Protest and Unrest in Egypt Problem for U.S. Egyptian Cotton Retailers

ExceptionalSheets.com, an online retailer of luxury linens, such as Egyptian cotton sheets, says recent civil unrest in Egypt may disrupt the Egyptian cotton international supply chain.

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Kyle Schmidt, a supply chain manager at U.S. based ExceptionalSheets.com, refuses to let current conflicts affect his ability to sell the high-quality linens at competitive and affordable prices.

Evansville, IN (PRWEB) July 03, 2013

ExceptionalSheets.com, an online retailer of luxury linens, such as Egyptian cotton sheets, says despite the dwindling supply of cotton from Egypt, they continue to maintain pricing and availability. This comes at a time when other retailers have had to significantly raise their prices or short stock product due to supply disruption fears.

Egypt is known for producing the world’s finest extra-long staple cotton and is the primary supplier for U.S. based manufacturers of high-quality clothing and linens. The recent civil unrest in Egypt will likely cause limitations on the world supply of the country's most coveted export, Egyptian cotton, with the United States being one of the largest consumers. The increase of export pricing and lack of export ability has caused some U.S. retailers of Egyptian cotton products to increase their prices, limit availability or substitute with inferior materials.

However, while conflict continues to take its toll on the Egyptian economy, primarily its ability to export, cotton as a whole continues to flourish along the banks of the Nile. In fact, recent studies have shown Egyptian cotton may be more resilient to the extreme local conditions, such as lack of water and intense heat, than previously anticipated. Research shows that the local cash crop will likely outlast any national conflict.

Scientists concluded that the rapid evolutionary changes in Egyptian cotton over the past millennia and a half prove that the coveted cotton plants contain a more adaptive evolution than other domesticated species. More specifically, despite the waning water supply (mostly due to the uprising and increased population), Egyptian cotton continues to grow in this desert nation.
Resilience aside, Egyptian cotton is the world's finest extra-long staple cotton, which is stronger and softer than its competing counterparts. This high-quality product has many importers and sellers of Egyptian cotton grappling at straws to keep its pricing competitive and still turn a profit as Egyptian cotton export prices rise due to their waning economic times. Kyle Schmidt, a supply chain manager at U.S. based Exceptional Sheets Co., refuses to let current conflicts affect his ability to sell the high-quality linens at competitive and affordable prices.

"This is a perfect example of the 'Supply and Demand' economic model," said Schmidt, "Demand for our products is always increasing. If the supply of Egyptian cotton is restricted one of three things happens: higher prices, limited availability or alternate raw materials. We are committed to avoiding all three scenarios."

Recent conflict in Egypt continues to affect the exportation of their cotton. Meanwhile, U.S. retailers like ExceptionalSheets.com believe that quality and resilience of this luxury product outweighs the need to increase prices and states that they will remain dedicated to providing their customers with quality products at reasonable prices.


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