Inkthreadable & Coronavirus
PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice Inkthreadable is unable to fulfil orders placed after 1pm on Thursday 26th March 2020. We will update customers as soon as we know more.
Sixth Coronavirus update: 26th March 2020
Following a second major supplier closing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic we’ve now hit the point where our supply chain can’t support our service.
This means Inkthreadable cannot fulfil orders placed after 1pm GMT on Thursday 26th March. All orders placed before this cut-off will be fulfiled.
You can still place orders, we’ll still receive them, but fulfilment will not resume until our supply chain can support long-term order fulfilment. We will update customers when we know more about when this will be, but for now it’s in the hands of the British public and its lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation and other preventative measures.
Our support team is available during this time. We can’t fulfil orders, but we can still support our customers and we intend to do so.
Stay safe, stay home.
Fifth Coronavirus update: 25th March 2020
As of tomorrow one of our clothing suppliers will be closing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is the first instance of our supply chain being impacted by Coronavirus, and whilst this closure affects some of the products we offer it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on our ability to fulfil orders.
The supply of two brands is affected by this closure: SOL’s and Mantis. We will continue to fulfil orders that include either of these brands by automatically swapping products for close alternatives. These replacements are:
- Ladies Imperial Heavy T-Shirt — alternative: Gildan Ladies Premium Cotton T-Shirt
- Imperial Heavy T-Shirt — alternative: Gildan Premium Cotton T-Shirt
- Monarch Long Sleeve T-Shirt — alternative: Gildan Softstyle Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- Ladies Moka Tank Top — alternative: no alternative for all colours. Black and white will be replaced with the EP17 Women's Racerback Vest.
- Marvin T-Shirt — alternative: Rocker
- Imperial FIT T-Shirt — alternative: Creator
- Justin Tank — alternative: Stanley Specter
- Regent T-Shirt — alternative: Canvas Unisex Crew Neck T-Shirt
- Kid’s Regent T-Shirt — alternative: Gildan Kids Softstye Ringspun T-Shirt
- Ladies Mia T-Shirt — alternative: Stella Jazzer
- Ladies Loose Fit T-shirt — alternative: Stella Chiller
- Ladies Loose Fit Vest — alternative: Bella Relaxed Jersey Tank Top
All other brands in our catalogue can be sourced from alternative suppliers and remain unaffected.
Fourth Coronavirus update: 24th March 2020
Following the British Prime Minister’s announcement last night, Inkthreadable will continue to accept and fulfil orders that are received for as long as situations allow to ensure that our customer’s businesses are unaffected as much as possible as we know many are self-employed.
However, our team’s health is our utmost priority and we’re working on ways to reduce the headcount in our facility and the frequency of travel needed.
We are not actively carrying out any marketing or sales exercises ourselves to increase orders, but we remain open to fulfil those that occur organically.
Please consider the safety of our team in respect to this situation when working on your own marketing.
Third Coronavirus update: 18th March 2020
In a bid to further protect our production team and keep supply chains flowing in-and-out of Inkthreadable we’ve made the decision to implement remote working for as many of our team as possible.
Our support and marketing teams will be working from home from Wednesday 19th March. This means our phone support will be unavailable, and we would advise that if you need to contact us for any reason you should do so either through live chat or email.
Inkthreadable’s support team will be available during regular office hours, between 9am and 5pm GMT. Quality of support will not drop whilst our team is working remotely - if you need anything at all, just get in touch.
You can contact our support team at email@example.com.
Second Coronavirus update: 17th March 2020
Following recent guidelines from the sources listed at the end of this article, we’ve been reviewing and amending our risk assessments and considering implementing the next steps of our plan to protect both Inkthreadable employees and our supply chains, from goods coming in to goods shipping to your customers.
The first step we’ve implemented today is distancing employees where possible. The office team are now spaced further apart, and the communal areas have been rearranged to force social distancing during lunch breaks etc. Following this we’ve been reviewing our policy on working remotely to identify who can work from home, and what they will require to do so.
With this in mind, in the coming days and weeks we may phase in remote working for members of the office, including our support and marketing teams. This will have an effect on support channels, particularly with limited phone support. However, remote working cannot and will not cause detriment to the quality of support we will offer. Whilst working from home our team will still be available during office hours to offer the same levels of customer service you’re used to, and new policies will be put in place to make sure of this. Our support systems are web based, and so the only difference in remote working is the employee’s location, so there is no reason why the same support levels you are used to won’t be maintained.
As we phase in remote working phone support will become unvailable, and we will direct all customers to contact our support team by either live chat or email. We’re not there yet though, and we will let all customers know immediately if we do reach this point.
There’s a lot of negativity circulating at the moment and it will weigh on you if you let it. When it comes to Inkthreadable as a supplier for your brand, you have nothing to worry about. We’re confident not only in our ability to maintain our service levels but also in our team; whether working from home or working from our fulfilment centre, our priority is you. If you have any questions about how Inkthreadable is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic that isn’t answered in this post then don’t hesitate to reach out.
First Coronavirus update: 16th March 2020
The current statusInkthreadable is based in Blackburn, in the North West of England. At the time of writing this there has been one confirmed case of Coronavirus near us, so things really aren’t too bad and on the whole we’re not yet feeling the effects of Coronavirus. Though with that being said, we’re still preparing - both to protect our team and to keep our fulfilment service running smoothly. We know we can't escape its reach, so our plan is to protect our team for as long as possible to minimise the impact on both our business and yours.
The Inkthreadable TeamOur first response has been to look after our team. We’ve installed additional soap and paper towel dispensers around the building, and had training sessions of hygiene and washing hands correctly. We’ve decorated the walls with reminders to wash hands regularly alongside step-by-step guides for hand washing.
A while back we implemented cleaning rotas for communal spaces, like the bathrooms and staff areas. We’ve added duties to these rotas including sanitising handles and our clocking in machine. We’ve also replaced our daily morning huddles with a digital equivalent: morning bulletins in a dedicated Slack channel.
Finally we’ve been educating our team from reputable sources like the NHS, passing on the advice and recommendations from professionals. This includes the current advice on spotting symptoms, self-isolation, and social distancing.
The aim of these measures is simply to help prevent the spread of anything, Coronavirus included. Good hygiene should be practiced whether there’s a current global pandemic or not, and whilst these steps will help they’re likely not going to be enough on their own.
The Inkthreadable Supply ChainWe aren’t experiencing any immediate challenges with regards to our supply chains. Whilst our catalogue relies on multiple manufactures and suppliers, the vast majority of the products we offer are currently in good supply in the UK.
One or two products in our catalogue are manufactured in China and other high-risk areas, and so these products may be difficult to source if the current situation does not improve in the coming months. Stock for these products with UK distributors is high, and we’ve increased the volume we hold in stock in our own warehouse, so there is no cause for concern for these products just yet. If that changes we’ll be sure to let our customers know.
The Inkthreadable ContingencyWhilst we’re currently in a strong position, we’re not taking things for granted. We have risk assessments in place which are reviewed each time the NHS and other reliable sources release updates. This allows us to keep an eye on the current situation, along with the best advice to follow as things change.
We’ve developed contingencies for supply chain disruptions, as well as for things like working remotely to maximise social distancing. We’re continually reviewing everything to make sure our fulfilment centre can operate throughout the Coronavirus situation and minimise any disruption to the businesses that rely on our service.