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July 02, 2021American Tent Life

If you’re a person who has made any purchase that has required shipping lately, it’s likely you experienced a bit of sticker shock when it came time to check out. Shipping! What happened? Long story short: Everything costs more. Fuel, labor, materials. Supply chain issues caused havoc that will resonate for at least the rest of 2021. If you want to get into it further, read this article. Fair warning- it may bum you out. Additionally, as a small business, American Tent and so many of our colleagues do not have the leverage to influence shipping prices. Global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Nike have some say over what they are willing to pay for shipping, but not us. Unfortunately, we are stuck where the market has placed us: squarely in higher shipping fees.

Before you get too depressed and decide to go full Ever Given, have faith. A rising tide lifts all ships and likewise, it’s estimated that prices everywhere will rise. The market has responded with higher wages and more fair labor prices which is something American Tent has always been in support of. When the cost of shipping is influenced by an LTL driver being paid better, we can get on board with that.

Why Has Shipping Gone Up?

Bottom line: these shipping prices are here for the foreseeable future. American Tent is doing everything we can to keep our cost of goods low to compensate for the rise in prices. Fortunately for us, most of our materials for our Green Bay manufacturing facility are coming in from the United States. We don’t need to rely on slow boats from overseas, just hardworking makers and drivers coming in from Ohio and other not-so-exotic locales.

We’re here for you with any other questions you might have and we promise we are doing our best to keep costs down for our valued customers.
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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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