May 17, 2020

Truckers Against Trafficking welcomes new member ATA

Truckers Against Trafficking
American Trucking Association
Freddie Pierce
2 min
Truckers can be the 'eyes and ears' against trafficking
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland The American Trucking Association (ATA) has joined a new initiative, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), in an effort to report...

The American Trucking Association (ATA) has joined a new initiative, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), in an effort to report and therefore reduce the numbers of trafficking instances in the US.

 

Human Trafficking is a $32 billion business in the US, predominantly involving young girls who are sold into the sex trade, who are often moved around regularly to prevent them from seeking help.

 

Truck drivers are in a great position to spot suspicious activities or vehicles on the road, or at truck stops, allowing them to aid in the fight against crime. It is hoped that the involvement of the ATA will raise awareness and encourage education on how to spot human trafficking.

 

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“These predators have become very adept at continuously moving their victims so they don’t have the opportunity to develop relationships with people who can help them. But there are 3.1 million truck drivers who travel over 408 billion miles each year. ..Drivers are the eyes and ears of the highway. We have an opportunity to help,” said Dan England, chairman of the ATA.

 

“We are asking our motor carriers to include this important information in their training programs and to work with their customers and communities to help combat the problem.”

 

Truckers are in a good position to spot suspicious activity at truck stops and travel plazas, according to TAT. Kendis Paris, national director of Truckers Against Trafficking, said traffickers “sell” their victims – girls and boys as young as 11 or 12 – at truck stops, travel plazas and rest stops because they are convenient; transient populations frequent them who are less likely to rescue the victims.

 

Truckers Against Trafficking provides a number of resources for the industry, including a wallet card with guidelines and a telephone number to call. They provide a training DVD, webinars and other outreach materials. 

 

According to Paris,  hundreds of calls are coming in: “Success stories are coming in of victims being rescued. You are making a difference,” she said.

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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