When we asked Pieter Meiring what success would look like for Alumenti Homewares, his answer was being able to work only two hours a day yet grow revenue year-on-year.
It sounds like a dream to so many of us, but for Pieter this is his reality, and he credits Unleashed for this, calling it “an integral part of the business”.
Pieter spent 17 years managing a company in the corporate world, before deciding he wanted to retire. However, in January 2014 he learnt about Alumenti Homewares, saw the product, fell in love with it, and the rest as they say, is history.
Alumenti design and manufacture unique homewares out of aluminium, and stainless steel. These are manufactured in their factory in India, then distributed to boutique retail stores throughout New Zealand and Australia.
After purchasing the business, Pieter and his wife added a number of new components, including their own designs, which Pieter’s wife Dalene, a local artist, is responsible for. One of their most popular products, is their standing serving spoons (above), which add a bit of dramatic flair to any dining table.
As a wholesaler, the core of Alumenti’s business is distribution to retailers. Although Pieter also regularly attends trade shows with the aim of growing the network of stores stocking Alumenti products, and loves that he is able to use Unleashed to create sales quotes and orders while he is out of the office.
Approximately only 5% of Pieter’s sales are online, but he hopes to grow this part of the business significantly, and acknowledges the importance of building strong relationships in his industry. As he says, “a purely online business, I’m sure it would work for some, but it would be difficult in the retail area – especially where buying is an experience, and not just a sale.”
It’s amazing to see how cloud-based software – in this case Unleashed’s inventory management software – allows Pieter to manage a successful business with multiple components, in just two hours a day.
Watch our video below to learn how Pieter uses Unleashed to manage his inventory, or click here for more case studies about how successful businesses are using Unleashed.
If you love the look of Alumenti Homewares products, check out their website to view the full range and learn where you can purchase them from.