Supply Chain Shortage Issues & Impact

We Feel Your Pain

The ongoing supply chain crisis is painfully impacting our industry. We feel that pain, too. The challenges of the past 18 months have led what’s been dubbed a “perfect storm” supply chain crisis. So many factors are at play and causing interruptions across the globe. From the very smallest home-based start-ups to the very largest corporations, business owners, employees, families and individuals are affected by these current shortages.

How Bad Is It?

Virtually no one is immune to the situation. Shipping port congestion, labor shortages, and rising pricing on raw materials are major concerns. Skilled labor shortages make it hard to find and retain quality staff to meet production demands and compete jobs on time. Businesses are in a tough spot lacking staff. Looking for alternative ways to meet deadlines and keep customers happy, businesses must now do more with less. Stay resilient and weather the storm. Being creative can allow you to overcome these challenges. And you’re not alone – we’re here to help!


This Infographic from the Promo Industry Experts at ASI is a perfect illustration of “The Perfect Storm” supply chain crisis.

3 Ways STAHLS’ Can Help

Outsource the hard part to us. Let us do the cutting and weeding. You’ll only have to apply. We encourage you to use STAHLS’ custom services for products like names & numbers, custom logos/transfers, emblems & patches. By outsourcing this work to us, you’ll cut down on labor and time needed on your end. The process for ordering custom cut products is quick & easy – simply upload your art, choose a product and which finish, and we send your designs ready to apply in seconds.

Consider shifting more of your production to heat printing. If you haven’t utilized heat transfers before, it’s much less labor-intensive and time consuming than decoration methods like screen printing, DTG, sublimation, or embroidery. We’ve seen many of our customers become more adaptable, successfully making the shift to heat printing over the last year and a half. It’s a great way to do more with less – less equipment, less skilled labor, and less time required. All you need is a heat press!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your sales rep or our customer service department. We’re standing by, ready to help you find a product or service that will work best for you. Our employees, production staff, and sourcing partners are working overtime and finding creative solutions to make sure we can help you complete jobs and keep your customers happy. Take advantage of our industry leading experts as an asset for your success!

The success of our customers is our deeply rooted mission and it’s been the foundational core of STAHLS’ for nearly 90 years. We want you to know that you can rely on us to help you weather this “perfect storm” and come out ahead once the market stabilizes. 

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