The Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated throughout Asia and is fast approaching. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar when the moon is full and celebrates the end of the autumn harvest — it’s similar to Thanksgiving in the US. This year, the festival falls on September 21st.
Additionally, October 1st in mainland China marks the beginning of National Day Golden Week, which celebrates the formation of the People’s Republic of China. It’s called the Golden Week because hundreds of millions of people typically travel during this holiday — which is a contrast to Chinese New Year when people usually return to their hometowns. Golden Week starts 9 days after the Mid-Autumn festival this year, and the official holiday period is the 1st through the 7th of October.
Golden Week Can Be a Surprise Disruption
The Golden Week holiday is relatively new as compared to Chinese New Year, and is lesser known to those outside of China. However, businesses, government facilities, and factories shut down for the holiday, so it can be as disruptive to production as Chinese New Year.
Customers ordering parts from China during the holiday season are at a major risk of missing on-time delivery. It’s not uncommon for suppliers to send out last-minute, surprise communications that their ship date will be delayed due to the national holidays — with no alternative solutions provided.
This year, a lack of open freight capacity presents an additional challenge. In the past few weeks, there have been closures of major shipping ports in China and staff shortages in the US to unload goods. And air freight capacity is already earmarked for the upcoming releases of new phone models.
Fictiv is Here to Help
Our large overseas team is composed of project management, quality engineering, quality control, and logistics professionals who are based in China and dedicated to ensuring your project is produced to specification and shipped on time. We have worked with our manufacturing partner network and freight forwarders to reserve manufacturing capacity and shipping space to help meet your needs while navigating the challenges of these holidays. Our experts are here to ensure that there are no surprises.
Leverage Domestic Production to Avoid Delays
And if you need parts faster than our overseas offerings can provide, Fictiv’s domestic partners will, of course, be unaffected during this time. We have hundreds of highly qualified manufacturing partners in the United States ready to make your parts quickly and to your precise requirements.
Fictiv Delivers Parts On Time
At Fictiv, we take the “on time” and “in full” performance seriously and aim to fulfill customer expectations on each and every order. To place your order, create an account and get an instant quote and free design for manufacturability feedback. You’ll also get updated lead times to account for the holiday non-production days overseas. Rest assured that our team is well-prepared and will have your orders shipped on time.
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