HOME FURNISHINGS INDUSTRY

The 5 Biggest Home Furnishings Challenges In The Face Of COVID 19.

Author | Lillian Atkins | Creative Designer at VIXXR

22nd February 2021

HOME FURNISHINGS INDUSTRY

The 5 Biggest Home Furnishings Challenges In The Face Of COVID 19.

Author | Lillian Atkins | Creative Designer at VIXXR

22nd February 2021

HOME FURNISHINGS Industry

The 5 Biggest Home Furnishings Challenges In The Face Of COVID 19.

Author | Lillian Atkins | Creative Designer at VIXXR

22nd February 2021

HOME FURNISHINGS INDUSTRY

The 5 Biggest Home Furnishings Challenges In The Face Of COVID 19.

Author | Lillian Atkins | Creative Designer at VIXXR

22nd February 2021

Insight

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Social Insight

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Written Insight

The UK remains in lockdown during February 2021 and as a consequence of almost a whole year of Covid-19 restrictions have lead to borders having closure issues, thousands of workers are on furlough and global delays and shortages continue. With these difficulties to general life it has brought 5 niche challenges to the Home Furnishings Industry.

Shipping With Covid-19 putting the world on pause and many postal workers on furlough, shipping has become restricted and delayed, especially across a global scale. Delays between UK borders and other countries have increased by 22%, creating a large number of issues with shipping for consumers receiving packages but also returning to ecommerce stores. With the increase to online sales but also the increase in delays creates a problem for the Home Furnishings industry which is relying on the postal service to sustain sales and profits.

Stock Many UK Home Furnishings stores have things made abroad in countries such as China or America - due to covid-19 these stores cannot get easy access to their stock anymore compared to pre covid due to shipping and border closures. Home Furnishing stores specifically are struggling the most with their large products being unable to be shipped due to the lack of workers currently.

Production Stores are having to re-locate their productions to the UK in order to keep production going and to keep customers happy. Reports of Home Furnishings ecommerce stores who have their sofas made in China are now having to change their production to being in the UK in order to keep up with consumer demand and to keep sales statistics the same.

Digital With everything retail moving online customers are 36% less inclined to buy furniture before being able to test it out for comfort and quality. Anxiety with quality assurances specifically with large & expensive furniture means that consumers are less inclined to purchase any products.

UX A sudden boom in online sales is causing ecommerce sites to crash due to not being used to the levels of consumers viewing their site. Due to this many ecommerce stores have being struggling with the amount of traffic on their site and taking consequently an even greater hit to their sales. 

Written Insight

In 2020 Covid-19 hit the world by storm, nationally closing retail stores for a long extended amounts of time. In the UK stores were closed from March 2020 till July and shut again at the end of November continuing to present day, sadly throughout the Christmas and January sales busy season. Because of this drastic shift to online shopping for consumers there has been a significant increase in online sales, particularly in certain industries relating to the Home Furnishings Industries. With most consumers spending the majority of their time at home due to National Lockdowns as well as social distancing many people have turned to creating their home spaces into something more special for them to enjoy and live in.

Written Insight

The UK remains in lockdown during February 2021 and as a consequence of almost a whole year of Covid-19 restrictions have lead to borders having closure issues, thousands of workers are on furlough and global delays and shortages continue. With these difficulties to general life it has brought 5 niche challenges to the Home Furnishings Industry.

Shipping With Covid-19 putting the world on pause and many postal workers on furlough, shipping has become restricted and delayed, especially across a global scale. Delays between UK borders and other countries have increased by 22%, creating a large number of issues with shipping for consumers receiving packages but also returning to ecommerce stores. With the increase to online sales but also the increase in delays creates a problem for the Home Furnishings industry which is relying on the postal service to sustain sales and profits.

Stock Many UK Home Furnishings stores have things made abroad in countries such as China or America - due to covid-19 these stores cannot get easy access to their stock anymore compared to pre covid due to shipping and border closures. Home Furnishing stores specifically are struggling the most with their large products being unable to be shipped due to the lack of workers currently.

Production Stores are having to re-locate their productions to the UK in order to keep production going and to keep customers happy. Reports of Home Furnishings ecommerce stores who have their sofas made in China are now having to change their production to being in the UK in order to keep up with consumer demand and to keep sales statistics the same.

Digital With everything retail moving online customers are 36% less inclined to buy furniture before being able to test it out for comfort and quality. Anxiety with quality assurances specifically with large & expensive furniture means that consumers are less inclined to purchase any products.

UX A sudden boom in online sales is causing ecommerce sites to crash due to not being used to the levels of consumers viewing their site. Due to this many ecommerce stores have being struggling with the amount of traffic on their site and taking consequently an even greater hit to their sales. 

Written Insight

In 2020 Covid-19 hit the world by storm, nationally closing retail stores for a long extended amounts of time. In the UK stores were closed from March 2020 till July and shut again at the end of November continuing to present day, sadly throughout the Christmas and January sales busy season. Because of this drastic shift to online shopping for consumers there has been a significant increase in online sales, particularly in certain industries relating to the Home Furnishings Industries. With most consumers spending the majority of their time at home due to National Lockdowns as well as social distancing many people have turned to creating their home spaces into something more special for them to enjoy and live in.

Written Insight

The UK remains in lockdown during February 2021 and as a consequence of almost a whole year of Covid-19 restrictions have lead to borders having closure issues, thousands of workers are on furlough and global delays and shortages continue. With these difficulties to general life it has brought 5 niche challenges to the Home Furnishings Industry.

Shipping With Covid-19 putting the world on pause and many postal workers on furlough, shipping has become restricted and delayed, especially across a global scale. Delays between UK borders and other countries have increased by 22%, creating a large number of issues with shipping for consumers receiving packages but also returning to ecommerce stores. With the increase to online sales but also the increase in delays creates a problem for the Home Furnishings industry which is relying on the postal service to sustain sales and profits.

Stock Many UK Home Furnishings stores have things made abroad in countries such as China or America - due to covid-19 these stores cannot get easy access to their stock anymore compared to pre covid due to shipping and border closures. Home Furnishing stores specifically are struggling the most with their large products being unable to be shipped due to the lack of workers currently.

Production Stores are having to re-locate their productions to the UK in order to keep production going and to keep customers happy. Reports of Home Furnishings ecommerce stores who have their sofas made in China are now having to change their production to being in the UK in order to keep up with consumer demand and to keep sales statistics the same.

Digital With everything retail moving online customers are 36% less inclined to buy furniture before being able to test it out for comfort and quality. Anxiety with quality assurances specifically with large & expensive furniture means that consumers are less inclined to purchase any products.

UX A sudden boom in online sales is causing ecommerce sites to crash due to not being used to the levels of consumers viewing their site. Due to this many ecommerce stores have being struggling with the amount of traffic on their site and taking consequently an even greater hit to their sales. 

Written Insight

In 2020 Covid-19 hit the world by storm, nationally closing retail stores for a long extended amounts of time. In the UK stores were closed from March 2020 till July and shut again at the end of November continuing to present day, sadly throughout the Christmas and January sales busy season. Because of this drastic shift to online shopping for consumers there has been a significant increase in online sales, particularly in certain industries relating to the Home Furnishings Industries. With most consumers spending the majority of their time at home due to National Lockdowns as well as social distancing many people have turned to creating their home spaces into something more special for them to enjoy and live in.

Written Insight

The UK remains in lockdown during February 2021 and as a consequence of almost a whole year of Covid-19 restrictions have lead to borders having closure issues, thousands of workers are on furlough and global delays and shortages continue. With these difficulties to general life it has brought 5 niche challenges to the Home Furnishings Industry.

Shipping With Covid-19 putting the world on pause and many postal workers on furlough, shipping has become restricted and delayed, especially across a global scale. Delays between UK borders and other countries have increased by 22%, creating a large number of issues with shipping for consumers receiving packages but also returning to ecommerce stores. With the increase to online sales but also the increase in delays creates a problem for the Home Furnishings industry which is relying on the postal service to sustain sales and profits.

Stock Many UK Home Furnishings stores have things made abroad in countries such as China or America - due to covid-19 these stores cannot get easy access to their stock anymore compared to pre covid due to shipping and border closures. Home Furnishing stores specifically are struggling the most with their large products being unable to be shipped due to the lack of workers currently.

Production Stores are having to re-locate their productions to the UK in order to keep production going and to keep customers happy. Reports of Home Furnishings ecommerce stores who have their sofas made in China are now having to change their production to being in the UK in order to keep up with consumer demand and to keep sales statistics the same.

Digital With everything retail moving online customers are 36% less inclined to buy furniture before being able to test it out for comfort and quality. Anxiety with quality assurances specifically with large & expensive furniture means that consumers are less inclined to purchase any products.

UX A sudden boom in online sales is causing ecommerce sites to crash due to not being used to the levels of consumers viewing their site. Due to this many ecommerce stores have being struggling with the amount of traffic on their site and taking consequently an even greater hit to their sales. 

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