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Has Coronavirus affected our giving? An insider's perspective.

Has Coronavirus affected our giving? An insider's perspective.

by Keeton Yescott March 05, 2020

It's no secret or surprise that our suppliers are located in China. We are very proud of the quality of socks that they produce for us, and the relationships we have formed with people halfway across the world has just been an added blessing. We first became aware of the Coronavirus at the very beginning of Chinese New Year - but we certainly had no idea how much of an epidemic it would become. So, how has the Coronavirus affected us at Sky Outfitters? Has it affected our giving, and is it still affecting our giving?

THE SHORT ANSWER? YES...AND NO.

First, let me explain the ways in which we haven't been affected. Because of the timing of this happening during Chinese New Year, we were already prepared for the manufacturer's that we work with to be shut down for 3 weeks, and we had already received all of our items that we plan to release for spring. This ended up being a huge blessing because due to the Coronavirus, all of the factory's were closed for weeks longer than expected. We would have been feeling major pressure to get production started for spring products had we not planned ahead.

That was the good part of the timing of all of this. During Chinese New Year, we expect our partnered factory's in China to be closed for 3 weeks - so we plan for that. But what no one was expecting was that most of the factory's would be closed for 3 to 4 additional weeks AFTER that. When talking with our supplier's during this time, they said that people were not allowed to leave their houses except to go to the grocery store. They were pretty much on lock-down. Even with the epidemic being 9 hours away from where they are located, it seemed like every city was taking their precautions. Throughout this time, many of the people we work with were still chatting with us on a daily basis and planning for when they were back in office. A break from work is nice, but I think we've all felt the restlessness that ensues after not working for awhile! All of the factories that we work with are now back and running extra hard to make up for time lost during the extra long break.

Now onto the part where we have been affected. Though we planned ahead for our own personal business, what we are missing out on is the opportunity to create new wholesale orders with our partnered retailers. Our online business is only one part of our business - in fact, it's one of the smallest parts. Wholesale and a few other avenues are really what helps us to keep our donation numbers up each month...especially this time of year. Wholesale orders allow us to donate socks at much larger quantities than our online store does - where most people are purchasing anywhere from 1 - 5 pairs of socks on average. Since the beginning of the year is a huge restocking time for brick & mortar stores, the fact that we have had to wait 2 months without any production happening has definitely effected the number of socks donated the first 2 months of the year, and it will likely continue to effect it the next few months after this as well.

To be candid, I think we've all felt the affects of Coronavirus since the outbreak happened in China and has since spread to many countries, including the USA. We are thankful that because of planning ahead of time, it certainly was not detrimental to our business...but we are definitely happy to have our partners over in China back, and thankful that nothing bad happened to any of them during this scary time.

Does you or your business work with China? How has your business been affected by the Coronavirus?

It's no secret or surprise that our suppliers are located in China. We are very proud of the quality of socks that they produce for us, and the relationships we have formed with people halfway across the world has just been an added blessing. We first became aware of the Coronavirus at the very beginning of Chinese New Year - but we certainly had no idea how much of an epidemic it would become. So, how has the Coronavirus affected us at Sky Outfitters? Has it affected our giving, and is it still affecting our giving?

THE SHORT ANSWER? YES...AND NO.

First, let me explain the ways in which we haven't been effected. Because of the timing of this happening during Chinese New Year, we were already prepared for the manufacturer's that we work with to be shut down for 3 weeks, and we had already received all of our items that we plan to release for spring. This ended up being a huge blessing because due to the Coronavirus, all of the factory's were closed for weeks longer than expected. We would have been feeling major pressure to get production started for spring products had we not planned ahead.

That was the good part of the timing of all of this. During Chinese New Year, we expect our partnered factory's in China to be closed for 3 weeks - so we plan for that. But what no one was expecting was that most of the factory's would be closed for 3 to 4 additional weeks AFTER that. When talking with our supplier's during this time, they said that people were not allowed to leave their houses except to go to the grocery store. They were pretty much on lock-down. Even with the epidemic being 9 hours away from where they are located, it seemed like every city was taking their precautions. Throughout this time, many of the people we work with were still chatting with us on a daily basis and planning for when they were back in office. A break from work is nice, but I think we've all felt the restlessness that ensues after not working for awhile! All of the factories that we work with are now back and running extra hard to make up for time lost during the extra long break.

Now onto the part where we have been effected. Though we planned ahead for our own personal business, what we are missing out on is the opportunity to create new wholesale orders with our partnered retailers. Our online business is only one part of our business - in fact, it's one of the smallest parts. Wholesale and a few other avenues are really what helps us to keep our donation numbers up each month...especially this time of year. Wholesale orders allow us to donate socks at much larger quantities than our online store does - where most people are purchasing anywhere from 1 - 5 pairs of socks on average. Since the beginning of the year is a huge restocking time for brick & mortar stores, the fact that we have had to wait 2 months without any production happening has definitely effected the number of socks donated the first 2 months of the year, and it will likely continue to effect it the next few months after this as well.

To be candid, I think we've all felt the affects of Coronavirus since the outbreak happened in China and has since spread to many countries, including the USA. We are thankful that because of planning ahead of time, it certainly was not detrimental to our business...but we are definitely happy to have our partners over in China back, and thankful that nothing bad happened to any of them during this scary time.

Does you or your business work with China? How has your business been affected by the Coronavirus?




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