Ashley CEO: Anticipate six months of furnishings delays from Asia

HIGH POINT — “Asia’s provide chain is beneath duress in a really important means. We’re actually at a tough second.”

These are the phrases of Todd Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furnishings Inds., the biggest furnishings maker in North America.

Wanek was interviewed by the Dwelling Furnishings Assn.’s Mark Schumacher in a webinar final week by which he coated the provision chain points at the moment plaguing the furnishings trade: the Vietnam lockdown, ongoing container and transport issues, in addition to how he’s tackling labor shortages at house and overseas.

“Imported bed room, eating room and wooden merchandise have it the worst,” he mentioned concerning furnishings out of Vietnam. “Something with wooden veneer and end is constrained.”

Wanek urged retailers to plan for 4 to 6 months of delays in eating room furnishings and for no less than six months in delays on wood bed room furnishings.

Wooden is a specific drawback as a result of lengthy ending strains required.

“If you happen to take a look at a typical ending line, it could have 200 to 250 folks on it,” he mentioned. “You need to get a employees in place to run that line. Then you need to have social

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