2015 has been a year that has taught me many lessons – one of those lessons is that I am 46 years old and can not work 15 hr days, 360 days a year, and stay healthy and productive. I have been pushing that pace for the last 4 years and that is what our lead time was based on. At this pace I was able to complete 12-15 holsters a week (all of my holsters are still hand made and not one will be exactly the same as the next).
On January 1, 2015, we had a little over 250 orders waiting to be made. If I would have been able to keep even 3/4 of that pace, I would have been completing holsters ahead of the quoted 38 weeks, but I did not take in to account the shift in the holsters that were being ordered and now the majority of my production is on the more complex holsters. These have greatly slowed me down. Along with my inability to work the 100 plus hrs a week, I have fallen way behind the quoted time frame.
I am still working over 50 hrs a week but my production has dropped to just a fraction of the pace.
At today’s pace it looks like our lead time will be over the 1 year mark.
Before you ask me to hire someone to help me, ask your self if you are willing to pay double for being able to get your holster in only 6 months instead of 12 months. Second, I did have an employee and he actually slowed me down because I had to teach him to do the work right. (today’s workers think as long as it fits or since most people wont notice, it is fine) This is not and will never be acceptable for product going out of my shop.
So Today, January 1, 2016, I am announcing that all future orders will be quoted with the 18 month or more lead time. If you already have an order in with us, your lead time is also moved out to this time frame.
Because we do not accept payment in advance you are able to cancel your order without any problems.
I expect that this will slow the # of orders coming in and eventually I will have my lead time back down to a more reasonable 6 month wait (or that is my hope)
God bless and Thank you for reading this.
As of February 2017 Things still have not slowed down and we are still running with a very long backlog and our quoted lead time is still 18 months.
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