We had the privilege of joining Made’s CEO, Talent Acquisition and Data Science teams, for an evening of networking and talks from various leaders within the company. MADE.com is a UK-based online retailer with an award-winning business model. Foregoing traditional storefronts, Made has only three UK-based showrooms and works directly with designers and manufacturers to produce high-quality, thoughtfully designed furniture at remarkable prices.
As a made-to-order online company with furniture moving from ship to lounge room, leveraging production and customer data is critical to managing their supply chain. If too many products are made the company loses money is dock or storage fees; too little and customers wait longer to receive the orders. Made also prides itself on keeping ahead of trends, so predicting customer behaviour is vital to their business.
What I love most about Made.com is their TalentLAB crowdfunding platform. It’s a place to discover new talent and unique products you won’t find anywhere else. TalentLAB was born out of the MADE Emerging Talent Award – an annual competition for up-and-coming designers to break into the industry, and get their product made and sold.
So it should come as no surprise that visiting their London Headquarters was a really lovely experience.
After being welcomed with drinks and nibbles we heard talks from Phillipe Chainieux (@pchainieux) – Made.com CEO, Farhan Miah – Head of Acquisition, Bulat Yapparov – Head of Analytics, and Sarah Fairbairn – Culture Club Representative. Here are a few pics from the evening…