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UPS supports SanMar by shipping over 1.7 mn face masks

Apr '20
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UPS, a leader in logistics offering solutions including transporting packages and freight, has announced that it is operating flights to deliver 1.7 million face masks made by SanMar Corporation, a leading textile producer. SanMar converted its clothing production facilities in Honduras and Tennessee to support protective mask production and distribution.
SanMar reached out to UPS and the company moved quickly to provide supply chain and global shipping services for each phase of the collaboration.
“The national response by companies to the Coronavirus pandemic is inspiring,” Kate Gutmann, UPS chief sales and solutions officer, said in a press release. “SanMar’s leadership is the perfect example of the speed and determination required to protect people on the front lines. We are honoured to be part of their mission.”
“We knew immediately that SanMar should be part of this effort as a result of our ability to make and sew textiles here in the US, as well as in Central America,” Renton Leversedge, chief customer officer for SanMar, said. “We have manufacturing expertise and we have scale, which enables us to take part in this very important work.”
Since the programme began at the end of March, SanMar has manufactured more than 100,000 masks at its Tennessee production facility. When the masks are completed, UPS will ship the life-saving cargo to healthcare providers throughout the US.
Production and distribution started in April of more than 1.7 million masks produced at SanMar’s Honduras location for shipment to their Jacksonville, FL distribution centre. The masks will be shipped via UPS air freight on pallets and then repackaged to the correct quantities for distribution by UPS’s small package division to healthcare providers around the United States.
More than 495,000 UPS employees have continued to operate in markets throughout the world, where the company has been designated as a critical infrastructure business. The company has modified its operating plans to ensure employee and general public safety while it continues to operate. All UPS employees, including our delivery personnel, have been trained on proper social distancing, and all employees in our package facilities have been given protective equipment, sanitiser and other materials. The company has ramped up facility and equipment cleaning and is ensuring adherence to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) protocols.

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