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Our Cleveland Truck Drivers Keep Supply Chains Moving

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, our Cleveland truck drivers at On Time Delivery & Warehouse have been committed to keeping the supply chain moving as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We are navigating a growing number of challenges on highways and at loading docks, working to meet the spiking demand for medical equipment and key consumer staples. Numerous truck stop restaurants have closed their doors in compliance with the orders of public health officials, though some are still offering takeout service. In some states, such as Pennsylvania, rest stops along critical logistics routes have been closed too (about a dozen were later reopened). This is problematic because these aren’t simply locations to pick up snacks and use the restrooms; they’re critical places for long-haul truckers to sleep.

We’re also working with customers who are asking Cleveland truck drivers to remain in their trucks and use paper or electronic methods for payments and signatures for deliveries and pickups. A number of receiving docks have put in place additional restrictions if they originated or traveled through states that are considered “hot zones” of the virus. Some receivers and shippers are requesting truckers sign affidavits indicating they are not experiencing symptoms.

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Our Cleveland Warehouse Prepared to Weather Coronavirus

We live in a world that is interconnected. Substantial disruptions in supply chains highlight the need for resiliency, particularly from Cleveland warehouse and logistics firms. On Time Delivery and Warehouse has proven over 40 years our ability to adapt in dynamic and uncertain markets.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges, we are helping many businesses find workarounds with e-commerce and local distribution. Although there is likely to be a fair amount of volatility in the supply chain for some time, our Cleveland warehouse and logistics will help our clients navigate these new realities.

We anticipate seeing:

  • Higher inventory levels.
  • Continued e-commerce adoption.
  • Diversification of manufacturer locations.

No matter what challenges confront our Cleveland warehouse team, we are here for our customers, and ready to face it.

Cleveland Warehouse & Supply Chain Trends

In general, supply chain managers often prefer to keep inventory levels low to reduce overall costs. However, as we’re seeing shortages of things like cleaning supplies, health products and food, those managing supply chains are rethinking optimal inventory levels and storage locations. We’re anticipating higher demand for warehouse space to handle the uptick in goods and services. Ultimately, we anticipate this is likely to help us improve resiliency against future shocks.

Although the impact of COVID-19 is arguably one of the most substantial we can recall, the fact is that within this industry, our Cleveland warehouse team is familiar with fluctuations in stockpiles and slowdowns.

Inventory is backlogged at the moment, but supply chains and consumer demand will ultimately normalize. We do still anticipate warehouse services will remain in high demand as many buyers practice “social distancing” by avoiding stores and shopping online. It’s unclear how long this will last, but a growing number of brick-and-mortar locations are closing, either by choice or public health order.
Some shipping companies are looking at reducing or at least reconsidering their total logistics footprint, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re looking at closing shop. Many are instead weighing more regionalized approaches that might offer improved flexibility, particularly those that can offer proximity to urban centers, like Cleveland. This can help better protect numerous supply chains from market disruptions.
Many shippers are looking at ramping up productivity while also focusing their efforts on adjacent or near-adjacent manufacturing centers. Some are even looking at reshoring to bring production closer to home, at least for the time being.
It’s probable too that not only in the immediate future, but over the next several years, we’ll see an uptick in demand for online grocery that will lead to the need for millions more square feet of cold storage warehouse space.
Meanwhile, there have been several disruptions in transportation, such as closed rest stops and restaurants along key corridors. Our trucking services have been managing those challenges also. Receivers and other distribution centers are asking to conduct as much business as possible electronically or without personal contact. Our team recognizes the importance of taking public health official directives seriously and implementing them immediately, keeping our team – and yours – safe and healthy.
The bottom line is that we know many businesses are doing what they can to mitigate the damage and risk of further disruption in uncertain weeks and months ahead. We’re all in this together, and our Cleveland warehouse crew is here to help. 

If you have questions about our Cleveland warehouse services, contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

Warehousing sector well-positioned to whether coronavirus disruption, report finds, March 17, 2020, By Morgan Forde, SupplyChainDive.com

More Blog Entries:

Cleveland 3PL Can Help Limit Coronavirus Supply Chain Impact, Feb. 18, 2020, Cleveland Warehouse Service Blog