Message from Hawkins Sport – NOV21

A quick update from Rob Hawkins, our kit supplier…

In the 25 years that I have been in the sports trade, this has been the hardest 12 months I have experienced in terms of supplying product to customers. Our main factory in Eastern Europe has been hit hard by COVID with a 1/3rd of their factory being off either isolating or with COVID and for whatever reason, most have a reluctance to get vaccinated and they have also experienced shortage of fabrics too.  This has moved our lead times from 4 weeks to an unbelievable 17 weeks for new orders.  We are now looking well into March for some deliveries.   Other issues have included delays in container shipments and generally our supply-chain has been tested to the full.

We have sourced from other suppliers/factories but unfortunately this takes time – copying patterns, designs and matching fabrics and colours whilst keeping the quality standard at the high level that we expect which is also hugely challenging.   So as you can imagine, these have been trying times as we endeavour to get appropriate kit to fulfil orders!

Currently we have a shortage of some junior shirts (size 32” & 34”) and Skorts (size 2,4 & 6) which we hope to have before Christmas which is our main issue.   We would appreciate if you could inform your members that we are doing our best to get stock in as quickly as possible and their patience is very much appreciated.   We apologise for the inconvenience in the meantime.

Kind regards

Rob Hawkins

Thanks Rob… we really appreciate the work you do especially in these trying times.

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