How Britain has been keeping busy
06 May 2020
It’s Day 44 of lockdown and the ways that Britons have been keeping busy have been many and varied.
We only need to look at our own friends and families to see that there has been a trend for fitness, decorating and home learning; be that students catching up on vital studies, or those looking to learn new things such as cooking, gardening or sign language.
This has impacted on our customer requirements, and these current trends have been replicated in the work that we have been doing to help businesses keep the nation busy and keep the nation moving.
Keeping fit has seen the demand for cycles increase as well as other fitness equipment. Our Birmingham team have been producing around a 1000 bike boxes each day and 20,000 boxes for guitars in a two-week period.
A customer at Oxford that supplies shrubs and saplings through an online retail site, has increased its packaging order by a huge amount to cope with the increase in demand and a paint supplier that has its packaging supplied by our Dumbarton site has seen a 400% increase in demand.
In addition, an online beer club has seen its orders, and therefore ours, increase by 100% and we have been working with several drink retailers to support the increase in, or introduction of brand new, ecommerce ranges.
Not surprisingly, the demand for home office and study equipment and products has escalated with our Leicester site helping one new customer when they found that their existing supplier was unable to fulfil the order. Meanwhile parents, and schools that are offering support to the children of key workers, have been searching for new and engaging ways of encouraging learning. As a result, one Oxford customer has seen sales reach a whole new level, as online orders of its home learning kits give children a fun and meaningful way of learning all about science.
We continue to support a wide variety of sectors in British industry and look forward to helping many more as we hopefully see more businesses re-opening and safely declaring that Britain is back in business.