Supply chain issues and transportation disruptions have led to Nike cancel one store’s orders for the remainder of this year and through 2022. While many industries have been affected by supply chain issues, this singular email doesn’t mean that all, or even most of Nike’s wholesale partners will be affected at the same level.
In an email seen by Complex that Nike sent to one of its retail partners, the brand said that products for this year’s holiday season that have not yet shipped will not be shipped. books. Additionally, Nike said the store’s orders for the upcoming Spring ’22 and Summer ’22 seasons will be canceled and the brand will not be offering any additional orders until further notice.
Nike expressed in the email that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the supply chain are to blame for the canceled orders.
“We understand that this decision is difficult information to hear,” the email read. “Our goal is to resume supply as soon as possible and we are committed to providing transparent and timely updates on the seasons to come.”
Nike cancellations to this degree don’t happen industry-wide, and boutique-level sneaker stores don’t appear to have been badly affected.
Nike has had issues with its sneaker releases due to the pandemic since March 2020, when Jordan Brand, Nike’s affiliate brand, delayed several highly anticipated drops from Air Jordan. The past few months have brought more delays, as the release dates for several high-temperature sneakers have changed.
The brand did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.