Every day from my condo, I see ships with large containers filled with all types of goods. We live on a beautiful island and one of our main ways of receiving goods is through shipments that travel the high seas! This is my 2-part series to give you a peek into the journey of our HomeWorld furniture to your home.
Our journey begins at a furniture market. HomeWorld furniture buyers attend markets in North Carolina, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and China to stay abreast with current and upcoming furniture trends. Their most recent buying trip this month was to China.
After returning from the furniture market, our line up is reviewed, and a decision is made to bring in a new collection to our store. The HomeWorld Merchandising department then places an order with the factory and the manufacturing process can now begin!
Manufacturing of furniture is all about timing the availability of raw materials with the scheduling of production. Several departments within a factory work diligently to ensure raw materials coincide with their production schedule. A few years ago, our HomeWorld buyer was very fortunate to visit a Natuzzi Italy factory! She was given a tour of Natuzzi’s facilities and also shown the leather making and furniture production process.
Once furniture has completed production, it is wrapped or cartoned to ensure safety and quality. It then waits to be loaded on to a container to travel all the way to Hawaii!
Next week we’ll get to see what happens to HomeWorld’s furniture once it’s ready to be shipped!
About Taryn Kabei
When not working as the Digital Media Specialist for HomeWorld, Taryn, an avid foodie is always cooking and trying new recipes. Taryn lives with her husband, Kevin, and their cat, Keiko in Honolulu.
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