James Latham has posted the latest advice and guidance on its website about depot closure saying: “During this unprecedented moment in all our lives, our first priority has remained the health and wellbeing of our employees, suppliers and communities. Whilst we have implemented comprehensive control measures throughout the organisation, the situation with the current outbreak remains a major concern to all.
“We have already begun implementing a phased process of temporary closures across our depots with the announcement of the closure of our Scotland depot on 25th March. This process will continue with the temporary closure of Abbey Woods, Dresser Mouldings, Gateshead and Dudley on 1st April. Further temporary closures could follow and this is kept under constant review.
“We still have demand from customers supporting the NHS, and also manufacturing customers who are being asked to use their capabilities to produce items to support essential services, but demand from our traditional customers has very significantly reduced. Throughout this period we will focus all our efforts on supporting essential services and within government guidelines to industry which are continually being updated.
“We will operate with reduced teams with remote working capabilities which will allow us to manage critical business processes and strategic planning for the foreseeable future. Our sales and administration teams will be contactable in the normal way throughout this process. During this period we intend to continue to pay our suppliers in the same way as usual. Remote staffing allows us to operate safely for our employees while continuing to administer our systems and maintain contact with and update all our employees, customers and suppliers.
“We will continually review these closures and update any changes through the normal communication channels including social media and the website.