Fiestaware has been around for 150 years, and its U.S.-based production and fun colors have made the Art Deco dinnerware hot again. But the company is experiencing the same problem facing most businesses this holiday season: shortages.
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Labor shortages have made it impossible for the company to fill orders. According to the Wall Street Journal, 150 of the company's 500 employees decided not to return after nonessential businesses closed for the pandemic, and despite some restaffing, the company is still about 50 workers short. Also impacting the production: problems getting corrugated packing material and clay. About 25% of orders in October shipped late.
Further complicating matters is increased demand: Online sales have more than doubled in the last 18 months, and the company has added two major accounts and 40 smaller retailers this year.
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Fiestaware may be hot, but getting your hands on it isn't as easy as it used to be. If you're in the market, here are some places to look, some of it is even on sale. Get it while you can:
- The Fiesta 3-piece Bistro Set is on sale for $25, marked down from $50, from Macy's.
- The Fiesta Coastal Classic 10-piece Dinnerware Set is $100, discounted from $120, from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
- The Fiesta Classic Colors 12-piece Dinnerware Set is $140, down from $200, from Kohl's.
- A four-piece Fiesta place setting for one is $37, down from $62, from Wayfair.
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