Sorry we’re out of stock on so many things. We’re trying to fix that. COVID delays didn’t help, but the long and short of it was a large increase in demand that we did not expect. We didn’t have the inventory on hand to support it, and it takes 6+ months to make more. We can’t just crack the whip and make it happen faster although we sure tried.
To decide what to build, we first start with an item-level forecast of how many units we expect to sell per month. If we’re ordering once every three months, we’ll buy three months of inventory at a time. To ensure we don’t sell out, we’ll also keep a ‘safety stock’ equal to ~3 months of demand. If we forecast too low, we dip into the safety stock and order more next time. If we forecast too high, we delay the reorder. It’s a simple way to manage inventory, and it usually works pretty well.
Pete + Ash with the design department and Ted during our last visit to Vietnam, winter 2019.
Checking out the newly redesigned Backcountry 40L duffle in the Vietnam prototype room.
Putting the finishing touches on one of our Nomax tank bags.
In July we have a decent size bag order landing, along with a large shipment of apparel. Shortly after that we’ll see a much larger bag order in August, and another even larger one before Black Friday. Relief is on the way. We’ll do everything we can to keep those orders on track, and whether we run out again depends on demand. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.