Salt Shortage Winter 2018
By now you may have heard rumblings of a salt shortage in Southern Ontario. The shortage stems from a combination of factors, primarily a supply shortage from the Ontario salt mines and a heavier-than-normal winter.
The salt shortage is real and is affecting distributors throughout the region, including Reds Garden Centre. To keep up with demand, salt is being shipped from off-shore, which affects both the price of material and the availability of product.
The price of salt will increase to $150/yard as of Sunday February 11, 12:01 am. No exceptions. This price will be locked in on a load-by-load basis. It may stay the same, but will not decrease. Terms are COD and FOB Reds Garden Centre. Customers with outstanding accounts will be asked to settle the balance before being loaded. No prepayment of salt; no exceptions.
Reds has secured a reliable supply chain that if operations continue as usual, we should not run out of salt, as we haven’t all winter. We will continue to operate 24-hour on-call service.
The price increase reflects current market conditions and is indicative of the severity of the shortage. Reds will continue to operate as long as there is a reasonable customer base to serve. The choice lies with you, the customer. If there is not sufficient interest in the increased price Reds will close for the season.
I apologize for the obvious inconvenience. We value your business and hope to continue to work with you despite the circumstances. Your feedback is welcome, but the prices are final, as are the terms. I can assure you that as existing customers your rate is the ‘preferred rate’, new customers will be charge significantly more.
All the best to a strong end of the season,
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