COVID-19 / A Message from our CEO
Our lives are fundamentally changed by the Coronavirus to an extent that just a few weeks ago would have been unimaginable. Each day, new figures, data, developments and restrictions emerge. This global crisis divides people and tests our capacity for suffering to the limit. Public life has come to a standstill and the economy is threatened by a recession like it has never seen before.
And yet there are also good and touching experiences: We are all there for one another and are all working together to save lives, relieve the healthcare systems and gain more time.
“System relevance” is a much-cited word these days. The availability of food, the preservation of medical supplies and research activities, political vision, tolerance and acceptance. There are so many obvious areas that are relevant to the system. And they have one common denominator: It’s humans themselves who are relevant to the system with their dedication to our society!
In order to operate a food store, convenience store or fuel station requires functioning POS and payment systems. They are essential for providing system-relevant services. Our employees therefore are becoming system-relevant. They have been on a home-working or reduced-hours rota since March 16, 2020. By doing so, we can ensure that we can maintain our business operations, even if there is a Coronavirus incubation period, and that no more than 25% of all employees will be affected at any one time.
We are doing everything in our power to keep the effects on our service performance as low as possible and thank you for your understanding if priorities will have to be set to reflect this very system-relevance. Our absolute top priority is the health of our employees, their families, our friends and ultimately all of humanity.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees for their responsible and cooperative conduct, for their many suggestions and their great flexibility with which they accept and implement all of these new circumstances. We wish to remain contactable at all times despite the current situation and have a friendly word for one another and thus contribute to easing this difficult situation. One for all and all for one – in the small and big things.
Now we are about to celebrate Easter, a celebration of happiness, hope and trust, a celebration of resurrection! There is no way that Easter will ever be canceled, but it will have to take place in other ways this year, in a small group, at home. Let our faith in the Resurrection give us hope that we will soon be able to embrace each other again – stay healthy!
Joachim Lantzerath, Chairman & CEO