Oh no, not again. In March of 2020 we had inventory issues in our industry due to the shutdowns in China. With promotional sales down across our industry, our factories were not quick to ramp up spend on new inventory, resulting in inventory issues around the holidays (once spending was back up at pre-pandemic levels).
Shipping delays are starting to occur again due to an unusual amount of dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that have contracted COVID-19. There are many ships waiting to unload due to the lack of workforce available.
What can we do? Typically inventoried products are available, and this would only impact current overseas production (special custom projects) waiting to be unloaded (and by now, you would know if that’s you!). It could trickle down and impact domestically decorated “stock” products in a few weeks to months. In our industry, there are always alternatives so it’s best to plan ahead and work with your promotional distributor on the best course of action. We are here to help!