Until we are faced with circumstances like the current COVID-19 pandemic, consumers don’t realize how vital the trucking industry is to our modern way of life. In the early days of the coronavirus, a dire prediction made in September 2019--that grocery stores would run out of food and supplies within three days of a long-haul trucking cessation—seemed to be bearing fruit. As grocery shelves usually stocked with toilet paper, canned goods, and fresh meats and produce stayed bare, many shoppers wondered when deliveries would be made if drivers couldn’t deliver due to warehouse shutdowns or illness.
In fact, a good number of America’s 3.5 million truck drivers did find themselves taking on the mantle of essential workers. And with good reason: over 70% of products in the United States—including food, crude oil and petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and yes, personal protection equipment—are transported by truck. Our investment in trucking pays off: in 2018, the American trucking industry was worth approximately $796.7 billion. But while drivers are used to the open road, to long stretches without another vehicle on the road, they’ve faced their own dilemmas when their usual stops for food, gas, and restrooms have been closed down due to COVID. Truckers have faced illnesses in their own families, have been sick themselves. And still the products we’ve needed to make our locked-down society run have made it to the shelves of our local stores. Many industry voices have pointed out that truck drivers are among the heroes of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
STS of NYS knows the importance of truckers to the American way of life. We are experts in the field of contingency and temporary staffing, and we specialize in retaining trustworthy, DOT-qualified CDL drivers for our clientele. STS has been fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic. We continue to offer our top-notch CDL drivers on short- and long-term bases; we are also able to provide personnel to meet your other staffing needs. Contact us today to discuss staffing options for your company through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Hiring extra personnel to handle high-traffic situations—whether the scheduled and anticipated holiday seasons or states of emergency due to “acts of God”—can make an already stressful time even more difficult. We at STS of NYS know that response time can make or break even the most successful distribution company.
For four decades, STS has helped businesses across multiple industries to manage their surge hiring. Our time-tested methods of working under stressful conditions has led us to a keen understanding of how to help companies in their time of need. We bring a number of qualities to the table.
Allow STS of NYS to assist you, just as we have assisted numerous companies, large and small, with their staffing needs over the past 40 years. Contact us for a free consultation and see for yourself why STS is known as “the driving force.”
The most visible sign of the coronavirus crisis might be the empty shelves in many American grocery stores. The “panic buying” that began in February has resulted in rationing of disinfectants, personal care products such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and nonperishable food items like rice and canned soup. The need to keep shelves filled during the COVID-19 pandemic means that experienced grocery selectors are required to keep products moving to supermarkets, big box stores, and other grocery outlets.
A number of grocery stores and distributors have seen an uptick in hiring; in early May, Cincinnati-based Kroger announced that they had hired over 100,000 workers in eight weeks, with positions open for still more workers. Both traditional supermarkets and web-based delivery services (e.g., Amazon, Instacart) are taking on workers to meet the demand of consumers. To meet the needs of their clients, distribution centers are also putting out the call for both wet and dry selectors for their grocery warehouses. There does not seem to be an endpoint for this demand for workers.
STS of NYS is currently supporting grocery distributers with their staffing needs. With our experience in staffing and working through emergency situation, we are uniquely positioned to handle your staffing needs. Please contact us for a free consultation on how we may help your business through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
On January 28th, 2020, a Safeway facility enlisted the help of STS of NYS in preparation for a warehouse closing and potential interruption in distribution services at one of their locations in Maryland.
As part of the contingency planning process, STS of NYS has been on site with Class A CDL qualified and professional drivers ready to be deployed at a moment's notice, should Safeway require their experience and services.
We'll keep you updated on any further developments for this project.
On Thursday April 11th, thousands of Stop & Shop employees walked out of stores all over the Northeast after failing to come to a labor contract agreement with their employer. Fortunately, Stop & Shop contacted STS of NYS ahead of time to prepare for the possibility of a labour dispute and strike.
In the weeks prior to the strike, STS of NYS provided contingency planning services to Stop & Shop and retained a large group of Class A CDL drivers on site ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. Now the time has come for STS of NYS drivers to keep Stop & Shop open for business.
STS of NYS is providing a workforce of almost 100 Class A CDL drivers to keep Stop & Shop running smoothly as many customers cross the picket line to continue shopping at their favorite local grocery store. Stay tuned to for updates on the situation in the coming weeks!
On April 24th, 2017, STS of NYS came to the rescue of Clare Rose, a Budweiser distributer in Long Island, New York. Almost three months later, the Clare Rose strike came to an end.
Here are some words from Lisa Rose about the integral role STS of NYS played for Clare Rose during their labor dispute:
We are finally settling down after the strike and I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your family for all of your help and support. We literally would have not been able to get through the strike without you. As Sean [Rose] said many times, "You saved our company". I will never forget our first conversation with Tom. He told us that he has us covered, at the time I wasn't too sure. I was wrong to doubt. You were true to your word and then some!
Over time, the majority perception around temporary labor has evolved, and it has most dramatically changed in the last 10 years. Temporary workers were previously seen as low skill, low wage, and low value. And generally, they were; temporary work was a chance for people to get out of unemployment before finding a low skill full time job. Fortunately things have changed, and it’s very possible to get a skilled temporary workforce – people with experience and the skills necessary to do your important work.
Where did these skilled temporary workers come from? When the housing bubble burst and the economy crashed, millions of people lost their jobs. They had to do whatever it took to pay their bills so many began working temporary jobs. Over time, people realized temporary work had its advantages, and could even result in higher wages. They could have more control over when they worked, who they worked for, and even had more control over how they spent and invested their earnings.
Today millions of people are working in temporary roles not because they're desperate for a job, but because they actually choose to.
The Old Model Is Gone
The American economy has changed. More people than ever are working in contingent jobs. With so many people in the temporary workforce compared to in the past, how can we possibly think of temporary labor the same as we used to? Simply put, temporary and contingent labor no longer comes with a negative connotation. With numbers in the 40+ percentages of the workforce, it certainly includes many highly skilled specialists - such as Class A CDL drivers, consultants with various backgrounds – from prestigious companies, and industrial workers. The new contingent workforce is complex, but can be strategically leveraged to your advantage.
Contingent Staffing for An Agile and Growing Business
The trend towards contingent workforces can truly be utilized to an employers advantage as well. Due to its flexible nature, contingent or temporary staffing solutions allow companies to be nimble in a rapidly changing business environment. For example, if a company is looking to develop a new product, move into a new market, or open a new location, it could take hire a temporary workforce to get the job done. Temporary staffing resources provide companies the ability to invest in short-term, experimental business decisions. Additionally, if a company needs to ramp up its capacity due to a natural disaster, labor shortage or unexpected order, temporary staffing is its best option. Having the temporary workforce resources available quickly mitigates risk exposure and provides a competitive edge against competition.
When more than 100 Budweiser delivery truck drivers walked off the job on April 24th, 2017, STS of NYS came to the rescue of Clare Rose, a Budweiser distributer in Long Island, New York.
Clare Rose found themselves in need of a labor supply firm as the Teamsters walked out in a labor dispute with their workers which then went on strike. Clare Rose had done their contingency planning, but the vendor that they retained did not show up and left them without a strike contingency plan altogether. STS of NYS was able to put together a large workforce of replacement workers consisting of Class A CDL drivers and forklift operators/selectors within hours of notification. Almost 100 CDL drivers and forklift operators have been supplied and 100% of the beer was delivered for Memorial Day Weekend.
STS of NYS has been delivering 100% of the product for Clare Rose in the last 4 weeks and will continue to do so until their labor dispute with the Teamsters comes to an amicable resolution.