FedEx Introduces New Surcharges and Amazon to Supply Workers with More Safety Gear

by | Apr 3, 2020

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FedEx to Implement New Surcharges in Reaction to Global Supply Chain Disruption 

Starting April 6, FedEx will be implementing a temporary surcharge on all FedEx Express and TNT international shipments. The rate change will be anywhere from 10 to 45 cents per pound, depending on origin and destination of the shipment.

As the economy in China begins to improve following the coronavirus outbreak, FedEx has seen an increase in demand for international shipping. However, air cargo space remains limited as international air travel has dramatically decreased.

“We are still delivering under state-of-emergency and shelter-in-place restrictions issued in various parts of the world,” said the company in a statement. “​These restrictions are disrupting the global supply chain. Air cargo capacity is limited, and we’ve had to make adjustments so that our international networks can best deliver much-needed goods and services in this constrained environment.”

The new surcharge is just one of many adjustments that the company has made in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Along with other carries, FedEx has suspended its signature requirement for most shipments. It has also globally suspended its money-back guarantee.

Amazon to Check Temperatures and Provide Face Masks for all Workers

After public outcry that Amazon was not doing enough to protect its workers from exposure of the coronavirus, the company announced that temperature checks and face masks would be deployed next week.

Temperature checks began in select Amazon locations last week, but are being rolled out to all Amazon locations. The company will be using contactless thermometers, and any worker that registers a temperature of over 100.4 will be asked to stay home until they experience three days without a fever.

Workers will also be required to wear surgical masks on the job. While N95 masks offer better protection, Amazon has blocked the sale of these masks to the general public in an effort to keep the most important supplies available to hospitals and government agencies.

In addition to temperature checks and face masks, Amazon is testing out software that would use the cameras inside buildings to determine whether workers are a safe distance from one another. The CDC currently recommends that people keep a distance of six feet.

These measures taken by Amazon are in response to growing concerns that Amazon’s current policies are putting workers at risk. In the U.S. workers from at least 19 warehouses have tested positive for the virus, according to Reuters.

Topics: Amazon, FedEx, Surcharges