After over two years of a global shutdown due to COVID, supply chain issues still exist and it could take many more months to shake through this challenge. Why is this such an issue now? We as a country have never experienced anything like this before. The answer in one word, China.
Once upon a time, most promotional products including apparel were manufactured either domestically, in Mexico, or different non-Chinese asian countries. About 20 years ago, trade agreements made China a more desirable location for a lot of large production factories. Fast forward to now, and outside of textiles, nearly every kind of promotional products originates from China.
It appears supplies are now beginning to look outside of China for more reliable sources for the supply chain. This recent article from PPAI sheds more like on this critical piece that impacts not only the promotional products industry but our entire economy.