An Appliance Shortage is gripping the nation — Appliance Supply Chain Issues Continue to Haunt Builders, Developers, Contractors, and, the Multi-Housing Industry

The sur­pris­ing demand for new homes has strained the sup­ply chain for home builders. Sup­pli­ers have been whip­sawed – ini­tial­ly see­ing mass can­cel­la­tions in March and then, in an about face, sud­den demand since May while deal­ing with social dis­tanc­ing man­dates in their man­u­fac­tur­ing facilities.
Homebuilding’s V‑shaped recov­ery has put a tremen­dous strain on the mar­ket. Many Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sup­pli­ers of com­po­nents in the build­ing enve­lope are fac­ing con­straints in shift­ing the way they man­u­fac­ture with a reduced labor force, which in turn is lead­ing to pro­duc­tion and sup­ply issues.
Man­u­fac­tur­ing Facil­i­ties are not designed to have peo­ple stand­ing six feet apart to do their jobs. We have seen delays with every­one, Whirlpool, G.E., Frigidaire, Sam­sung, just to name a few.
How can Builders and Devel­op­ers, get their hands on their Appli­ance Needs? As we all know, this will affect your crit­i­cal path of your project, and the moment of truth is when you request your deliv­ery date!

Flex­i­bil­i­ty is key here. One chal­lenge will be to under­stand that you may not get exact­ly what you want right now. You can con­tin­ue to wade the waters wait­ing for your appli­ances to come back in stock which could cur­rent­ly be a month or longer depend­ing on brand and fin­ish. The oth­er option is try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent be it a dif­fer­ent brand, fin­ish or prod­uct line that is avail­able to ship out right away.

Plan­ning is crit­i­cal – it is so impor­tant to get your orders placed in advance, so you have your place in line. Wher­ev­er and who­ev­er you are pur­chas­ing from, it is key they are trans­par­ent with the cur­rent pipeline and when your appli­ances are avail­able as this can change dai­ly right now.

Like most things this year, we will blame it on COVID-19. Not only has the pan­dem­ic sent tremors through the health­care indus­try, our econ­o­my, and our social struc­ture, COVID-relat­ed cir­cum­stances have com­plete­ly dis­rupt­ed the sup­ply chains of many indus­tries, from toi­let paper and alu­minum cans to meat and man­u­fac­tur­ing. The appli­ance indus­try is no exception.

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