Information for Production Planning
Christmas - New Year
|Q.P.I. is closed between Christmas and New Year. The European printing industry is closed as well between Christmas and New Year. This period is often used for major maintenance and installation of new processes. Production outside Europe continues and delivery times are not affected.|
Chinese New Year
|The Chinese New Year is celebrated extensively in China. Therefore, many companies are closed for a number of days. In 2018 the period is from 15 to 23 February. Such a long period of time affects the delivery times of the products due to the reduced number of available working days. Contact us if there are any questions regarding the planning and delivery of the products.|
Delivery of products from China
Some background information concerning the unbalance. The traditional end of year peak caused by among others Thanksgiving and Christmas is this year more severe due the need for capacity to ship the new I-phones, the upswing in the world economy and issues with a couple of carriers. Typical the last in combination with the winter schedule of many carriers turn out to cause this critical situation. Also is observed that due to slow steaming of ocean freight, air freight is more often chosen.
For the transport by air from Hong Kong, Q.P.I. makes only use of main carriers like Air France and KLM. The carriers are chosen based on the reputation and the fact that they have direct flights from Hong Kong to Amsterdam, being the best guarantee for on time deliveries. Nevertheless recent developments in the market do make it more and more a challenge to ship the products without any delay.
Although the end of the year often shows increase in demand for transport, this year due to several issues the demand and the supply are rather in unbalance. This unbalance is seen throughout the complete industry. It is expected that this situation will last till the Chinese New Year starting mid February 2018.
What will Q.P.I. do to mitigate the situation? Together with its forwarder Q.P.I. will try to keep the original forwarding scheme and in case of delay try to minimize it. Also every option to optimize the transport will be used to avoid delays in the delivery of the goods. In the latter case we will focus to communicate towards our customers in the best possible way. Due to the hectic and the short notice on which information becomes available this is a real challenge for everyone.
Calculation of WD in in case of holidays in various countries
In case of a day is a holiday in the period of the lead-time, this day will not count as a working day. The delivery time based on calendar days will thus be longer. Single holidays are not mentioned in the overview.
01-jan-2018 New year
15-feb-18 spring festival
05-apr-18 Tomb Sweeping
01-may-18 Labor day
16-jun-18 Dragon boat
23-sep-18 Mid autumn
01-oct-18 National Holiday