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Online furniture sales jump by 70%
South Shore Furniture invites local companies to take advantage of its distribution network
Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière, April 28th, 2020 – South Shore Furniture has seen an increase of more than 70% in online sales since the start of the recent health crisis, breaking all previous records. Today, the Québec online furniture manufacturer and retailer, which has been a big beneficiary of the recent system-wide explosion in ecommerce, is offering to share its success with other local producers. This is the second crisis, in just over a decade, that South Shore Furniture’s innovative business model has helped it to overcome.
“We have chosen to invest massively in ecommerce right here in Quebec,” said Jean Laflamme, president of the fourth generation family business. “These choices make perfect sense today. The economic shock caused by the pandemic has greatly increased popular interest in local and online shopping. We are now ready to provide new partners with access our vast North American distribution network and online business platform.”
South Shore Furniture, which remains strongly attached to its Québec roots, is now opening the doors to its market to local businesses that offer furniture and décor products that could complement its own offerings.
The company is calling for producers and retailers who do not have online commerce expertise and who are struggling to sell their inventory during this difficult period to communicate with its team to examine possibilities.
EMPLOYEES PROUD TO GET BACK TO WORK, SAFELY
While South Shore Furniture’s Mexican facilities remain completely shut down until the end of May, its St. Croix and Coaticook plants and major distribution centers in the U.S. continue to operate with reduced staff in order to comply with current health regulations.
“South Shore Furniture’s exceptional, motivated and dedicated team has played a key role in helping to meet the growing demand during these challenging times” says Jean Laflamme.
The company’s 1,000 employees are working in highly secure environments, with personal protective equipment, partitioned workspaces, personal distancing enforced in common areas and strict screening of people who could present symptoms of disease.
ABOUT SOUTH SHORE FURNITURE
South Shore Furniture, which was founded in 1940, is the first Canadian manufacturing company to specialize in online furniture sales. The company’s success is rooted in a dedicated team of almost 1,000 employees, located across four factories and three distribution centers in Québec, the United States and Mexico. South Shore Furniture markets more than 1,000 products in six categories. These include bedroom and office furniture, storage solutions and furniture for babies and children. The Quebec company is currently ranked as one of the best managed in all of Canada (bestmanagedcompanies.ca).
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