Current status of dumbbell manufacturing industry
There are no dumbbells that are manufactured in the United States, instead, almost all of the dumbbells and other small fitness equipment are produced in China. Also, if you take a look at the daily necessities at your local shops, you will find that nearly all of them are labeled “Made in China”. Compared with the United States, China has abundant resource, material and low-cost labour. After years of development and accumulation, dumbbell manufacturers in China have greatly improved the process, quality and technology of production, and are capable of offering foreign customers dumbbells of all kinds with low price in bulk. In addition, the convenient transportation by sea also obviates the need for home-made fitness equipment in the United States.
It is expected that China together with its strong and powerful manufacturers will continue to ship high quality products to the United States within acceptable shipping time. However, the outbreak of covid-19 messed up the set routine. As you have known, the covid-19 that suddenly hit Wuhan, China swept the whole country in a short period of time, breaking down many Chinese industries and means of transportation. Facing this national disaster, many shipping lines raised their rates or even cut off the lucrative business connection. Under this circumstance, the originally normal supply chain was broken and there was only a small part of products delivered to the United States.
Chinese dumbbells took account 95% of the world’ total and since the restrict lockdown was carried out in China, the manufacturing supply chains were severely affected. Even the raised price of American buyers could not work. So when Americans set off the wave of buying dumbbells, the products had already been sold out.
What’s worse, even when the dumbbells arrived at ports of the United States, these products had to wait for quarantine and operators’ social distancing, further stretching the lead time. It seems that these dumbbells have went through a tiring circumnavigation.
Many American and European people vied with each other buying daily necessities in stock due to the shortage of supply, which in turn intensified people’s fear of an abnormal life. Sadly, the pandemic also crushed American companies dealing with foreign trade. And their business became much more fragile and less profitable. In the meantime, many American fitness dealers were exerting all their efforts only to find new Chinese suppliers. All these factors together crumbled the supply chain.