OK, we know you’ve heard this before. You’ve even heard it from us before. But it’s important to repeat at this time of year. If you’re ordering custom items to give away at the holidays, the time to order is NOW.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say. It’s the same thing as last year. We give you the same old warning every time. But what you might not realize is that there are factors that could seriously affect production and shipping times this time around.
You already know about the continuing disruptions and delays cause by the global Covid-19 pandemic, of course. While things have improved somewhat, we’re still dealing with extended shipping times, especially with products made overseas.
In other words, it’s going to take some extra time for those executive gifts you want to hand out to your administrative team to arrive.
But Wait, There's More
Couple that with an ongoing labor shortage that includes both pilots and truck drivers. There’s another source of delay.
Yet another concern is the prospect of a nationwide railroad strike. That could begin as early as November 19th.
What you might not realize is that much of the shipping in the U.S. today is “intermodal” – moving in cargo containers from ships to trains to trucks. It takes about a week to get cargo from ships onto trains. Any slowdown in that process could be catastrophic to holiday logistics for many items.
So What Can You Do?
The bottom line isn’t complicated. The best way to ensure on-time delivery of your order – from us or anyone else – is to order as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the greater the risk that your order won’t arrive in time for your event or holiday.
It’s up to you, of course. But keep in mind that in a stressful holiday season, even the smallest item can boost office morale and in these times, give customers a little lift. If you’re looking for executive gifts, office wear, tumblers or any other items, give us a call or email us a.s.a.p. Don’t wait!