We’re fast approaching a second lock down Easter and this time, although most of the shops in the country are closed, at least we’ve got some experience of what to expect. How will you be handling the four day weekend and catching up on shipping on Tuesday and will you be taking advantage of the modest relaxations to visit family and friends?
Easter, like Christmas, is always a challenge as with no courier collections for many sellers on Friday or Monday, there’s a massive backlog of parcels to get out of the door by Tuesday. This presents two main problems – the sheer volume of picking and packing to undertake and the inevitable worry as to whether there will be room on the courier or postal service van to actually collect the parcels.
This year, with some minor relaxations coming into effect in most UK countries just in time for lock down Easter, like many others you’ll probably want to see family and friends and for Easter will be the first weekend you’re legally allowed to. In England, you can meet in socially distanced groups of six in outdoor spaces including private gardens, or two families can meet even if that results in a larger gathering. The important point is the ‘socially distanced’ bit, so if you’re about to fire up the barbie and have a meal together then bear in mind the intention isn’t to all sit around the patio table – you should remain 2m apart.
Many will want to take a break and have some time off, but there will be the inevitable Spring rush of jobs that are discovered and with most shops closed consumers are likely to be getting clicky on their smartphones as they order everything from paint to garden furniture. Prices are likely to remain on the high side as stock shortages are inevitable – with the promise that just about all restrictions on our lifestyles might be relaxed by June, there is still no realistic prospect of overseas holidays any time soon so domestic holidaying or simply staying at home will be this year’s plan for many.
A four day break with some lock down Easter relaxations sounds amazing and we’re hoping you have a fantastic break. But before Thursday comes and you knock off work, make sure you’re prepared and the warehouse is ready for the manic Tuesday that will follow.