As manufacturers work to solve supply issues related to the delays and ripple effects of COVID-19, their incoming inventory is unable to keep up with demand, and popular items are selling out before they arrive. To enable our customers to “get in line” for incoming items we are offering Pre-Orders.
If we have an estimated date for the next shipment of an item it will be listed below the add to cart button. If there is not a date listed, it is because the manufacturer is waiting on confirmation for an ETA on that item or has not made that information available to us. Any dates listed are the date the manufacturer is expecting the container to arrive so additional time may be needed for processing and shipping. Please note that these dates are subject to change, and we will do our best to let you know if they do. If there is no date listed on an item you are interested in we will be happy to see if we can get an estimate for you. But, please note that the following manufacturers have stated that because it is so difficult to get accurate dates that they will no longer be giving estimated dates.
The Park Hill Collection
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The situation: The domino effect of Coronavirus shutdowns has caused a critical container shortage in China. This has snowballed into a global overseas shipping crisis. Importing into the US, from anywhere and everywhere (not just from China) is not only very difficult with long wait times, but costs have skyrocketed to six times previous rates. No one knows when or how this will resolve, there is no end in sight. We are already seeing inventory issues with most of our current suppliers. This is only going to get worse... a lot worse.
How this affects shipments: We are doing our best to keep our customers and the site updated with the most current expected ship dates, but these cannot be guaranteed. Many of our suppliers are fighting to get their goods to this country.
How this affects prices: Prices are going up on everything. Not only because of the increased shipping costs, but also because of the scarcity and increased costs of raw materials, components, and packaging (for example, cardboard prices have doubled). Expect prices to be significantly higher this Fall.
How this affects our Made in America suppliers: Focusing on American made items will help, but many “Made in America” products use components and packaging from overseas, and/or are dependent on machinery replacement parts from China.
What can be done about it: We strongly advise ordering now - because you will get the existing price, and you will be in line for the merchandise. If you wait, you might not be able to get the merchandise and/or you may have to pay significantly more.
On a personal note: This affects everything, cars, electronics, clothing… no industry is excluded. We urge you to also stock up on those personal things which are important to you… that OTC allergy medicine that works for your child, the kitty litter that your cat finally accepted, the mascara you can’t live without… no one knows what will go in short supply or when it will happen. Please be prepared both personally and professionally.
Thank you for reading, we hope this was time well spent and valuable information to you. We greatly appreciate you, your business, and your patience, and are looking forward to getting thru all of this together.