COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupts Supply Channel Hot Tub Repairs may be Delayed
Hot Tub Repair Delays
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You'll never forget living through the Great Toilet Paper Shortage but did you know there is also a shortage of hot tub repair parts?
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic many hot tub and spa manufacturers and parts distributors shut down as non-essential busiensses. Assembly lines closed for several weeks and factories laid off workers.
Shortly thereafter, when you were stuck at home the first week or month or quarter of the stay-at-home order, you may have looked out the back window and remembered you owned a hot tub and suddenly a good, long soak sounded like a great idea.
In fact, it was such a good idea everybody else with a hot tub was thinking the exact same thing at almost the exact same time.
Everybody stuck at home all day suddenly wanted working hot tubs but repair parts were limited to 'stock on hand' since the factories were not producing new inventory. By June of 2020, the supply channel began to run out of the most common hot tub repair parts.
Simultaneously, everybody who had vacation plans for the next year or two canceled travel plans in favor of a 'staycation' in the security and privacy of their own home. People who did not own hot tubs began a buying frenzy and hot tub dealers quickly ran out of inventory.
Since hot tub factories and parts suppliers have reopened, the limited supply of hot tub parts is stretched between hot tub owners needing repairs and new hot tub buyers. Since hot tub factories buy whole truckloads of parts at a time, the repair parts supply channel has experienced frequent shortages and long delays.
There is an issue with the manufacturing of raw materials needed to build the Softubs, and supply can't keep up with the demand. The factories are also still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns in 2020, which also slowed down production, says Smith.
It's anticipated that pools and hot tubs will continue to be a hot-ticket item in 2021. Because there is currently a six-month waitlist for the Softub, Smith says...
Tired of sitting at home with not much to do, Craig Smith, of the Oak Ridge section of Jefferson, decided to splurge on a hot tub. When he placed the order in June with a vendor at a Sussex County fair, he had no idea it would be a six-month wait
"We're selling spas that we're putting into production in April of next year," said Land-O-Dreams Rochester owner Rick Liskow. "If someone wants a hot tub in 2021, they best be buying it within the next 3 to 4 months." Liskow said hot tub sales are up more than 300% this year as are other furniture sales.
"When the pandemic arrived in the U.S., the overwhelming majority of hot-tub manufacturers experienced shutdowns of four to eight weeks due to stay-at-home orders issued by their respective state governments"
“We have run into some supply issues, as there have been production hold-ups from all manufacturers due to increased demand from retailers, as well as temporary production shut downs in March or April at the height of COVID-19,”
"That $10,000 family vacation turned into a hot tub for the backyard," Mike Toponce, a senior sales rep at Vernon's Premium Pool and Spa told iNFOnews.ca. "We're been ordering truckloads and they've been selling before they even arrive."
“With all of the travel restrictions people have all of that money saved up for that big vacation and they can’t go anywhere and it’s kind of burning a hole in their pocket so they are deciding to invest in their home.”
"Sales of hot tubs started to rise at the beginning of lockdown, jumping 276 per cent year on year from 22 March to 6 June on online auction site, eBay. However, the biggest jump in sales was between 5 to 11 April, the third week of lockdown, when sales were up a massive 1,080 per cent annually."