Throughout this blog series we will be speaking with people who have a close connection with the transportation industry. Whether they are drivers themselves, mechanics, work with or have friends/family members in the field, these are people who want to take the time to #thankatrucker.
Katie is an essential worker in the food industry. As shift manager, she works directly with the delivery drivers each week when receiving her store’s shipment.
Q- How has the current crisis affected your store’s normal operations?
“We have definitely had to make changes as a crew to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. There are a lot of essential and frontline workers who rely on us to start their morning. When things started getting crazy, we honestly weren’t sure how that would affect deliveries, but luckily that hasn’t been a problem. The drivers really have been making sure we get what we need on time.”
Q- How has your experience been working with your delivery drivers?
“Obviously they don’t work for our store, so we don’t get to spend as much time with them as we do with the crew, but we typically have a couple routine drivers who deliver to our store. They have always been polite and friendly, and eager to get the job done. Every time I’ve worked with them on delivery days it’s been a pleasure. They seem to enjoy what they do and know how important it is, especially now.”
Q- Overall, what kind of a role do you think trucks drivers play in today’s society?
“I think they are very important, maybe it’s not something people think about every day, but they are literally the foundation for everything we have right now. Every business and essential service depends on them to get the supplies we all need. They should be recognized for that.”
Q- Is there anything you would like to say to the truck drivers of North America?
“I just want to say thank you for continuing to do your job in a time when that might not be the easiest decision to make. Thank you, we all appreciate it.”