Thursday 22 August, 2019

Video: Furniture makers dip toes into US market, eye more exports

Samantha and Najeeb Azan are the owners of New Moon Furnishings, the manufacturers of vintage-inspired furniture.

Samantha and Najeeb Azan are the owners of New Moon Furnishings, the manufacturers of vintage-inspired furniture.

Samantha and Najeeb Azan are celebrating arguably their greatest achievements as business owners yet – a deal to export their locally-made products.

The Azans are the owners of  Sam’s Lechet Distributors who, under the brand New Moon Furnishings, produce vintage-inspired, natural finish, wooden patio sets, kitchen cabinetry, dining tables and chairs to consumers all across Jamaica. 

New Moon also supplies 90 per cent of its products to Unicomer, the operators of Courts. 

The company recently procured its first export order to the United States of over 400 chairs for a hotel in South Carolina, which was facilitated by the Development Bank of Jamaica-led Jamaica Business Fund and Unicomer.

“This is a major achievement for us, I see this, our first export as the start of our entry into the US and other markets,” Najeeb said. 

Watch the video to learn more about the couple's journey.

Samantha is particularly optimistic about the prospects, having found that North American buyers are beginning to look to the region for furniture products because of the long time it takes to receive shipments from China. 

“A lot of buyers in North America are now looking to us. They realise we have good, quality products and competitive prices,” she said. 

When the company started in 2017, it employed three members of staff - but that number has increased steadily to 10-12 employees. At the height of the completion of its current project to supply the hotel, it has moved temporarily to 22. 

These workers are a mix of full-time tradesmen and women, young adults, and even enterprising youth of the community.
 

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