Stay-at-home Order Extended – April 1st, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania extended our stay-at-home order. The order will last at least through April 30. This means that at this time we're hoping to reopen on Monday, May 4th and to ship all pending orders soon after. Thank you for your patience!
Rainy Day Fund – March 26th, 2020
When we first encountered COVID-19 and the subsequent business closures, I was hopeful that we would be able to sustain our full payroll for much, much longer. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Due to the pandemic, we temporarily lack the resources to continue to pay our workers their full wages. At this time, we have made the difficult decision to enforce a mandatory furlough until we can secure federal or state funding to supplement our lost revenue.
In order to continue to support our team, we will be committing 50% of all sales from our upcoming online Misprint Sale toward an employee “Rainy Day Fund." With this, we will have the ability to offer more paid time off for workers during this pandemic. This promotion will be ongoing until we are able to return to full capacity.
Regular online sales will continue to be used to cover rent and other fixed debts. As well as support poc artists and our collaborators.
Again, we look forward to getting back to business as usual and thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.
Total Manufacturing and Fulfillment Shut Down – March 20th, 2020
Well, that escalated quickly. With the closure of a number of core vendors in our supply chain we will be temporarily shutting down all manufacturing and fulfillment operations.
Our online store is still accepting orders. However, the orders will not ship until we are permitted by state and local authorities to resume operations.
We hope that you will continue to support us during this time. Purchases that are made through our online store go to supporting our team of marginalized folx plus an amazing roster of poc and trans artists.
We're taking it back to basics! – March 20th, 2020
Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of any business that is not "life-sustaining". Like everyone else we're trying to figure out how to prioritize the health and wellness of our employees and customers while maintaining a business that supports our small team of 7. We are weathering the storm.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Philadelphia Printworks. Throughout our history we have gone through many different iterations. In 2010 we started out in a warehouse in North Philly. Two years later I moved our "operation" to my kitchen to save money. Soon after, we began outsourcing and in 2017 I left my full-time job so that we could bring our manufacturing and fulfillment back in-house. We called a West Philly warehouse home for a few months in 2017 and then we worked out of a West Philly basement in 2018. Eventually we moved to our current location in South Philly which we now call home.
But, it's time to take things back to basics again. At this time I'll be printing and filling orders from home. The rest of our staff will continue to shelter in place and we will all get through this. We look forward to the day that we can look back on this as another chapter in our history.
Thank you for your continued support throughout these uncertain times. It means the world to our team.
A message regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – March 17th, 2020
On March 16th, 2020, the City of Philadelphia ordered several closures and restrictions in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus. This includes the closure of all non-essential businesses through at least March 27th.
In adherence with the city-wide policy and out of concern for the health and safety of our team, our printshop and fulfillment center will be operating at partial capacity until we are given the green light to resume normal operations.
This means that orders may take a little longer than usual to ship. While we expect a large number of orders to ship within the normal fulfillment window, we appreciate your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.
The safety, health and wellbeing of our team and customers are our top priority. As a small business, we deeply appreciate your support. We are committed to making sure that our staff continues to receive wages and benefits while being required to quarantine.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide ongoing updates!
Owner, Philadelphia Printworks