How The Holidays Affect Custom Orders [Updated for 2020]
If you're planning a special event, you need to take note of when state, national and international holidays fall in 2020 to avoid delays impacting you, particularly if you plan to order custom products, and/or products in volume.
Let's take a look at Australia, China and the United States.
Apart from the 10 national holidays, Australia's five states and two territories celebrate seemingly dozens of days off statewide, and sometimes city-wide.
The Melbourne Cup falls on Tuesday 3 November 2020 but because of the huge pressure on the local event industry with the string of celebrations, promotions, product launches and corporate entertaining within and around the racing carnival, you need to place Melbourne Cup Carnival event prop orders locally by early September 2020.
Easter falls in the second week of April 2020. Good Friday is 10 April, Easter Monday is 13 April. Good Friday will create one four-day work week 6-9 April, with the Easter Monday creating another one for 14-17 April 2020.
Wouldn't you take off time too then, making use of all the public holidays?
If your Australian event is in May (such as Mothers Day, Sunday 10 March) you will need to place your custom event-related order in Australia by late March.
As China has grown into a wealthy manufacturing powerhouse, you might be surprised to discover its citizens enjoy almost as many national holidays as western countries.
So what, you ask? If you want to source lower-cost customised goods, you simply must be aware of and plan for Chinese national holidays.
In 2020 the Chinese New Year will be officially celebrated for one week from 25 January to 1 February.
However in reality, the workers travel home to their families to celebrate for several weeks over the new year. Factories typically halt mass production and even sample orders by 11 January. They will not start production until 15 February at the earliest, and those orders will be the ones still in the pipelines from late January.
Custom decor and prop orders for February events (ie Valentines Day) must be finalised during December, especially if you need a sample to check quality.
They down tools again in October for the Chinese National Holiday which runs 1-7 October 2020. Again, you need to place orders by early September for a November event.
Importing unique decor from the USA?
This year Thanksgiving falls on 26 November 2020. With the international sales event weekend of Black Friday (Friday 27 November) and Cyber Monday (30 November), there is a tight window for delivery between then and Christmas.
This coincides with the northern winter whose massive snowstorms seem to start earlier, create more havoc and last longer every year.
As a result, there is a incredible pressure on the airfreight courier companies such as DHL, Fedex and UPS to successfully deliver items purchased on online sales before Christmas Day.
Don't believe the expected delivery date either - build in a couple of weeks' contingency time at least! Frequently they simply cannot deliver in time.
You could be setting yourself up for disappointment to order bespoke decorative details online in the USA in late November, expecting to receive them for your Christmas corporate event. Unfortunately, to get your goods on time you'll need to order props from the USA no later than early November for a December event.
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