Shop Early For Christmas Warns Hippychick Bosses

Bosses at Hippychick, a toy retailer focussed on the pre-school market in Somerset, are warning parents to start their gift-buying as early as possible this Christmas due to anticipated toy shortages. 

‘The Pandemic, coupled with Brexit has created a perfect storm out at sea’ warns Joint Managing Director at Hippychick, Jeremy Minchin.  ‘Shipping containers not being in the right place at the right time, port closures caused by Covid, and a lack of lorry drivers at UK ports is creating a recipe for disaster when it comes to choice and availability of popular toys this Christmas.’

forklift loading lorry
Team Hippychick sending out orders

Jeremy goes on to report that the demand for shipping containers has inflated prices ten-fold in recent weeks.  ‘This time last year, we were paying £1,600 per shipping container.  We are now paying a staggering £17,000.  Clearly some of these costs are going to have to be passed on somewhere down the line as if we were to shoulder them all, we’d all go bust overnight.’

‘Bulky toys, that take up lots of room on board, are going to be in shortest supply’ warns Julia ‘Fortunately, we’ve thought ahead and stocked up on these large items at the beginning of the year and before the cost of shipping went through the roof.  But we simply can’t guarantee any more stock and even if we do get another delivery, it will have to be subject to price increases. The bottom line is that when what we have in stock is gone, it’s well and truly gone.  So, if you’ve got your heart set on any of our Christmas best-sellers such as a ride on Wheelybug, a Tembo Nattou Rocker, a Trybike Balance Bike or an iconic Moover Pram, you need to act now.  A last-minute dash to the high street on Christmas Eve just isn’t going to cut it this year as shelves may very well be empty. 

hippychick warehouse
The Hippychick Warehouse

The only products we may be able to re-order before Christmas are the small ones, where we can get the volume on the board.  But of course, there are still no guarantees they will reach our warehouse in time for the big day. We’ve been in business for 22 years and never has the Christmas season presented such a challenge.  But we’re determined to ride the storm and get through it to the best of our ability and doing our utmost to fulfil our obligations to customers. 

For further information about gift availability for Christmas 2021 visit www.hippychick.com

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Further press information available from:  Heloise D’Souza, DSouzaPR Ltd, Tel: 07770 988 612

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