If you’ve ordered furniture recently, you may have encountered an unpleasant surprise: long production backups.
Due to a number of factors — including everything from a COVID-related supply chain breakdown to winter storms and power outages shutting down manufacturing plants — furniture buyers have been dealing with unanticipated shipping delays of up to three months or more on their orders.
We’ve got good news for you if you don’t want to wait to improve your home with better lighting. Buying in-stock products can get your order to you as quickly and easily as possible.
Read on to learn more about what you can expect if you’re planning to buy lighting or another type of house furnishing in the near future, along with how shopping at Fashion Light Center can help you avoid delays.
Unprecedented Times in the Furniture Industry
The pandemic has had a profound effect on the world, and the furniture industry is not immune. Manufacturing plant shut-downs, social distancing requirements limiting the number of workers on a factory floor, product shortages, overwhelm at ports, and even a deficit of shipping containers have challenged the furniture industry like never before.
Factor in catastrophic weather events causing even more disruptions, and the furniture industry has been rocked by unprecedented production delays. One Federal Maritime Commissioner described the phenomenon to CNBC as “the worst we’ve ever seen.”
Because much of this disruption happens overseas in countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, China, and Malaysia, where a large percentage of furniture originates, you may think you’ll avoid delays by buying made-in-the-USA products. However, the impact is also being felt by domestic companies. This is because many American companies source their raw materials overseas before assembling them in the USA.
The takeaway? Wherever you order your new lighting or other furniture, you may experience a frustrating delay. Not only that, but it’s unlikely to get better anytime soon.
“Meanwhile, the great economic recovery from the pandemic – fed by vaccinations, pent-up demand, and stimulus – will over the next several months put increasing strain on the links that tie the world together in supply chains. In other words, don’t expect that couch anytime soon,” IHS Market vice chairman Daniel Yergin told CNBC.
Rising Demand for Home Furniture
Further compounding the situation? That more homeowners are looking to improve the quality of their lives in their homes through high-quality furniture. After spending so much time at home since COVID-19 first became a household word back in 2020, homeowners increasingly began to prioritize comfortable, attractive, and functional spaces.
Growing demand has added yet another layer of difficulty. While manufacturers and retailers alike have been furiously working to make and stock furniture for consumers to improve and enhance their living spaces, it can be a losing battle when supplies are low (or non-existent), employees are scarce, and transportation is limited.
How Homebuyers Can Get Furniture Fast
One solution that can help homeowners who don’t want to wait any longer? Buying furniture that’s already in stock.
While we’ve seen our share of product delays here at Fashion Light Center, we also have an extensive selection of in-stock, ready-to-go lighting for you to choose from. As always, whether you special order a light fixture or choose from our in-stock offerings, you can expect the highest standards for quality, craftsmanship, and customer service.
At Fashion Light Center, we’re committed to helping our customers illuminate their living spaces — and their lives — with beautiful and functional lighting. A premier lighting center in Connecticut, we put everything we can into exceeding our customers’ expectations. This means getting your order to you with expediency, maintaining open lines of communication, and being available to support you along every step of the process.
If COVID-19 taught us anything, it’s that some things are out of our hands. However, when you choose to partner with FLC for your interior or exterior home lighting needs, know that we will do everything in our power to get your lighting to you as quickly as possible.
To shop FLC’s selection of in-stock elegant lighting for contemporary interiors and exteriors, contact us today.