Cosy Owl & Covid-19
2020 has been a year like no other for the craft supplies market with no sign of things changing as we head into the new year. As people globally have had their movements restricted and been forced to spend more time at home, this has had three major knock-on effects for the candle and craft supplies market; Firstly, more people than ever are looking towards a new hobby or business to occupy their new found time at home. Secondly, as the high street and retail parks have been forced to close, everyone has to turn to online retailers. And thirdly, if people are not in the workplace, then manufacturing, supply and distribution lines are severely impeded. The upshot basically is an unprecedented surge in customers for us here at Cosy Owl to facilitate with restrictions on our staffing levels and stock supplies.
Throughout the year, we have implemented new processes and systems to not only cope with demand but to manage expectations and maintain a level of service we can be proud of during these trying times. This has included prioritising staffing requirements in the departments most in need, extending operating hours in our offices and warehouses, increasing our despatch timescales and reducing visits to our showroom. And although these measures have alleviated the excessive strain in some areas, we continue to experience volumes of inbound enquiries that we are sadly unable to resolve and respond to in a timescale we find acceptable and therefore, we are doing something we have never contemplated previously and are taking the step to come off the telephones for two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) for the remainder of December to allow our customer service and sales teams to get on top of existing inbound enquiries.
We will still be available on the phone Monday, Wednesday and Friday but we certainly do not take this measure lightly. Everyone at Cosy Owl fully understands the impact or inconvenience this may have on our wonderful customers and so we truly appreciate your understanding and patience through these times as we strive to return to a service not simply resembling normal, but surpassing your expectations.