In mid-March my son came down south to visit from the University of Manchester. He had brought only a few days’ clothes, as it was a flying visit.
Then lockdown struck…
Over the years my son’s peace lily (yes, he got it because of the movie) has survived several moves, but it wasn’t equal to the task of surviving his extended absence. See the picture above. It was a casualty of the pandemic, one which is so minor as not to warrant a mention.
So why do I mention it? Perhaps because it provides a useful analogy: it was lost not because of a lack of care or planning – the pandemic wasn’t something we had encountered before nor had we planned for it.
To a certain extent, this is what has happened to businesses (and lives) up and down the country. All over the world, in fact. Some businesses have failed, while others thrived. For the most part, clothing retail is struggling to recover. Plans hatched at the start of the year have had to be revised or even thrown out altogether.
My son is now back in Manchester (having married his sweetheart in July), reunited with all his clothes and with a new plant to replace the peace lily. If only business recovery were so easy!
Ahead of us is probably the second wave, and then Brexit. Hopefully lessons learned from the first wave will be applied to ensure growth in the months and years ahead.
Of course I didn’t just write this piece to while away some time. I want to offer my help where I am able.
What do I offer?
I have extensive experience within Retail and Wholesale IT and Supply Chain as you can see from my profile. If you need assistance creating and executing plans to weather the challenges that lie ahead, please do not hesitate to contact me. My details are:
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And hopefully I can play a role in nurturing your business growth as we all try to recover from this once-in-a-lifetime event that has caused huge disruption and some serious pain.