Are online / ecommerce stores still ok?

Discussion in 'COVID-19 Forum' started by freddo, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. freddo

    freddo UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hey guys,

    Following on from UK GOVT latest updates on essential shops only to remain open, does this include e-stores/shops?

    How will the latest updates effect online only stores?
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: freddo Member since: Dec 28, 2010
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  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    The way I'm reading it we are still OK to be open.
    People can't get infected from this virus while using us.

    I do expect a bigger surge in online shopping than we have been seeing. Our competition has just effectively shut down.
    Life goes on - people still need to do things, send things, be entertained etc.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  3. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yup the businesses that are killing high steets are still allowed to be open well done Boris, what a shambles you have made of this.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  4. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Agree, he should have done it sooner
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  5. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Were 2 1/2 months in Before he’s done anything flights still landing from Italy’s earlier today. Nice to know you support your high street lol
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  6. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    It's nothing about supporting your high street - that's a stupid way to look at it - this is about doing what needs to be done to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  7. samuel5

    samuel5 UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Boris’s speech said it is ok to travel to work, so I assume it would be fine.

    But now it states only if you a key worker on his Instagram post.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: samuel5 Member since: Apr 25, 2010
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  8. lesliedocherty

    lesliedocherty UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Online is ok
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: lesliedocherty Member since: Jun 17, 2006
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  9. bodgitt&scarperLTD

    bodgitt&scarperLTD UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: bodgitt&scarperLTD Member since: Nov 26, 2018
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  10. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    The business that supplies what people want when they want it is killing the high street?

    Was under the impression the people could decide for themselves where to shop. The high street does not have a monopoly on customers.
    What is online sales up to as of last year? 15 percent of sales, some of which is the high street selling online too?

    This year may be closer to 40 plus - maybe even 50 percent.

    Or government could shut down uk based sellers and just let the foreign sites provide the goods.
    Would that be better for the customers?
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Must admit I put my foot down (it hurt) last week about the wife working from home.
    Told her I was not going to have part of a conveyor belt running through the extension.

    She is safe enough at work.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  12. ADW

    ADW UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    So shut online stores and keep the high street open to give them a good boost and increased footfall? Nice thinking. I bet you wanted a hosepipe ban during the recent floods so we could max out the reservoirs.
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: ADW Member since: Oct 25, 2007
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  13. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Got time to sell stock online now as have others might be good plan
     
    Posted: Mar 23, 2020 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  14. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I work in a market town where traditional High Street stores are struggling. If you think this is down to internet retailers then you're as misguided as our local council leader.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  15. Alison Moore

    Alison Moore UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Delivery companies are still delivering, so they might still be doing collections too. However if you have to travel to work, it might be tricky as I think they're now saying only key workers should be travelling, however I can't see Amazon suddenly telling all their staff not to come in.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: Alison Moore Member since: Aug 4, 2016
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  16. MyAccountantOnline

    MyAccountantOnline UKBF Legend Full Member

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    The Government published a list of businesses and premises which must close here. It was published 23 March.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: MyAccountantOnline Member since: Sep 24, 2008
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  17. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Couriers have been classed as key workers for over a week now.

    Amazon is a logistics operation - and ecommerce is allowed.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  18. thetiger2015

    thetiger2015 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It doesn't really work as any kind of 'lock down' - construction workers are still working, hardware stores are still open, ecomm warehouses are still open, wholesale are still delivering and their warehouses are still picking and packing. Takeaway shops are still setting up, delivery drivers for these are still working. Obviously, care workers etc are still driving around. Petrol stations are still open, together with their food areas, which means stock is still being delivered.

    I noticed less people milling around today but lots more traffic. Work is work and many companies can be grouped under 'key workers' - the UK can't really shutdown, unless you want to cut everyone off completely.

    The plan is to try and delay the virus, not stop it. They're hoping that reducing the mix of people and the crowds should aid this.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: thetiger2015 Member since: Aug 29, 2015
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  19. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    It works for stopping people bunching up in all shops. Just means some shops.


    Full lockdown would be far more effective. And far, far more damaging. Including killing people.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  20. Guy Incognito

    Guy Incognito UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We're still going. Our customers are still ordering, our couriers are still collecting / delivering.

    Our admin and support staff will be working from home from tomorrow if they want to, we only have 3 warehouse staff and they are distancing from each other while picking and wearing PPE.

    I drive in directly from my house to the warehouse / office (we're on an industrial estate).

    What they are trying to stop is mass gatherings and they should focus on the people at supermarkets, going into offices etc.

    We're a small operation in terms of staff and we will carry on as long as possible as we're not endangering anyone.
     
    Posted: Mar 24, 2020 By: Guy Incognito Member since: Aug 2, 2016
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