It is hard to do anything today without being affected by the changes Covid has made in our lives. The Kitchen and Bath Industry is no different. This past year we have noticed lead times growing, products selling out and schedules stretched. Material shortages are the worst we have seen since the 1990s. Why is this happening? Here are the top three reasons.
- Global Factory Shutdowns-The initial factory shutdowns of 2020 were enough to delay the Kitchen and Bath Industry. Even going back to work they faced social distancing protocols that slowed down production. With the Delta variant being such a strong mutation, factory operations are once again suspended and material shortages are growing. In an effort to keep up, some suppliers have chosen to focus on assembling only their most popular products. Leaving us with not only a shortage of materials, but also a shortage of selection.
- Logistical Challenges- Internationally governments have closed borders when needed to stop the spread of Covid. These travel restrictions have led to backups and a shortage of truck drivers keeping materials from being delivered.
- Surge in Demand- Americans are spending more time at home due to social distancing. We are working from home, cooking instead of eating out and entertaining small groups to keep from meeting in public. Some have had a home remodel in mind that they never got around to. Others are just noticing the need for a more functional space. Either way, spending more time at home has put remodels at the top of our to-do list. This surge in demand has contributed to material shortages.
Your Cabinetry Ideas designer has experience in the Kitchen and Bath Industry and is here to help. From alerting you to changing lead times to designing with creative alternatives. There is sunlight on the horizon and we will soon be seeing positive changes.