I don't know if this makes sense (yet?) but they are developing 3D printing technology to handle different media, including metal. At some point you may be able to roll your own obscure o-rings, gaskets , whatever. Jay Leno reportedly has two printers to make impossible to find parts for his antique classic cars, and detroit already uses metal 3D printing to make prototypes. JR
Apparently you felt no need to have any inventory in stock either. JR
Three different manufacturers (they actually make the SKUs) are out of stock and and nobody can tell you when they will have them? Perhaps you are not talking to the right people. Dealers were able to find me at Peavey when some of my hot products were out of stock. (I resisted the temptation to forward those calls to the factory manager I was fighting with to build more mixers.) That sounds like an opportunity for at least one of the manufacturers. I recall a time, long long ago, when Peavey stayed in constant back order because the dealers anticipated increasing sales and bought to hold JIC inventory in their stores. Peavey had the luxury of always having a home for their full production they built as they could increase that production.... but alas that world changed well before the end of last century. Apparently you felt no need to have any inventory in stock either. JR
I'm not a manufacture who supplies the country, merely as small sound company trying to take care of my local customers.
At the risk of repeating exactly what I said already, let's see if I got this right. You placed orders for some "standard" items from 3 different manufacturers and days later they haven't shipped and can't tell you when. I will ASSume you ordered different "standard" items from the different manufacturers. No manufacturer makes sales when they can't deliver. Just like it would cost you money to inventory "standard" items, it costs the manufacturers to do that too. The difficult part is having just enough to never run short. That is not a valid excuse for poor customer service (which costs extra money too.) Some industries are extremely sensitive to product availability. Fixed install contractors can have a full job invoice go unpaid because they are back-ordered one single SKU. I do not know the specifics of your multiple standard items being out of stock, but you or they need to make adjustments or it will probably happen again. Modern manufacturing has longer supply chains than ever before so ramping up and/or slowing down production runs can involve months of lag. JRPS: back in the old days sound companies (except for very large ones) could not buy product direct from manufacturers, and could never sell new gear to end users. This seems like a variation on being a real dealer but without store and inventory. That means all else equal you should make more profit than stocking dealers who carry inventory (ASSuming you sell at same price). How could this possibly go wrong (especially for the existing dealers as they slowly fade from existence)?
I worked for a large industrial valve manufacture for 35+ years. There are certain items that "should" always be in stock. I don't want to call out any names. I ordered a plain vanilla, well known wired handheld microphone.....out of stock, could not tell me when they can fill the order.I ordered a plain vanilla, well known power amp....out of stock, could not tell me when they can fill my order.I ordered a plain vanilla, well know raw speaker...out of stock, could not tell me when my order can be filled.That's a bit frustrating IMO.
Interesting times...If you don't like it now, just wait a while. JR
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