In recent years we have sent out notifications to our customers in Q4 reminding of the inventory demand/supply issues during the upcoming holiday season heading into the year-end and Q1 winter months.
Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and our annual year-end shutdown, there are far fewer shipping days this quarter, yet it is one of the busiest in demand for medical devices. With the ever-increasing online holiday shopping, even the freight companies are already issuing warnings. Last year it took us far into January to catch up with the strong year-end and Q1 demand.
This year we want to send this reminder early, as there are several factors not in our control that attribute to longer lead times during this time of year:
• Other manufacturers of sterile water and saline are dealing with allocation issues which has increased our demand and is expected to cause larger than normal spikes.
• Inclement weather is always a wild card that may cause delays in shipping.
• There are less days to ship due to holiday schedule.
Due to First-In-First-Out (FIFO) order processing, please plan on increasing lead times, and send in orders sooner rather than later. Keeping extra days’ supply on-hand of critical sterile water and saline products will help all of our customers.
Our materials and production capacity are both running strong to take care of you, and we want to give you the best position in the marketplace.
We appreciate your business and your patience and look forward to serving your needs.
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