Is this any way to run a professional football club?
Leeds was forced to put out a statement today regarding the club shops being out of a majority of the popular sizes for the new home kit. The statement also said that the new away kit would be unveiled on Thursday, two days before the first team are set to play in it at Derby County.
| Following the successful launch of our new 2018/19 home kit, the club has experienced higher than average shirt sales— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 7, 2018
Following the successful launch of our new 2018/19 home kit, the club has experienced higher than average shirt sales.This can only be viewed as a positive with the kit for the new season being in such high demand, however we have also encountered some issues with the speed in which garments are getting processed through customs once they arrive in the UK.
This delay, combined with sales exceeding expectations, has meant that our Leeds United Store has now sold out of some popular sizes.
Blaming customs and higher-than-average sales for the kit being out at the club shop is not a great look. These orders were almost certainly placed months ahead of time, and the delay of the release of the away kit, combined with the lack of inventory for the home kit, leads me to believe that these orders were put in late, leaving the vendor little time to print them and get them shipped.
The home kit was out of stock for weeks last autumn as well, which begs the question: Who is running the marketing and retail division at Leeds? Not only is the club shop out of almost all of the sizes that people would want to purchase, the high-profile club shop opening at Trinity Leeds did not feature the new kit, which is terrible timing.
The club is being run like a first-class football club on so many levels right now, which makes this whole disaster stick out like a sore thumb.
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