Like many industries, commercial road transport was seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, operators and their employees stepped up to the plate and their actions have been widely praised.
Even with operations significantly reduced, or in certain cases at a complete standstill, some businesses have been offering special services to the most vulnerable members of society.
We look back at a few examples of companies from IRU’s community that have been going the extra mile amidst the crisis.
Globally, goods road transport companies are forecasted to sustain losses of more than EUR 550 billion in 2020. European passenger transport is facing losses of EUR 80 billion. Despite this looming financial adversity, drivers are working hard to ensure that food, medical supplies and passengers safely reach their destinations.
UPS is no exception. In response to the pandemic, the company’s subsidiary UPS Healthcare, which recently doubled its clinical trial material storage and distribution facility in Frankfurt, Germany, is providing the timely and safe delivery of medical supplies around the globe. UPS drivers deliver personal protective equipment, test kits, ventilators and medication.