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    Diamond Distibutors to stop shipping comics due to Corona virus

    Can't say I still buy new comics but this is bad news, even if it's only temporary. Could, at the very least, put many comic stores out of business.


    CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION

    As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

    Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.

    EFFECTS ON DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS

    Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers. It's unlikely that orders will be filled on the same day they are placed, and these plans are subject to change if at any point we no longer feel that we can safeguard our teams while fulfilling orders.

    Product distributed by Diamond UK and slated for an on-sale date of March 25th or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Further updates with regard to reorders and other Diamond UK-specific information will be communicated directly to their customers as information becomes available.

    EFFECTS ON ALLIANCE GAME DISTRIBUTORS

    Product distributed by Alliance has been shipping from our Fort Wayne, IN and Austin, TX warehouses. Both are closing at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 24th, in the interest of employee safety and to comply with direction from local governments. Any orders not shipped by that time will not be processed until further notice. Your dedicated sales team will still be working remotely and will help you with any orders you'd like to place today or questions you may have.

    OUR SHARED PATH FORWARD

    With these changes in our distribution strategy, we will work with our publishing partners to develop programs that will address product already in the pipeline and what will happen when we resume distribution. We know that during this time you will face many challenges, and we will direct our energies toward addressing them, rather than fighting on increasingly numerous fronts to get product out.

    For those retailers who remain open in various forms, I encourage you let loose your own creativity. For the time being, you will be able to replenish your perennials from Diamond and/or Alliance, but you should also remember the stock you already have in your stores. If your doors remain open, it's likely you will have customers who will continue to seek diversion from events of the world. Special sales, promotions, and even eBay can help you bring in cash during this trying time. Product for which you've already paid may well hold some of your answers. There have been many solid suggestions offered about how to help our retailers, and we will bring many of them together in future communications.

    Besides the industry's most immediate needs, we have been and will continue looking toward the future, when we see stores reopening, bringing staff back onboard, and getting customers in the door. We are looking at issues like debt accrued due to this crisis, what reduced ordering means for your discount tiers, and the availability of credit to help stores through and after this difficult time. We don't have all those answers today, but we understand the many issues you are facing and look forward to addressing them as partners who all have an interest in the long-term health of the industry we love so much.

    As I mentioned in my last update, this industry has been one of the greatest joys of my life, from my days as a collector to a retailer to today. I and my Leadership Team have made these decisions knowing full-well the effect they will have on all of you, as well as our publishing partners and our own team members around the world. At the end of the day, the safety and security of our teams and yours, along with the many customers we all serve, is paramount. I again thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

    Thank You,

    Steve Geppi
    Chairman & CEO, Geppi Family Enterprises


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    I'll be shocked if any companies other than Marvel or DC survive this. Honestly the whole industry may fall apart. The entire shebang is built on a flimsy house of cards. Independent stores selling niche product created by an industry of freelancers. I feel bad for everyone involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I'll be shocked if any companies other than Marvel or DC survive this.
    I could even see the big guns going to a digital only format. They weren't moving big numbers of printed issues before this, and haven't for a long time.

    The trickle down effect is going to be awful. I still enjoy going in a comic shop and browsing old back issues and buying some occasionally. Mainly cheap copies of those 100 page DC books from the 1970s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    I could even see the big guns going to a digital only format. They weren't moving big numbers of printed issues before this, and haven't for a long time.

    The trickle down effect is going to be awful. I still enjoy going in a comic shop and browsing old back issues and buying some occasionally. Mainly cheap copies of those 100 page DC books from the 1970s.
    Yeah I can see this being the final push to digital. It'll be interesting to see where all this eventually ends up.
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    Now it looks like Diamond won't be paying its vendors.

    https://www.newsarama.com/49655-diam...this-week.html
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    Some publishers now using ComicHub.

    https://www.cbr.com/covid-19-diamond...y-distribution
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    It's Alive and other publishers splitting profits with local comic book shops.

    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/its-...l-comic-shops/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    It's Alive and other publishers splitting profits with local comic book shops.

    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/its-...l-comic-shops/
    That's good news. It'll still be a miracle if a ton of comic shops don't close.
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    Diamond might be back in action by mid-May.

    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/new-...ooner-mid-may/
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    DC comics print issues to return in late April.

    https://13thdimension.com/dc-comics-...in-late-april/
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