Parfetts prepares for secondary lockdowns

Patrick Mitchell-Fox
Senior Retail Analyst
@RetailAnalysis

Date : 04 August 2020

Having seen sustained demand up over 100% for much of the national lockdown period, regional cash & carry wholesaler, Parfetts has now established contingencies for increased stockholding, including additional storage facilities, in preparation for the possibility of secondary lockdowns as Covid-19 infection rates start to rise again.

Two depots already in areas of local restrictions

With seven depots across the north of England, the Parfetts sites in Manchester and Halifax are in locations already subject to re-imposed restrictions due to spiking Covid cases locally.  Its other sites, all focused around significant urban districts such as Sheffield and Middlesbrough, are also in places where the corona virus infection rates are running notably ahead of the national average.

Enhanced staffing levels and ‘distancing’ measures remain in place

Across its estate Parfetts has been maintaining the increased number depot staff taken on under lockdown to ensure optimal service to its retailer customers, as well as the security guards helping to manage customer flows and distancing.  As well as working with suppliers to secure stock levels, the business has also been extending the ‘direct load’ facilities in its depots, which enable staff to load customer purchases directly into their vehicles, reducing time spent on site.  Meantime both click & collect and delivery capacity has been increased to reduce customer numbers in depots.

Guy Swindell, Retail Director, Parfetts commented:

‘It’s clear that the government is concerned about a possible second wave in the autumn.  Rigorous planning has been completed to ensure we have adequate stocks of essentials from flour to toilet rolls.  Our entire team has worked tirelessly to ensure that retailers have the support they need, but we know the job isn’t done yet.  We hope the UK manages to avoid a second wave of the virus but feel confident that we are prepared should the government reintroduce lockdown.’