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Alcohol and wine sales via ecommerce were opened up on 1 June 2020 after 66 days of an alcohol ban during Lockdown level 4 and 5. Online orders continued during lockdown with the anticipation of delivery within a week of the ban being lifted and along with new sales that exploded immediately after this announcement by the South African Government, this situation almost immediately resulted in unprecedented volumes which required couriers to instantly increase infrastructure and labour to accommodate the volumes.
Unfortunately the flood or orders directly impacted the ability to perform at regular delivery levels and created an extensive backlog in all systems despite market research and planning throughout May in anticipation of increased volumes.
Seabourne Express has been delivering wine nationwide for almost 10 years & are considered specialists in the industry, moving some of the most highly regarded & sought after wines across the planet. June 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times in Seabourne’s history as we fought 24 hours, 7 days a week in an attempt and meet our customers expectations and achieve deliveries.”
The health and safety of our employees, customers and partners are paramount, which is why we at Seabourne Group closely monitor developments around the Corona virus.
We follow the general guidelines and instructions of the government and other authorities. Although the chance of bacteria and viruses being transmitted is minimal through our packages, scanners or tablets, we can understand the increasing concerns among our recipients. Of course we want to ensure that the packages are delivered correctly. The movement of goods is still open and without any restrictions. Seabourne and his partners operates therefore still as business as usual. Please be advised that we hear more and more that crossing borders will be a challenge.
Consignees will not be required to personally sign the ePOD device or hard copy document, but will be required to provide their name verbally to the delivery driver whereby the driver will include this on the delivery record. Whereby a customer refuses to provide their name, the consignment will not be left with them but fall under the ‘refused goods’ process.
Seabourne Group are delighted to announce the latest addition to the Group’s portfolio. Today, Custom Threads 2015 Limited, set up as a 100% owned Group subsidiary, acquired the goodwill and certain assets of an existing embroidery and clothing printing business in Basingstoke. A strategic addition to the Group’s range of services, it dovetails with the Supply Chain & Solutions services we provide and will enable Seabourne to offer to the clothing sector, additional bespoke services over and above the basic storage requirements.
In making the acquisition, Seabourne welcomes Bob Bailey to the Group. Bob has many years of experience within the industry and is looking forward to the opportunities afforded by the Group to develop the client base and increase the services offered.
To store and distribute your goods in the EU, Limited Fiscal Representation is easy and compliant to implement. No VAT registration or invoicing is needed so that you can realise a liquidity and cost advantage in you supply chain. Seabourne Group developed in cooperation with MACO an animation video to explain the fiscal representation. Check out this video, click here.