Chinese New Year Shipping Delay
We’ve got some good news, and we’ve got some bad news.
First, the good news: it’s almost Chinese New Year! For those of you who don’t know, Chinese New Year is an annual 16-day festival in China and Chinese communities all across the globe. This year, Chinese New Year 2021 is on Friday, February 12, with celebrations lasting until February 26th.
But here’s the bad news – all that celebrating will result in some major shipping delays for your business. Here at Supplied, we partner with many factories based in China to offer you the highest quality for the most affordable price in order to ensure you get the largest possible margins for your business. Usually, you can count on receiving those factory-direct wholesale boutique items within 2-3 weeks of placing your order – but during Chinese New Year, that whole timeline changes. You’re gonna want to plan ahead to make sure you can keep your inventory up and that you don’t run out of some of your boutique’s most popular items during the month of February.
Read on to learn about Chinese New Year, shipping times you should expect due to the holiday, and tips on how you can deal with the CNY shipping delay.
What Is Chinese New Year?
You might be thinking... Didn’t we all just celebrate the New Year a couple of weeks ago? But Chinese New Year is a little bit different. Though it does fall toward the beginning of the calendar year, it’s based on the lunar calendar. That means it’s a different day each year, beginning with the new moon that occurs sometime between January 21 and February 20. This year, February 12th, will usher in the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese zodiac. (So if you were born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, or 1997, this year is literally YOUR year!)
Chinese New Year brings with it days of celebrations, weeks off of work, and a whole lot of fun traditions. Why not join in on the celebration? Here are a few fun Chinese New Year traditions you can take part in, no matter where in the world you live.
Try some traditional dishes. Spring rolls, dumplings, noodles, steamed fish, steamed chicken, and rice cakes are just a few common Chinese New Year dishes. Order takeout from a local Chinese restaurant, or try your hand at cooking up one of these delicious dishes yourself.
Decorate your home. Red is a color that represents happiness and good fortune to Chinese people. Decorate with red paper lanterns and festive paper cuttings to welcome in the new year.
Give a lucky gift. Many Chinese celebrate the Chinese New Year by giving and receiving red envelopes filled with money to pass on a year of good fortune. Traditionally, elders give little red packets of money to children. (Needless to say, kids love this tradition!)
Attend a Chinese New Year celebration. Even if you don’t live in China, there’s a good chance Chinese communities in your area will gather together to celebrate any way they can, with parades, fireworks, festivals, or fairs. Large cities like Chicago, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco are known for their exciting CNY celebrations. Due to COVID-19, many of these festivities might look different than usual – be sure to check locally.
Chinese New Year Shipping Delay
This year, Chinese New Year lasts from February 12th to February 26th. But what does that mean for you? If you’re a boutique owner who sources factory-direct products from China, it might mean you’ll have to alter your usual inventory ordering schedule.
Though the holiday is technically from February 12-26th, many Chinese companies shut down operations for up to two weeks before and after Chinese New Year celebrations. For many factory workers, it’s the one time in the year where they get to go back to their hometowns and see family, making it by far the biggest event of the year. However, this long break also means that a factory can be completely shut down for up to 45 days total.
Due to these factory closures, we expect all Supplied orders placed in February to be delivered in the 2nd or 3rd week of March. That means if you wait to place your next inventory order until the first week of February, it could take 6+ weeks to receive your order (compared to Supplied’s usual 2-3 week delivery time.) Luckily, all orders placed by January 23 will be processed as usual – if you act fast, you should be able to get ahead of Chinese New Year delays. Normal order processes will resume around the 2nd week of March.
Tips for Dealing with the CNY Shipping Delay
Now that you’re aware of the Chinese New Year shipping delay… what can you do about it? Luckily, there’s no need for your business to suffer during this short delay – if you act fast and plan ahead, you might not even be affected by it at all. Here are a few things you can start doing right now to make sure the Chinese New Year shipping delay doesn’t have any negative effects on your business:
Place your orders ASAP. There’s still time for you to get ahead of the shipping delay… but not much! Take a moment right now and assess your current inventory levels. If you’re running low or if you were planning on placing an order next month, be proactive and place an order now so you have plenty of awesome products to offer your customers. January 23 is the last day to place an order for pre-CNY delivery.
Be transparent with your customers. If you do happen to run out of stock of a certain popular item in February, let them know a realistic timeline for when they might see it again. (That’s much better than getting their hopes up and then having to disappoint them)
Plan ahead. Use this time to plan when you ought to place your orders for the rest of the year, keeping in mind that inventory ordered from Supplied typically takes 2-3 weeks to arrive. Try to plan with specific seasons in mind, ordering inventory well in advance. (For example, most experts suggest ordering Christmas inventory in October!) It’ll help you be prepared instead of scrambling for inventory whenever you run out.
Embrace it! Instead of stressing about shipping timelines, take this opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year and everything that comes along with it – new beginnings, fresh starts, and time spent with family. (Hopefully, that fun will make up for any inconveniences the holiday’s shipping delays might cause!)