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    NBF warns of price rises and delivery disruption DETAY
    NBF warns of price rises and delivery disruption

    NBF warns of price rises and delivery disruption The bed industry is warning of disruptions to deliveries this side of Christmas and unavoidable price rises as manufacturers face increasing difficulties getting hold of supplies of raw materials, reports the National Bed Federation . Spring units, foam and timber are among the components particularly affected. The message, from the NBF to bed retailers, follows Wednesday's warning from the BFM (see related), which said stores should brace themselves for price increases as its own members reported raw material shortages, with both foam and particleboard now being sold on an allocation basis. NBF executive director Jessica Alexander says: “The supply chain is under unprecedented pressure as demand outstrips the ability for factories to make products fast enough. Price rises and rationing are both becoming increasingly widespread and impacting large and small companies, high-end and budget sectors alike.” As one manufacturer says: “We’re really doing our best to get the products out there but it’s out of our control. It’s not just in the UK either – this is a global problem at the moment. Spun bond – the fabric used for making pocket springs – is a case in point. Suppliers are getting more money from customers making PPE. So, if you want it for spring making, you have to pay more.” The shortages are all the more frustrating given a level of trade which has taken many manufacturers by surprise. A senior executive at another NBF company told the federation: “Following the Covid-19 lockdown, there was an industry-wide upturn in demand, with many of our customers reporting record sales for the summer months. “We’re now expecting that turnover will be in line with last year, despite losing more than two months' production. Although we hold large stocks of many materials, it was clear that many suppliers were struggling to meet demand and almost a perfect storm was d, with double-digit price increases, weak sterling and material shortages resulting in very challenging market conditions. “Steel, timber, foams and ‘widgets’ are all included, and it can be the small widgets that can cause disruption, and even stop production, if they are critical components. If anything, this has worsened in recent weeks, and we are aware of manufacturers using all means possible to minimise shortages – including product redesign and substitute materials – but this isn’t something you can switch on overnight. “There’s no doubt that prices will increase substantially as demand outstrips supply and retail buyers will need to be aware that zero inflation on furniture and beds is likely to be a thing of the past for the foreseeable future. “On a positive note, we have to remember that, at a time when many UK businesses are struggling to stay afloat and making staff redundant, we are taking on more staff to meet demand and continue to invest and expand our operation.” Another manufacturer comments: “We came back from shutdown with reduced capacity, thinking there might be a spike in demand which would then quickly tail off. But that simply hasn’t happened – in fact, we’ve been swamped with demand.” The shortages and increased costs are also causing manufacturers to signal higher-than-usual price rises on the horizon. Some have already increased them and many are warning they may have to go up again soon. “We haven’t put our prices up yet,” says one, “but we will have to do so soon. And instead of the usual +2.5-3% it’s more likely to be +5,6 or even 7%.” The sales manager for one volume brand adds: “We have had to issue a +5% increase on all products starting from November 1st because of significant increases/shortages across all raw materials – and also the ongoing effect of making the labour element of manufacturing Covid-19 safe. “We are aware that this is significantly less of an increase than other members, however we cannot rule out further increases in the New Year should the situation continue. It has all meant managing the expectations of customers for pre-Christmas deliveries.”

    Furniture manufacturers have difficulties in raw material supply DETAY
    Furniture manufacturers have difficulties in raw material supply

    Furniture manufacturers stated that there was an increase in the exports of raw materials such as MDF and sponge due to the increase in the exchange rate, and that there were problems in the supply of raw materials;  therefore both the domestic market and furniture exports were negatively they state that they are affected Furniture Industry Association of Businessmen (MOBSAD) President Nuri Gürcan, since 2001, Turkey's overall exports increased 5.5-fold, 15-fold increase experienced in furniture, he said. Turkey's exports to 179 countries, voicing export figure of $ 3.5 billion last year, approaching Gürcan, 36 thousand producers and 65 thousand job sector in that place, 100 thousands explained that the person was employed. Gürcan, the furniture export value per kilogram has increased with each passing day, noting that more than 2 times the average in Turkey with 2.74 dollars, made the following statement: "While our industry is working hard to contribute to the national economy, we are experiencing serious difficulties in raw materials these days.  Too much demand for raw materials from abroad due to the exchange rate; and the producers' export of their products. Exporting products in this way negatively affects our industry. Since we cannot find MDF in the domestic market, we are experiencing delays in product supplies. MODOKO Chairman Koray Çalışkan said that in June, serious dynamism started in MODOKO, which is located in an area of ​​150 thousand square meters with 350 stores, and that they are working day and night to reach the 4 billion dollar export target set for the end of the year. Turkey mentioned the quality reached in furniture export and this area Hardworking voicing produce equivalent product with Italy, in a vast area up to South Africa from the US to China Russia told Turkish furniture of the consumers. 'THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY TO GIVE PRODUCTS TO THE DOMESTIC MARKET' Stating that the factories producing MDF, which is the main material of furniture, are having difficulty in delivering products to the domestic market due to the increase in exchange rates, Çalışkan continued his words as follows: "While we are talking about breaking so many export records, we have difficulty in finding raw materials. We cannot respond to the demand in the domestic market as the raw material is sold abroad. Because there has been a serious demand in the domestic market with weddings, housing sales and campaigns in our sector. The deadline we give for the delivery date of the orders we receive is continuous. The same situation is also valid for our foreign markets, and we will have to increase our deadline to 120-150 days with this trend.Although MDF producing materials have signed an important export right now, they overlook the following: They turn the product they sell a unit into a value-added product, and 5 we sell by unit. " Koray Çalışkan stated that exporting furniture raw materials hinders value-added exports and emphasized that priority should be given to the domestic market. 'A SOLUTION MUST BE FOUND IN TIMES' Stating that there has been a serious increase in the prices of furniture raw materials recently, Balcı said, "The kilogram prices of raw materials have almost doubled compared to last year, especially in the purchase of sponge. In addition to the price increase, there is a delay in the supply of raw materials, the supplies in the domestic market and exports reach 60 days." Underlining that the price increases in raw materials put all furniture manufacturers in a difficult situation, Balcı said, "Raw material purchased from abroad is now expensive. In raw material purchases, VAT of which is 18 percent and payments are made on demand, all cargo gets on the producer. Furniture. "We expect support from our government to find a solution to this issue in a short time in order not to raise sales," he said. MOSDER President Balcı stated that the number of factories that will process the raw material in the country is insufficient and emphasized that a new raw material factory can be added to the sector with state support and incentives.

    Softwood lumber prices  in North America DETAY
    Softwood lumber prices in North America

    Last week producer and wholesaler dimension softwood lumber prices across North America ped, as expected for this time of year. However, US housing starts data for September 2020 is incredibly strong, so the expectation is that — given ongoing very high demand — asking prices will not approach the low levels of 2019. It is safe to say that a price floor has been reached, although where exactly that will land remains to be seen. Madison’s Lumber Reporter expects that by US Thanksgiving this year, we will know the “new bottom” for lumber prices, and that January 2021 will see a return to hot demand for construction framing lumber commodities. The sales price of most softwood lumber continued their recent s last week, except benchmark items Western S-P-F KD 2x4 R/L and benchmark panel commodities Oriented Strand Board and Plywood (Ontario). This suggest an ongoing sellers market, and that producers are able to sustain manufacturing volumes based on their sawmill strong order files. Suppliers don’t need to lower prices to close sales; instead focussing on making wood already ordered and getting previously-sold materials out to waiting customers. The biggest pickle right now remains to be transportation, as trucks are still difficult to source and expected rail cars are not arriving. Producers of Western S-P-F commodities in the United States reported flat pricing last week as overall demand was stalled. Prompt availability popped up with increasing regularity as both primary and secondary suppliers dealt below print levels when terms seemed prudent. While prices were flat from the previous week’s levels on dimension, studs took a tumble as stud mills tried to entice reluctant buyers. Demand remained strong in most regions with pent-up construction activity robust where weather permitted, but new purchases last week were infrequent as customers instead focussed on digesting incoming wood. It was another quiet week according to Western S-P-F lumber producers in Canada. The trend of cautious customers sitting on their hands and waiting for previously-booked orders to arrive persisted, and suppliers spent much of the week tracking down shipments for irate buyers. While sawmills held their dimension prices firm at the previous week’s levels, wholesalers and distributers captured the majority of fill-in sales with more flexible pricing and quicker shipment times. For the week ending October 16, 2020 the price of benchmark softwood lumber commodity item Western S-P-F KD 2x4 #2&Btr continued to remain firm, at US$960 mfbm, said Madison’s Lumber Reporter. This price is unchanged from one month ago. Compared to one year ago, this price is up an amazing +$590, or +160%. Compared to one-year-ago, last week's Western S-P-F KD 2x4 #2&Btr price was +$445, or +86%, higher than the 1-year rolling average price of US$515 mfbm and was up +$521, or +117%, compared to the 2-year rolling average price of US$439 mfbm. The below table is a comparison of recent highs, in June 2018, and current October 2020 benchmark dimension Softwood Lumber 2x4 prices compared to historical highs of 2004/05 and compared to recent lows of September 2015:  22 October 2020

    Raul Kirjanen elected Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association DETAY
    Raul Kirjanen elected Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association

    Raul Kirjanen, Chairman of the Management Board of Graanul Invest AS, was elected Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association. “We need to work to ensure that the general quality of Estonian forests improves, that our forest and wood industry is internationally competitive, and that we are able to sufficiently contribute to innovation to new value chains for wood with high added value,” says Kirjanen. He adds that the Estonian society benefits from a well-operating forest and wood industry, and that the wood industry is and will continue to be one of the flagships of Estonian economy. The following people were elected into the management board of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association: Ando Jukk (Estonian Plywood AS), Ivar Dembovski (Rait AS), Jaak Nigul (Tarmeko Spoon AS), Jaan Kers (TalTech), Jaano Haidla (Graanul Invest AS), Jüri Külvik (Lemeks AS), Linnar Pärn (Estonian University of Life Sciences), Argo Aavik (Stora Enso Eesti AS), Mati Polli (founding member of the association), Margus Kohava (Combimill Sakala OÜ), Raul Kirjanen (Graanul Invest AS), Silver Rõõmussaar (UPM-Kymmene Otepää OÜ), Tiit Nilson (Woodwell AS), Tõnu Ehrpais (Viiratsi Saeveski AS), Mait Kaup (Warmeston OÜ), and Lauri Raid (Estonian Cell AS).  The Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association, established in 1996, is a non-profit umbrella organisation for companies of the forest and wood industry. The association comprises 67 members, including four educational institutions providing professional education. The CEO of the association is Henrik Välja.    23 October 2020

    IMM Cologne re-sets to hybrid format DETAY
    IMM Cologne re-sets to hybrid format

    COLOGNE, Germany – With the coronavirus still not in check, organizers of the Cologne International Furniture Market announced the event will take place over four days, Jan. 20-23, instead of the usual seven-day format. As part of the change, the concurrent LivingKitchen show will not take place this year but will be integrated into IMM Cologne. In addition, the development of the new imm@home platform will allow exhibitors at the physical show to expand the business opportunities and reach a broad range of visitors who currently can’t travel to Cologne due to the pandemic. Thanks to this hybrid approach with imm@home, buyers and exhibitors can conduct virtual exchanges with products presented in online sessions. The changes were made taking into account current pandemic developments in the Europe and Germany. The idea is for a more focused exhibition component and a digital platform to complement the trade fair presence. “Our goal is clearly defined: to make IMM Cologne possible this coming January against the background of the challenging basic conditions,” said Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse. “Based on a compact exhibition section and enriched with digital network and presentation possibilities, IMM Cologne will provide the furniture industry with important impulses for the new business year.” That includes extensive safety precautions to help exhibitors and visitors move safely at the show and concentrate on doing business. “We also offer our exhibitors tailored and innovative stand construction solutions that enable efficient and inspiring trade fair participation,” said Koelnmesse Vice President Matthias Pollmann. Pollmann and IMM Cologne Director Claire Steinbrück, together with Creative Director Dick Spierenburg, have developed different stand construction concepts and event formats aligned to suit the changed basic conditions. “With the new stand concepts, we offer young companies a plannable framework for an excellent trade fair appearance in a compact area and can thus bring together the most varied assortments of interior design and the kitchen themes,” Steinbrück said. “Smaller areas and open stand design also mean less stand staff and lower costs. Nonetheless, the brands can represent and present themselves individually. The result is efficient business with maximum risk reduction.”

    WHO Makes Case for Laws to Eliminate Lead Paint DETAY
    WHO Makes Case for Laws to Eliminate Lead Paint

    The briefs, titled ‘Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action,’ describe lead’s toxic effects on human health, especially for children and pregnant women. The policy brief explains that as paint ages, it begins to crumble and flake, releasing lead into household dust. In addition, lead paint removal by abrasive methods or by charring or burning releases lead dust, particles, and fumes. Children ingest lead-contaminated dust through hand-to-mouth behavior, and may also suck and chew on lead-containing or lead-coated objects, including toys and furniture, and eat lead paint flakes. Workers are also exposed to lead and may bring lead dust home on their clothing. Dealing with legacy lead paint has an estimated cost of USD 1.2-11 billion in the US alone. The authors maintain that legally binding regulatory measures prohibiting lead in paint are key to preventing exposure. The policy brief  summarizes information on the background and rationale for eliminating lead paint and action countries can take, with more detailed information provided in the technical brief.   The policy brief notes that while international efforts to eliminate lead paint have increased, the need remains for more legally binding control measures. It explains that lead paint laws incentives for change by encouraging: paint manufacturers to reformulate their paints; ingredient suppliers to produce more and better non-lead ingredients; and paint importers and distributors to sell paints that comply with the laws. The brief also argues that a strong law s a fair competitive market for paint manufacturers, importers, and exporters, and harmonized lead paint laws among countries can reduce trade barriers. Eliminating lead paint, according to the brief, prevents losses due to reduced productivity and avoids costs of health impacts and of dealing with legacy lead paint. For example, dealing with legacy paint has an estimated cost of between USD 1.2 billion and USD 11 billion in the US. While some initial investment costs are necessary to reformulate paint, many manufacturers, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have already reformulated their products, viewing it as part of their corporate social responsibility.    To develop a lead paint law, the policy brief underscores the need for stakeholder engagement to gain support, and awareness-raising to promote the law’s development and implementation. The Lead Paint Alliance has developed guidance materials and tools to help countries establish lead paint laws, including a Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint. The briefs were published ahead of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which takes place from 25-31 October 2020.

    Made launches new AI-powered search tool DETAY
    Made launches new AI-powered search tool

    Online homeware brand has launched an AI-powered search tool that’s designed to make it easier for customers to find the right products whilst planning redecorating projects. The tool, which is named ‘Shop Your Photos’, can either be accessed via the website by clicking on the camera icon or its iOS app. It is able to recommend the closest visual matches from the Made catalogue based on shoppers’ own photo inspiration they have uploaded or design inspiration pins from Pinterest. Last month, Made marketing director Charlotte Robertson identified Pinterest as an avenue for driving growth in 2020. Made partnered with Visenze to develop the tool, which will first be made available in the UK before being rolled out to other European markets in 2021. It is the latest technology developed by Made Labs in conjunction with tech firms, with previous examples including Made’s online interior design service and Sofasizer. The current one has come as the retailer seeks to expand its digital services during ongoing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  Nicola Thompson, chief operating officer of Made, said: “‘Shop Your Photos’ is the latest example of how tapping into the incredible creativity of our start-up partners allows Made Labs to bring the best ideas to our customers. Made Labs is a key way for us to stay ahead of the rapidly changing needs of our customers as we continue to set design trends, rather than following them.” Made also recently launched a pop-up showroom apartment in Leeds, UK to enable customers to engage with the retailer’s latest furniture and homeware designs until 31 October.   

    Permanent handicrafts market to open in Malayer DETAY
    Permanent handicrafts market to open in Malayer

    TEHRAN – A permanent market for handicrafts is planned to be established in the city of Malayer, which was named by the World Crafts Council - Asia Pacific Region (WCC-APR) in January a global hub for woodcarving and carved-wood furniture. A budget of 1.5 trillion rials ($35.7 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been allocated to launch the market, which will generate 300 job opportunities, provincial tourism official, Alireza Qasemi, announced on Monday. The ancient city is home to over 4,000 furniture workshops in which more than 8,000 wood masters and some 25,000 crafters are engaged. Although the art had been practiced in Malayer for a long time ago, it is about half a century that it has gained prosperity in the region. Artists and crafters use beech, walnut, and plane trees to make different products such as traditional, classic, steel, and sofa furniture, as well as dining tables, desks, chairs, beds, and decorative items. Currently, more than 60 percent of the furniture and woodcarving products in Iran are reportedly produced in Malayer and they are sent to various Iranian cities or being exported to Central Asian countries, Persian Gulf littoral states, Turkey, and Iraq amongst some others. Iran exported $523 million worth of handicrafts during the past calendar year 1398 (ended March 19). Of the figure, some $273 million worth of handicrafts were exported officially through customs, and about $250 million was earned via suitcase trade (allowed for customs-free and tax-free transfer) through various provinces, according to data provided by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts. Traditional ceramics, pottery vessels, handwoven cloths as well as personal ornamentations with precious and semi-precious gemstones were exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the U.S., the UK, and other countries. ABU/MG 21.10.2020

    10 thousand buyers will be invited to the International Istanbul Furniture Fair DETAY
    10 thousand buyers will be invited to the International Istanbul Furniture Fair

    İnegöl Furniture Exporters Association (İMİDER) will invite approximately 10 thousand foreign purchasers, consisting of experts in the sector in their own country, for the International Istanbul Furniture Fair to be held on January 26-31, 2021. According to a statement from the Association, Turkey's largest international furniture fair organization incorporated under this year one roof International Istanbul Furniture Fair in late January in Istanbul TUYAP Fair and Congress Center Yesilkoy Istanbul Expo Center simultaneously be carried out. The fair, which is visited by thousands of people from Turkey and abroad every year, will open its doors to participants from all over the world by providing the necessary security conditions due to the pandemic. Bursa was founded in 2014 in order to give unity to the institutional furniture exporter from İnegöl IMIDER, Turkey Furniture Manufacturers Association (MOSDER) supports with in the International Furniture Fair in Istanbul,buying abroad will host officials. to her views given wide coverage Chairman of the Board of İMİDER Eyup Selcuk Bozoklu, Turkey's; in its close geography, 4 hours away by plane, 30 trillion dollars, that is; half of global trade and He also stated that it is located in a geography with a population of 1.6 billion. Emphasizing that they observed that the furniture industry is parallel to these figures, Bozoklu continued: "As İMİDER, we have an incredible field experience in this field with 265 export officers.  in TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center On January 26-31 It will take place; to International Istanbul Furniture Fair to contribute; 265 members of our association is in direct communication and especially from our nearby geography brands operating in the furniture market We will invite purchasing agents and bosses. With approximately 10 thousand customers who will visit the fair, By also having the opportunity to sign many new collaborations on the B2B side We aim to make a great contribution to the national economy.    Inegol, Turkey furniture's as one of the most important centers where your heart beats has attracted attention especially in recent years. However, we Beyond being an association operating only regionally, serving the unity and solidarity of our members, To provide accurate and fast information flow to our industry and to increase the exports of both our city and our country; To contribute to the reduction of the current account deficit our work We continue with a very young and dynamic team. " "The rise of Turkey in the furniture industry will continue in 2021" MOSDER President Mustafa Balcı also The furniture industry, which has managed to overcome the difficult days of the pandemic, In this important fair, which will be the showcase to the world market; which took an important step in developing export He stated that they found the initiative of İMİDER very useful and that they supported it. Balci, from around the world, with the buyers who will come to the fair MOSDER member brands and Turkey across the meeting of other furniture brands to participate in the fair will host; by dint of organization; for the sector He emphasized that a fast entry will be made to the year 2021. The furniture industry, which has been following a continuous increase in exports in recent years, Stating that he aims to close the year 2020 with exports at the level of 4.5 billion dollars, Balcı,  "By jumping 6 steps at once in the global furniture market.  Among exporting countries to 8th place rising The rise of Turkey's furniture industry,  It will continue in 2021. He said.  20.10.2020

    Camping furniture sales increased DETAY
    Camping furniture sales increased

    Camping furniture sales increased With the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the whole world in March, the habits of consumers on many issues, especially shopping, transportation, holiday and weekend plans, are also changing. While the normalization process increased consumers' demand for holidays and picnics in nature, camping furniture sales increased by 155 percent compared to last year. The increase in camping chairs reached 82 percent. The year 2020, which passed in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, began to change the habits of consumers. With the normalization process, the citizens, who started to prefer camping areas more for their holidays, turned to natives where they could spend their weekends away from the crowd with the autumn season. Citizens, who prefer outdoors, away from the crowd, and prefer camping and picnics, turned to products such as folding camping chairs, picnic tables, beach chairs and picnic chairs. This situation clearly manifested itself in online sales. CAMP FURNITURE SALES INCREASED BY 155 PERCENT According to the data obtained, there was a 155 percent increase in camping furniture sales compared to last year. While the best selling product this year was the camping chair with double bag; The best selling products this season are as follows: "Set of four picnic tables with foldable stools, foldable 60x80 table and foldable double camping chair, double beach chair, luxury folding chair with neck and back support." These increases can be clearly seen in the data of Related Digital, one of the world's first digital marketing technology and service providers. After June, there was a 47 percent increase in online sales in the home decoration / furniture sector compared to 2019. At the beginning of the summer, there was a 36 percent increase in garden furniture sales and 51 percent increase in the sales of garden loungers. The star of this period was the "camping chair", which saw an 82 percent increase in sales compared to last year. BASKET AVERAGE RISE ALSO On the other hand, the rise in sales in e-commerce; it was also reflected in the average of the basket. The basket average of online shopping, which was 267 TL last year, rose to 287 TL after the pandemic. The pandemic has changed the shopping habits in e-commerce as well as the hours of shopping. Before the pandemic, the most ordered day and time range was 16: 00-17: 00 on Sunday, while the most ordered day and time range after the pandemic was 21: 00-22: 00 on Thursday. Furntr News Center  

    Mendag lepas ekspor senilai Rp10,68 miliar ke AS dan Eropa DETAY
    Mendag lepas ekspor senilai Rp10,68 miliar ke AS dan Eropa

    Jakarta (ANTARA) - Menteri Perdagangan (Mendag) Agus Suparmanto melepas 25 kontainer ekspor dari 8 eksportir Yogyakarta senilai Rp10,68 miliar ke Amerika dan Eropa di Jogja Expo Center (JEC), Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), yang digelar 16-17 Oktober 2020. “Pelepasan ekspor ini membuktikan bahwa produk-produk buatan dalam negeri berkualitas tinggi dan mampu bersaing di pasar internasional. Selain itu, pelepasan ekspor ini menunjukkan produk Indonesia mampu bertahan di tengah pandemi dan pelambatan ekonomi global,” kata Mendag lewat keterangan resmi di Jakarta, Sabtu. Pelepasan ekspor bertema “Dari Yogyakarta ke Pasar Global” ini merupakan wujud komitmen Kementerian Perdagangan untuk terus meningkatkan ekspor nonmigas ke pasar global. Turut hadir pada acara tersebut Wakil Menteri Perdagangan Jerry Sambuaga, Wakil Gubernur Provinsi DIY Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Arya Adipati (KGPAA) Paku Alam X, Kepala Dinas Perindustrian dan Perdagangan Provinsi DIY Aris Riyanta, dan jajaran pimpinan perusahaan eksportir. Mendag Agus menyebutkan 25 kontainer akan dikirimkan dalam dua tahap. Tahap pertama terdiri atas 4 kontainer produk pakaian dalam dan pakaian olahraga wanita dari PT Busana Remaja Agracipta diekspor ke Amerika Serikat (AS), 1 kontainer produk dekorasi rumah dari CV Palem Craft diekspor ke Belgia, dan 1 kontainer produk furnitur dari Aurum Furniture diekspor ke Prancis. Selain itu,1 kontainer konsolidasi produk eksterior luar ruangan dari Yogya Gazebo, MD Craft, dan Belindo diekspor ke Prancis, Spanyol, dan Belgia, dan secara paralel juga akan dilakukan pelepasan 1 kontainer produk furnitur dari CV Jaroe Design diekspor ke Jerman dan 9 kontainer produk dekorasi rumah dari PT Out of Asia ke Amerika Serikat. Sementara itu pada tahap kedua, Sabtu (17/10) dilakukan pelepasan 8 kontainer ekspor produk kerajinan tangan dan dekorasi rumah dari PT Out of Asia ke Amerika Serikat yang akan dilakukan di Blabak, Yogyakarta. Mendag Agus mengatakan produk pakaian dalam dan pakaian olahraga wanita PT Busana Remaja Agracipta mendunia bersama merek-merek ternama dunia seperti Victoria Secret, H&M, Wacoal, dan Marks&Spencer. PT Busana Remaja Agracipta telah membuktikan diri sebagai salah satu produsen dan eksportir produk intimate terbesar di dunia. Agus juga menuturkan, perusahaan Aurum Furniture, Yogya Gazebo, MD Craft, Belindo dan CV Palm Craft merupakan binaan Kementerian Perdagangan melalui program Designers Dispatch Service Indonesia Design Development Center (IDDC). Perusahaan tersebut telah berhasil berinovasi dan mengembangkan produknya secara konsisten, sehingga mampu merambah ekspor di pasar global. “Kreativitas, inovasi, dan kemampuan menangkap peluang dalam memenuhi selera pasar merupakan kunci sukses menembus pasar ekspor. Prinsip tersebut diterapkan salah satunya oleh CV Jaroe Design yang memanfaatkan limbah kayu menjadi furnitur bernilai ekspor,” ujar Mendag Agus. Pada acara tersebut Direktur Jenderal Pengembangan Ekspor Nasional Kemendag Kasan menyampaikan apresiasi kepada delapan eksportir Yogyakarta yang mengharumkan nama bangsa melalui kreasinya yang mendunia. “Saya mengapresiasi rekan-rekan eksportir yang secara konsisten mampu mengembangkan ekspor di tengah pandemi COVID-19. Kami berharap rekan-rekan eksportir dapat memotivasi eksportir lainnya untuk terus meningkatkan ekspor nonmigas dan menjaga neraca perdagangan Indonesia,” imbuh Kasan.

    Amid tensions with China, India warns Amazon, Flipkart over country of origin rule DETAY
    Amid tensions with China, India warns Amazon, Flipkart over country of origin rule

    MUMBAI: The Indian government has warned’s  local unit and Walmart's Flipkart that sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule requiring that a product's country of origin be specified. A push for strict enforcement of the rule has come amid tensions between India and China following a border skirmish which began in June, and is part of India's efforts to cut down on Chinese-made imports. The two e-commerce firms have been given 15 days to explain the lapses or action will be taken against them, according to an Oct. 16 letter addressed to the companies from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and seen by Reuters.   It did not specify what action may be taken, referring only to a legal act that has provisions for fines. Representatives for Amazon and Flipkart did not immediately respond to Reuters requests seeking comment outside regular business hours. In addition to enforcing the country of origin rule, New Delhi has also banned 177 Chinese mobile applications since June while chinese goods in ports have faced extra scrutiny and delays. Amazon has often faced regulatory challenges in India. Last year, the government enforced strict rules for foreign investment in e-commerce which forced the U.S. retail giant to rework its business structures and strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. In January, the Competition Commission of India ordered an investigation into Amazon and Flipkart over alleged violations of competition law and certain discounting practices, which Amazon is challenging, according to court filings. 17.10.202

    Pengusaha Mebel Indonesia Harus Tembus Pasar Amerika Latin dan Karibia DETAY
    Pengusaha Mebel Indonesia Harus Tembus Pasar Amerika Latin dan Karibia

    Pemerintah mendorong ekspor produk mebel dan kerajinan Indonesia ke wilayah Amerika Latin dan Karibia. Maka, untuk mendukung para pengusaha, Kementrian Luar Negeri menyelenggarakan seminar daring Road to INA-LAC Business Forum 2020 pada Selasa (13/10/2020).   Wakil Ketua Umum Bidang Promosi, Pemasaran dan Hubungan Internasional Djudjuk Aryati mengatakan ekspor mebel dan kerajinan Indonesia ke wilayah Amerika Latin dan Karibia baru mencapai US$38,4 juta (Rp566 miliar) atau 0,39% dari total impor dari wilayah tersebut pada 2019 (US$9,73 miliar atau Rp143,5 triliun). "Hal ini membuktikan adanya peluang untuk terus meningkatkan ekspor produk mebel dan kerajinan Indonesia ke wilayah tersebut," ucapnya. Djudjuk mengakui bahwa kawasan Amerika Latin dan Karibia belum terlalu dilirik oleh pelaku usaha Indonesia karena jaraknya yang jauh. Padahal di sisi lain, kedua wilayah tersebut potensial bila dilihat dari populasi penduduk, PDB per kapita, dan nilai perdagangan dengan dunia. "Ekspor Indonesia dengan kawasan tersebut masih berada di bawah Vietnam, Malaysia, dan Singapura. Sementara kebutuhan impor di kawasan tersebut masih jauh melebihi ekspor Indonesia," tegasnya. Pada 2019, total ekspor produk mebel dan kerajinan Indonesia ke wilayah tersebut mencapai US$38 juta atau Rp560 miliar, dengan tiga pasar tujuan ekspor terbesar, yaitu Meksiko, Jamaika, dan Chile. Berdasarkan kajian Latin America Office Furniture, tren kenaikan industri mebel di Amerika Latin akan terus tumbuh hingga 2024. Ia pun berharap seminar daring ini dapat mengundang partisipasi para pelaku usaha Indonesia pada INALAC Business Forum 2020 yang akan diselenggarakan pada 9-11 November 2020. INALAC Business Forum pertama kali diselenggarakan oleh Kemenlu pada 2019 dengan tujuan untuk meningkatkan interaksi bisnis dan mengoptimalkan pasar Amlatkar bagi ekspor Indonesia. "Partisipasi pengusaha Indonesia pada INALAC Business Forum 2020 diharapkan akan meningkatkan ekspor Indonesia dalam sektor mebel dan kerajinan, serta ekspor produk Indonesia pada umumnya ke 33 negara di kawasan Amerika Latin dan Karibia," pungkasnya.

    Furniture stores register increase in sales DETAY
    Furniture stores register increase in sales

        Furniture stores register increase in sales Over the past two weeks, furniture stores have been offering special promotions as part of the annual furniture festival.   In fact, more customers showed up to examine the offers than in previous years, and sales have subsequently spiked. However, businesses are only now beginning to catch up from the setbacks of the lockdown, as Jean-Pierre Thill, who owns a store in Hosingen, explains: "We did not work for eight weeks, for which we are still making up. Fortunately enough, it seems that our industry has not suffered as much as others." Buyers' priorities seem to have changed over time, with more interest being dedicated to basic items, such as mattresses and couches. Kitchens have also gained in importance, since living spaces are ever more often designed around the cooking area as the heart of the apartment. The downside: most orders will be accompanied by longer waiting periods than usual, which can even amount to several months. Production rates have decreased since the beginning of the outbreak, Thill further conveys.

    Tips for shopping for furniture, big items online DETAY
    Tips for shopping for furniture, big items online

      Tips for shopping for furniture, big items online RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia says the COVID-19 pandemic has driven a big jump in online furniture sales. According to a release, online purchases of home products and furnishings have nearly doubled, while the online sales of outdoor furniture have increased by more than 400 percent. BBB says this likely reflects the home improvements many people have been making, parents shopping for home school learning, and employees switching to a work-from-home situation. However, the organization says making large purchases online should still be approached with care and has offered tips for shoppers. People are encouraged to shop only with reputable retailers, which provide information about their company and have valid contact information, company reviews and more. Especially during the pandemic, shoppers should know a store’s return and refund policy because return shipping for large items, such as furniture, can be costly. Some retailers may have instituted special restrictions on deliveries and returns, so shoppers are encouraged to either read the policies posted online or call the retailer directly. Regarding delivery options, there are three main ones frequently offered by furniture retailers, each of which may come with a different cost: front door, inside, and white glove. However, some retailers are only offering curbside or front door delivery to avoid contact during the process due to the pandemic. Shoppers are also encouraged to correctly measure the space, such as the width of their door, hallway, and stairs and banisters or the place where the item they intend to purchase will go. Additionally, colors online can appear very different from real life, so BBB suggests looking at a item on multiple devices to get a better idea of how the real color may appear, Reading reviews is another good idea as that can tell a shopped about the quality of the item and the experience of using the retailer. If you have any questions, make sure to ask them as a reputable furniture company will strive to answer questions about a specific product. Comparing prices is also an option when multiple retailers sell similar items, but shoppers must also remember to account for shipping fees and taxes. If considering a store financing, rent-to-own or layaway plan, shoppers should read any fine print, especially about financing plans, interest, length of the payment plan, fees to pay the balance in full, and more. Once the item arrives, the purchasers should closely inspect it before signing any delivery paperwork. That way, they can see if there is any damage or missing pieces. If a delivery is refused, the shopper is not responsible for payment.