At Essendant, the health and safety of our associates, customers, and business partners is our top priority as we navigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our work and personal lives. Its impact continues to be felt within our business and across the industry.
Given the many “shelter-in-place” and “business closure” orders from state and local governments, we’d like to confirm that Essendant’s distribution centers are open for business nationwide. Essendant meets the definition of an “essential business” under the currently available exceptions from these orders. In addition, Essendant, as a distributor of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products, falls into an “essential critical infrastructure” industry under the Health Care category as designated by the Department of Homeland Security.
There are significant steps we are taking to support the safety of our associates and business partners. This includes reviewing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials across the country to obtain real-time information on prevention and available resources. Given the fluid nature of this time, communication is critical. We are regularly updating our associates, customers, and suppliers through direct communication channels. If you fall into any of these groups and are not receiving these updates please contact your supervisor, account manager, or Merchandising contact, respectively.
We’re proud of the role we play to support the flow of essential products to front-line responders and others who need them. We will continue to put the safety of our associates and business partners first to ensure we do this responsibly.