Earlier this week, the UK went into National lockdown for the next 4 weeks, however there is speculation that it could last longer than this.
Most of Europe is also in lockdown or under some kind of restrictions with regard to meeting up or travel.
How does this effect your activewear development and production?
So far, everything is fine. We are all still working full time and therefore progressing as normal with your projects. The factories, fabric mills and trim suppliers are also all still open and again, no delays are currently happening.
Hopefully nothing will change and even if lockdown and restrictions last longer, providing factories are still allowed to open, then things will remain as they are. If, however lockdown across Europe increases and factories are forced to close, then all developments will be effected that are currently developed in Europe.
China and Vietnam seem to be managing much better with the virus and all factories are functioning as normal with no lockdowns in place.
Note however that generally, there are some delays with developments and also couriers are taking much longer than normal. Nothing drastic, but new practices and shift work within factories along with the backlog of developments that were not worked on for 3 months at the start of 2020 are still having a small effect and couriers are taking longer to deliver goods and samples due to the lack of planes travelling the world right now.
Fingers crossed, no more severe lockdowns are required to force factories to close again and rest assured, we are working to normal capacity and will remain so, even though the current lockdown.