LTL carriers have little to no restrictions in their ability to operate within the US and across the northern and southern borders. Carriers continue to work diligently to ensure that both shipper and consignee on all shipments are open to ensure the free flow of freight through their networks.  

TL: 

Market uncertainty lifts US trucking instant quotes: According to JOC.com, “Digital brokers are navigating a topsy-turvy freight market, which makes it very difficult to anticipate how much it will cost to purchase a truck in two or three weeks.

Any semblance of predictability in the US surface freight market over the next three weeks is so scant among freight brokers that they’re quoting rates more than 15 percent higher than prior to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreading to the US.

Four truck brokers, all of which provide instant digital quotes, have raised rates through March 25 compared with February, according to a JOC.com analysis of 115 US lanes. The review includes markets such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, all of which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Since there is no historical precedent on which to rely, the proper strategy is to lean on real-time data to make forecasts, according to three of the four digital brokers that spoke to JOC.com. If the real-time data is unclear, however, then it’s more difficult to make a 14- or 21-day forecast.

One fact isn’t in doubt: truckload rates are higher than a month ago in nearly all US markets. Inbound rates into New York are up 26 cents sequentially in March, according to a JOC.com analysis. Inbound rates to Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are up 25, 24, 23, 22, and 21 cents, respectively. Rates are up 18 cents into California and Washington state this month.”

Creative Solutions:

  • US Foods, a restaurant supplier with its own trucks, has fewer restaurants to supply. So, it’s hauling grocery freight for C&S, a large NE grocer. More information can be found here.
  • Kenan Advantage Group, North America’s largest tank truck transporter, began using its own power units to haul Walmart trailers to assist with Walmart’s increased demand.  

Other National Updates:

State by state closures: See what states and cities have told residents to stay home through this link.

 

Please contact me directly with any questions. Our next email update will be no later than Tuesday, 3/31, at 7 PM.  Please visit our website for other updates. 

If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 

 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news. 


3.27.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/27/2020 at 3 PM.

Modes of Transportation:

LTL: Carriers are continuing to operate their business and making adjustments as needed. We will continue to communicate significant announcements as they are confirmed along with any carrier adjustments within these updates.

Significant Carrier Announcements:

UPS Freight: Effective today, March 27, UPS Freight is temporarily suspending the Guaranteed Day and Guaranteed by Noon service offerings. Their Urgent Services department will continue to offer guaranteed services with delivery as promised or no charge.

Central Freight Lines purchases Volunteer: Central Freight executed an agreement to acquire most of Volunteer Express, Inc.’s business. Effective April 5, Volunteer Express’ customers will join the Central Freight Lines family. The goal of the acquisition is to strengthen their internal process and expand their footprint. 

TL:

Mexico surges as US-China supply chains suffer : According to JOC.com, “A 26-cent increase in the average outbound per-mile rate from Laredo, Texas, and a 28-cent per-mile spike in McAllen, Texas, point to increased demand for imports from Mexico in March, after China-US supply chains snapped in February. Outbound rates from Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee, were up 25 and 21 cents per mile, respectively, the JOC.com analysis revealed.”

Air:

FedEx: Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, was interviewed on CBS and gave a positive update on the status of the company:

    • Passenger airlines, which carry a large amount of airfreight, are by and large shut down. A considerable amount of that volume has been shifted to FedEx.
    • China is re-opening.  After having zero flights there early this month, FedEx had 246 last week.

American Airlines: AA is flying it’s first cargo-only flights since 1984.  The first flight lane DFW to Frankfurt, Germany in 777-300’s carrying more than 100,000 pounds of cargo.

    • Flights contain telecommunications equipment, electronics, e-commerce items and medical supplies.
    • Delta, Korean Air and Qantas are also shifting to cargo flights as passenger volume levels have plummeted.

More information on both FedEx and American Airlines can be found here. 

 

Other National Updates: 

Identify changes and closures of individual states: This link contains constant updates of closures and changes in every state and could be helpful for finding information when shipping to customers: https://ogletree.com/covid-19-closure-orders/

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Monday, 3/30, at 7 PM.  

If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 

 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news. 


3.27.2020

Our country continues to try and balance public health and safety surrounding COVID-19. We invite you to watch this video to learn more about how Jarrett proactively and successfully mobilized all employees that are able to operate at a work-from-home environment. 

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If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 


3.26.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/26/2020 at 5:30 PM.

 

Modes of Transportation:

Update: US trucks shippers capitalizing on HOS relief: According to JOC.com, “As truck drivers rush to deliver essential goods during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, US shippers are taking advantage of extended driver hours to speed replenishment. They’re putting more people on docks, ensuring they’ve purchased the right amount of goods, and even creating forms to help truckers hauling their loads verify they and their shipments are exempt from US hours-of-service (HOS) rules.

The first-ever nationwide HOS exemption is meant to put some flexibility back into a US transportation network that is limited by the daily clock governing trucker working hours, which allow 11 hours of daily driving time and 14 hours of on-duty time. The exemption allows truckers to exceed those limits, as long as they take a 10-hour break afterward.

Drivers are apparently using the HOS exemption, but there’s no way to publicly track how many are working longer hours to get essential goods to destinations. Truckers are traveling faster through typically congested urban areas, however, thanks to a reduction in everyday commuter traffic, according to a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.”

 

LTL: Carriers are continuing to operate their business and look for freight while making adjustments as needed. We will continue to communicate significant announcements as they are confirmed along with any carrier adjustments within these updates.

  • Most national LTL carriers are seeing a significant drop in volume. Some are reporting as much as a 15-20% overall drop in volume late this week. 

Significant Carrier Announcements:

  • FedEx Freight: FedEx Freight will continue to accept and deliver freight in limited service markets as outlined by state and local governments, as well as to any customer (in any market) that is open for business.
    • NEW: Technology: U.S./ CAN: FedEx Freight Operations launched new technology for the U.S. and CAN that prompts both drivers and billing clerks to confirm a shipment destined to a restricted area is going to a business that is confirmed to be open.  
    • The shipper must confirm that the business is open for delivery before tendering the shipment. The new functionality launched in both driver handhelds and in the freight billing system. Field Operations was notified of this change on Sunday, March 22.
  • Old Dominion:  Every Old Dominion Service Center and every Old Dominion Shop is 100% fully operational. They have increased their inventory of high use parts by 10%-20% in their shops. This was done because some suppliers have been downsizing their operations and they did not want to get caught without parts to repair equipment. 

TL:

Rates rising in ‘topsy-turvy’ US trucking market: According to JOC.com, average spot dry-van rates increased 6.1 percent. An analysis shows inbound spot rates are up more than 10 cents into WA and CA markets. Inbound truck spot rates are up 19 cents in CA and WA, 12 cents in PA and 10 cents in IN and FL.

 

Other National Updates:

Oil Excess: The world will run out of places to store oil in as little as three months, according to an industry consultant. Inventories are expected to increase by 1.8 billion gallons. More information can be found here. 

 

Looking Ahead: 

NY/NJ prepares for potential cargo backlog: According to JOC.com, “The Port of New York and New Jersey is moving to head off a cargo backlog in marine terminals and warehouses in April and May as Chinese import volumes rebound from the trough created by blank sailings linked to China’s recent production slowdown. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) expects cargo volumes to rise 25 percent later this spring from present levels as imports from China begin to recover after the reopening of Chinese factories that had been shut in February due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Friday, 3/27, at 7 PM.

 

If you are not currently a JLS customer, and need assistance routing a shipment, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news. 


3.25.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/25/2020 at 4:00 PM. 

 

Modes of Transportation:

LTL: Carriers are continuing to operate their business and look for freight while making adjustments as needed. We will continue to communicate significant announcements as they are confirmed along with any carrier adjustments within these updates.

  • Several national carriers outsource their tracking and billing overseas. With an effective shutdown now in place for those areas, carriers are reporting that pro level information may not be available for up to 36 hours after ship date via call or email. 
  • However, all electronic connectivity between Jarrett Logistics and our carrier partners remains in tact and continues to allow for proactive tracking and communication. 

TL: The COVID-19 response has “disrupted freight flows and boosted rates.” See more information and updates, according to DAT, here.

Parcel: The impact of COVID-19 is causing local, state and national governments to issue travel restrictions which in turn effects parcel delivery. 

  • UPS: Effective March 24, 2020 and until further notice, the UPS Service Guarantee is suspended for all U.S. origin shipments (U.S. Domestic and International) at any service level. More information can be found here

Other National Updates:

Canadian Border: No new or additional information is required at the border at this point. Many carriers are letting us know that documentation might be a requirement for travel in the near future for both domestic and cross border business. This could apply for all essential businesses not just including the carriers. We will keep you updated on the requirements as quickly as possible. 

State by State Closures: CT, MA, HI, IN, MI, and OR have issued stay-at-home-orders, joining the list of states already affected: CA, DE, IL, LA, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, WA, WI & WV. 

More details on each state can be found here:

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Thursday, 3/26, at 7 PM. 

 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news.


3.24.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/24/2020 at 3:30 PM. 

 

Modes of Transportation: It appears, with few exceptions, that the transportation industry might be the least restricted segment of our economy. Trucks can move freely about the country, even in restricted areas. The only restrictions seem to be whether the pick up and delivery locations are open and operating as normal.

 

LTL:  Carriers are continuing to operate their business and look for freight while making adjustments as needed. We will continue to communicate significant announcements as they are confirmed along with any carrier adjustments within these updates.

 

Significant Carrier Announcements:

Beaver Express: A regional delivery agent servicing TX, OK and KS as a partner to multiple large LTL carriers, yesterday announced they are shutting down operations permanently effective March 26, 2020.

A note from the President of Beaver Express, highlighting an arrangement with ODFL, can be found here.

More information can be found here.

YRCW: YRCW is operating as normal, but note they are looking at key essential industries to make sure the freight is moving to places such as grocery stores, medical industries etc. They ask you to help support those as well and ask them to put a guarantee or time critical option on these shipments to expedite.

  • Open/Closed Business: Need to know what businesses are closed in order not to deliver freight, but it is also important to help avoid storage and redelivery charges for your customers if they try to move the freight as these will be applied
  •  Canada Cross Border:  YCRW’s border manager has verified this will not impact drivers moving freight across the border north or south.
  • Mexico Services are up and operational as well. YCRW implemented new rate structures as of 3-20-20.
  •  Residential Direct and Project Management Resources:  YRCW is seeing an increase around these services due to businesses closing and customers needing to have items shipped to their homes or stores that are essential needing immediate projects/end caps/displays refilled. Please reach out to your JLS account team for more information. 

TL: The COVID-19 response has “disrupted freight flows and boosted rates.” See more information and updates, according to DAT, here.

 

Parcel: The impact of COVID-19 is causing local, state and national governments to issue travel restrictions which in turn effects parcel delivery. 

  • FedEx: Suspending money-back guarantee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office services worldwide effective immediately until further notice. FedEx is an essential transportation service provider, and will continue operating as government restrictions and regulations allow. 

Other National Updates:

State by State Closures: LA, NM, WA, WI and WV have issued stay-at-home-orders, joining the list of states already affected: CA, DE, IL, KY, LA, NJ, NV, NY, OH & PA.  

Global Response and Recession: According to JOC.com, “Shop closures across the world, job losses, and an uncertain future are putting the brakes on consumer spending and dragging major economies into recession. 

The rapid shutdown of business across the United States and Europe in a bid to slow the spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has removed a critical component in the recovery of container shipping demand, with no certainty when consumer spending will return.

That lack of clarity is troubling container carriers. A.P. Møller-Maersk on Friday withdrew its financial guidance for 2020, while Hapag-Lloyd is expecting a negative impact on earnings for at least the first half of the year, and OOCL warns of a possible medium- to long term

decline in demand.

The real-time impact of the aggressive social distancing measures is being measured by software solution provider Purple. Using WiFi analytics, the data shows that in Europe, the visits to retail stores fell 41 percent in the past week compared with the previous week. In North America, that foot traffic declined 18 percent week on week, while restaurant visits tumbled more than 60 percent in the past week as more stringent stay-at-home measures were imposed across the US.

Fast-moving measures to combat the disease mean analysts are having to constantly revise their economic impact assessments.Deutsche Bank is now expecting a severe global recession in the first half of 2020. The bank expects demand in China to have declined 32 percent in the first quarter, with second quarter demand in the eurozone to fall 24 percent, and in the US by 13 percent.”

 

India declares nationwide lockdown: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a 21-day shutdown would begin at midnight local time. Many Indian states had already suspended nonessential services and restricted movement, but the announcement extends the steps to the entire nation of 1.4 billion people.” More information can be found here.

 

Ontario and Quebec order non-essential business closure: By midnight on Tuesday, March 24, Ontario and Quebec will be on hold for three weeks. More information can be found here.

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Wednesday, 3/25, at 7 PM. 

 

 

*The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news. 


3.23.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/23/2020 at 5:00 PM. 

 

Modes of Transportation:

LTL: Carriers are continuing to operate their business and look for freight while making adjustments as needed. We will continue to communicate significant announcements as they are confirmed along with any carrier adjustments within these updates.  

TL: The full truckload market continues to maintain stability to this point. We continue to monitor various aspects of the current situation.  

Other National Updates:

State by State Closures: Multiple states have announced temporary shutdowns for all non-essential businesses. Please refer to each state's definition of essential vs. non-essential businesses for the most accurate information. Currently the states affected include: CA, DE, IL, KY, LA, NJ, NV, NY, OH & PA.  

 

The information above is subject to change with developing news and updates. We are providing a recap of the most up-to-date information as possible. Each update contains information confirmed by credible sources and does not include inaccurate or speculated news.  

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Tuesday, 3/24, at 7 PM. 

 


 

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/23/2020 at 10:20 PM. 

Jarrett Logistics Systems and its services are considered to be an essential business and will remain open and operating.  We are proud to continue serving our customers with uninterrupted service during these difficult times. 

 

Modes of Transportation:

According to Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio, in his press conference on Saturday, March 21, carriers hauling essential goods are able to apply for an exemption to allow them to haul larger loads at this time.

 

HOS regs waived for COVID-19 relief efforts: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration, exempting motor carriers from certain Hours of Service regulations if they are transporting essential supplies and equipment for coronavirus relief efforts.

More information can be found here: https://www.truckinginfo.com/353313/usdot-issues-national-emergency-declaration-for-commercial-vehicles-delivering-r

 

LTL: JLS continues ongoing communication with all of our carrier partners from the executive level all the way through the local terminals. All communication with carriers continues to state business as usual with the following points of emphasis: 

  • LTL carriers are being very vigilant to ensure clients are not sending freight to closed consigness.  Any unnecessary freight in their system will choke the carrier networks and make it more challenging to be efficient during these times.  Please confirm when shipping that your pick up and delivery locations are open for business.  
  • Some carriers are considering this event is an Act of God and reimbursements will not be issued on Guaranteed or Time Critical Freight.

Significant Carrier Announcements:

YRCW: YRCW will be metering freight into areas effected, which could cause some service delays. To clarify, they will trap freight towards origin distribution centers to not overwhelm an effected terminal such as one in the San Francisco Bay area.

 

TL: The full truckload market continues to maintain stability to this point. We continue to monitor various aspects of the current situation.  

 

Other National Updates:

Ohio to close non-essential business: On Sunday, March 22, Governor DeWine issued a “stay at home” mandate for all non-essential workers. A full list of ‘essential’ industries can be found here: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/03/ohio-gov-mike-dewine-officially-orders-nonessential-businesses-closed-in-response-to-coronavirus.html

The full order can be seen here: https://www.cantonrep.com/assets/pdf/OH34865322.pdf

 

US/Mexico Border Closed: Effective Saturday, March 21, and lasting a minimum of 30 days, the border will be closed for all non-essential travel. “The border closure will not affect trade or essential travel for work, medical or educational reasons.”

More information can be found here: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-03-20/us-mexico-border-to-close-amid-coronavirus-spread

 

Ford, GM and Tesla given the ‘go-ahead’ to make ventilators: In an effort to help alleviate the shortage of ventilators, these automakers have been given the ‘go ahead’ to assist in manufacturing these critical pieces of equipment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

More information can be found here: https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/22/ford-gm-tesla-given-the-go-ahead-to-produce-ventilators-trump-says/ 


Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Monday, 3/23, at 7 PM. 


3.20.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/20/2020 at 4:00 PM. 

Modes of Transportation:

LTL:  JLS continues ongoing communication with all of our carrier partners from the executive level all the way through the local terminals. All communication with carriers continues to state business as usual.  

JLS and carrier partners are strongly recommending proactive communication by all shippers to confirm that their customers/vendors are open for pick up and delivery.  

 

Significant Carrier Announcements: 

  • FedEx Freight: 
    • FedEx Freight has halted pickup and delivery to San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto and Sacramento. 
    • FedEx Freight is currently seeing general freight service disruptions in California, New York, and Florida.  
  • YRCW: 
    • California Compliance Surcharge will raise to $9.95 for YRC Freight and Reddaway.
    • YRC Freight: Adding a $20 increase to the existing High Cost Delivery charges to the San Francisco Bay area YRC Freight terminals and adding a new $20 HCDA charge to all zips not currently covered.
    • Reddaway: Adding a $20 increase to the San Francisco Bay area charge and adding a new High Cost Delivery charge of $20 charge to all zips not currently covered.

TL: The full truckload market continues to maintain stability to this point. We continue to monitor various aspects of the current situation.  

 

Below is some additional forecasting according to DAT, 

Freight markets are currently dealing with two high-level issues related to COVID-19: the impact of imports and domestic replenishment. Companies in the U.S. increased their inventories last year in response to rising trade tensions with China. This has proven to provide a much-needed buffer to deal with the disruption in imports from China and Southeast Asia in general.

The situation is being complicated with the direct disruption from social distancing and subsequent hoarding of essential items domestically. The vast majority of this freight must move on a truck, and it’s clearly impacting the spot market.” 

 

Other National Updates:

PA Closes Non-life-sustaining Business: As of yesterday, March 29, at 8 PM non-life-sustaining businesses were ordered to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.  A list of businesses not included in the shut down can be found here: https://www.wgal.com/article/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-ordered-to-close-physical-locations-to-stop-coronavirus-spread/31789626# 

NY on Pause: Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order today, March 20, that, “One hundred percent of the of the nonessential workforce must work from home,” More information found here: https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2020/03/20/new-york-on-pause-after-cuomo-issues-mandatory-coronavirus-shutdown/

CA orders residents to ‘stay at home’: As of Thursday, March 19, at midnight, “Californians should not leave home except for essential things such as food, prescriptions, health care and commuting to jobs considered crucial.” More information found here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/us/california-coronavirus-stay-home-order/index.html

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Monday, 3/23, at 10:30 AM. 


3.19.2020

We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/19/2020 at 4:45 PM.

 

Modes of Transportation:

LTL:  JLS continues ongoing communication with all of our carrier partners from the executive level all the way through the local terminals. All communication is continuing to state business as usual. 

TL: The full truckload market continues to maintain stability to this point. We continue to monitor various aspects of the current situation.  

 

Other National Updates:

Automaker Shutdowns: 

Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are temporarily shutting down operations over the next week. This will likely provide relief in capacity surrounding all modes of transportation.  

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/automakers-shut-north-american-plants-outright-over-covid-19-fears

Truckstop Closings: PA closed its state-run rest stops. This will cut back significant parking space along frequently traveled corridors for drivers to rest during down time.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/truckers-facing-coronavirus-hurdles-in-keeping-supply-chains-moving-11584564327

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Friday, 3/20, at 7 PM.  


3.18.2020 

 We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment as well as Jarrett Logistics Systems operations surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/18/2020 at 6:00 PM. 

Modes of Transportation Updates:

LTL:  Multiple carriers have stated that LTL transportation has been deemed an ‘essential business’ and are continuing to operate as ‘business as usual’ and will remain open. This includes certain states under restrictions as well as areas including the Bay Area and Orange County, CA that are under a “Shelter in Place” mandate.

 

Significant Carrier Announcements:

  • Pitt Ohio: Effective Tuesday, March 17, Pitt Ohio will not perform any inside deliveries until further notice. To practice social distancing, drivers will stand 6 feet away from customers and will not obtain signatures from consignees. Drivers will record the exact time, note any exceptions, and obtain the name of the person who is accepting the freight. 
  • Ward Transport: Effective, Wednesday, March 18, no inside deliveries will be made. 
  • Estes Express: Effective Monday, March 23, there will be no deliveries made inside of residences. Drivers will instead deliver shipments to the porch, at the front door, in the garage, on the driveway, or at the curbside, wherever applicable.
  • Most LTL Carriers: Due to COVID-19, as part of Social Distancing practices signatures are not being required on DRs (delivery receipts).

TL: The full truckload market continues to maintain stability to this point. 

 

Essential vs. Non-essential Business:

There are multiple states making decisions based on what they consider to be essential services/business vs. non-essential services/business. Below is an example of how the governor of PA defines each:

The PA governor’s office essential services and sectors include “food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.”

The PA governor’s office describes a non-essential business as “public facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.”

Above information extracted from: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-updates-businesses-on-guidance-for-covid-19-mitigation-efforts/

 

Please research each state’s most current and up to date information as it relates to this information to determine h ow your business will be affected. 

 

Other National Updates:

 

Defense Production Act: Trump invoked the Defense Production Act. Read the more details here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-invokes-defense-production-act-what-is-it

“Companies are required to accept and prioritize contracts from the government and to prioritize materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies.” 

 

Canadian Borders: The border has been closed for all “non-essential” travel. Travelers will not be permitted for tourism and recreation. Trade will not be affected. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/03/18/coronavirus-united-states-canada-border-shut-down-trump-says/2863086001/

 

If there are changes in your business, please let your Customer Account Team know immediately. 

 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Thursday, 3/19, at 7 PM.   


3.17.2020

This has no doubt been an incredibly challenging time under unprecedented circumstances. We have the following updates within various areas of the transportation segment as well as Jarrett Logistics Systems operations surrounding COVID-19 as of 3/17/2020 at 4.45 PM. 

 

LTL:  LTL carriers have communicated to us that things are running as business as usual. No restrictions or curfews have been placed on carriers at this time.

 

TL: The TL segment has been relatively stable the past several days with the ability to secure capacity. Pricing has not seen major fluctuations at this point. Any impact to this point has been regional, such as in Seattle, Washington, and has since leveled off.  Most have felt no impact.

 

Air Freight: Most passenger airlines have cut flights by 50% and cut INTL flights by 75%-90%. These airlines traditionally carry a tremendous amount of commercial airflight domestically and globally. As a result, there will be a huge capacity crunch for air freight in general. It can be assumed that traditional air freight will shift to ground due to lack of air capacity. Ground expedite networks would quickly be moving at capacity as well. 

 

Jarrett:  We have contingency plans in place for many different scenarios including the need to operation the JLS Routing Center in a remote environment if needed.  Currently the biggest concern that we are actively monitoring is the stability of the carrier network as time progresses. It remains our responsibility to maintain excellent lines of communication in an ever changing environment.  

Any news is subject to change with new updates.Those changes will be immediately communicated to you from your customer account team. 

Please contact us directly with any questions. Our next update will be no later than Wednesday, 3/18, at 7 PM.


3.16.2020

The environment is changing daily as a result of COVID-19. Watch this video to hear directly from our President and CEO, Mike Jarrett, to learn more about what Jarrett is doing to maintain the health and safety of our employees and keep business alive for our customers.

 

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We will provide daily updates by 7 PM EST, unless more frequent updates are otherwise necessary. 

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