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Efficient? Measure your cutting room.

The pressure is on. Speed and costs that need to be constantly reduced and an ultra-connected consumer who isn’t willing to wait, yet expects customization and more options than ever before

Efficient? Measure your cutting room.

Leading-edge furniture companies understand the forces at work in this landscape. Now, more than ever, they rely on metrics to help them understand how well they are doing and where they can improve.

Our latest paper “Achieving best-in-class production performance in the cutting room” explores the metrics that are more relevant than ever to the furniture industry.

Read it now to:

  • understand why agility is a must to remain competitive, and how this can be measured.
  • understand the real meaning of quality in furniture manufacturing in the age of speed.
  • delve into the how, what, and why of availability that equals efficiency.

Take the pulse of the furniture industry as it evolves towards higher production volumes, shorter delays and more variations.


Efficiency: this manufacturing buzzword means both everything and nothing.

It’s the “how” response to the pressures facing the global furniture industry: a more demanding consumer who expects more choice and faster delivery yet still bases purchasing decisions on price, and a dematerialized online shopping environment that actually emboldens these high expectations. The only way furniture companies can remain competitive is to produce faster and at a lower cost than ever before. They need (drum roll...) efficiency. This translates to minimizing, if not completely eliminating, all production disruptions. Stop-start dynamics due to an unsteady flow of data and information as well as unplanned and emergency maintenance no longer have a reason to exist in production. 

As costs and timeframes have been squeezed to their limit, a new challenge has emerged: companies are forced to produce a wider range of items to satisfy a new  consumer who seeks trend-based pieces and a more personalized shopping experience, articulated through customization, options and choice. Trends, seasonal collections, and made-to-order options are key for brands to stay relevant and engage the new consumer—it also adds an overwhelming layer of complexity to the manufacturing process. This e-guide, written by furniture experts for furniture experts, explores manufacturing challenges, their solutions, and the metrics that can be used to measure performance, with the objective of confronting this more globalized, competitive market.