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COVID-19 RESPONSE

PFSweb is strategically and tactically responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Beginning in early March we launched a PFSweb COVID-19 Taskforce, comprised of cross-functional leaders in the organization who are continuously monitoring the situation.

First and foremost, protecting the health and safety of our employees is central to all decisions we are making. We also continue to hold to our company mission to create exceptional client and customer experiences – despite the challenges that have been laid out in front of us.

As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve, PFSweb CEO Mike Willoughby has the following message for our employees, clients and shareholders.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Posted 5/7/2020

PFS AND LIVEAREA RESPONSE

EMPLOYEE SAFTEY

We are monitoring this situation by the hour. The health and safety of our amazing employees during these testing times is our top priority. Across all PFSweb organizations, including LiveArea and PFS, we have implemented new standard operating procedures (SOPs) that ensure we are doing our part to flatten the curve and avoid further spread of the virus. We are adjusting operations wherever necessary to ensure a safe environment for our staff across business functions.

We could not be more proud of our resilient staff’s response during this time.

Thank you, PFSweb employees!

Contact Center

Since the onset of social distancing guidelines, we have transitioned our entire customer care operation to a work-from-home solution, this includes approximately 500 agents located across the globe.

Professional Service Offices

Across all global PFSweb locations, including our headquarters, our professional staff have been instructed to work from home with only a few exceptions for critical systems maintenance.

Distribution Centers

We have established several new SOPs within our distribution facilities to ensure the safety of our staff working on the frontline, including:

  • Employees are NOT required to come into work at PFS. We have communicated to all employees that there are no attendance consequences if they are uncomfortable working in the facilities.
  • Employees are informed that if they are experiencing or have been exposed to anyone exhibiting signs of COVID-19, they should NOT come to work and they should seek immediate medical attention and/or testing and stay home until they receive a negative test result, self-quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC and/or receive clearance from a medical professional.
  • PFS is doing temperature checks at entry doors and employees exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 or who have an elevated temperature are not allowed within the facility.
  • PFS has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees, including gloves, face masks, and face shields. We have implemented a policy and strongly encourage employees to use this equipment. We have also provided the training for proper use of this equipment.
  • PFS is requiring distancing with employees inside of the working areas of the facility and asking that all employees use the greatest social distancing available inside of the facility with constant enforcement being maintained, including structured breaks and lunches to ensure separation.
  • PFS has provided mobile cleaning stations for employees use at any time and access to hand sanitizer stations.
  • PFS has increased and enhanced its cleaning regimen in all facilities. Facilities are cleaned on a daily basis and as well as nightly cleaning after the last shift – including nightly disinfectant fogging at some facilities.
  • PFS has maintained signage throughout the facilities, bathrooms and breakrooms regarding necessary precautions as reminders to wash hands and social distance.
  • PFS is facilitating focus groups with employees to seek out ways to funnel any suggestions to PFS’ COVID-19 Task Force, which meets daily to review opportunities, risks, and any changing developments.

More Information

For both PFS and LiveArea, we consider it our duty to help our clients’ commerce operations run as smoothly as possible during this unprecedented time. For more information on how each business unit has responded to this crisis, see their respective website.

UPDATES/ACTIONS

With each new development brought on by COVID-19, PFSweb has quickly responded, adjusting operations and implementing new safety precautions according to the mandates and guidelines provided by local governments and the CDC. In many instances we have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements. The running timeline provided here details the progression of COVID-19 since March 2020, and the strategic actions taken by PFSweb in response.

MAY 7, 2020
Communication

2020 Q1 Results Release and Call (including COVID-19 response).

MAY 7, 2020
Internal Event

Complaint regarding COVID-19 procedures filed with Shelby County, TN.  Facility was inspected by a Health Department official who noted employees wearing PPE and practicing social distancing.  Complaint closed.

April 23, 2020
Strategic Action

Launched COVID-19 Response page with employee safety guidelines to PFS Commerce website.

April 16, 2020
Strategic Action

Distributed face shields to all Memphis-area employees.

April 15, 2020
Strategic Action

All international fulfillment centers received and distributed face masks to employees.

April 15, 2020
Strategic Action

Began nightly disinfectant fogging in Memphis-area fulfillment centers.

April 15, 2020
Strategic Action

Ordered face shields for Memphis area fulfillment centers.

April 15, 2020
Strategic Action

Distributed face masks to all US fulfillment center employees – ordered on March 31.

April 13, 2020
News Announcement

CDC issues detailed instructions on cloth face coverings.

April 10, 2020
Strategic Action

Temperature checks began at PFS facilities.

April 9, 2020
Internal Event

First fulfillment center employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Memphis area).

April 4, 2020
Strategic Action

Recommended to fulfillment center employees that they wear employee-provided cloth face coverings until the company-provided masks arrived.

April 3, 2020
Strategic Action

Successfully transitioned all 500 contact center employees to work from home.

April 3, 2020
News Announcement

CDC recommends use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

April 2, 2020
Strategic Action

Ordered face shields for UK fulfillment center.

April 1, 2020
News Announcement

Mississippi shelter-in-place order issued.

March 31, 2020
Strategic Action

Ordered face masks for global fulfillment centers.

March 30, 2020
Internal Event

Employee with first confirmed case of COVID-19 (Dallas).

March 30, 2020
News Announcement

Tennessee Executive Order outlining “Distribution” as essential “Intrastructure Operations”.

March 27, 2020
Strategic Action

All PFSweb professional staff transitioned to WFH model.

March 24, 2020
News Announcement

Memphis shelter-in-place order issued.

March 24, 2020
News Announcement

Prime Minister Johnson orders shelter-in-place of UK.

March 23, 2020
News Announcement

Dallas shelter-in-place order issued.

March 20, 2020
Internal Event

Received first of several client letters deeming PFSweb as an essential business.

March 20, 2020
News Announcement

Mississippi Executive Order outlining “Distribution” and “supply chain companies” as an essential operation.

March 20, 2020
Communication

CEO briefs company on updates, and institutes weekly video Friday Briefings.

March 19, 2020
News Announcement

India universal shelter-in-place order issued.

March 19, 2020
Strategic Action

Fulfillment centers updated entry checklists with situational temperature checks.

March 18, 2020
News Announcement

Canada lockdown put in place, and “supply chain” companies deemed essential.

March 18, 2020
Internal Event

Employee with first ‘presumptive positive’ COVID-19 case in the UK.

March 17, 2020
News Announcement

Belgium shelter-in-place order issued.

March 16, 2020
News Announcement

CDC recommends to limit all gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

March 13, 2020
News Announcement

President Trump declares national state of emergency in the U.S.

March 13, 2020
Communication

Site designation protocol and remote worker protocol established.

March 12, 2020
Communication

2019 Annual Results Release and Call (including COVID-19 statements).

March 11, 2020
Strategic Action

COVID-19 Task Force established.

March 11, 2020
Strategic Action

“Special Situation Plan” activated.

March 11, 2020
News Announcement

WHO declares pandemic.

March 3, 2020
Communication

EMEA specific communication and guidance.

March 3, 2020
Communication

Initial communication to all PFSweb employees and issuance of signage across all sites.