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Turkey’s logistics sector gains momentum amid COVID-19 pandemic

Turkey’s logistics sector gains momentum amid COVID-19 pandemic

The logistics and transportation sector was able to improve itself and has emerged stronger, adopting the mission of ensuring the continuity of trade throughout the pandemic, the CEO of a leading Turkish transportation company said.

Barış Baran Aras, who is the chairperson of Aras Holding, which owns Turkish parcel delivery firm Aras Kargo, told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday that despite all the hardships, the transportation sector has come out stronger.

Referring to the pandemic measures taken specifically for their companies, Aras said that disinfection is carried out at all points where the cargo passes from reception to delivery, hygiene practices are applied at the utmost level, and the health status of their personnel is regularly monitored.

During the pandemic, the demand for the sector increased, Aras said, citing several reasons including an increase of people working from home or staying home that led to more orders of even the most basic necessities over the internet.

As people started spending more time in their homes, they started to take up new hobbies, which also increased online purchases, he added.

At first, an unexpected increase in purchases caused delivery delays; however, the problem was solved within a short amount of time with new measures, Aras said, noting that the sector’s employees have been working uninterruptedly during the pandemic. This resulted in an increase in customer appreciation as notes were coming in from customers thanking the employees. These notes really motivated them, Aras said.