Babycare.nl and the impact of the corona virus outbreak and supply chain issues
Dear Valued Customer
With the ongoing global concerns related to the Corona virus and supply chain issues, we would like to update you on the impact on our daily operations and our response to the evolving situation.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
The current situation is like this, in a question & answer format:
Is Babycare.nl’s customer service available?
For Babycare.nl’s staff it is 'business as usual'. We are happy to be able to work as before the corona pandemic. Customer service and the warehouse are fully up and running.
Response times are slightly longer than usual. Please do give us a call when your question or concern is time critical. On our contact page you’ll find our phone numbers and free calling options.
Is the physical store operational?Yes! Please come by and visit our store! Our trained staff is available to guide you through your purchasing decisions.
We welcome you during these opening hours:
- Tuesday 10:00-17:30
- Wednesday 10:00-17:30
- Thursday 10:00-17:30
- Friday 10:00-17:30
- Saturday 10:00-17:00
Can I collect my order from the store?
Yes, orders can be picked up from the store in Veendam during opening hours.
Are products available as normal?There are 2 answers:
All in-stock products are physically available in our warehouse and can ship on short notice.
Products that are not in stock show an expected arrival date. This is an automated process that updates every night.
Also some baby products suffer from shortages on the world market and from delays in transportation. We see that the expected date is not as accurate as before. Therefore, stock levels have been increased in the Babycare.nl warehouse. We are monitoring arrival dates, but when you are on a tight schedule, please feel free to contact us.
- For some products, shortages are foreseen as production lines worldwide are still impacted due to covid and container transportation has been disrupted. This mostly applies to strollers and car seats. So please plan ahead! Babies will not wait for stroller or car seat production to resume!
Do you ship internationally?Yes, we do! International orders are shipped Monday through Friday. When your order is ready for shipping we’ll send the tracking information by e-mail. We do advise you to select UPS as the shipping method. (Please see below.)
Are there any delays in shipping?Update May 19, 2022: The postal system is still clogged up for some destinations, mostly due to insufficient passenger airline cargo space. We advise you to select UPS as the shipping option. You can select this in the shopping cart and in the checkout. This applies to all EU and worldwide orders except the Netherlands and Belgium. By selecting UPS you can ensure delivery in the shortest possible time span.
Babycare.nl offers two shipping options: United Parcel Service (UPS) and PostNL.
At this moment UPS performs normally except for some regions. Please see below.
We are seeing delays via PostNL for some international destinations. Please see below.
For UPSUPS Standard shipping service takes 1-5 working days to any location in the EU. (All European UPS shipments are sent using UPS Standard service.)
UPS Express Saver can be used globally and takes 2-7 working days to arrive.
As UPS operates it's own network of hubs, trucks and airplanes, it is independent of third party transport. This results in dependable transit times.
Please check the UPS Service Alerts Page for the latest information.
When you have placed an order, please keep an eye on the tracking information that you have received via e-mail and register your e-mail address to alert you of any exceptions regarding your shipment.
For PostNLWithin the Netherlands and Belgium the maximum delay with PostNL is max. 4 days.
Within Europe we are seeing some delays up to 2 weeks, depending on the destination.
For most countries in Asia, the America's and the Middle East there is an initial delay of 1-2 weeks before shipments are loaded onto the aircraft. Further transit is sometimes delayed, with a total transit time of 2-8 weeks.
The reason for these postal delays is that Postal services use passenger airline cargo space. As a result of the corona pandemic, passenger flights worldwide still operate at a minimum. Therefore delays are to be expected. The tracking information for these postal shipments will not update during the time in the queue.
Babycare.nl does not have control over this. We politely ask you to be patient. When transit times are important to you, please select UPS as the shipping option.
No processing delays at the Babycare.nl warehouseThe Babycare warehouse is fully up- and running.
Although we are still seeing an increase in order volume, we are doing our best to send in-stock orders for the Netherlands and Belgium on the same working day, when ordered before 17:00 hr CET.
Please allow an extra processing day for EU and Worldwide destinations.
What measures are taken at the time of delivery?Delivery of your order is done by your local postal company, a local courier service or by UPS. Delivery staff will follow local regulations regarding preventative hygienic measures. To give you something to go on, delivery staff will keep a distance when delivering or place your shipment at your front door to avoid physical contact. Please keep your ID at hand; it may not be allowed to sign for delivery so the courier will need to see your ID.
We will continue to do our best to ensure you receive your ordered products so you can enjoy them as soon as possible. We sincerely hope that the covid and supply chain situation will normalize and we hope your will stay safe and healthy.
Your Babycare.nl staff will be available to answer any questions.