May 2021The CORONAVIRUS pandemic and Brexit have shown how tenuous and fragile can be the supply of goods from both the Far East and even from as close to home as Europe.The well-oiled container industry out of China for instance has stalled extremely badly in the last 12 months and this has exacerbated similar worries that have been engendered around shortages associated with Brexit. Leading container shipping lines’ interim financial reports show sharp increases in freight rates now and when compared to Q4 2020. With demand likely to remain high, and additional container
March 2021I was pleased and proud to recently join a panel of Industry experts to discuss ongoing issues faced by the Plumbing, Heating & Bathroom sectors. This event was organised by Builders Merchants News, sponsored by The IPG and included representatives from several IPG members together with senior representatives from the supply side including BRISTAN; TRACE HEATING and MUELLER Europe.For my Blog this month then I consider the issues discussed below.The first topic was the crucial relationship between customer and supplier. The consensus was that increasingly this is developing into a partnership arrangement
February 2021 We now find ourselves nearly one year on from the first of 3 lockdowns resulting from the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. This has shaken mankind to the very core of everything we think we believe as a race and on a multitude of levels. Most notable amongst the resultant shockwaves being to family, social interaction, and to our personal value judgements. However, at DAVANT then we believe that the COMMERCIAL WORLD has also fundamentally changed. For reasons of safety then we have all had to resort to social distancing, constant mask wearing, and
January 2021 At the turn of the New Year in 2021 then the UK finds itself once more in a lockdown, and for the third time, in a fight against an invisible enemy that continues to be as deadly as it is insidious. We have all been forced to consider our own mortality and that of our loved ones. However at the LINTHWAITE GROUP, t/a DAVANT, then we have also had a duty of care to our staff and their families in order to try to ensure that everyone stayed safe and well.