A Smart Global Logistics Network
UPS began responding to the coronavirus in early January, when it first affected our operations in China and other parts of Asia. We supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) to our employees; helped customers realign supply chains and modes of transport due to work disruptions from government-mandated shutdowns; and used our network flexibility to realign capacity when volume shifted out of China. This agility prepared us for further changes as outbreaks have spread across the world.
Governments understand the important role UPS plays in global commerce. Many have designated UPS as an essential business, enabling us to continue delivering daily essentials and life-saving medicines for our customers.
Humanitarian Logistics and Community Support
UPS and The UPS Foundation bring extensive experience helping communities prepare, respond, and recover from natural disasters and humanitarian crises—and we’re applying these capabilities to help address this pandemic. In addition, local UPS teams engage directly with local community organizations. We are supporting the COVID-19 response with our global smart logistics network and funding local, national, and international community partners with more than $21 million in funds, in-kind shipments, and logistics support. This support assists current humanitarian efforts and continues to help local communities through the recovery phase. Our funding of local communities prioritizes food security, education, healthcare, financial sustainability, and continuity of ongoing programs.
For example, UPS is providing loaned executive logistics experts to assist with public-private partnerships, including our collaboration with FEMA to help distribute PPE and necessary materials to healthcare workers across the United States. We are also launching drone delivery alongside CVS to the largest U.S. retirement community, home to more than 135,000 residents.