ScobiesDirect continues to supply your food retail business with essential supplies during these uncertain times.
Many of our Butcher and Farm Shop customers have been telling us that they are increasing the number of home deliveries they offer – or if they previously did not offer deliveries, then they have started to provide this service.
With many people staying at home, having the option to order their meat online and get it delivered is much welcomed. Likewise, being able to place an order online and at the very least have a “Click & Collect” service which speeds up getting their order is again much welcomed.
Setting up a website – one which lists your products and enables people to place an order – has never been more simple. Check out the video below which gives you a couple of quick, easy & inexpensive options on how you can set up a website that lets you sell your meat online.
For those that are not tech savvy or don’t want to spend a lot of money on a web designer (at least not right at the start before it proves itself), then the two options that we recommend you consider in order to get a website which allows you to take online orders are:
Scobie & Junor are closely monitoring this outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV),
first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. We will update the below information as necessary.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause respiratory illness. They include viruses that cause the
common cold and seasonal flu, as well as more serious illnesses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019 Coronavirus is
referred to as a novel coronavirus.
What are the symptoms?
Signs of infection include high fever (>38ºC) together with one or more respiratory symptoms like coughing, shortness of
breath and breathing difficulties.
Can the virus be passed on through food?
Experience with SARS and MERS suggest that people are not infected with the virus through food. So, it is unlikely the
virus is passed on through food and there is no evidence yet of this happening with the 2019 Coronavirus.
Coronaviruses need a host (animal or human) to grow in and cannot grow in food. Thorough cooking is expected to kill
the virus because we know with SARS that a heat treatment of at least 30min at 60ºC is effective.
Coronaviruses are most commonly passed between animals and people and from person to person. The source of the
2019 virus is believed to be animals, but the exact source is not yet known.
The virus is commonly passed on through direct mucus membrane contact by infectious droplets e.g breathing in
airborne virus from the sneeze of someone who is infected.
Investigations are continuing to identify the source of the outbreak and ways it can be passed on to people.
Mitigating actions being carried by Scobie & Junor
Our suppliers have been contacted to evaluate their status with regard to this outbreak. We have no reason, as yet, to
suspect that future supplies are likely to be affected however we remain alert for any developments.
Deliveries of product are currently unaffected. We typically hold around 3 months’ stock, so there will be no immediate
threat of loss of supply to our customers. However, discussions with our suppliers have been optimistic with regard to
ongoing supply. To date, all orders are being fulfilled. As for beyond this period, any contingency would be inherently
dependent upon the ongoing controls in place specific to the spread of this virus, both here in the UK and within all
regions where the virus is being found.
Contingency Planning on Site
Where possible, we are prepared to allow staff to work from home. We are also flexible enough to introduce split shifts
to reduce face to face contact. Hand sanitisers are within easy reach for all staff. We have displayed posters and had
discussions with staff regarding best practice to help reduce any spread of the virus.
Any employees returning from high risk areas are also being isolated and monitored.
One of the most popular events in the butchery calendar, National Butchers Week is a great opportunity to engage with your customers by hosting an event, developing a new product or simply reminding your customers about the great quality meat available at your shop.
National Butchers Week highlights and celebrates the great work being done by butchers from around the UK that sets them apart from the competition. It also focuses on the fantastic innovation that takes place within the industry.
Celebrate National Butchers Week with ScobiesDirect and receive a FREE 5 INCH BONING KNIFE with every order over £250.
To take advantage of this great offer, simply login to your online account on ScobiesDirect and place an order over £250 excluding VAT and delivery charge. You will receive a free 5 inch black handled boning knife with your order. One free knife per customer. Offer subject to stock availability. We reserve the right to substitute the free item for a different knife if stocks cease.
Following a statement from event organisers William Reed, the 2020 Farmshop & Deli Show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.
The new dates are 7th-9th September 2020 at the Birmingham NEC. According to the Farmshop & Deli Show website, all existing bookings, live event content and visitor registrations remain in place and will be transferred automatically to these new dates.
29th February only occurs every 4 years so to celebrate this extra day, we are giving you an extra special saving.
Save £29/€29 on all orders over £200/€200 placed between 5pm on Friday 28th February and 11:59pm on Saturday 29th February.
Order value must exceed £200/€200 before VAT and Delivery Charges are applied.
Leap the line when you buy online - no waiting for sales reps, no telephone queues, order at your convenience 24 hrs a day, 7 days per week.