Hello SnapPadders and passionate RVers!
With summer fast approaching and the interest in RVing ramping up, we wanted to share a little behind the scenes glimpse of what is happening here at SnapPad. As many of you know, we have been “out of stock” on our site since April of this year. We wanted to explain why that is and what is happening next.
Our lack of available stock comes from two, opposing directions - high demand and pandemic-restricted manufacturing.
By the end of last year, we added a number of big partners, including major distributors, as well as a major reseller. In addition, our own online sales continued to grow pretty quickly.
As a result, we had a high volume of sales in the early parts of 2020. To supply this demand, we were working with our existing manufacturing partner to increase their capacity, as well as negotiating with a new supplier to come online and start making SnapPads at a high volume starting in April.
Unfortunately, the COVID19 pandemic derailed many of our plans. Our existing manufacturer had to fight to be declared an essential business in March. Since then, they have seen high turnover and worker absenteeism, due to either getting sick or fearing the virus itself. The other manufacturer, in contrast, shut down completely and still hasn’t managed to resume business.
The drop in existing production plus the lack of secondary production clashed with our high and growing demand. We were forced to turn off online sales in order to honor the many backorders we had at the time (and still have).
That’s the bad news. The good news is we are in the process of developing new supply lines. We are currently in negotiations with three other manufacturers in the US who we believe can make the SnapPads in the volume and at the quality level we require. By July, we hope to have at least one new producer actively making SnapPads. By the end of summer, we hope to have at least three or four SnapPad factories up and active.
We thank you all for your continued patience, we greatly appreciate it! We promise to be back up-and-running as soon as possible and will be sure to let everyone who's signed up for our waiting list know when pads are available.
Want to sign up for the waiting list? Visit a product page, or get a product recommendation from our Submit Your Rig page, and click the "email me when available" button on the right side. You'll be notified immediately when product is available.
Thanks again! From, the RV SnapPad team.