We're only on the first day of the new week but our cups are filled to the brim with piping hot news. Beauty brands like Glossier, Deceim and Lush Cosmetics are temporarily closing their retail stores amid the health crisis. LVMH utilises its perfume factories to temporarily produce hand sanitisers. Disney globally shuts down park operations until further notice. All these, and more, in this week's Insider Roundup.
Beauty brands halt retail operations globally
Following the increasing number of coronavirus cases globally, beauty brands are taking the necessary measures to protect both their employees and consumers by temporarily shutting down retail operations. As of writing, brands including Lush Cosmetics, Glossier, and Deceim have officially declared closing their doors to the public. Some will last for two weeks while the others are indefinite. The said brands encourage their patrons to turn to online shopping for the time being.
Beauty retailers like Sephora and Ulta in the U.S., on the other hand, are limiting tester use to avoid further contamination or in-contact spread of viruses. However, no declaration of temporary closures has been issued by either company.
Disney globally shuts down park operations
Speaking of temporary closures, Disney also ordered a halt in operations for all their parks globally amid the current health crisis. Previously, only parks within countries with high cases of COVID-19 were temporarily shut down. But following the guidelines issued by California governor Gavin Newsom on postponing any type of gathering concerning 250 people and more, the entertainment conglomerate decided to implement the safety measures across all six branches (California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong) of the theme park. They are expected to reopen by the end of the month should the pandemic neutralise.
Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival XII is postponed to a later date
More news concerning the current COVID-19 situation, Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival XII is postponed to a later date. The annual fashion event, which showcases both up-and-coming designers and veterans in the local fashion industry, announced that the shows — originally slated for 21 to 24 April — will be put on hold until further notice. Watch this space for updates on the new schedule.
UNIQLO resumes operations in China, rest of the world, amid crisis
Speaking of fashion, clothing chain UNIQLO, and its mother company Fast Retailing Co., has reopened its doors in China after two weeks. This reportedly follows the resumption of public transportation in China, signalling the lowering of the public health restrictions imposed by the country. The brand's 124 factories in China also resume operations, addressing the temporary closure's negative effect on the brand's supply chain globally. This is said to be UNIQLO's solution to meet the worldwide demand for their Spring/Summer 2020 collection, which has been incompletely released due to their China shutdown. For safety, the brand is said to utilise their current inventory instead of sourcing out production supplies for the time being.
LVMH to utilise their perfume factories for creating hand sanitisers
On a lighter note, fashion and beauty powerhouse LVMH announced that it will temporarily utilise its cosmetics manufacturing units to create disinfecting gels. This covers perfume factories in charge of production under Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Givenchy. This is to aid in the shortage of health supplies in France, which as of writing has more than 5,000 recorded coronavirus cases and over 120 deaths. LVMH started rolling out the supplies over the weekend free of charge to health authorities and will continue to do so in the next couple of weeks. This act is among many initiatives done by companies globally to support the healthcare industry in this very critical time. Let's also do our part and take note of measures to stay safe, ladies!