Over the past few months we’ve been looking at a number of options to continue providing milestone t-shirts to parkrunners in South Africa.
We are pleased to say that in the next couple of weeks we will begin testing opening up claims for South African parkrunners in the global milestone t-shirt system. Before we roll it out en masse we want to be sure the process works end-to-end, so we will be starting with a very small number while we iron out any bugs or issues.
Since our update on 2nd May 2018 and the announcement that we were looking for an alternative long-term solution to the growing demand of providing milestone t-shirts, we have continued to fulfil claims where we have had stock with Mr Price Sport.
Those who have been unable to claim won’t miss out: once we have tested the new system and are sure that it can work for South Africa, we will be inviting parkrunners to claim their t-shirt, starting with those who qualified longest ago and working towards those who qualified most recently.
As we roll out the new system it is very likely that we won’t have all sizes of all milestones immediately available. However we are monitoring stock levels closely and are able to react and place new orders quickly, so wait times for milestone t-shirts should be relatively short.
A benefit of the global system is the ability to pre-order. So if your size isn’t immediately available you can still place your order, and it will be dispatched to you as soon as it’s in stock.
As sophisticated as the new system is, there will always be blind spots that make forecasting with 100% accuracy impossible. It simply isn’t possible for us to predict exactly who and how many times anyone will walk/jog/run or volunteer over the next year, and so there is always an element of ‘guesswork’ in our process. And as these t-shirts are free to the participant (but cost parkrun) our limited resources unfortunately don’t allow us to stockpile large quantities.
To put it in to context, we provide milestone t-shirts across five categories (volunteer 25 and walk/jog/run 50, 100, 250 and 500). Adding in an appropriate size range for each milestone means we are managing 75 different t-shirts (or SKUs), with 1,900 new people qualifying every single week.
We will provide another update when we have more information.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience and support.
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