BEAMA is working closely with the Electrical Distributors Association to monitor our supply chain and ensure our member’s operations can remain open for essential services and work during this time. Following a recent survey by the EDA reveals well over 90 per cent of UK electrical wholesalers are continuing to trade, with only a handful taking the decision to temporarily close completely. Follow this link to see the live status of electrical wholesalers in the UK
Even with the obvious alterations needed to accommodate social distancing, most EDA businesses are fully operational from all branches. Swift to react to necessary constraints of COVID-19 changes, many businesses have established “keep your distance” collection services to ensure their contractor customers are supplied with essential products – many of whom are responding to critical infrastructure and emergency projects.
Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA commented “Electrical wholesalers are an essential link in the supply chain, keeping contractors supplied with the products they need to keep the UK’s critical infrastructure safe and operational. There have been many inspirational stories of huge efforts by our members to get resources to where they are needed most, and we’ve shared as many of these as we can on our social media channels.
“Swift to respond, our members have adapted their business operations to ensure safe working practices for their employees, customers and suppliers. In the medium to longer term, there is no doubt that both manufacturers and wholesalers will want to explore their e-commerce and data harnessing capabilities. As social distancing looks set to be with us for some time, wholesalers will be looking for how best to integrate online efficiencies with the trade counter expertise that we know is so important to contractors.”
BEAMA continues to support our community of members and work closely with Government departments and other trade associations including the EDA. If you have any questions and would like to contact BEAMA please email [email protected]