When the clock struck twelve back on January first of 2020, America was looking forward to a year of opportunity, improvement, and success. Little did we know a microscopic virus three months later would change the course of not only our country, but the entire world.
The Power of the Pandemic
Supply and demand must reach a point of equilibrium in their relationship in order to be beneficial to the economy. The recent pandemic shifted this equilibrium in the furniture supply chain, causing demand to skyrocket and supply to plummet.
When COVID-19 shut down the United States, the furniture industry was blindsided. Manufacturers responded by preparing themselves for a recession by cancelling supply orders. However, with everyone stuck at home, consumers began to invest in their homes using extra money from cancelled vacations and stimulus checks. Since they’d originally anticipated no demand, manufacturers were slow to respond due to depleted warehouses and lack of raw material. Foam is a frequently used material in the furniture industry. As the demand for furniture rose, as did the demand for foam. The prices furniture manufacturers and other companies were willing to pay increased dramatically. A majority of foam’s raw materials are sourced from foam suppliers in Texas and Louisiana. Unusual freezing temperatures during the winter led to foam manufactures not being able to produce foam in normal quantities. Combined with the COVID-19 shutdown, the freeze left the foam industry with a huge demand, but no supply at the ready. Partners in Vietnam and China had already shut down prior to the U.S. back in February of 2020, causing supply chain issues.In addition, new COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and a loss of workers cut productivity. Shipping suffered through COVID with an increase in container prices and not enough truck drivers for both raw goods and product.
So What Now?
Right now, eager buyers are facing long delays for their purchases. Turnaround times have increased greatly since last March. For example, pre-COVID, one of our manufacturer’s turnaround times was about three weeks. Currently, it is at thirty weeks. As of now, these are the current turnaround times for our different manufacturers:
Albany: 40 weeks
Ashley: 16 weeks
Best Craft: 40 weeks
Best Home Furnishings: 35 weeks
Coaster: 24 weeks
Door County Furniture: 18 weeks
Flexsteel: 30 weeks
International Furniture Direct: 20 weeks
Jofran: 20 weeks
LaZBoy: 40 weeks (recliners), Close to 1 Year (sectionals, stationary, and lift furniture).
Leather Italia: 30+ weeks
Leick: 20 weeks
Perdue: 30 weeks
Perfect Choice: 20 weeks
Sealy/Stearns & Foster: 4-6 weeks
Southern Motion: 38-40 hours
Sunny Designs: 40 weeks
Surya: 6-8 weeks
Tennessee Enterprises: 20 weeks
TempurPedic: 2-4 weeks
Ultra Comfort: 12
Wolfcraft: 20 weeks
As COVID-19 rules and regulations are slowly but surely
disappearing, expect prices to continue to rise. While uncertainty in the industry makes all plans subject to adjustment and reevaluation, Plymouth Furniture promises to continue doing our best for our customers.
Let’s be honest. Transporting furniture is not always a fun or easy task. Luckily for you, Plymouth Furniture does the heavy lifting. Whether it be pick up or delivery, we make sure your furniture gets home in the most convenient way possible for you.
If you would rather transport your purchase yourself, our staff will be available to help load your vehicle. Once you have fully paid for your furniture, follow the “furniture pick-up” sign to ring the door bell for pick up. We suggest to bring the necessary materials (blankets, towels, foam, straps, rope, etc.) to protect and secure your furniture and mattresses. We do not recommend loading furniture into open trucks, trailers or onto roofs of vehicles. Plymouth Furniture is not responsible for any damage that may occur to your purchase or vehicle during loading, securing, or during transport. Store pick up hours are 9:30am-7:30pm Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm on Saturdays, and 11:30am-3:30pm on Sundays.
Plymouth Furniture offers high quality delivery service straight to your home in a room of your choice. If you have a mattress order over $699, Plymouth Furniture provides free delivery, set-up, and removal of any mattress. Delivery fees for orders under $699 for furnitures or mattresses will be charged at $69.99 within 45 minutes of the store. If you are purchasing furniture in addition to a mattress, consider delivering both at the same time.
Plymouth Furniture Clearance’s cost of delivery starts at $69.99. Additional fees apply for number of pieces, removal and disposal, and distance from the store. Any delivery that is past 25 miles from the store will be charged $3 per extra mile. Delivery service from the Clearance Center does not include set up or assembly. Personnel are not responsbile for moving existing furniture with the exception of paid removal.
All of our delivery personnel have been trained to load and unload your furniture with care, using techniques and equipment designed to minimize damage in transit.
Are You Ready for Delivery Day?
It is important to be ready for your Delivery Day. All delivery cancellations or rescheduling must call (920) 892-6006 Ext. 2. The latest you can call is the day prior to the Delivery Day before 11:00am to avoid a $45 delivery cancellation fee. Use this checklist to make sure you are prepared for the arrival of your new furniture:
Person (at least 18 years of age) home to receive and sign off on delivery and merchandise.
Clear hallways, stairwells, and door openings before the delivery crew arrives.
Clear all pedestrian obstacles outside and inside your home including cars in driveway and snow/ice before delivery.
Put pets away before delivery personnel arrive.
Remember to fully inspect your merchandise upon delivery, any damage must be reported immediately.
Plymouth Furniture delivers from 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturday.
The first Earth Day was organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson back on April 22, 1970. Nelson raised awareness on environmental issues through a national demonstration. Today, Earth Day is an event celebrated by hundreds of different countries across the world.
Here at Plymouth Furniture, we do not take the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” lightly. We make it a priority to create as little garbage as possible while recycling as much as we can.
Why Recycle Foam?
With the amount of packages we receive on a daily basis, you can only imagine the surplus of foam we compile in a short span of time. Unlike most stores, Plymouth Furniture chooses to recycle the foam through Plymouth Foam Waste Management. Quite often, we are able to fill up a 16 foot box truck full of foam.
EPS, expanded Polystyrene, otherwise known as Styrofoam, can be extremely
harmful to the environment. While foam does not weight much, it takes up a lot of volume in landfills. Unlike other waste, EPS is non- biodegradable, meaning it cannot decompose into an environmentally safe material. Since foam is so light weight, it is easily carried into waterways and oceans by the wind. This can become costly as raking up the foam is an expensive service. In addition, EPS is hazardous to shorelines, landscapes, and wildlife.
Despite what many people think, there are many different uses for recycled EPS. Some of these include: outdoor furniture, roofing tiles, coat hangers, seedling containers, door and window frames, packaging peanuts and more.
The Three R’s In Action
Plymouth Furniture takes other steps to make our business as environmental friendly as possible. Not only do we recycle foam, but other materials such as baled cardboard. We have one dumpster for garbage and one for recycling that are emptied weekly. The majority of waste baskets found here are located in office spaces only. All in all, we typically have only fifteen bags of garbage a week. Plymouth Furniture also takes customers’ old furniture that is in good condition and donates it to our neighbors at St. Vincent DePaul. Unlike many other large corporations, we are able to set ourselves apart by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Tempur-Pedic did not earn their countless number of awards and achievements by creating ordinary products. The groundbreaking technology found throughout the layers of their mattresses set Tempur-Pedic far ahead any other competing brands.
Out of This World…Literally
The mattresses were originally developed from the blueprints of NASA’s Tempur Material formula developed in the 1960s during the height of the space race. Its purpose was to minimize the effects of gravity on astronauts during landings and launches. In the 1990s on a trip to Europe, Tempur Pedic founder Bobby Trussel slept on an odd feeling mattress. He immediately fell in love with the material, brought it back to the States, and turned it into a million dollar business.
This brand is ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power in 2017, 2019, and 2020. Its NASA inspired features has even earned its induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame back in 1998. Ninety five percent of sleepers recommend Tempur-Pedic. There is no shortage of rave reviews for the company.
Tempur-Pedic has a mattress for every sleeper according to their preference. With various collections and accessories offered, each customer is guaranteed to find a product they will love.
Tempur-Pedic in Plymouth
Plymouth Furniture has proudly been selling Tempur-Pedic products longer than anyone else in the area. In fact, we have even received an award for the largest regional growth. Tempur-Pedic is an outstanding brand that provides our customers with what they truly deserve.
One of the best selling mattresses in the game is the Tempur LuxeAdapt. This product’s innovative features have made it a customer favorite. The mattress is high tech, adaptable, and well worth the price!
The LuxeAdapt uses Tempur-APR+, Advanced Pressure Relief Plus. APR+ is a more advanced pressure relief system compared to the original APR. Its tighter cell structure creates an ultra breathable and conforming design. The LuxeAdapt also utilizes its High Stretch Performance Panel to enhance the pressure reliving power of the mattress.
Made For You
Not only is the LuxeAdapt a state-of-the-art mattress, but extremely user friendly. Tempur-Pedic included a SmartClimate Dual Cover System, turning the world’s first removal washable cooling cover into a reality. The 360 Zipper makes for the easy removal of the cool-to-touch cover for cleaning.
This mattress is tailored to your preferences. The ultra high weight molecular yarn moves heat away from your body, ensuring truly transformative sleep.In addition, the Original Tempur Support Layer has advanced adaptability for truly personalized comfort and support.
Check out this video to see an in depth aerial view of the Tempur LuxeAdapt!
Did you know Plymouth Furniture wasn’t always Plymouth Furniture? Once upon a time, not too long ago, Jim and Mary Shields opened Plymouth Hardware Inc. in 1977. Taking advice from a friend, the couple started Sit-N-Sleep furniture upstairs of the hardware store. The successful growth of both stores led to the move to a large facility. In 2000, the Shields family purchased the 90,000 square foot Fairfield plaza and Sit-N-Sleep was then renamed Plymouth Furniture. Originally shared among five businesses, Plymouth Furniture had a retail footprint of over 15,000 square feet and has now expanded to over 46,000 square feet.
Plymouth Furniture Inc. TODAY
Plymouth Furniture has been expanding ever since. In 2006, a clearance section was added in the former hardware store. In 2010, Jim and Mary’s son Mike began his journey at Plymouth Future. Today he is the General Manager of daily operations. Both Shields’ generations still play an active role in the corporation, making Plymouth Furniture the successful family business you know and love.
December has rolled around which means one thing: Christmas. Yes, it is finally the most wonderful time of the year. We are all ready for this holiday season.
From elaborate Christmas light displays in front yards to lopsided trees with too many ornaments, decorating remains one of the most popular Christmas festivities. Never underestimate the power of interior design. A string of lights or a strand of mistletoe can turn the average living room into Santa’s workshop . If you are planning on decking the halls of your home, look
no further. Our store is filled with holiday decor perfect for the season. We also have a wide selection of affordable furniture in both our showroom and clearance center that would be perfect Christmas gifts.
2020 has been a challenging and unpredictable time for everyone. Take time this holiday to relax, connect with loved ones, and make new memories. The year isn’t over quite yet!
Even during a global pandemic, our customers remain our top priority. With COVID-19, we have created new procedures and taken extra precautions to provide a safe experience for you. Living through a pandemic can be difficult and stressful. Here at Plymouth Furniture, we have created an atmosphere that is safe, fully functional, and comfortable.
Following the CDC recommendations, cleaning has been increased to a daily basis. Our team is constantly sanitizing surfaces around the store to minimize germs. We have also decided to remove our pillows on the mattresses to create a cleaner enviornment. If you would like one to try out on a mattress, feel free to ask! Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed around the store for your personal use. Even with being in a 50,000 square foot building, our employees will remain socially distanced in addition to wearing a face covering.
In-store shopping remains open and delivery to homes continues. If you do not feel comfortable with either of these choices, curbside pickup is always an option. We are always committed to making the health and well-being of our customers, families, and staff our top priority.
Change is happening here at Plymouth Furniture. If you’ve swung by our store recently, you might have noticed a few differences. After 21 years, we decided it was time to replace our storefront with a brand new sign made by Marshall Sign, LLC.
Not only does the new and improved sign show off our updated logo, but is also versatile. It’s appearance depends on what time you decide to visit us. During the day, the sign appears to be burgundy and grey, the staple colors of Plymouth Furniture. However, at night, the sign radiates bright white. Make sure to stop by in the A.M. and P.M. to see both looks!
In addition to our storefront, we have added renovations to our Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic galleries. The new black wooden panels and dusty blue walls create a sleek and modern ambiance in the store.
While there has been a lot of change in the past months, we will always promise to hold on to the core values of Plymouth Furniture. We take pride in our affordable prices, large selection, and top notch customer service. Signs may come and go, but our commitment to you will remain.