Yesterday saw many of the biggest players in the darts business issuing statements of their intention to push through the current social, and economic, trials and tribulations.
Many have assured their staff that they are safe, in their jobs, and are also doing everything they possibly can to ensure their well being at work. Staff are being allowed, or even encouraged, to work from home. Wages and or sick pay are being smoothly handled and their seems to be a very strong spirit and positive attitude amongst people at all levels.
In many ways there seems to be an extension of the ‘darts’ family’ theme that we see in relation to the fund raising and charity efforts of many within the community
It seems to me that the darts industry deserve huge credit, and our thanks, for their serious efforts to accept the difficulties, of Coronavirus, but also to remain steadfast.
So if you have found yourself with extra time on your hands and are financially able, perhaps you could improve your darts whilst supporting our industry. Improve your darts space? Grab some shiny new kit or even (quietly) stock up on flights, stems and other small items easily posted.
Below are a selection of the statement issued by major darting brands over the last 24-48 hrs:
Red Dragon published an online statement of their efforts to comply with all recomendations for their staff and customers and how they would continue:
Our Customers, colleagues and communities are at the heart of what we do.
With the current concerns created by the Worldwide spread of COVID-19, we would like to reassure each and every one of you that Red Dragon is following all recommended protocols. These include best practice hygiene, cleaning work spaces, social distancing and working from home.
In these challenging times, we think that a little extra darts practice will help the time at home literally by!
We are therefore pleased to confirm that we are processing and dispatching orders as usual.
Please join us in following best practice advice so we can all get through this together…
Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Play Darts..
Very Best Wishes,
Team Red Dragon
Team Harrows also contacted their customers and suppliers etc:
|To all Harrows customers,|
We would like to take this opportunity to write to you regarding what we are doing at Harrows during these unprecedented and challenging times.
The well-being of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us and we are rigorously following the advice of our Government and Public Health England.
In light of the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and from the experience of other countries, this is likely to mean that over the coming days we have to reduce the number of colleagues working at our HQ in Hoddesdon, in order to help the national effort in attempting to slow the spread of the virus within the UK.
|We maintain the highest levels of cleanliness within our office, factory and warehouse and, with our products being manufactured here in the UK, we are confident that there will be limited disruption to our supply chain in the immediate future. We have made the appropriate provisions with our suppliers to be in a position to guarantee this commitment to you, our valued customers.|
We are therefore continuing to run our business as normal and are currently holding very good stocks, meaning that we are able to deliver your orders as and when they are required.
That said, as this is a fast moving situation, with UK Government advice being updated daily, if you are currently planning to place an order with us it would be advisable to do so sooner rather than later, to further reduce any risk of us being unable to ship goods to you in the short term.
If you have any questions or require any support regarding Harrows Darts, our products or deliveries please call us on +44 (0)1992 300300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Target also sought to reassure its wider contacts:
|TARGET UPDATE |
We know that the Coronavirus is impacting us all around the world and our priority at Target is to take care of our staff and to keep things running the best we can for our customers. With this in mind we thought it is important to share some of the steps we are taking.
We have adopted significant measures to protect our team who are located globally from the risk of spreading COVID-19. This is in place through a combination of testing, social distancing and asking colleagues to work from home if they can. These alterations have ensured we are able to continue producing products and that our warehouse is able to maintain the ability to ship goods.
As the situation is evolving constantly please see our website and social media accounts for updates. This is an uncertain time, though we want to reassure our darts fans that we are working hard to ensure we keep giving you the service and products you have come to expect.
MD Target Darts
Dartscorner.com and A180 darts also contacted clients in an effort to assure that their determination to maintain trading was known and understood.
Having spoken to various representatives and staff of the major companies I am confident that the majority of manufacturers and suppliers are in strong positions and are capable of bouncing back as soon as the situation becomes more normal.
Credit too them and their staff in what seems likely to prove a strong demonstration of resilience.