People do virtually everything online these days. It doesn’t matter if they’re searching out the best provider for their needs or making a purchase. In the modern era such practices as actually making your way out to a physical location to look at anything is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Online stores and apps are becoming more and more specialized as the years continue to roll on, providing whatever is needed at the click of a button.
Luxury Connect is a service that deals with home furnishings and is an on demand service. The service is an extension of Inman, which is primarily geared towards the real estate industry. Serving as a complement to its parent business, Luxury Connect is just the next logical step to take when expanding the business. It was founded by noted journalist and entrepreneur Brad Inman and is today becoming one of the premiere services when it comes to furnishing office spaces, homes, and other locations. It is a revolutionary service that can be accessed on any mobile device or PC, and is extremely easy to use. The only unfortunate part about its success is that it is slowly but surely disrupting the furniture industry.
What Luxury Connect Does
Their service is fairly simple to describe. It is geared towards taking the greatest amount of guesswork out of buying furniture and is also designed to allow people to interact with onsite designers to figure out just what type and size of furniture will fit in their homes. By sharing the information of the space to be furnished customers can then interact with designers and figure out just what they want, what will fit, and can even customize their furnishings to their liking.
This takes a great deal of the stress out of furniture shopping and reduces the number of places to a person needs to go in order to find something that will work for their home. Just by sending in pictures of your home and the measurements you desire, this site is able to take what you give them and give you the desired specifications and what will work best to fit your space with the maximum amount of efficiency along with the necessary aesthetics to make it conform to your desires.
Why They are Disrupting the Furniture Industry
Think about what it takes to make a piece of furniture, no matter what it is or what purpose it will serve. Now think about where that furniture needs to be displayed in order to get noticed by the general public. The logistics of this process require a lot of time, effort, and overhead to make possible. The demand for quality furniture is usually quite high, but the uncertainty as to whether it will stay in demand makes the furniture industry subject to a very hit and miss mentality. People’s tastes tend to change from year to year or even more frequently depending on trends that can come and go within a short amount of time. Unlike clothing and other items, it is quite difficult to revise and revamp a furniture line to follow a trend, as it is not quite as fluid and requires a bit more time and effort to change.
Furniture stores must, out of necessity, be larger than other locations and as a result must often be located in areas that can accommodate their size needs. This creates the issue that many furniture stores have found is the lack of traffic that they experience due to their stores being located in hard to find locations that many people have no desire to travel to. Compounding this problem is the fact that furniture stores are often first come first served. Even those with online services can suffer given that updates are not always as quick or as effective in terms of showing the stock they have on hand in real time. All of this leads to an in-store experience that can be highly adventurous and unfortunately very time-consuming. Add on the fact that many people leave without buying and those that do buy might find that they are displeased with their purchase upon taking it home and the in-store experience becomes more of a hassle than more people want to deal with.
Luxury Connect doesn’t have to deal with any of this. Their overhead is next to nothing for one simple reason. They are an on-demand service that is there to assist the customer in finding out exactly what they want and how it will fit into any desired location. Customers only need to have access to a pc or mobile device in order to reach the site. Because of this their efficiency they are easily poised to take a huge bite of the furniture industry and even begin to replace the idea of the traditional furniture store.
Pros and Cons of Luxury Connect
There are bound to be a few minor issues that need to be ironed out with any system, especially one that is as groundbreaking and innovative as this one. Despite the ease and overall comfort of the system, there are a few issues that are minor, but still require some further, in-depth reflection in order to make certain that this service is as efficient as possible.
1) The system is very easy to use and is user-friendly.
2) The designers will work with you on a personal level to make certain the designs that are presented will work what your space and are what you want.
3) There is no issue with whether or not they will have the style or design that you want, as they are an on-demand service.
1) Being on-demand means that there are usually templates to look at and not actual product that is ready to go.
2) There is still a fair amount of time involved with on-demand as the product must be designed, created, and then shipped.
3) This service carries a high price range as their average clients are celebrities and individuals that can afford such niceties
The old style furniture store might eventually become a thing of the past if Luxury Connect is established as a growing trend. Whether or not it becomes an affordable solution for every consumer will be the deciding factor as to whether this happens.