We’ll admit, we’re not fans of seeing Halloween candy on the shelves when we’re still in summer mode. It’s not like we’re going to stock up on Butterfingers. We’d just eat them anyway. But the reality of it is, if you have plans for Q4 or holiday gifting, you actually do need to think about it now. And not just because the holiday promotions seem earlier and earlier each year.
If you’ve ordered anything lately you’ve likely experienced extended delays, out-of-stock notices, or backorders. Same here. Supply is still struggling to match demand in the branded merchandise and apparel space, too. But with a little bit of planning and flexibility, your holidays can still be merry, bright, and a lot less stressful.
Honestly, it’s hard to think about holiday gifting when you’re still shaking sand from your car’s floor mats. But getting your holiday gifting orders placed now will ensure you’ve got the most product selection, plenty of time for customization, and enough time to get your product delivered in advance of your event, holiday gifting, etc.
Consider your options
Got your heart set on a particular product, brand, or style? We get it. Sometimes it’s hard to look at other products once you’ve got something particular in mind. Especially when there are seemingly endless other products. Be open to looking at several different items to maximize the opportunity you’ll get what you want when you want it.
You’ve found the product you want, add it to your order, only to find it’s gone before you can complete the transaction. It happens with our suppliers, too. Our recommendation is that once we’ve found what you’re looking for, confirm the order immediately. While the price quote may be good for days or weeks, someone else may swoop in and make their order before you’ve approved yours.
As always, the team here at The Dunstan Group is here to help. Make your holiday and Q4 plans less stressful – and a whole lot more creative! Connect with us now, and let’s get to work.