If you're a regular visitor to T-Shirtsauce Australia for The Mountain T-Shirts, you may have noticed our range of designs has dropped a lot - here's the reason why:
Unfortunately The Mountain is changing the way they do business. No longer are they keeping each design in stock and ready to ship, they are cutting down stock in their warehouse. Many of the designs they offer are now moving to what they call POP or Print on Purchase.
What that means for us.
Since 2005, we have retailed The Mountain products, processed them through the U.S. wholesale warehouse, shipped them to Australia in bulk by FedEx and sent them out from Sydney, to our Aussie customers.
Pre-pandemic, our turn around time was 5-7 days. During the pandemic, delays at the U.S. end with order processing meant that our processing time became anywhere from 10 days to 18 business days.
POP basically means more delays. The Mountain has just moved 100s more designs to POP status - we've found when orders are printed on demand (or on purchase), the delay is even longer with processing these items and by the time they reach Sydney now, it may be a month or longer from the time you've ordered. That is too long.
Please understand, this is not our choice - it's also not the way we'd like to do business, so today we have hidden all products The Mountain has changed to Print on Purchase - we won't be selling those on T-Shirtsauce Australia.
What it means for the future.
We likely will close down T-Shirtsauce Australia and stock a small range of The Mountain designs on our Australian Native T-Shirts website. It's frustrating because we had just finished moving The Mountain products from that site to a standalone store, but stocking items in Sydney is very expensive, we're unlikely to be able to carry a large range of designs and will likely have to focus on the latest releases for 2021.
We will send out a newsletter to all our subscribers and let you know when we make a final decision. For now, the items showing online are the ones The Mountain are currently stocking on their shelves and we will process as normal.
Thank you for reading and all the best for 2021.