To Our Clients:
In our last email we promised to keep you updated with any changes to our strategy during the current COVID-19 crisis. As previously stated, our first priority is keeping our employees and clients safe and well-informed while doing what we can to help minimize potential spread of the coronavirus.
Please know we have devoted significant resources and efforts to help mitigate against possible adverse impacts from the coronavirus and will continue working hard to provide the level of service you have come to expect from Advantage.
Steps we’re taking:
Our teams are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local agencies to help ensure the actions we’re taking are in line with the latest CDC recommendations and guidance.
We are communicating regularly with our employees to keep them informed and to ensure their safety and that of our clients.
We have also installed hand sanitizer stations throughout our offices and production facilities for use by both employees and customers, and we are conducting enhanced cleaning in our office and production facilities at the most urgent level.
Certain Advantage employees have been asked to work remotely during this period, for a duration dictated by government guidance and requirements. We are prepared for absenteeism by providing those employees working remotely with technology resources during the COVID-19 crises period. All of our data networks remain secured while available for remote access.
The Advantage companies have made the business decision to suspend all business air travel to minimize exposure to our employees, clients and the general public.
As a precautionary step, we have begun checking each of our employee’s temperature at the beginning of each business day and are sending home any employee with the indication of a fever or flu-like symptoms for a minimum of 48 hours.
Steps you can take:
Stay up to date: For more information on Advantage’s response to COVID-19, as well as helpful tips and resources, visit our website at www.Advantageinc.com/covid19.
Personal Travel: For your protection, we strongly encouraging the rescheduling of personal travel plans to Asia and other high-risk locations identified by the CDC.
If you have recently visited, Asia or any of the countries or territories identified by the CDC as high-risk please consider being examined by a medical professional for possible contamination.
Other exposure: As an added precaution, if you have been in contact with a person who traveled to or through one of these countries or territories, or anyone who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please follow the following safety measures to prevent contamination or spread of the virus:
- Take preventive measures, i.e., frequently washing hands, not touching your face, nose, eyes and keeping a distance from sick individuals.
- Take immediate action upon leaving the potentially- contaminated area to disinfect hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water.
At this time Advantage is experiencing no disruptions in services, production or deliveries to our clients due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, even with the closely-monitored policies and practices that are in place, we are subject to any limitations and restrictions that Federal, state or local government agencies will impose in the immediate future.
As we continue to evaluate our employee safety and productivity, we have also put in place plans to utilize our multi-plant footprint to insure continuous production and deliveries to our clients.
With plant locations in Anaheim, Placentia, Vernon and Los Angeles, we are ready to transfer both staff and production to alternate locations around Southern California if necessary. Our Salt Lake City, UT facility can also be utilized as a production resource if necessary.
We have also instituted a “staggered-shift” program to increase social distancing on the production floor and provide 7 day coverage of our client’s production needs, while insuring the utmost in safety for our production employees and staff members.
As the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate, Advantage pledges to first protect the health and well-being of our employees and clients, inform and educate all affected parties on the current situation and status of personnel and projects and prepare to continue to serve the needs of our clients without interruption. We will use all resources at our disposal to fulfill this pledge to the best of our ability, with compassion, care and thoughtful solutions.
USPS Service Alerts
Last update: March 17, 2020, 11 a.m.
The United States Postal Service is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and continues to follow strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments. The CDC has information available on its website at www.coronavirus.gov that provides the latest information about COVID-19. We are sharing the CDC’s guidance to our employees via stand-up talks, employee news articles, messages on bulletin boards, videos and an intranet site directly to employees and within USPS workplaces.
The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.
The Postal Service has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do continue to have a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong, which has been effective since Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area. In addition, customers may see delays in mail and packages destined to China as well as from China, as well as to and from European countries subject to restricted passenger airline travel. The Postal Service is undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers.
In addition, the Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of it compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. The Postal Service delivers medications, social security checks, and is the leading delivery service for on-line purchases. The statute that created the Postal Service begins with the following sentence. “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by the people.” 39 U.S.C. §101(a).