Distributors temporarily suspend deliveries in wake of COVID-19

Three major garment distributors have taken the decision to temporarily suspend deliveries following the Government’s advice for all non-essential businesses to close to reduce the risk of unnecessary contact.

Ralawise, PenCarrie and Prestige Leisure UK have all made announcements that as of Thursday, March 26 that they would be temporarily suspending deliveries and shipments until further notice.

Ralawise said in an online statement: “As a business, we have been responding to an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation. The health and well-being of our employees, the wider community and all the workers on front-line essential services are our highest priority.”

Ralawise stopped shipments of orders placed after 2pm on Thursday. Orders placed after 2pm will be processed when shipping becomes operational again.

PenCarrie said in an online statement: “The safety of our staff and our responsibility to the wider community have never been more important than they are today.

“We firmly believe we are doing the right thing for our people and our community in taking this decision and wish you all the very best over the coming weeks.

“Stay safe and well and we look forward to working with you again.”

PenCarrie suspended shipments at 3pm on Thursday. All orders placed after this time will not be shipped until further notice.

Prestige Leisure UK suspended shipments yesterday (Wednesday, March 25) and said in an online statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a situation that has changed so quickly and drastically over the past few days, throwing anxiety and uncertainty over our country at every turn. At this time, our duty is to the incredible institution that is our National Health Service; to lessen the burden on its resources and on its tireless and selfless workers. Their fearlessness, stoicism and heroism in the face of this is to be admired. Therefore, we have taken the decision to close our doors for now.

“This was not an easy decision for us – we hoped to remain operational for as long as possible to offer our support to our loyal customers in a time which we know they are facing so much uncertainty.

“Our priorities our, and always have been, the safety and well-being of our talented and hardworking staff, our valued customers and our supportive partners. We feel that temporary business closure is the best action to take to keep them, and their families, safe.

“Please remember that this is not goodbye, only ‘see you later’. We’ll endeavour to be back as soon as we can and we’ll keep you updated at every step. We wish you all the very best during these difficult and unknown times and we urge you to be vigilant, stay at home and keep safe. We’ll be waiting for you on the other side of this; to work, build and create together, stronger than ever before.”

As of 4pm today (Thursday, March 26) BTC activewear and Absolute Apparel were still maintaining current service levels.

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