Countervailing storylines created big challenges for 3PL warehouses during the pandemic. Attendees filled-to-capacity a session titled, “The Truth About the Labor Shortage for 3PL Warehouses” at CSCMP EDGE in Nashville, Tennessee where a panel of industry experts discussed the effects of the pandemic on the availability and characteristics of warehouse laborers and the future impact to supply chains.
A record number of COVID cases are being reported following the holiday season. The Omicron variant is highly contagious, but illness is generally not nearly as severe as the earlier Delta variant. Symptoms more closely resemble that of a common cold. In the past two weeks, spread of the virus is having significant impact on the workforce across almost every industry as those infected stay home to quarantine. If you do not feel well, please stay home to help prevent further spread of the virus.
This week marks the one year anniversary of the first COVID vaccine. Approximately 59% of people have been fully vaccinated, and anyone over the age of 5 years old is able to be vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, please consider doing so. The vaccine does not guarantee that you will not get COVID, but if you get COVID, your chances of becoming severely ill are dramatically reduced.
With the holidays upon us, the spread of illness is on the rise as people gather indoors. Please continue to follow guidance from the CDC to keep you and your loved ones safe.
As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will soon be here, there are new concerns about the spread of COVID. Health officials are concerned over the recent uptick in COVID cases across the upper Midwest and Northeast as the colder weather drives people indoors.
Some advice for a safer family gathering this Thanksgiving is to open windows or try to gather outdoors where possible. Good ventilation is believed to be just as important as vaccination.
Prior to the Pandemic
Wages in the supply chain industry are increasing at the fastest pace seen in years in response to a shortage of labor. Prior to the pandemic, warehousing and distribution providers were already struggling from a labor market that was close to full employment, especially in high density distribution markets such as Atlanta and Dallas.