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Order/Stock/Support Status [Updated: 28th May 2021]

Posted on 28th Jan 2021 @ 10:30:07 PM

Overall status:

  • We are closed from Friday 28th May 11am to Tuesday June 1st due to school closure for training and the monday bank holiday. Most orders received before the 11am threshold have been shipped.

  • We are processing and shipping orders every day now with some exceptions
  • Royal Mail: Large Letter and International shipments are all being delayed for various reaons. Expect delays.
  • International orders are now being accepted for almost all international destinations.
  • Covid-19 continues to affect all deliveries, particularly those reliant on airlines for transport of mail/packets like Australia, Canada, etc... 
  • Child care is no longer a key issue but normal childhood duties sometimes result in delays.

International (Non-EU Orders)

  • Delays of approximately 1 week are now standard for shipments into the EU due to customs clearance and backlogs in the various systems. (DHL Express and Fedex not affected)
  • Shipping services have been enabled for all non-EU/EEA countries and customers and seem to be progressing "normally".
  • Asendia has now been reintroduced for most International destinations and will be a welcome midway solution for budget conscious customers who need it quicker than standard post.
  • Covid-19 continues to affect shipments, customs clearance and ultimately slows the delivery process considerably.

International (EU/EEA Orders) 

  • Business customers in the EU/EEA, MUST provide their valid EORI number with their order or the order will be cancelled and refunded.
  • Valid email and phone (preferably mobile/cell) are required to ensure that customs charges can be communicated for payment.
  • The following shipping services are enabled for EU/EEA customers as follow:
    • Asendia has been restored as an option for urgent shipments as a middway solution between DHL Express/Fedex and standard postal options.
    • Spring (Global) has been demoted slightly as a budget friendly tracked option.
    • DHL Express for anything of higher value or where speed is required. (Import VAT and Duty will need to be paid before receipt).
    • DPD is available although some countries/products now prohibit orders including syringes, needles and some other items.
  • We are using Spring (Global) instead of Royal Mail for speed and because processing into the EU/EEA is markedly faster.

UK Orders

  • DHL Parcel and DPD (UK) are preforming well.
  • Royal Mail continues to frustrate our efforts to send large letter items with delays of up to a week on items that should be treated as first class.
  • Hermes has filled the gap let by RM, as items are at least tracked and while slow can at least provide some estimate on delivery.

Final Comments.

  • We are now managing to ship orders almost every day with some rarer exceptions.
  • Manufacturing processes are slowly winding back up as we continue to tackle the backlog of tasks.
  • Covid-19 is still very much a factor that continues to cause numerous "normal" problems for 2020-21.
  • We are currently undertaking significant work to bring our accounting systems up to date with the coming changes with EU cross border sales (iMOSS) and switching accounts systems. This is taking longer than anticipated but is moving forward.

 

 

Earlier Updates:

 

Pre-May 2021

 

Overall status:

  • We are processing and shipping orders most days but please allow 48 hours for dispatch (see Royal Mail exception below).
  • Royal Mail: Please expect delays for these services. We are dispatching these Mondays and Thursdays at bare minimum.
  • International orders are now being accepted for almost all international destinations.
  • Covid-19 continues to affect all deliveries, particularly those reliant on airlines for transport of mail/packets like Australia, Canada, etc... 
  • Our children are now back in school which means we are now able to focus on manufacturing, processing orders and support (BUT This will change if we are required to isolate with our children).

 

International (Non-EU Orders)

 

  • Shipping services have been enabled for all non-EU/EEA countries and customers and seem to be progressing "normally".
  • Covid-19 continues to affect shipments, customs clearance and ultimately slows the delivery process considerably.
  • Spring (Global) now offers a number of priority and economy services.
  • DPD Classic (Road) is now operating with clearer guidelines on accepted product types per country/service.

 

International (EU/EEA Orders) 

 

  • Business customers in the EU/EEA, MUST provide their valid EORI number with their order or the order will be cancelled and refunded.
  • Valid email and phone (preferably mobile/cell) are required to ensure that customs charges can be communicated for payment.
  • The following shipping services are enabled for EU/EEA customers as follow:
    • Spring (Global) is now available as a shipping service option. (A bug affecting customers in Ireland has been fixed)
    • DHL Express for anything of higher value or where speed is required. (Import VAT and Duty will need to be paid before receipt).
    • DPD is available although some countries/products now prohibit orders including syringes, needles and some other items.
  • We are using Spring (Global) instead of Royal Mail for speed and because processing into the EU/EEA is markedly faster.

 

UK Orders

 

  • DHL Parcel and DPD (UK) are now back to a relative "normal".
  • Hermes has been paused while we review results of recent tests.
  • Royal Mail continues to provide inconsistent results with some very quick deliveries compared to other delayed orders.

 

Final Comments.

 

  • Order dispatch has largely improved, particularly since our children have returned to school with most orders being dispatched within 1 working day but we ask that you continue to allow 2-3 working days just in case.
  • The backlog of manufacturing and ink bottling is now being tackled with many "out of stock" items being made available in the last week. More work is still needed.
  • Covid-19 is still very much a factor that continues to cause numerous "normal" problems for 2020-21.
  • The Easter holiday is a time for spending time with family so support may take a little longer over bank holiday weekend.
  • We are currently undertaking significant work to bring our accounting systems up to date with the coming changes with EU cross border sales (iMOSS) and switching accounts systems.

 

 

Overall: 24th Mar 2021

Covid remains a problem but thankfully:

  • The Brexit process has been largely resolved but some issues remain, particularly with regards to the fees and charges being applied for higher value orders. 
  • Backlog of manufacturing and ink bottling is now being tackled with many "out of stock" items being made available in the last week. More work is still needed.

 

Overall: 8th Feb 2021

Some hard lessons have been learned following Brexit, many of them completely unanticipated and while we accept some mistakes, we weren't alone in hitting a brick wall after January 1st. A month later, we have finally started to identify most of the issues and are in the process of resolving each although in some cases the 

Regrettably many of the couriers and shipping services we use have experienced massive issues and while some have risen to the challenge and communicated effectively as to issues, resolutions and timescale... Others have not. DPD in particular has been a sustantial source of frustration and silence while returning substantial numbers of orders with zero opportunity to understand, learn from and improve. Nearly a month on we are only now receving the information we needed to adjust effectively and solve the problems but we are finally getting what we needed.

Overall : 1st Feb 2021

Frankly, Brexit has strained our resources, patience and creativity to breaking point and this coupled with effects of Covid-19 and our continued family responsibilities has required everyone to dig deep. I honestly can't thank everyone on the team enough for all their hard work in incredibly difficult circumstances.

We do have a manufacturing backlog and some jobs are taking much longer than expected. We're currently expecting some key tasks to take until the school half term (mid-February to catch up) so if you're waiting for something, please bear with us.

As ever, thanks for your patience, your continued support and kindness.