Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. has been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

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As an essential industry business, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process, as circumstances require.
  • Hansen Bros. is limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.
  • Hansen Bros. is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are here to make the process seamless & safe for you just as we’ve done for well over a century.

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage

The role of shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis

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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has caused a world-wide panic and affected virtually all industries and businesses in some way. Some have suffered terrible losses due to shutdown measures. Others have profited at the same time. But what has been happening with shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis? Which category do professional shipping and moving companies fall into – are they struggling or thriving? And why should you care? The truth is that this pandemic has revealed a lot about how our world works and how it doesn’t and only one thing is for sure: the more you know, the better.

First things first – what is the current situation with the pandemic?

Before we take a look at how shipping companies are dealing with the pandemic, let’s talk about something slightly more important: what is happening with the pandemic itself. After several months of increasingly scary news, it would appear that the overall situation is finally improving. Many Asian and European countries are in the process of a staged reopening. A number of American states are also either loosening measures or lifting them completely. The number of new cases and new deaths per day has dropped significantly over the last couple of weeks which is a good sign too.

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The pandemic isn’t over yet so don’t relax!

However, experts and policymakers all over the world disagree on whether we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Many are even warning about a potential second wave that may come from premature relaxation of social distancing measures. So it is incredibly important to continue following the guidelines of the World Health Organization and maintain good hygiene and other safety precautions.

The importance of shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis

One of the most common measures implemented around the world has been social distancing. This has mostly meant closing down non-essential businesses and limiting spaces for social gatherings. More people than usual have been staying at home, either because they’re working from home now or because they simply have nowhere to go out. But what do shipping companies Seattle have to do with that?

Well, think about it. You still need to buy the things you normally buy. In fact, you probably need to buy more things that you and your family would normally get from work or school. But most of the stores are not open. So what you’re most likely to do is order what you need online. And someone has to deliver that.

Maintaining the supply chain

Although non-essential businesses have largely been closed, things like supermarkets and pharmacies have stayed open around the world. People do have to get their groceries and medications, after all. But someone has to make sure the stores have those first. And we have shipping companies to thank for that! Although filling shipping crates in Seattle may have been a bit more difficult than usual due to disruptions in production, they have maintained a relatively steady supply of important goods for us all to be able to continue living in comfort and safety.

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Shipping companies have ensured that we still have access to the things we need.

Delivering goods

This one is a bit obvious but important enough it bears repeating! With most people avoiding leaving their homes and at the same time needing more things to entertain them at home, we’ve been ordering things online more than ever during this pandemic. Someone has to deliver all those things to us, many of them from overseas. So shipping companies have been working hard during the crisis to ensure that we all get our packages just as we would in any other situation.

Moving and traveling

Believe it or not, people need to move and travel in times of global pandemics. In fact, many have found themselves needing to move precisely because of the crisis. Those who found themselves away from home due to working, studying or even just traveling abroad when things started getting serious have had to rely on international movers and shippers to get back to their families. Without their help, many people might still be stuck somewhere away from home in these trying times.

The challenges shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis are facing

Unfortunately, like all businesses, shipping companies have been facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis. Both the virus itself and the measures put in place to prevent its spread have affected the shipping industry and caused some problems.

How the virus has affected the shipping industry

Ever since the coronavirus first started spreading in China, production and shipping have been affected. Companies were and still are reluctant to collect goods from or deliver goods to places that are struggling for fear of spreading the infection. With the virus going global, this is now a much bigger problem. Many companies are not transporting goods from places like Italy, Spain, and even some areas within the US where infection rates are high. While this is perfectly understandable, it has certainly caused some disruptions in shipping.

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The shipping of goods from certain parts of the world has become more challenging due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, despite this, people who work in the shipping industry are more likely to be exposed to the virus and catch it. For many companies, this has meant a reduced workforce as well.

How the measures against the virus have affected the shipping industry

Social distancing has been one of the most common measures against coronavirus. Limiting the number of workers physically present at the workplace has caused shipping companies to work with skeleton crews. This slows down their packing, shipping, and delivery process and causes further delays.

The future of shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis

It is abundantly clear that shipping still has a vital place in our economy right now. It is, therefore, safe to assume that shipping companies in COVID-19 crisis will manage to pull through for the most part. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t feel some consequences. Odds are that this pandemic will change how we do business. Additional sterilization and safety measures may be needed when shipping in the future to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

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