Schrijf je in voor onze dagelijkse nieuwsbrief om al het laatste nieuws direct per e-mail te ontvangen!

Inschrijven Ik ben al ingeschreven

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber

Traditional furniture retailers win from Shein and Temu

Shein and Temu inevitably crop up as significant players. These e-commerce giants, known for their mass-market appeal, have garnered both admiration and criticism within the retail sector.

With their remarkably low prices, speedy delivery (despite the considerable distance goods travel), and diverse product ranges spanning from fashion to home furnishings, both brands have amassed billions in revenue.


While these brands have captured considerable market share, they've also attracted scrutiny for their business practices, potential political ties, and aggressive pricing strategies. However, despite their disruptive influence in retail, traditional furniture sellers are in a favourable position to withstand their impact.

An article in Business of Home highlights their similarities: Shein and Temu share common traits: they both collaborate directly with Asian factories, predominantly in China, to produce their merchandise, often aligning with current trends. However, unlike fashion, furniture purchases are typically long-term investments, less susceptible to fleeting trends. Moreover, the logistics of furniture shipping differ significantly from smaller goods. While Shein and Temu thrive on bulk shipments, furniture requires larger, specialised transportation due to its size and weight, which is not cost-effective for air freight. Consequently, these e-commerce platforms are less inclined to focus on furniture, granting traditional furniture retailers a competitive advantage.

Given these dynamics, furniture retailers must reconsider their product offerings, particularly in small, lightweight items, says the Business of Home article. While decorative accessories like cushion covers or candles may not compete with Shein and Temu's offerings, there's a risk of customers comparing prices and questioning the store's pricing strategy overall.

While Shein and Temu's appeal to consumers remains strong, traditional furniture retailers are relatively insulated from their impact, at least for now. This reprieve offers an opportunity for furniture retailers to adapt and reinforce their market position in the face of evolving retail dynamics.


Publication date: