John Lewis will begin to reopen its shops for customers as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June. Depending on the response from customers and Partners to our new ways of operating with respect to social distancing, more shops will open throughout the summer. The decision follows the Government’s guidance earlier this week on easing restrictions for non-essential retailers.
Learning from the social distancing measures the Partnership has taken in Waitrose shops, John Lewis plans initially to open just under a quarter of its shops as part of a steady, gradual approach with rigorous safety and social distancing measures in place. Branches selected to open have been chosen primarily because of their accessibility by car.
The business will undertake an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of each of the operational changes it implements during this initial phase of reopening, making adjustments as it goes to ensure the best and safest customer and Partner experience possible.
Enesco has confirmed it has reopened from the temporary closure due to Covid-19. The company is following government guidelines and has confirmed it will be operation with a reduced work force across it's various departments.
The company confirmed that they have just completed a second full week of shipping orders and had received a positive response from both UK and European customers.
Although the majority of the sales team is currently furloughed until retail opens, Enesco has advised that customers can place orders direct via the company websites (www.enesco.co.uk) or by email / >>
BHETA has added the CBI and Google to the programme of speakers in its popular series of webinars. The first of the two events is on Thursday 28th May with the CBI’s Richard Butler. This is closely followed on Tuesday 2nd June by Cathal O’Sullivan, Agency Development Manager at Google.
At the CBI event, Richard Butler will present the latest perspective on the current Government initiatives and their future direction, with focus on the Job Retention Scheme (furloughing). As companies plan their return to work he will share ideas from businesses that continued working during COVID 19 and from those who have just returned to work, as well as return to work ‘facilitators’, such as schools, public transport and PPE.
Local retailers are set for a much needed post-lockdown boost as almost one in three British consumers say they will visit local shops more frequently than they did before the crisis*, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Sofie Willmott, Lead Retail Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The COVID-19 pandemic has reignited the importance of the local community for many, with neighbours helping each other with shopping and forming local social groups to stay connected. Local retailers have played a part in this with many adjusting their services to cater for their neighbourhood, quickly introducing contactless delivery options in order to make their stock available and keep their business afloat without relying on a store.”
M&S have announced that consumers “may never shop the same way again”, as the British retail giant posted considerable losses in profits of over 20% in March, and a staggering 75% drop in clothing and homeware sales in the six weeks leading up to 9th May.
M&S also reported a drop in sales in their Simply Food stores, despite demand for food and essential goods amidst the lockdown. This has led the retailer to enter into a long term transformation plan, in an attempt to overhaul its operations and revitalise their offerings to consumers in a modern era of shopping.
The announcement from M&S comes as Britain’s retailers are beginning their preparations for a return to trading, as stores across the country may slowly be able to open their doors from June 1st.The retail industry is collectively facing a huge challenge, in their efforts to return to a retail landscape which has been drastically altered by the Coronavirus pandemic.