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COVID vaccine comes to the logistics sector

The time that many in the transportation and logistics industry have been waiting for has come. Despite many industry leaders making requests in late 2020 for the logistics and transportation industry to be higher on the list for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, we were placed in 1-C. 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced that appointments are being opened for those who fall under 1-C eligibility. We hope that many in the industry will take the opportunity to protect themselves and others by getting the vaccine. Our team members are visiting homes and businesses every day as we make hundreds of deliveries a month. While we are all taking as many precautions as possible, we know that our staff is still at risk. We care about their safety and also know that like any industry, being short-staffed during the pandemic puts a strain on everyone.

We are also seeing other ways that COVID-19 is affecting our industry, even as we move further into 2021. In one of our most recent blogs, we talked about how COVID forced our industry to move further into the digital age. While no one likes to be forced to make a business decision, we think that having more digitization is a positive thing. 

This pandemic has been difficult for all, but we've also learned many valuable lessons. No matter what happens, we will continue to serve our customers with excellence. 

Safety Bulletin: 
5 Reasons to Buckle Up

(Article Courtesy Penske) 
 Good news: A record number (86%) of professional drivers wear their seat belts, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 2016 survey. Better news: New driver-assist technology like lane departure warning systems continue to reduce the risk of accidents for truck drivers.

But here’s the bad news: In early 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers overall began engaging in riskier behavior, including speeding and failing to wear seat belts, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

And last September, law enforcement officials issued 768 seatbelt violations in the U.S. during the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck. All of which sends a clear message: It’s time for a refresher on seat belt safety. Wearing a seat belt isn’t just a smart thing to do. It’s required for all truck drivers per FMCSA regulations.

Let’s look at five good reasons why everyone inside a large truck must always wear a seatbelt:
  • They’re proven to save lives. In 2017, 40% of truck occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. While some drivers believe the size of their cab provides all the protection they need, the fact is that seat belts protect drivers from being thrown from the vehicle and suffering even more extensive injuries.
  • They’re not about how safe you drive. As a professional, you’re likely a very safe driver. But no matter how well you drive, you can’t control other motorists. You also can’t control tire blowouts, bad weather or mechanical failure. A seat belt keeps you safe no matter what happens.
  • They affect more than just you. Wearing a seat belt isn’t just a personal decision. Choosing to not wear one can affect your family, your loved ones, and other motorists. And all truck occupants should wear seat belts, too.
  • They protect you at all speeds. Think you don’t need a seat belt when driving slowly? Think again. If your truck hits another vehicle at 30 mph and you’re not buckled in, you’ll hit the windshield at 30 mph—the same velocity as falling from a three-story building.
  • They’re good all year round. Seat belt usage sometimes slips in summer when driving conditions improve. But clear roads also mean higher speeds. Your seat belt will protect you 24/7/365.

New reviews section on our website

Anyone who operates a business knows that you can tell your customers how qualified you are but what really gives you credibility in a potential customer's eyes are the words of others who have done business with you. Reviews are valuable for any business and we are not an exception!

We are in the process of revamping our website but have already added a review section to our existing website. You can now view reviews from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Google. It also gives users the opportunity to review our services themselves. 

We would love for you to check this feature out on our site and if you've done business with us, we'd love you to add a review! 

Birthdays in April

Jeff Hays 4/29
We update our blog several times a month. It includes company news, team member highlights, industry insights, and more. Read more on our website

Don't forget to shop with NWA Unclaimed Furniture!

Do you follow our NWA Unclaimed Furniture company on Facebook? We frequently share some of the many pieces of fantastic furniture that is available in our two showrooms:in Springdale (1710 S. Powell Street, Springdale) and now in our booth at Gathered Goods (100 N 8th St STE A, Rogers). Some items may have minor imperfections and all items are at great prices. 
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