As 2021 draws to a close and 2022 looms large, we take a few minutes to reflect on the average consumer’s growing awareness of the term “Supply Chain”. Over the past few years, what once was relegated to shipping and logistics industry back-room operations has risen to the forefront of our collective awareness.
In the commercial and residential furniture manufacturing world, shock waves from a host of supply chain disruptions continue to make matters worse for U.S. suppliers and their customers. The furniture industry, like many other sectors, face capacity, container and other raw materials shortages, as well as severe labor and transportation problems. Several foam, upholstery producers and furniture manufacturers have suspended all or part of their production. “As has been well documented and experienced by all, delays in raw materials, inconsistent work schedules and lack of capacity with transportation routes, coupled with shockingly high ocean freight rates due to Covid-19 have greatly reduced our ability to operate efficiently,” according to a spokesperson for Stanley Furniture.
In the face of these disruptions, pre-owned furniture has the distinct advantage of already having been manufactured and immediate availability. The items and quantities that we have on hand are exactly what’s available and what you see is what you will get! Most pre-owned furniture is sold for less than half it’s original cost when new, which equates to a 60-80% discount from manufacturers list prices. Immediate availability and attractive pricing have led to greatly increased demand for gently used furniture as we enter 2022