07/17/2020 by Ray Wiese 0 Comments
Shopping in a Supply Chain Slow-Down
When planning a renovation, the first item we build the project schedule around is the cabinet delivery date. ...Now the appliance supply chain is experiencing the impact of a global pandemic as well.
When planning a renovation, the first item we build the project schedule around is the cabinet delivery date. Because they are custom-made pieces, they typically have the longest lead time of any of the install items from our suppliers. Now the appliance supply chain is experiencing the impact of a global pandemic as well. With long lead times for appliances, mostly coming from factories abroad, there has been a significant slowdown in production which has led to a lower supply on hand and a delay for receiving replenishment. Yale Appliance recently wrote a blog on their site discussing some of their insight if you are interested in looking.
Like most things in construction… the better the planning, the better the result. Working with a tried and true set of vendors and suppliers is important to not hitting the stop button when these things arise. We are currently dealing with substitutions in some of our projects because of delay or availability in receiving some goods and after rolling up our sleeves have managed to find substitutions that keep the design on point.
While appliances are one of the higher ticket items in a remodel there are still plenty of choices to be made with other items. In one current kitchen remodel and bath remodel we had to work with the client to change their mirror choice and other hardware more than once; as well as work through a shower door delay because the recent riots put glass manufacturing way behind. Now is a great time to re-invent your home… just don’t be wed to something before the order acknowledgement shows up.