Amazon.com cut delivery routes and provided N-95 masks to drivers working as smoke from Canada’s wildfires covered the Northeast this week. Target switched Drive Up orders to in-store pickup to protect associates bringing purchases to cars.
Amazon Delivery Delays
With the fires in Canada affecting air quality as far as the United States’ east coast, resulting in New York having the worst air quality in the world at the time of the added smoke pollution.
In response, Amazon cut routes short in many of the affected areas, provided N-95 masks to their delivery drivers, and told employees to return to their stations from the road if they began to feel sick from the air pollution.
Target Drive Up
Target has also decided to assist its employees by temporarily halting their curbside pickup and drive up services. The company has stated that customers can check their mobile app to see if their location is currently offering the pick up service or not.
Finally, Home Depot Inc. has stepped in to help ship PPE air filters, respirators, box fans, and air scrubbers to areas where air pollution is most hazardous.