Unfortunately, due to factors that have been beyond our control, the supply of products and raw materials is currently suffering, which has led to an increased lead time of eight-weeks on our made to order items, which account for 90% of our selection.
Over the past few months, we have experienced some of our most challenging times as a Manufacturer with demand on raw material outweighing the supply. This has inevitably affected our fill rate. Our production and office staff are working to capacity to clear our order backlog as well as manage our daily volumes and service queries. We have a huge priority of prioritising our order backlog which has led to the increased lead time.
As we enter peak trading months we must take action and put measures in place to better manage expectations on new orders, whilst factoring in capacity constraints during the rest of 2020. We have made some tough decisions that are set out below.
Christmas order cut off
We have taken the very difficult decision to bring our Christmas order cut-off date to 9th
October on selected lines
. Our range of imported lines along with a selection
of made to order lines will have a Christmas cut off of 30th
As we look to better manage our production and utilise our capacity in the best possible manor we will also be discontinuing a number of lines as well as removing lines from our drop-ship service, due to increased minimum order quantities due to global demand. All open orders you have with us on affected products will be completed.
We will be reaching out to all partners in the coming days with complete visibility on lines which will be impacted by this.
Drop ship orders
It is now a mandatory requirement to provide mobile numbers and email addresses with direct-to-customer orders. We will not be able to process any orders without one of these key pieces of information and failure to provide these details will result in further delays. Our courier partners need this information to enable pre-delivery notifications. Failed deliveries will now incur a re-delivery charge for the same amount as original delivery. Over the past few months we have been absorbing this, however as a manufacturer it’s not something we can continue to do.
In the unlikely event that a customer received an item with a manufacturing fault, It will be our duty to produce a new product and absorb the redelivery/collection charge. However as couriers do not insure mirrored or glassed products, in the event of an item being received with courier damage (frame cracked or glass cracked) our partners will be expected to absorb the re delivery/collection charge on a new product only. This will be implemented on dispatched orders from 1st
Over the past several years we have worked on re-developing our packaging and are working as we speak to further enhance and continue to improve our methods. As a business packaging is one of our biggest annual spends and focus areas. Due to the nature of the product a small percentage of incidences must be expected specifically on DTC orders. Our current incidence rate as a whole sits around 4%.
Christmas factory shutdown
We will be closing for our annual Christmas shutdown on 22/12/2020 and re open on 05/01/2021. All mailboxes will be unmonitored during this period and all emails responded to on our return.