Usually, we hardly notice them. The many products that we consume on a daily basis stand, sorted in order, on the shelves of supermarkets, beverage retailers, drug stores and pharmacists, creating a sea of colour and shape, waiting for us to come in and buy them. However, few of us ever contemplated how they got there before the Corona crisis. In many countries in the world, people are simply used to the fact that all of these products are always available. That is, until the Coronavirus hit. Some products were temporarily sold out or couldn’t be restocked on time. Before, they might have been full of toilet paper for transportation and storage, but now, the pallets lay empty.
ARE LOAD CARRIERS ESSENTIAL?
Without load carriers, there would be huge supplier bottlenecks for everything, including food, medication and medical devices. Evidently, they all need to be transported on load carriers. Supplying energy, fuel and water would also be massively hampered without load carriers. This is because replacement parts for machines and systems also need to be packaged for transportation and storage. This is why industry branches which relate to load carriers have been deemed essential in many countries, thus enabling them to receive aid so that they can run smoothly during the Coronavirus period. In Germany, businesses for manufacturing packaging and packaging material for finished wares, along with supplier operations and logistics service providers for these companies, have not yet been deemed essential. Unlike manufacturers of packaging and packaging material for the food industry, which have been deemed essential. Representative groups continue to call for these industries to be recognised as critical infrastructure.