In a statement by Founder Steve Geppi, Diamond Comic Distributors have confirmed the full impact that the ongoing COVID-19 situation will have on their services.
With numerous supply chain issues, including the closure of distribution centres in New York, California, and Pennsylvania, as well as the ongoing attempt to safeguard the health and wellbeing of its employees, the decision has been made to cease the distribution of new weekly product for the time being.
Here’s how this impacts weekly comic sales:
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 fulfilment 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 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.
Geppi also urged any retailers who were staying open in various forms to “let loose your own creativity”, suggesting special sales, promotions and eBay as a way of bringing in cash during this difficult time.
Diamond also promised more information in future communications, but for the time being it looks like weekly comic book sales are effectively on hold worldwide.