As our working year begins, when summer swims and barbecues are almost a distant memory, our supply partners in China will be signing-off for their biggest annual holiday; New Year’s Eve. On the Chinese lunar calendar, January 28thmarks the official start of 2017. While this major event goes largely uncelebrated in the western world, the team at Bright Sparks has Chinese New Year (CNY) firmly penciled in our calendar.
Know your Chinese calendar
Extend expected timeframes
Getting things back to normal takes time. The truth is that many manufacturers struggle to get back to a normal mode of operations in the weeks following the new year’s festivities. Some workers enjoy the holiday so much they choose not to return at all! Depending on the number of workers departing in secret, this can cause severe disruptions across the supply chain. It’s best to add some ‘human resource issue’ padding to expected timeframes for orders required immediately after the new year.
Be ready for the backlog
A large number of orders will begin stacking up from early December onwards, so the quality control risks are very real. Come the new year, this is stretching the manufacturers to maximum capacity. Without diligent quality control, this backlog can often lead to quality issues or incomplete orders. This is where our trusted supply chain comes into play. After years working with our network of suppliers, we’re confident they can maintain product quality and get your orders delivered on time.
Quick tips for avoiding severe delays around CNY:
Place your orders in time:Work with your account manager at Bright Sparks and ensure we are aware of your required timeframes. If you need your products by a certain date let us know and we can work with you to develop an ordering time frame plan.
Keep things moving: Approving visual proofs and physical samples in a timely manner puts you higher up on the manufacturer's list to avoid unwelcome delays.
Avoid placing last minute orders in January:Factories will be starting up again and walking into thousands of backlogged orders. To safeguard quality and reliability, we recommend giving them some time to catch-up.