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Gardners re-opens with ‘much reduced staff’

In the UK, Garners has announced it is again accepting online orders and ‘will look to turning on further methods of accepting orders as soon as we can’, after having closed in March due to Covid-19.

In a statement, the book wholesaler said it had been ‘reviewing our systems and processes with a view to  restoring our core services … whilst still offering our staff a safe working environment that is within current guidelines’.

‘We are still working with much reduced staff, so we advise that at this time orders may take up to 48 hours to be despatched. We would also remind customers, that some couriers are experiencing delays, and to factor this in.’

In a letter to publishers, the company said it would shortly begin ‘placing phased orders with your distributor using the same ordering protocols as we did before our close down’. ‘Our aim is to bring the business back to its position before our closure for both new releases and stocked lines,’ it said, adding that would ‘of course be some adjustments made to reflect certain channels or customers who are not trading at present’.

The news follows reports that books wholesaler Bertram has appointed an administrator.


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