Darren Taylor, Business Solutions Director at CitySprint, comments:
“Pubs and other venues are understandably keen to start serving again as soon as it is safe to do so, and many of us will undoubtedly welcome today’s announcement by the Prime Minister. But with so many pubs and venues across the country looking to restock drinks and beverage supplies at once, we’re advising customers against waiting to the last minute to place orders.
“While wholesale drinks deliveries are typically some of the fastest around, it’s important to check stock levels now and work out a sensible restocking plan with suppliers. This will help avoid any supply chain bottlenecks or availability issues, and make sure pubs and bars are ready to start serving in July.
“In addition, social distancing measures will mean that many venues will be looking to offer refreshments outside and in different kinds of locations this summer, where it’s easier to maintain distances between customers while enjoying the sunshine. These sites are not always easy locations for traditional large-scale drinks deliveries to reach. Instead, smaller volumes of wines, spirits, beers and other beverages that can be delivered to more specific locations will help these venues can be more easily utilised.”
Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at FTA said:
“The logistics industry, which directly impacts more than seven million people employed throughout the supply chain, has welcomed the news that more of the economy is to open up as the government eases COVID-19 restrictions. Logistics enables all economic, as well as social, activity and health services and the closure of hospitality, retail and leisure companies has had a significant impact on the sector, and thus the economy as a whole. We stand ready to assist in driving productivity back up to pre-pandemic levels, to help the revival of the UK’s businesses, while ensuring that our own workers are able to operate safely and effectively under new social distancing regulations.”
Sian Hopwood, SVP B2B EMEA at BluJay Solutions:
“As the UK lockdown is lifted, retailers must be on their toes when it comes to predicting and meeting customer demand with supply chain agility and resiliency.
“With further economic uncertainty on the horizon, it’s more important than ever that retailers have visibility and control over every aspect of the supply chain. Only this way can they meet changing expectations and requirements of the customer experience, the most valuable supply chain differentiator for brands. Control is only achievable with end-to-end visibility from warehouse to store, flexibility to accommodate quickly changing trends, and optimisation to ensure that operations can efficiently and effectively scale. Without the right tools, retailers could oversupply before customers have truly taken to the high street again, or fail to meet demand when it arises.
“By relying on data, retailers can understand, monitor and swiftly cater to demand. With technology to automate previously manual, disconnected processes, businesses can scale operations seamlessly, with lower error rates, greater speed, better visibility, and lower cost. These benefits add up to improved customer loyalty and business agility.
“The most important factor for retailers at this time is flexibility. By using technologies which enable a reaction to changing attitudes in real-time, retailers can ease themselves into the post-COVID world without a hitch. Huge benefits exist for retailers that can carefully navigate their supply chain through this period: customer trust, a reputation for resilience, and the crucial safeguarding of business continuity in the long-term.”