Can you believe we are officially past summer, and gearing up for fall and holiday schedules? The year is flying past, and I wanted to reach out with a few things that are important to know for the remainder of the 2021 year.

In one of the latest industry updates released, the news is not encouraging:

"Supply chain problems have wracked the global economy for much of 2021, driven by the yo-yo effect of the rebounding economy, the uneven progression of business reopenings and pandemic-related restrictions, critical labor shortages, lack of raw materials and other issues, and these same challenges are projected to continue into 2022. UPS International President Scott Price recently told the Agence France-Presse, “I half jokingly tell people 'Order your Christmas presents now,’” as the slowdown is requiring everyone, from consumers to businesses, to think further ahead."

I wish the news was better, but we are doing all we can to mitigate as many frustrations for you as we can. To that end, our holiday orders cut-off date this year is Friday, November 10th. We must have your order finalized, as well as the art proof approved, by that date. I know this is much earlier than normal, but our hope is to give ourselves room to deal with production delays and any shipping issues that might arise.

Current production time for apparel decoration is 15-20 business days, and for promotional items is approximately 12-15 business days. Print orders appear to be on schedule for 5-7 business days but that might increase as we ramp up for the holidays.

Manufacturers are doing their best to get us at least a minimum supply of apparel, but many items remain on backorder. If you are planning to do a group order, please contact me at least 2 weeks before the day you hope to launch, which will allow me time to check availability, as well as send any suggested
replacements, and have them added to your store. Nike and OGIO® are two of the most difficult to obtain brands right now.

While projections show that we will still be in the thick of it through the first quarter of 2022, I am hopeful that we will start to see things turn around as we move into Q2, '22.

As always, if you have special concerns or plans, please contact me as soon as possible, and we will work with you to get you taken care of.

Thank you so much for your continued patience as we navigate through the remainder of this year. I have personally appreciated your willingness to be flexible and pivot as needed throughout the last year.

Shannon Brandon, Account Manager
shannon@tailoredprinting.com | 217.498.1057 x103