With more Americans staying at home in efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, having access to healthy foods is a priority. In the Southeast, Waitr Holdings Inc. is partnering with non-profit Three O’Clock Project to provide healthy meals to at-risk children in the East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area, while Tompkins International is offering free digital resources to help keep the supply chain flowing.
Waitr partners with local non-profit to provide meals for at-risk children
Lafayette, Louisiana-based Waitr Holdings Inc., providing on-demand food ordering and delivery, says it has partnered with a local non-profit, Three O’Clock Project, to provide healthy meals to at-risk children in the East Baton Rouge Area.
The meals will be cooked and packaged at Waitr’s Kitchen Space and distributed around the parish. Three O’Clock expects to continue to serve the meals through May, which is the end of the school year, and possibly through the summer. It is estimated that between 2,500 and 25,000 meals per day will be produced and distributed to these children.
“We are very grateful to Waitr and their local team in Baton Rouge,” said Jeff Landry, owner of Taco de Paco, who is working with the non-profit to organize and manage the program. “In a time of urgent need, Waitr stepped up and acted quickly to provide assistance to our kids.”
“From the very beginning, Waitr’s mission has been to bring local food to its communities,” said Carl Grimstad, CEO of Waitr. “In a time of such extraordinary need, we want to be a valuable resource for our communities to have access to healthy and nourishing meals. Right now, the safety and well-being of our communities, drivers, diners and restaurants is of paramount importance.”
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, Waitr has announced that it is delivering same day groceries, offering no-contact delivery for all restaurant and grocery orders, working with restaurant partners to waive customer delivery fees, providing marketing programs, providing gloves and sanitation spray to drivers and is continuing to pay any employee that gets quarantined or contracts the virus.
Tompkins International offers free digital resources to help companies
As Covid-19 continues to impact businesses and consumers alike, Tompkins International, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based supply chain consulting and solutions firm, has launched a digital hub of resources to help retailers continue to deliver on customer demands.
Tompkins International’s Covid-19 Resources hub includes educational and thought leadership content from industry veteran and Tompkins International Chairman and CEO Jim Tompkins and other company executives. The content focuses on the impacts of Covid-19, successful supply chain reinvention strategies and other related topics to help businesses flourish in an increasingly digital world. Users can access the online hub via the company’s website.
“As the pandemic intensifies, retailers are not only dealing with higher volumes of household items but are also scrambling to accommodate customers in other ways such as additional delivery and pickup options,” said Tompkins. “We created these digital resources to help those dealing with supply chain and commerce challenges as a result of Covid-19.”
For the last five years, Tompkins has been deeply immersed in the study of VUCA—volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity—and how it impacts the supply chain and commerce.
“The recent Covid-19 pandemic has sent the business world into a state of VUCA, causing major disruptions across the entire supply chain,” Tompkins said. “By leveraging our experience in VUCA and digital commerce, we are able to provide retailers with the advice and solutions they need to meet customer requirements during the pandemic and beyond.”
In addition to the digital resources, Tompkins International also is exploring new solutions and services to help retailers adapt to life during and after the pandemic. These include new robotic systems to assist grocers with in-store fulfillment and new fulfillment services that utilize the right partners, technologies and execution to deliver an optimal in-market solution for successful fulfillment operations.