Furniture company says GuyExpo is “worth the investment”
Like many exhibitors at the recently concluded GuyExpo, ND&S Furniture Store is looking forward to reaping the anticipated benefits of participating in Guyana’s largest trade fair.
Between September 27th and September 30th, the furniture company displayed its 100% locally manufactured household furnishings to thousands of patrons who visited the Sophia Exhibition Centre.
This is not the first time the company participated in the exposition to showcase their products and interact with consumers. In fact, because GuyExpo is usually held around the latter part of the year, the company is especially targeting holiday customers.
According to ND&S Sales Manager, Natasha Mahadeo, since GuyExpo was established, ND&S has been participating, resulting in the company attracting numerous consumers. She related that some of those consumers continue to patronize the store throughout the year.
The company was unable to participate in the buyers’ segment that the organizers of GuyExpo were offering. However, it is hoped that next year this will change.
The company’s participation at this GuyExpo focused primarily on local retail customers, but in the future, wholesalers would be targeted. The company previously manufactured for wholesalers.
Boasting of the high quality of products available, Mahadeo said that all products sold by the company are manufactured locally. She noted that crabwood is used to manufacture about 80 percent of the furniture. Cognizant that the fabrics used in the manufacturing process are not locally made, she added that they are purchased from Guyanese.
Mahadeo opined that though participation at the exposition is costly, it is worth the investment. She revealed that it cost ND&S about $500,000 to construct the showcase.
“Roughly $320,000 alone is for the booth and we still had to cater for employees and additional expenses,” she said.
Caption: ND&S Furniture Store’s bedroom suite being displayed at GuyExpo