Keter North America, a global manufacturer of outdoor furniture and a range of leisure and storage products, has recently begun production of high-quality, reusable face shields at its plants in Anderson, Indiana, and Milton, Ontario, Canada. Both facilities have the capacity to produce about 50,000 face shields a week.
Concerns among U.S. housewares suppliers and retailers about supply chain disruption out of China after the initial coronavirus outbreak have been surpassed by more urgent concerns closer to home about public health and safety and economic wellbeing.
Furniture and bedding companies and their suppliers have come together to request the authority to manufacture medical masks needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show floor at Ambiente in Frankfurt reverberated with mounting concerns about the potential for major supply chain disruption as Chinese factories remained shuttered by China’s massive coronavirus quarantine.
Manufacturing sector economic activity contracted in November, even as the overall economy grew for the 127th consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
To help members investigate alternatives to sourcing from China, the International Housewares Association will hold a sourcing mission to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, next year. The 2020 Vietnam Sourcing Mission will be offered in two sessions: April 20-22 or April 23-25.
Aaron’s has appointed Tommy Harper as vp/manufacturing to lead Woodhaven Furniture Industries effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Michael Jarnagin, who will retire on December 31.
Albertsons has appointed Jonathan Gardner to the role of gvp/strategic sourcing. Additionally, the company has promoted David Nelsen to gvp/manufacturing.
Ikea is shutting down its lone manufacturing plant in the U.S., but it still will source a substantial proportion of the products it sells in the U.S. from domestic factories, the company told HomeWorld Business.
Tariffs are shaking up the supplier picture today for mass-market retailers while changing consumer preferences for trendier products is continuing to transform the market. Walmart’s two-day open call event, ending today, June 19, comes at an appropriate moment in a shifting retail landscape.
Consumers are prepared to reward manufacturers, retailers and others offering products that benefit the environment as long as that doesn’t mean higher prices, according to market research firm A.T. Kearney.