Impact of Covid-19 on the furniture industry - G Plan
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Impact of Covid-19 on the furniture industry

We understand that choosing a new sofa is a big decision and once you’ve made that decision you’ll want to understand how long it’s going to take to arrive. Unfortunately, although the world is starting to return to normality following the Covid-19 pandemic, the furniture industry, like many others are still facing challenges. One of the major impacts this has had on our customers is longer than usual delivery lead times.

Fabric disruption

Here at G Plan, we are passionate about design and quality so we source our fabric from only the finest mills and tanneries around the world. However, during the global pandemic, our mills and tanneries have faced repeat lockdowns, which has naturally posed challenges in managing supply and demand levels.

Timber and foam shortages

As well as the disruption to fabric supply, the furniture industry and largely the building and construction industry have also faced shortages of essential timber and foam, making it a difficult material to get hold of. Only recently is this starting to become more accessible again.

Consumer demand

During the multiple Covid-19 lockdowns as we all spent more time at home, the focus shifted to spending money on our homes. The resultant surge in orders was very unexpected due to the uncertainty we all faced, but nevertheless, a nice problem to have. However, this sudden increase in orders, paired with supply shortages became very challenging and continues to result in extended delivery times.

Skilled labour and Covid restrictions

When factories re-opened, many manufacturers have experienced a depleted workforce, due to illness or mandatory Covid-19 isolation. In addition to social distancing rules, this led to significant operational changes such as staggered working hours and ‘bubbles’ to keep our employees safe while producing and delivering quality furniture to our customers.

As part of our response to manage the unexpected demand levels, we are hiring and looking for specialist, skilled labour in frame assembly and upholstery. However, due to the nature of these roles, this type of highly skilled labour is hard to come by and can take years of training.


So, what now?

Unfortunately, the challenges listed above are still very prevalent in the industry today. We want to reassure you that we’re working around the clock, constantly adapting, and investing in new processes to address the disruptions, keep our employees safe and deliver high-quality furniture that will stand the test of time.

We promise to keep you up to date with any changes in delivery lead times via email and via our website. For the very latest news on delivery lead times, click here.

We also want to take the time to thank our loyal customers for your patience so far and apologise for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Best wishes, the G Plan team.

 

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