COVID-19 & The Supply Chain

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.

Leather Furniture Gallery in Sheboygan County.

 

Leather is one of the best materials used to upholster furniture. It is extremely durable and is able to come in lots of colors. In general many manufacturers of motion or reclining furniture use top grain leather everywhere you could touch the furniture when you are sitting in it. On the back and sides they often use what is called vinyl match. That is vinyl that is colored to match the color of the leather. This helps save money and does not compromise the feel. The only downside can be that over time the leather and vinyl may not fade at the same speed.

Above photo is a high leg recliner by Southern Motion, made in the USA, available in hundreds of fabrics and leathers.

 

Plymouth Furniture has one of the largest leather furniture galleries in Sheboygan County, WI. There are a great selection of colors. Some of the manufacturers that upholster with leather are Flexsteel, Southern Motion, Best Home Furnishings, and Ashley Furniture.

 

If you are looking for leather furniture in the Sheboygan, WI area go to Plymouth Furniture’s website and type “Leather” in the search field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLEXSTEEL: Spring. Construction. Style.

Flexsteel is top-of-the-line when it comes to producing quality furniture.

With their commitment to craftsmanship, you will see the blending of construction and design are one in the same. Flexsteel is a worldwide company, based out of Iowa, with a proud history and quality standards.

THE BLUE STEEL SPRING

In order to create long-lasting furniture, Flexsteel developed a support system that could withstand a lifetime of use. Ergo, the Blue Steel Spring at the core of every upholstered piece. This design has been around for over 75 years, and prevents you from sinking into your seat after years of use.

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

As you browse Flexsteel’s catalog of options, there is a team of designers and engineers waiting to make your vision come to life. The manufacturers build each piece of furniture from scratch, using quality ¾” solid wood for the frame.

They also stand by their tried and true standards of utilizing extra support in your furniture’s stress points (i.e. where the frame is going to bear most of your weight when in use), and ensuring mortise joints (with a sturdy cut/notch design) are functional and safe.

ON-TREND DESIGNS

It’s often times hard to believe that “no two designs are alike.” However, with all of Flexsteel’s models and styling options, it’s true! In addition, they put just as much thought in to the quality of their fabrics, as they do their frames. The endless fabric and leather options provided by Flexsteel are tested for high resiliency, durability, and resistance to abrasions.

Whether you are furnishing your living room, dining room, or sleeping sanctuary, Flexsteel is going to make your finished product a comfortable one. They offer stationary and reclining pieces (even lift chairs!) for every room, and the refined model designs range from casual to formal, and can be customized from fabric to foot.

There are hundreds of fabric options available for you to choose from, including an entire Gallery Selection exclusive to Gallery retailers like Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms! If your style is more classic or contemporary (or somewhere in between), Flexsteel’s on-trend fabric options can help you complete the look of any space.

IN THE DETAILS

When selecting your new Flexsteel design, no detail will be overlooked. They will customize every element including the stain on the feet of your new chair or sofa, and the nail trim that frames the arms or base.

Flexsteel: Well-made furniture made well. Stylish designs. Customizable comfort.

Brand Highlight: Flexsteel

Flexsteel is one of the finest furniture products on the market, more than a century in the making. That’s why we stand by it. Long-lasting Flexsteel furniture is manufactured by well-trained people in a quality-controlled environment. You’ll be impressed by our quality construction.

Looking for Flexsteel Furniture in the Sheboygan, WI area? Plymouth Furniture in Plymouth, WI is an authorized gallery dealer of Flexsteel Products. Flexsteel manufactures seating for every use: residential, commercial, and vehicle. Combining smart design with an unchanging emphasis on quality, Flexsteel is truly an American success story. This is a company with a proud history and a brilliant future.

Plymouth Collection by Flexsteel Furniture

The Plymouth Collection by Flexsteel Furniture is available in occasional tables, bedroom furniture and dining room furniture set.

The furniture details are below:

– Solid acacia wood construction in a two-tone distressed finish

– Round drop drawer pulls in an antique bronze finish

Plymouth Furniture is a Flexsteel Gallery and we guarantee the lowest prices on all Flexsteel Furniture. Being a Flexsteel Gallery gives Plymouth Furniture the best pricing from Flexsteel but also it allows Plymouth Furniture to sell Flexsteel with special fabrics that are only available to gallery stores.

Some of the pieces available in the Plymouth Collection by flexsteel furniture industries include:

  • Queen Poster Bed, W1047-90Q
  • Dresser, W1047-860
  • Night Stand, W1047-863
  • Media Chest, W1047-866
  • Chest of Drawers, W1047-872
  • Rectangular Dining Table, W1147-831
  • Round Pedestal Dining Table, W1147-834
  • Buffet, W1147-826
  • Upholstered Dining Chair, W1147-840
  • Upholstered Arm Dining Chair, W1147-841
  • Dining Chair, W1147-842
  • Entertainment Base, W1447-06B
  • Chairside Table, W1447-07
  • End Table, W1447-01
  • Lamp Table, W1447-02
  • Rectangular Coffee Table, W1447-031

Click HERE to see our current inventory of Plymouth Collection by Flexsteel!

To see more photos of the Plymouth Collection by flexsteel please contact Plymouth Furniture.