Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, barbershops in the UK were closed down for over 100 days. Salon suppliers and wholesalers were also shut down and we knew things were going to change in the industry when the final restrictions were lifted and barbers could finally return to work.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus inside barbershops which are now starting to re-open, barbershops have adhered to national guidelines set by the government in order to maintain maximum protection against the virus, which includes all barbers wearing visors, frequent sanitising of customers, tools and screens of the premises as well as social distancing when possible inside the salons.
In an effort to reduce as much contact with the public as possible, we wanted to know if it was possible to pick up all of your salon stocks and requirements online and get them delivered to your door as opposed to taking unnecessary trips out to the local suppliers.
In this time, new online wholesale companies have began to emerge, a sign of the times perhaps, trade supply businesses seemingly operating smarter with much lower overheads to the traditional wholesale cash and carry supermarket model.
One of those new businesses we found is Finest Barbers, a new to UK market wholesale company adding value to barbershop owners who have taste for the finer things in life when it comes to barber products, set up by two brothers Scott and Stefan Michaels from Lancaster, Lancashire.
Stefan told us, “We set up Finest Barbers right in the middle of lockdown, as we could see that barbers and hairdressers were going to be shopping online for their hair products more than ever before, using their trade discount benefits to stock popular brands which they then sell on to their clients.
Ordinary people including barbers are already used to limiting the number of times they visit the supermarkets now, organizing online deliveries for their groceries, and barbers shopping for professional hair salon products is no different.
Some barbers have been shopping online for their hair products for years, it’s nothing new, but with what’s going on it’s definitely on the rise. It also appeals to those that prefer to spend their time making money in their shop instead of taking afternoons off to push a trolley around the local hair and beauty wholesalers. We offer free next day delivery straight to your barbershop door, so no need to even worry about the weather, or paying for parking.
We looked at the traditional cash and carry model and thought, we could do a better job online, with more exclusive service and more selective on products, specializing in an array of values specifically designed to help and add value to barbers in areas the competition don’t or can’t as they don’t have the resources, whilst keeping everything super easy and barber friendly.
We decided to make Finest Barbers trade specialists limited, exclusive, only stocking the finest products, for the finest barbers, and as the fight against the virus continues, we are still giving away the finest sanitizer sprays we could find on the market, free with orders.
Whilst this global business is growing, we want to plan to launch Finest Barbers in a whole host of countries by 2021”
Will you be shopping online the next time you need barbershop supplies?
Find out more about Finest Barbers at FinestBarbers.com
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
Solar Energy Innovation: Unleashing The Potential Beyond Power Generation
Solar energy has long been recognized as a clean and renewable source of power generation. However, its potential extends far beyond electricity production. Through innovative applications, solar panels are driving breakthroughs in various sectors, revolutionizing transportation, water desalination, and even powering everyday gadgets. This article explores the diverse and exciting realm of solar energy innovation, highlighting its transformative impact on our lives and the environment.
1. Solar-Powered Transportation:
Solar panels are propelling the transportation sector into a greener future. Solar-powered electric vehicles (EVs) are emerging as a promising solution to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Solar cells integrated into the roofs and bodies of EVs harness sunlight, supplementing the vehicle’s battery charging process. This technology extends the vehicle’s range, reduces charging requirements, and ultimately decreases carbon emissions. Solar-powered charging stations are also being deployed to provide clean energy for electric cars, making long-distance travel more sustainable and accessible.
2. Solar Desalination:
Water scarcity is a pressing global issue, particularly in arid regions. Solar desalination harnesses the power of the sun to convert seawater or brackish water into fresh water. Solar stills, using solar panels, employ evaporation and condensation processes to separate water from impurities, producing clean drinking water. This innovation offers a sustainable solution to water scarcity, reducing reliance on energy-intensive desalination methods and decreasing the strain on freshwater sources.
3. Solar-Powered Gadgets:
Solar panels are powering an array of gadgets, enabling us to harness solar energy in our daily lives. Solar-powered chargers for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, provide a convenient and environmentally friendly charging option on the go. Solar-powered outdoor lights illuminate pathways and gardens without the need for wiring or electricity. Additionally, solar-powered backpacks equipped with solar panels can charge devices while hiking or traveling, enhancing convenience and reducing reliance on traditional charging methods.
4. Solar-Powered Agriculture:
Solar energy is transforming the agricultural sector, offering sustainable solutions to power farming operations. Solar-powered irrigation systems utilize solar panels to generate electricity for pumps, reducing reliance on fossil fuel-powered alternatives. These systems are cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and enable farmers to irrigate their fields even in remote locations. Solar-powered greenhouse operations are also gaining popularity, providing optimal conditions for crop growth while minimizing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
5. Solar-Powered Air Conditioning:
Traditional air conditioning systems are energy-intensive and contribute to carbon emissions. However, solar-powered air conditioning presents an innovative solution. Photovoltaic thermal hybrid collectors utilize solar panels to generate both electricity and heat, which can then be used for cooling purposes. These systems reduce electricity consumption, lower operating costs, and offer a sustainable alternative for temperature control in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
6. Solar-Powered Disaster Relief:
Solar energy plays a crucial role in disaster relief efforts, providing power in areas where the electrical grid is damaged or nonexistent. Portable solar panels and solar-powered generators offer immediate access to electricity for emergency communication, medical equipment, and lighting. These innovative solutions enhance the effectiveness of relief operations, ensuring critical services are available during challenging times.
7. Solar-Powered Water Heating:
Solar thermal technology utilizes solar panels to heat water for domestic and industrial use. Solar water heaters are becoming increasingly popular, offering an energy-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional water heating systems. These systems reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lower energy bills, and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar energy innovation is expanding the horizons of what is possible with solar panels beyond electricity generation. From powering transportation to desalinating water, and from charging gadgets to revolutionizing agriculture, solar panels are revolutionizing multiple sectors and driving sustainable solutions. As technological advancements continue, solar energy will become increasingly accessible, efficient, and integrated into our daily lives. By embracing solar energy innovation, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future, benefiting both our planet and future generations.
Kenneth is a proud native of sydney, born and raised there. However, he pursued his education abroad and studied in Australia. Kenneth has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, making valuable contributions to prominent publications such as Yahoo News and The Verge. Currently, he serves as a journalist for The Hear Up, where he focuses on covering climate and science news. You can reach Kenneth at [email protected].