FREDERICK, Md. –
The National Auto Auction Association made a pair of resources available on Friday to help members as they navigate the challenges of orchestrating sales and serving their consignor and dealership clients while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Along with an informational video, NAAA distributed an 18-page document titled, “Playbook: Auction Start-up, Response to COVID-19.”
NAAA president Laura Taylor emphasized in a letter to members that the well-being of auctions’ employees and their families “is always of paramount importance to the National Auto Auction Association.
“But now more than ever, they depend on us as an industry to do everything we can to safeguard them during the current public health crisis,” Taylor continued.
Taylor highlighted the playbook arrived through the efforts of ADESA, Akron Auto Auction, Charleston Auto Auction, Manheim and NAAA’s safety committee to ensure the association can share the best practices for the industry and member auctions.
“Because we know from more than 70 years of experience that working with our members to find common solutions is what makes our association the successful and strong organization it is today, this playbook is thanks to a team effort,” Taylor said.
“We encourage you to use (the playbook) as a model for developing your proactive infectious disease management plan,” she continued.
Another resource is the video that contains information from an array of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so auctions can establish workplace policies and procedures to protect individuals physically present at auctions.
The video can be seen on this website, and the playbook can be downloaded here.
“NAAA remains committed to using all available resources in preparing safety guidelines for our members,” Taylor said. “As this pandemic remains a dynamic situation, we will continue to assess and calibrate our approach as needed, and we stand ready to assist you or your team in any way possible.”