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Linfox escalates recruitment, partners with authorities to supply essential equipment

Leading international freight and distribution company, Linfox Logistics, has partnered with state and federal authorities to ensure essential equipment reaches front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linfox Logistics CEO Australia and New Zealand, Mark Mazurek said Linfox performs a vital role to ensure the community has access to essential goods including food, medicine and fuel.

“We have a strong track record of supporting the community and the government through challenging circumstances, like the recent bushfires and past flooding events,” he said.

“We’ve also opened several pop-up distribution centres to address customer challenges and ensure our operations and people function efficiently during these unprecedented times.”

Linfox had bucked the trend of worsening national unemployment figures, by creating a range of new roles from operations managers to pickers and drivers.

It was 'all hands on deck' according to Mazurek especially in the company's busiest operations where it was seconding talent and fleet from parts of the business that are currently undergoing downturns.

“We thank employees for their flexibility as we create ways to keep them in jobs," he said.

“Linfox Logistics has also recruited and inducted new team members into our Australian business to ensure continuity of service while the demand is there,” said Mazurek.

In a statement Linfox confirmed it was working closely with government, police and emergency services as well as industry associations such as the Australian Logistics Council to ensure its supply chains continue to operate unhindered.

“It is critically important that Linfox’s warehousing, road and rail networks continue to function safely and efficiently and that we can work collaboratively to deploy our people into new roles,” Mark said.

Although it had been experiencing major increases in demand for grocery products in its Australian, New Zealand and Asian operations, Linfox confirmed that these gains had been tempered by sharp declines in fuel and industrial operations with a drop in BevChain keg deliveries following the closure of hotels and hospitality venues.

"The Fox Group more broadly has experienced significant reductions in activity in its Essendon and Avalon airport properties, Armaguard cash-in-transit services and event properties including the Phillip Island Circuit and Luna Park in Victoria," the company said via an issued statement today.

By following the advice of relevant federal, state and territory governments Mazurek said Linfox was commited to taking additional precautions to minimise the risk of infection and ensure the safety of its people and the wider community.

“The Fox family group of companies have a long history of stepping up and designing instantaneous supply chain solutions for our customers. We are drawing on that deep experience again, but we recognise that these are uncertain and challenging times,” he said.

“We are actively reminding our people of the free counselling support services available for them and their family members through our Healthy Fox program.”

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