On October 1st 1949, the People’s Republic of China was founded. The Chinese National Day holiday 国庆节 falls between the 1st and 7th October 2016 and marks the 67th anniversary. It is also the second of two ‘Golden Weeks’ during the Chinese calendar (the other being the Spring Festival 春节, which marks the Chinese New Year).
Please be prepared for mass closures of factories in China at that time. Weekends are re-arranged so that workers in Chinese factories have seven continuous days of holidays. Primarily intended to expand the tourism market and allow people to make long distance family visits, be wary of long delays in production as a result. ODM Asia will also be closed between these dates, with operations continuing from October 8th.
Our message to clients in advance of this and all holidays is clear:
Place orders sooner rather than later before Chinese National Day holidays.
Do take note there would be delays in production of promotional products and hence delivery dates would be affected as well. ODM would definitely try to rush the factories for production to be finished before this long break in China but most orders placed now will be affected by these delays.
Placing an order before Friday 25th of September also ensures that you get your production slot booked early before the backlog following the holiday. It’s an unfortunate reality that the October Golden Week Holiday also falls at the same time everybody around the world is panicking they haven’t placed their Christmas orders yet.
Don’t be left at the end of a long queue by placing an order too late!