Well we are nearly out of Level 4 lock down and heading into Level 3 next week. Shardlow’s has been lucky enough to be able to trade during the Level 4 period as we are suppliers into the food manufacturing and health industries.
The first week was pretty quiet but slowly the business started picking up as more and more food growers started selling their produce online. For this service they required paper bags, cartons, carton liners, tapes, rubber bands. All of which Shardlow’s Packaging sells.
We also sold a lot of Floor Marking Safety tapes for businesses to tape off safe zones in their warehouses.
Heading into Level 3, the biggest demand has been for sanitising products such as Hand Sanitisers and Surface Sanitisers. The demand for this has been huge. We also have been selling a lot of disposable gloves. Unfortunately the P2 N95 masks are on backorder with 3M and we have no eta for these.
We have been operating with minimal staff, just two of us actually. One in sales and admin and one in the store. We have been using disposable gloves for picking orders and frequently using surface sanitiser to spray down inwards goods and often touched surfaces.
This week we have increased to 4 staff members. We are taking all necessary precautions and following strict Health and Safety guidelines, including Safe distancing of 2 metres, wiping down surfaces with sanitiser, using gloves and not sharing spaces like cafeterias and store offices.
When Level 3 starts next week, we will be doing contactless orders. The showroom will be closed and all orders must be placed either by email, website or phone. We can deliver direct to you and drop off at your designated inwards goods area. We are also offering collections.
For collections we ask that you call our office when you arrive and give us your name and phone number for contact tracing purposes. Our storeman will bring your order out to your car. You should remain in your vehicle until the storeman has left.
We appreciate your cooperation and we value your business.