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RREPP - Covid-19 Business Update

Well firstly we hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe in these challenging times. Times that we may well look back on one day and say to ourselves the bark was worse than the bite ! The global response to Covid-19 has been unprecedented, and here in Australia it is going to create much heartache and disruption to so many peoples lives, if it hasn't already. For RREPP, it is going to mean an adjustment in the way we manage our business, yet not in our overall vision and ethical business philosophies. In fact we are even more focused on these now and looking at more ways to support small local businesses, rather than the big conglomerates who always seem to get the most support from Governments. And supporting the people in our communities who may be finding things more difficult than others.   

In regard to the RREPP business, as most of you know, all our Organic/Fairtrade garments are produced in India. And I’ve personally been in regular contact with the team over there on the ground getting updates. Right at this point in time the country is taking all the usual precautions most are taking, and have been doing so for some time. There has been flight restrictions in regards to people entering the country, yet trade of goods has not been affected. The team in India, including our organic cotton farmers, have been less busy of course, yet this is understandable during times of uncertainty like we have now.

We are still taking orders from our clients, especially schools needing their School Uniform polo shirts topped up over the coming months, and there has been no issues for us meeting deadlines. The same situation applies to our Sports Balls which we produce at one of only four Fairtrade Certified manufacturers found anywhere in the world in Pakistan. We are doing every thing we can to keep supporting our marginalised communities overseas by encouraging our Schools and Sporting Clubs to keep purchasing, and putting in orders where ever possible. Our teams are ready and raring to go whenever you are.

Worth noting as well. India has a population of over 1.4 billion and as of today only 194 have been infected with the Covid-19 virus. A ridiculously low number. There are a number of reasons for this. In regards to China initially being the source, India, even being so close to China, was not affected as badly as few Chinese tourists actually visit India. Preferring to travel to more western countries. They are also not a huge importer of goods from China. Another aspect is temperature. India is already in regular 30 degree temperatures and this will increase into the 40’s over the coming months. It has been suggested the virus doesn’t survive in heat and this appears to be the case with such low numbers coming out of the country. Similar conditions have applied to Pakistan.

RREPP imports from India 100% for our garments, and not China like most other garment producers. So luckily we have been protected more than most to this point in time. So outside following all of the Government protocols for staying safe and healthy, the key aspect from here for RREPP as a business is to stay focussed, and to not get caught up in all the fear and the out of character behaviour fear can produce. Plus be as supportive as possible to all our customers, our own suppliers and of course the hard working organic cotton farmers and fairtrade artisans overseas who produce our wonderful products. 

So perhaps more of a ‘calm’ update from us, in among all the chaos and hysteria. Like all other challenges that our planet has endured in the past, we will get through this together. Take care everyone.

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

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Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

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Posted in rrepp news & updates on Friday 20th March 2020

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