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    I know a few people who are having to try and adapt their businesses during the lockdown, with varying degrees of success.

    They're trying to, for example, develop web sales of items which are drop shipped, YouTube channels, other online activities, etc.

    However, limited success so far. Partly / possibly because people are changing their online habits.

    So, two questions:

    1. If you have an online business presence, do you keep a watch on stats for blog posts, site visits, etc., and have you noticed any changes?

    2. Any thoughts on how businesses could (ideally rapidly, successfully ) develop new sales models? Any ideas welcome, I'll pass on the best and most humorous!

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Several local cafes, and some proper restuarants, have turned into takeaways.
    Several local cafes have turned into corner shops selling bread/milk/eggs/etc
    Local garden centre has become on-line only
    Butchers is now on-line only, with delivery or booked collection slot.
    Greengrocer is switching rapidly to book online delivery only.

    Meanwhile local Tesco & Asda have come offline. Cannot book a delivery or collection slot for love nor money.

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Anyone selling stuff online that is usually bought in store will get plenty of sales, I'm surprised our local garden centre hasn't tried but their website has never been much good.
    We normally buy pool stuff online and this week bought the last 2 solar heaters in the warehouse, so lots of sales but probably can't get enough stock.

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Pretty much as CJ said.

    Our local garden centre has moved to online. They have things listed on their website but also caveat with ‘give us a ring or email us as we have lots more we can sell you’. That’s a useful one, shows a willingness to work with customers and also means they haven’t tried to get everything online all in one go.

    There is another garden centre that has moved to online but only with the things they’ve listed, so I think they’ve missed a trick.

    A meat wholesaler that only supplied to restaurants has started up online with special packs of meat that its selling locally. Again a good idea in that they’ve made up packets to sell initially rather than individual items.

    Our local butcher was online anyway but I believe their business has gone through the roof.

    It seems to be mainly perishables but gardening is the big one as it keeps people busy whilst still being at home.
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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    There's a local Food Wholesaler (normally sells to pubs and restuarants etc) who are doing home delivery (min order 50), trouble is that although they've split their pack sizes down as much as possible, the quantities are still quite large (min order 4kg of oven chips for example).

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by balbas View Post
    There's a local Food Wholesaler (normally sells to pubs and restuarants etc) who are doing home delivery (min order 50), trouble is that although they've split their pack sizes down as much as possible, the quantities are still quite large (min order 4kg of oven chips for example).
    Have you got freezer capacity to split them into smaller bags and freeze for use later?

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    Out here we are limited really, especially in resort


    But, there is a company that supplies ready made meals to people on holiday, they normally have a minimum order and their food is excellent but pricey. Currently they are delivering up to resorts with no minimum and have some serious sales on. I'd guess they had ordered in bulk the food required for the rest of the season so need to cook it and send it out before it's out of date!!

    Another is the local company that normally supplies tour operators with 'english' food (lots of other stuff but they are the go to place for bacon and sausages). They are delivering to resorts for no minimum order as well. Again, they'll have a lot of stuff that is dated, so it works for them

    Not really anything big in the change department for them I guess!!


    The big change really is the yoga and fitness people are all doing online stuff. Which seems very popular with some

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Bear in mind that a lot of people are on 80% wages so they'll be doing their utmost not to spend anywhere !!

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Jody View Post
    Bear in mind that a lot of people are on 80% wages so they'll be doing their utmost not to spend anywhere !!
    Or 80% of monthly profit, payable when it gets to June.

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    Our local brewery has gone online or click and collect, if he knows you, hic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post

    The big change really is the yoga and fitness people are all doing online stuff. Which seems very popular with some
    A friend of mine has started live streaming her morning yoga routine on Facebook. It is mesmerising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balbas View Post
    a friend of mine has started live streaming her morning yoga routine on facebook. It is mesmerising.;d:d
    lol lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by balbas View Post
    A friend of mine has started live streaming her morning yoga routine on Facebook. It is mesmerising.
    [X] This thread ... links, etc?

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    Default Re: Altering businesses during the lockdown

    I went to my local wholesaler this morning to collect 5 dozen eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirahna View Post
    I went to my local wholesaler this morning to collect 5 dozen eggs.
    I'll be bound..........or at least you will.....

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