Hornby Hobbies Ltd. is announcing a number of delays to 2013 catalogue items. They advise that despite their best estimates a proportion of delivery dates will not be met.
Hornby are advising the marketing as in the past they have not communicated changes in delivery until much later in the year but they acknowledge it is important that they share information with their consumers and trade customers earlier.
To help overcome these issues Hornby are broadening their supply base BUT the benefits of this will be in the medium term. They have also have brought in new personnel to look at this challenge including a new Supply Chain Director, Red McKay.
There is no immediate fix but Hornby state: “That they are committed to making progress. They will continue the work to broaden their supply base, and challenge themselves to improve communication be it good or bad news – it matters.
We have worked hard to improve our visibility of the situation and we are now facing into the challenges, and working to improve on the dates communicated to you.
The following Southern / Southern Region related items have been postponed to 2014.
R3143 BR 4 Car VEP Unit Class 423
R3184 Brighton Belle Pullman 1960
R3215 Eurostar (2013) Train Pack
R3010 SR “Sir Sagramore” E771 King Arthur Class
R3010X SR “Sir Sagramore” E771 King Arthur Class
R3129 SR 0-4-4T M7 Class – Maunsell Green
R3194 BR Early “Epsom” Schools Class
R3203 BR Late “Okehampton” West Country Class
R3204 LSWR Class M7 No.245 NRM
R3208 BR 4-4-0 ‘Brighton’ Schools Class
R4582 Brighton Belle 1960s 5-BEL Car Pack
R4589 Eurostar (2013) Divisible Centre Coaches
The full announcement and a listing of all delayed items can be read here on the RMweb or on the Hornby website here.
Better news is that Hornby recently also announced here that some items, although no Southern related ones will see a price reduction from those prices previously advised.