Chinese New Year is around the corner. Many experienced dropshippers might know well about what will happen during the Chinese New Year(AKA Chinese Spring Festival) holiday and prepare it in advance. We will start from the beginning to explain the festival and how it will impact your dropshipping business for some newbies. If you are already familiar with these, just jump to the last part-how to cope with Spring Festival.
What's the Spring Festival?
The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival(The Statutory holidays are 7 days from February 11th to February 17th in 2021). Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
How will the Chinese Spring Festival Impact Dropshipping Business?
Normally, factories will start their holidays 10-15 days earlier than statutory holidays, so the workers will have enough time to go home and reunite with their families. In which case, the factories will gradually start to close in late January. And factories begin to resume work gradually around February 19th. But most of the workers haven't got back to factories at that time, so manufacturers can only ship out products that have inventories in their warehouses. The Spring Festival holiday finishes on February 26th in 2021 and the factories will gradually back to normal by that time.
The shutdown of the factories in China will, for sure, cause a delay in order fulfillment. This means even you have orders come in, and you process them on Topdser. Usually, our purchasing team members will go to place orders in 1688 or with local suppliers. Still, due to the holiday break, the regular supplier for your products might not have the products you ordered this time because their factory is closed. So Topdser staff will have to spend more time contacting the seller that their factory hasn't closed and stocked the products. There also can be cases that our team finally find a supplier that has stock, but the local logistics have shut down. Due to the worsening of China's epidemic right now, we can predict that factories might close earlier than the expected day this year and the restoration date will have a great chance to be prolonged. That's why we sincerely suggest you pre-stock products in our warehouses to avoid out of stock.
From February 7th to February 16th, most logistics companies will stop collecting and shipping parcels. Due to the customs is closed from February 12th to February 15th. So from February 10th to February 15th,all logistics companies will stop shipping.
SF-express from China to overseas countries will normally transport during the holiday this year except from February 10th to February 15th. However, due to the shortage of workforce during the holiday, parcels' shipping information might not be updated in time.
How to Cope with this Break?
On our side, Topdser will take seven days off, same as statutory holidays from 11th to February 17th. We have arranged some staffs on duty during the seven days holiday to ensure the operation of Topdser. Except for the 11th February night, which is Chinese new year's eve will be no one on duty. Other times, all of the departments will arrange for staff to work during the holiday. If you have any concerns or questions, you can still contact our agent in the chat room or other contact methods like Skype, Whatsapp, and Email. Our sourcing team will also work at home to ensure your sourcing needs. However, the sourcing time may take longer than usual.
On the dropshipper side, we highly recommend you to pre-stock products right now to our China warehouses or overseas warehouses. With the stocked goods, you won't worry about order fulfillment during the holiday. With the SF-express shipping and pre-stocked products, You will reduce some shipping delay time. When you don't know how to deal with customer complaints, you can sit and relax and wait for us to dispatch your orders. Otherwise, you will have to put an extended shipping time on your website and diminish the impact.
Less than 2 weeks to the point that factories will gradually all closed. If you are planning pre-stock products, you may need to hurry up your time. From our latest news, more and more factories have advanced their holiday to January 15th due to the worsening of China's epidemic situation. Don't wait until the last minute to stock inventories. Let's survive this dropshipping winter together.
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