Published on : Thursday, August 14, 2014
Whether you are a designer, manufacturer, buyer, importer or retailers, a new guide to the responsible way to design, make and sell furniture, written by an expert in furniture retail and manufacturing, aims to help avoid disaster.
The ‘Best Practice Guide to Product Selection for the Furniture Supply Chain’ covers the need for procedures and documentations (due diligence), how to build quality into a design, sourcing materials, basic factory assessments, tracing materials, your legal responsibility, a guide to testing and finally, how to monitor and measure the success of the final product.
“Wherever you are in the supply chain, your product is eventually going to be sold. This guide aims to help you achieve a quality product, that is fit for purpose, safe and meets all of the legal requirements, but the customer has got to love it as well! You don’t want a product coming back as a return, you want to keep it in the customer’s home and you want their repeat business.” said FIRA International’s, Tristine Hargreaves, author of the book using her experience of over 19 years in the industry.
She continued “The guide also looks at the other elements of product selection, including importance of responsible manufacturing as with recent high-profile cases affecting retailers, like the product recall for foam that did not meet the UK Flammability Regulations, being a company that sources products responsibly is of growing concern to consumers. I have covered all of the major points which would be a prerequisite for any reputable company in the furniture supply chain. ”