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President & CEO
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COVID has compounded the labor gap with processors, as people are more hesitant to want to work on a food line.
VP of Sales & Marketing
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We have “socially distanced” packaging operations or packaging rooms where feasible. However, this has added costs to the entire operation; in some instances the distance has slowed operations. The cost of labor has increased, as well as the costs to keep employees safe with PPE for all employees and more frequent cleaning of packaging suites and the entire facility.
Director of Sales Specialists
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All Veritiv warehouses have remained operational, and our warehouse and transportation teams have the tools needed to safely continue deliveries. This includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and implementing COVID-19 safety protocols. For our customers, yes, labor shortages have impacted production. Our equipment automation specialists are focused on helping our customers through this issue.
Digital Products and Services
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Field service agents are going into plants, but it’s a little more demanding so they have to be more efficient. We’ve enhanced our internal programs to ensure our Service and Tech Support teams are making use of our remote tools to potentially avoid visits. But eventually we envision leveraging these tools to reduce windshield time for our Service teams, so they can spend more time being consultative with customers instead of firefighting.
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