We are still open and printing but we have changed how we are working.
We realise that everyone should be at home and limiting social contact to reduce the impact on our NHS and lives. So we have made the following changes:
Only 1 member of the team will work in the studio at any one time. No public transport will be used whilst commuting (staff have been provided with bicycles).
All courier collections will be contactless.
We have temporarily stopped shipping by Royal Mail and will continue to only use DPD Local.
Some of our suppliers have shut down and we fullly respect them for doing that. It does however mean that some products are less available and we will inform you as soon as possible if we are unable to source the products you have ordered. If in doubt, get in touch before placing an order. All Stanley/Stella, Continental Clothing and Neutral products are still available.
Turnaround times may also be affected as we need to group orders of products together so the delivery cost we pay for the garments is less than the income from those orders.
To minimise the financial risk for our customers we have temporarily dropped the 50+ screen print threshold (the bigest volume price break) down to 30+, so up to a 50% reduction in print cost to allow smaller orders to maintain stock whilst reducing the pressure on their cash flow.
We have been torn about how to proceed. We would like to close the studio temporarily however we would not survive as a business if we did. We have seen a huge reduction in revenue (over 90% since the beginning of March) without a possible reduction in our overheads, but we also realise that the products we are still producing are for our smaller independent brands and illustrators who also need an income through this epidemic. As always we are open to discussion with our customers if you feel we should be acting differently.
If any of you would like to team up creating some funding for those charities and vulnerable groups who are likely to face further hardship during this period then let us know. We have the capability to run charitable campaigns on a pre-order basis. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org page if you are interested.
We wish everyone the best of health, luck and joy through this.
Always, and forever, People and Planet before Profit.
Director and founder of Get A Grip Studio