If your business relies on or works with manufacturers in China, or any other country who celebrates the holiday, your business will probably be affected. It is wise to expect 1-2 weeks of little to no communication with the factory as well as delays in production and shipping. Here is a rough timeline of what to expect:
End of January: Suppliers will begin to stop production.
Early February: Employees begin leaving the factories.
February 11: All employees have left the factory.
February 12: Chinese New Year.
End of February: Employees begin arriving back at the factories.
March 4: Most employees have returned.
March 11: Operations are almost back to normal.
To avoid communication and shipping delays we recommend choosing manufacturers with European or American entities. This will increase the likelihood of on-time delivery and keep you in communication with your supplier 👍
As Okai is an international company we have stock available to be immediately shipped via our European offices as well as team members who are always available to answer any questions you may have.
🐂 Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. As 2021 is the year of the Ox in Chinese culture, we view this as a very fitting symbol of the year to come.
We wish the entire Okai network in China and around the world a healthy and prosperous New Year!
The Okai Team