Well, this might throw a wrench into things. The container ship currently jammed in the Suez Canal might be carrying essential parts like brakes, gears, handlebars, etc that our vendors need in order to complete their bikes. We had several talks with our EU vendors last week and they all indicated that delays were due to un-arrived parts and the added delays in finding substitutes. All parts from Asia to Europe pass through the Suez Canal. We don't know whether this will effect EU turnaround times, but may be likely. We'll keep you in the know here.
PORT OF MONTREAL STRIKE UPDATE. Word on the street is that parties are not agreeing and that a strike could be imminent, but the Federal Government is standing by with a Back to Work Order. Read more here.
Many people are starting to email and call asking for updates. We are running at reduced staff due to social distancing and cannot provide any information other than what we present here. If you are expecting more clear deadlines, we are truly sorry - the way things are going any accurate updates are simply impossible this year (and most likely for 2022 as well). We are happy to refund your deposit if you're not happy, no questions asked! Meanwhile, if you can wait, please sit tight! We're busting our butts!
Things are starting to move! Several orders are produced and ready to ship and by next week we should have several orders on the ocean, as well as more orders ready at the factories. Things are running about 4 weeks behind schedule at the factory level, and acquiring shipping containers has not been easy (or cheap!). Many vendors are still waiting for parts to arrive to complete bikes and this appears to be a day-by-day affair.
SLOWER CONTAINER CIRCULATION CRIPPLES GLOBAL SHIPPING SYSTEM. Press release here can be found here. Shipping containers - essential to product movement - are in global short supply, largely due to reduced labour productivity at warehouse and marine terminals. Updates have been made on the following bikes: Linus, Devinci, Fahrradmanufkatur, Frog, Bullitt. All other brands may experience the same challenges but so far they appear OK.
POTENTIAL PORT STRIKE MARCH 21ST - PORT OF MONTREAL. This is not good news. Last year, this happened in the midst of Covid and added serious delays to delays that were already occurring due to global shortages. You can read more from our shipping company here. This port strike would happen exactly when goods are enroute from Europe to Toronto, and, while shipping can be rerouted to St John or Halifax, last year this created massive railway congestion, which left containers sitting in dryage for weeks.
Despite placing all our 2021 orders in July 2020 with ETA's specified by month, it appears that many of our vendors are struggling to get parts on time, causing mild havoc with production planning. What does this mean? It means that current delivery months are highly provisional and may come earlier or later. Unfortunately, vendors are scrambling to produce bikes for our customers but this is also limiting their capability to gather insights and communicate effectively. It's going to be another crazy year!