Updated: May 7, 2020
The question of logistics in the optical world has become a big subject over the last few weeks. Many opticians are fearfull, particularly the larger chains like Boots opticians/Vision Express and Specsavers, not to forget the discounters Asda, that they may not be able to keep their supply lines open. Many operate a "just in time" buying policy. Meaning that the frame stock they hold at any one time is at a minimum to keep costs and theft at a minimum also. This obviously now becomes a problem during the time after Covid 19 when the opticians are asked to reopen. Many are worried that they simply will not have access to varied stock, or any stock at all over the coming months. This of course would directly effect profitability and cause short and medium term problems for the "big boys".
Luckily for us, and you, here at Ilkeston Factory Specs we have been preparing over the last year or more, mainly due to our Brexit plans, and have more than enough of the latest spectacle frame styles, including the very top end designer eyewear. Our choice and depth of stock is the best around, come along when we re open and see for yourself. All our glasses are affordable and like for like are sold at better prices than our high street competitors, and unlike many online sites, we actually have the genuine stock here to try and buy. Peace of mind and service with back up second to non.
So, will we be here over the coming months and see this unusual time through and beyond, well yes of course. We own the premises we trade from, and trade from this strong base.
We have little debt, and so do not need and on principle have not excepted government finance throughout this time. We prefer to leave this financing to those business who may need this funding and who trade from a less strong financial base. We don't want high street business in general to fail, as this effects us all in one way or another, not just the high street.
Lets all agree to value and use our high street businesses more in the future. Sure China and the internet with a low cost base may be a few pounds cheaper, but ultimately, at what cost to us all.
Lastly, all our customers old and new, past and future, stay safe, but don't be scared, when the time comes for normality, be normal again, and remember these times also, it will make us all the better.
EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT FRAMES OR SINGLE LENSES/SINGLE VISION GLASSES PLEASE EMAIL US TO ATTEND A PRIVATE APPOINTMENT(WHEN WE ARE OPEN AGAIN) TO SUPPLY WHILE YOU WAIT- OR ARRANGE A HOME COLLECTION AND SAME DAY RETURN AT THIS CURRENT TIME OF LOCKDOWN.