Parts Shortage – Out of Stock Items
AlumiGlo Lighting along with most other U.S manufacturers are being hit hard by supply chain disruptions amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Large price increases in fuel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel and other petroleum based products is driving retail prices up and employee shortages at the ports will result in many items being OUT of STOCK through the end of this year.
The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus has had a huge impact on the global economy, which is rippling around the world via the long supply chains of major industries. While our products are designed and assembled at our facilities in Kansas, many of the parts used to make our lights come from suppliers from factories located in both the U.S. and abroad. Not only are manufacturing plants struggling to keep up with production, but shipping companies both here and abroad are running behind due to employee shortages, container chassis shortages, truck shortages, and railroad car shortages. Many employee’s have still not returned to work because of state or local regulations regarding Covid-19 and some are simply getting paid more to stay home. The LA port of entry typically employees over 100,000 people which is now down 30% due to Covid-19 related reasons.
Lead time on parts made abroad typically has a 60-day turn around when shipped by sea, but delays at the US ports of entry has increased that window to 160-days or more. Even if 100% of all employee’s come back to work today, the backlog of freight currently sitting on the docks will create massive shortages and empty shelves for many months to come. Expect shortages and out of stock items in both brick and mortar stores and on-line stores until the first part of next year. It would be advisable to do your Christmas shopping early this year when products are available.
We appreciate your patience and continued support during these times and are doing everything possible to prevent inventory shortages and price increases. However, there will be times when some items are OUT OF STOCK while waiting on parts to build our lights. We would highly recommend ordering any lights you are interested in when they are in stock, because shortages are going to be an ongoing problem until sometime next year.
For more information How ‘Chaos’ In The Shipping Industry Is Choking The Economy : Planet Money
Containers sitting on the dock 4 to 6 weeks without movement
Container ships anchored up unable to dock at the LA Port
Please contact us 785-621-2646 if you have any questions about any of our products.