The Supply Chain’s Effects on the Furniture Industry and Student Housing – with the Division 12 Team

We all know about the supply chain issue. Manufacturers, companies, and even individual buyers know they’re more susceptible to issues receiving their products than ever before. But what is the impact on the furniture and student housing industries?

Division 12 is a minority-owned contract furnishings company, representing the finest manufacturers in the contract furnishings industry. President Christopher Washington is joined on the podcast today by Vice President of Account Management and Product Management, Nathan Re, Director of Marketing and Sales, Judd Levinson, and Director of Interior Design and Project Management, Cathy Brown.

On today’s episode of Student Housing Matters, host Brittany Pieper sits down with the team from Division Twelve to discuss furniture industry trends, the supply chain issue, and how student housing can be better prepared for the challenges ahead.

Listen in to learn more about how issues in the supply chain impact student housing!

Topics Covered

Background on Division 12 and all four guests on the shows

Current problems for industry manufacturers due to the supply chain issues and the impact it’s having on the industry

The significant price increases from 2020 to 2021 in manufacturing and shipping

How material shortages have affected the furniture industry and student housing

Logistics problems and the causes of the foam shortage and the impact it’s leaving on the furniture industry

Juggling manufacturer lead times and product price increases to meet deadlines

Importation of goods from other countries vs working with American-made goods

The best strategies for guaranteeing manufacturing and shipping deadlines

Projection for industry lead times in the foreseeable future

The long-term impact people and companies face when furniture lead times are not planned properly

The shift in the furniture industry to appeal to younger generation preferences

DIVISION 12 CONSULTING EXPANDS INTO NEW MARKETS AFTER THE ACQUISITION OF A LONGTIME BIRMINGHAM INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY

BIRMINGHAM, AL (February 10, 2022) —Division 12 Consulting, a minority-owned contract furnishings company announces the acquisition of Margaret D. Jones Interiors, LLC (MJI), a minority, female-owned interior design firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. This acquisition was finalized in December 2021.

 “I am thrilled about this acquisition. The synergistic value of D12 and MJI cannot be denied,” said Chris Washington, President of Division 12. “Having the collaboration of our team combined with the wisdom and expertise of MJI’s Founder and President, Margaret Jones, will yield a return far greater than the efforts of both companies individually.”

The acquisition will strengthen D12’s presence in Interior Design, specifically space design and finish selections. Margaret Jones will join the D12 team as Executive Sales Representative and Senior Designer, providing boutique service and design to clients within the commercial, institutional, and boutique hospitality spaces across the United States. Now with nearly 50 years of combined experience, D12 will further expand into markets throughout the Southeast and far surpass its current revenue projections of $25 million in sales for 2022.

“I am honored to align with the staff of Division 12 Consulting,” stated Margaret Jones. “We understand that we are not selling tangibles; we are selling service and a distinctive style that comes from an aggressive team of innovative professionals.” Margaret Jones’ creative mind and skilled expertise will provide multiple years of experience to the current D12 interior design staff. Jones’ limitless design capabilities will undergird D12’s clients base and bring a new, fresh perspective.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

ABOUT DIVISION 12 CONSULTING

Division 12 is a minority owned contract furnishings company with more than 15 years of experience in construction and space management solutions. Division 12 provides services to K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, healthcare, corporate and government facilities, as well as religious organizations. With clients spanned across the nation, D12 prides itself on retaining the trust and respect of its clients and providing unmatched service and quality.

ABOUT MARGARET D. JONES INTERIORS, LLC

Margaret D. Jones Interiors, LLC, an interior design and space planning business, was established in 1990. After 32 years of superior service by creating energetic, interesting spaces, and offering clients unsurpassed value and quality of operation, MJI has had the privilege of working with many of the state’s leading educational institutions. MJI has appeared in numerous publications such as Birmingham Business Alliance and Birmingham Home & Garden Magazine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Contact Person: Mironda Gaines

Contact Number: (800) 401-4290

Email: mgain@2division12.com

Website: www.2division12.com

Women at Work

March 9, 2021

Division 12 would like to highlight the women of our company and to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the furniture industry.


Division 12 Consulting Earns SBA 8(A) Certification

March 2021

On March 12, 2021, Division 12 Consulting was welcomed into the Small Business Administration’s SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) program is a business assistance program designated for small disadvantaged businesses owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and groups.

Partnership to provide PPE Items to our clients

DIVISION 12 AND EKO LIFE PRODUCTS HAVE TEAMED TOGETHER TO BE A SOLUTION SPECIALISTS IN MANY FIELDS, FROM FURNITURE TO PPE EQUIPMENT AND MORE.

August 2020

During this unprecedented time, we hope that everyone and their families are safe and practicing social distancing.  In an effort to maintain the safety of our staff during delivery and installation, we have set up a partnership with EKO Life Products through EKO Contract, one of furniture manufacturers for them to provide face masks and other PPE items to our clients around the nation.

Our goal is to support you through this crisis and beyond with as little disruption as possible from the normal course of business, while keeping your staff. We are working to provide you the same customer service that you have come to expect until things improve and ultimately return to normal.

For larger orders, please email us at division12consulting@gmail.com.

New partnership is providing dormitory furniture to Morehouse College

August 2020

Division 12 Consulting has been able to provide services to Morehouse College and Aramark in developing a long-term plan for the college for dormitory furniture.  Division 12 has been able to provide a 5-yr dormitory furniture plan with a plan of paying for the furniture. For presentation to the campus executives, D12 and Ecologic Furniture provided actual images and renderings of what each dormitory setup would look like.

Partnership with Ecologic Dormitory Furniture as a new dealer/representative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

April 2020

Ecologic Furniture Announces Partnership with Division 12 Consulting to serve the country’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities as well as other major universities and colleges with Environmentally Friendly Student Dorm Furniture Dormitory Furniture Manufacturer teams up with Division 12 Consulting, a dealer-rep group based on Alabama to provide furniture solutions and design to Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation.

AIS work from home kits

January 2020

AIS is powered by the smart people you see here—professionals who are committed to helping our clients succeed. As a fun-loving, hard-working group, we’re after the same goals: award-winning products and manufacturing, marketing ingenuity, and, most of all, your personal business success. Not pictured: More than 800 team members standing by, making it all happen.

University considers new dorm project

April 2016

Wilberforce University may be looking to build a new modular dormitory on its campus.

The school has posted a request for qualifications seeking a general contractor for a 250-plus bed residence hall that could be build on its Greene County campus along Bickett Road. The school says the building would need parking for at least 100 cars and ample campus green space.

“The building should be a pod concept where student rooms share common living, lounge spaces and restrooms,” states the school’s RFQ…..

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