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Chairman's statement

Along with many other Members, I continue to balk at The Wine Society’s persistent spin and inaccuracies in justification of its precipitate decision to suspend operations.

Staff safety is stated as the primary criteria for suspension, along with protecting Members and the NHS (sic). Our Chairman also asserts changing Government advice relating to the decision whereas it has remained consistent for delivery services. As with Supermarkets, Amazon, et al, every other wine merchant is working flat out. Yapp Brothers, for example, says it delivered more bottles in a single day last week than any other in its 51-year history. It’s obvious that very many other Members have switched to alternative supply sources. That TWS has failed to gear for this rush for wine represents an irretrievable revenue loss to TWS and the longer it remains shut, the more damage is done to its balance sheet.

Since we must credit all the entrepreneurial entities with the ability to continue operating safely, does this not strongly imply that The Wine Society’s current Executive Team lacks the wit and wherewithal to maintain operations? After all, on-line services are essentially remote operations and it cannot take more than one individual to move a case of wine from store to van. Are we not entitled to some urgent action and a date for restoration of service, even if that amounts to no more than retrieval of our wine from storage?

Along with many other Members, I continue to balk at The Wine Society’s persistent spin and inaccuracies in justification of its precipitate decision to suspend operations.

Staff safety is stated as the primary criteria for suspension, along with protecting Members and the NHS (sic). Our Chairman also asserts changing Government advice relating to the decision whereas it has remained consistent for delivery services. As with Supermarkets, Amazon, et al, every other wine merchant is working flat out. Yapp Brothers, for example, says it delivered more bottles in a single day last week than any other in its 51-year history. I’ve no doubt that very many other Members have switched to alternative supply sources. That TWS has failed to gear for this rush for wine represents an irretrievable revenue loss to TWS and the longer it remains shut, the more damage is done to its balance sheet.

Since we must credit all the entrepreneurial entities with the ability to continue operating safely, does this not strongly imply that The Wine Society’s current Executive Team lacks the wit and wherewithal to maintain operations? After all, on-line services are essentially remote operations and it cannot take more than one individual to move a case of wine from store to van. Are we not entitled to some urgent action and a date for restoration of service, even if that amounts to no more than retrieval of our wine from storage?

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