Minimizing the impact of skyrocketing import costs on your business.

What makes Blue Moon’s fabrics a cut above the rest is our powerful relationship with overseas textile mills. For two decades, our business has been innovating and developing with manufacturers in China allowing us to deliver trend-setting textiles to our customers year after year. However, in this peri-pandemic economy, we have had to make some difficult decisions which will affect our customers, a majority of whom are small businesses. In this article we'll explain the current environment, how Blue Moon Fabrics is adjusting, and how you as a business can prepare for the changes ahead.

Rising Import Costs

We wish it was an exaggeration, but the cost of importing goods from China has skyrocketed 1,000% in the past 6 months. Historically, the cost for importing a single 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles averaged around $1,500 per container. But beginning in October of 2020, industries across the board began seeing a dramatic increase in their import costs. All of us watched helplessly as shipments doubled or tripled in fees from the shipment before. 

Our most recent container topped out at $15,000 in fees alone, which is 10 times the cost of a shipment from 6 months ago. When you import a container of 15,000 yards, increases like this add $1.00 to the cost of every yard, and we haven’t even spoken about the rising costs of manufacturing yet. 

Blue Moon Fabrics has always done what we can to absorb fluctuations and occasional spikes in these kinds of expenses because we know changes to our prices have a cascading effect on the businesses who depend on us. Unfortunately, given the current trajectory of these costs, the only option left at this time is to increase our prices.

Price Changes

Beginning July 1, 2021 the following price changes will go into effect.

Product

Current

NEW*

Power Mesh

$8.00

$9.00

Matte Nylon Spandex

$12.00

$14.00

Shiny Nylon Spandex

$12.00

$14.00

Ripple Recycled Polyester Spandex

$13.00

$16.00

Performance Spandex

$14.00

$16.00

Microfiber Nylon Spandex

$14.00

$16.00

Ribbed Spandex

$15.00

$16.00

Double Ribbed Spandex

$15.00

$16.00

FlexFit Recycled Polyester Spandex

$15.00

$16.00
Mystique Foiled Spandex $15.00 $16.00

Superflex Heavy Compression Spandex

$16.00

$18.00

Direct to Ground Spandex Prints 

$16.00

$18.00

Popcorn Polyester Spandex Jacquard

$18.00

$20.00

Spacer Scuba Knit

$20.00

$22.00

Spacer with Wicking

$20.00

$22.00

Antimicrobial Neoprene

$20.00

$22.00
*Prices shown are the retail price per yard of fabric. Bulk discount pricing will apply when purchasing 10 yards or more per fabric, per color.

How to Minimize the Impact

The immediate answer is to stock up now, before we push the big red button. However, if you're unable to make that kind of immediate investment, here are some tips to help lessen the impact moving forward.

  1. Order Larger Quantities, Less Frequently: We love seeing customers come back week after week, but we love seeing you make savvy business decisions even more. With a little planning you could save your business a nice chunk of change.

    Head on over to Your Account on bluemoonfabrics.com and spend some time reviewing your purchase history from the last 3 to 6 months. If there are items you find yourself buying frequently, consider placing a larger order to take advantage of Blue Moon Fabrics’ wholesale pricing. Not only will you save on the cost of fabric, but by ordering less frequently, you’ll also save on the cost of shipping.


  2. Be Strategic with Your Offerings: Let’s say you offer your product in 10 colors and you’re going into production with 50 yards. Dividing those 50 yards amongst 10 colors of our Matte Nylon Spandex would have you paying the new retail price at $14.00 per yard. However, if you were to drop the 5 slowest-selling colors, and increase the quantities of the better performing colors from 5 yards to 10 yards, those items would then qualify for Gold Level Pricing, saving you 10% on the cost of fabric.

    We often think more options will boost sales, but in reality having too many options confuses customers and leaves them unsure of which to buy, often resulting in LOWER sales overall. Invest your money in the products that make you money, not in what you think people want to see.


  3. Check Out with Afterpay: It’s secure, free to join, and does not require a credit check. When you check out on bluemoonfabrics.com, Afterpay will take your total and divide it into 4 interest-free payments, that are due every two weeks. Not only is this a great option for financing materials, but it can also boost your sales as a payment method on your own website.

    Send an email to
    afterpay@bluemoonfabrics.com including your contact information and your store’s URL, then we’ll send you an email with a referral for Afterpay’s Introductory Merchant Rate. Our customers (existing AND new) took to it right away, and we’re hoping it will have a positive impact for you and your business just like it did for us.

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