Garden furniture companies are shutting down in many parts of the western world. It’s clear that the growth of some larger companies which work in this area is to blame. But is it the terrible thing that some people believe or just the next evolution in business? It really depends on where you are sitting in the industry right now. As always there are many sides to this issue and we’ll discuss each one for you as well.
This transformation is coming about in the industry due to the rising power of many chains over contemporary outdoor furniture. Since garden plants are both a part of our history in this area and our future (as well as holders, seating, etc.) it makes sense that this change could shake the entire world. Those who favor their gardens when decorating will have to get used to these very significant changes which are sweeping through regularly.
For consumers it is a good thing overall. You can now receive designer pieces at a much lower rate. In fact a major reason that the larger stores end up taking over is that they can offer a much better product than you can receive elsewhere. Competition led to these massive companies putting out amazing offerings and it is what spurs on further advances as well. For the moment all of this is a good thing.
Many journalists that cover the garden scene have grown concerned over all this. They see it as a bad thing usually. This is because many of them hold smaller producers in high esteem. Each one, in their opinion, is an excellent example of everything that is right with the industry today. We can’t be sure that larger companies taking over really will end up damaging the overall industry though. It really isn’t that simple.
For you, the buyer, you may see a decline in some of the selection if you bought from specialty sellers. However you will pay much less to make up for it. Whether this works for you is something only you can say we have no access to your buying history. There are other areas of growth to check out though.
As always there is a risk factor here. Once we reach a point where there isn’t healthy competition in the market we will see some very large problems arise. This happens with every business that grows large and successful enough. If they dominate the market they begin to work less. When this comes about everyone involved suffers other than the biggest companies. They manage to rake in the same profits with half the work they were putting in previously.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this situation because it will have far-reaching implications for many years to come. Hopefully the worries are unfounded about these factors causing problems in the future industry. The only thing we can be sure of is that everything will change once all of the smaller sellers are gone. What this will mean is something that we will follow for you in the years to come.