KAR Suspends Air Travel

By Staff Writer March 04, 2020

KAR Auction Services Inc. d/b/a KAR Global announced it has suspended all employee air travel through March 31.

“This temporary precaution is being implemented in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and is aimed at mitigating the spread of the disease and protecting the safety of the company’s 15,000 employees across North America, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. The company emphasized this temporary precaution is being taken proactively, and not in response to any heightened or specific threat of exposure or spread of the virus across its 200 operating locations and communities.” 

“Safety is always one of KAR Global’s highest priorities, and this includes protecting the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work,” said Jim Hallett, KAR Global chairman & CEO. “While reports on the extent of the outbreak and the severity of infection have been inconsistent, there is no question the virus is capable of impacting large populations and geographies. We’re committed to doing whatever we can to help reduce the risk of exposure and any further spread of this virus.”

The travel restriction includes cancelling KAR’s participation in several upcoming industry events as well as in-person customer visits and meetings requiring air travel. The company’s operating locations, including their 74 physical auctions, remain open for business and will continue to host commercial and dealer consignment sales as scheduled.

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