Supply and demand
Way back in April we started planning for shortages. The word on the street was that the supply chain was slipping and we’d be seeing shortages. We understand that our job is to have tires in stock and ready for you. That meant stocking up in a big way. We decided to boost our stock by 30 to 50% depending on the brand. And when you stock 134,000 tires and your goal is to radically increase inventory - It takes a while. You can’t do it overnight. And if you waited too long to get started on the process... you’d be out of luck as orders are filled by date received... But, yes we started the process last April and we’re glad we did.
How’d we do? Well, we currently have 12% more tires in stock than the same day last year. All this in spite of the imported tires that are hung up on boats, sitting in the ports, parked on railroad cars, or waiting for a truck driver to bring them into our warehouses. When you look up something on our website, you’re seeing “50 Plus” on many items. You might be surprised to know that the number one best seller marked “50 Plus” - as of right now - we have 2,279 of those in stock and ready to go.
“But yesterday I checked on something and it was out of stock!” Yes, that’s bound to happen. Especially on slow moving sizes. The manufacturers are concentrating on producing their fastest sellers, the so-called “A” and “B” movers. They might not produce their “C” and “D” movers for weeks or months on end, just so they can make the highest number of people happy with the fastest sellers. When you see a fast moving size is out of stock, don’t despair. It’s DEFINITELY on order and it will be in stock very soon. Think a couple of days to a week. If your customer can wait, please call K&W customer service and ask us to put in a backorder for you. We have TONS on order and shipments inbound every day.