I spent last week at a conference with leaders from around the branded merchandise space. And while we had exciting conversations around marketing, hiring, and sales, there was one major theme that resonated with everyone.
That one issue that has us all up at night? Supply chain.
We are seeing unprecedented challenges with the supply chain that are affecting nearly every industry. That is why I wrote this blog back in July urging people to consider ordering year-end gifts then!
It’s a challenge, my friends…and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
At Hasseman Marketing, we work hard to be your partner in your marketing and branded merchandise needs. With that in mind, I feel that we owe you two things as a partner. First, we need to be willing to share the good news AND the bad news so that you can be informed. And second, we need to help offer up solutions. That is what I want to do today. I want to let you know that the supply chain issues are real…and to give you ideas on how to deal with them and still provide your team with great branded merchandise.
That is why we have created the “In Stock and Ready To Rock” branded merchandise shop.
The idea behind the “In Stock and Ready to Rock” shop is simple. We have partnered with some great suppliers to find out what items they currently have deep inventory in. It’s important to note that these numbers are changing daily. So we will be monitoring numbers and updating these each week. This does not guarantee stock in any of these items. Based on conversations we had last week, I don’t think anyone could do that. But we think it does give us a fighting chance!
It’s going to be a rocky 6 months (or more) on this front, but here are a few pieces of advice when ordering during this 4th quarter.
Patience is a Virtue
Each supplier we talked with shared stories of being cursed out about inventory problems. One actually received a death threat. Seriously…over shirts! During these times, this is a simple reminder that we are all doing the best we can. We promise to work hard to help you meet your branded merchandise needs. But please be patient with us when we run into snags. We will work through it together.
Have More Than One Option
We highly recommend having more than one option in play when it comes to your year-end gifts. Consider having two or three good options that you like…and let us know the order. That way, if we run into a challenge with your “option a” then we can move to “option b” without skipping a beat. Hopefully, we won’t need to do that. But if we know in advance, we have the highest potential for success.
Make Quick Decisions
I know I just told you to have patience with us. But this will be the time for making quick decisions. If you take too long to ponder, the option you want might be gone. This is not a sensationalistic headline. This is just the reality we are facing over the next 6 months.
This is not designed to be doom and gloom. That is why we are working on this “In Stock and Ready To Rock” shop. This is a good place to start if you want to shop online. If not, reach out to one of our amazing sales team and we can help you along the way!