Ravensburger North America Halts Orders Amid Global Supply Chain Crisis

Ravensburger Puzzles featuring Disney’s Snow White in production | Source: Ravensburger

If there was any doubt as to the severity of the global supply chain crisis and its impact on toy and game makers, a letter sent to retailers by Ravensburger North America CEO Filip Franke should make it crystal clear. Effective September 17, 2021, Ravensburger will halt the acceptance of additional orders for the foreseeable future.

Ravensburger makes an extensive range of games, puzzles, science kits, and other products for kids and adults of all ages, including the popular Disney Villainous series, BRIO Trains, and Wonder Forge.  In the letter issued today and shared by Rick Derr of Learning Express via Twitter, Franke says that the challenges of the supply chain crisis have been amplified when coupled with setbacks in his company’s own, internal, long-term improvement efforts at its warehouses.

Rather than accept orders that it may not be able to fulfill, the company is devoting its resources to catch up on its backlog. Read the entire letter in its entirety below:

Source: Ravensburger NA

Ravensburger is set to exhibit at Gen Con from September 16-19 in Indianapolis. In an effort to prevent crowding at its booth, Ravensburger is accepting preorders next week for select games to be picked up in person at the event.

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According to Franke, plans for 2022 are not impacted by the temporary order freeze and all new product launches will proceed as planned.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.