Logistics in these times of coronavirus – the importance of pulling together

The coronavirus pandemic seems to be leading to ever-more chaos, uncertainty and stringent measures. Both in Europe and elsewhere around the world, nations are doing everything they can to stop the exponential rise in the number of cases. No one knows for sure how long this will take, but it could be a matter of months rather than weeks. This is a period in which our resilience and patience are being severely tested, as well as a period of previously unthinkable measures and also solutions. DSM has started producing hand sanitizing gel, local authorities are relaxing the rules on delivery windows, and carriers specialized in fresh-cut flowers are lending a hand to replenish supermarkets. These are just some examples of countless heart-warming supply chain initiatives in which organizations are helping each other to get the right goods to the right destinations. As IDS, we’re happy to do our bit too.  

We’re doing everything in our power to keep our customers’ supply chains up and running. The health of our employees, customers and suppliers is our top priority, of course. Freight transport is sometimes still possible in the regions where general travel restrictions are in place, but the situation is changing day by day and drivers often face extra border checks and delays. Therefore, we are in continuous contact with our suppliers to enrich the tracking & tracing information. As soon as we hear of new measures implemented by recipients to protect their own employees, we communicate them throughout the chain to avoid any nasty surprises.

The overall situation is very varied. The supply chain is functioning just as smoothly as before in some places, but struggling in others. We’re constantly looking for new and creative ways of improving the delivery reliability under the current circumstances. At the same time, we’re trying to ease the burden on drivers and warehouse operatives as much as possible, since we know that they are doing their utmost to keep supply chains up and running. Needless to say, we make shipments of essential raw materials for medicines and protective equipment our top priority. We strive to consolidate shipments and adapt our loading and unloading times to support social distancing.

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be difficult to emerge from this crisis completely unscathed. But by pulling together, we can at least try to soften the blow a little.

If you have any questions or need any support, you know you can always contact us!

Kind regards,

Arno Spoek 
Business development manager