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John Lewis offers furniture rental service

Mon 21 Sep 2020 | 01:44 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Customers can rent John Lewis furniture for up to 12 months

Retailer partners with rental marketplace Fat Llama to allow customers to rent items such as desks, chairs, dining tables and sofas for up to 12 months It is now possible to enjoy a statement sofa, or a stylish desk to work from home without committing to buying it, thanks to a new partnership with John Lewis and the world’s largest product rental marketplace Fat Llama. Customers will be able to rent John Lewis furniture including; desks, chairs, dining tables and sofas for three, six or twelve months and have the option to buy them at any time with payments already made deducted from the purchase price. The longer customers commit to renting, the lower the rental price. Fat Llama will deliver the furniture within two working days, and if needed help set it up, and collect products at the end of the agreement. Returned items will be cleaned and if necessary refurbished before being rented again. The service will be offered via Fat Llama’s ‘Flex Rental’ website where they already offer tech products such as speakers, iphones and electric scooters for rent. Initially the service will be offered in Greater London but dependent upon demand could quickly be expanded across the UK. Johnathan Marsh, partner and director of Home at John Lewis said; “We want to make our products and services as compelling and meaningful to the next generation of customers and how they want to live. Attitudes towards renting items and the sharing economy have dramatically shifted in recent years, and we know that renting, reselling items and recycling them is a growing priority for our customers. “Renting furniture will give more customers access to our high quality furniture, as well as the latest designs. It also offers them the flexibility to enjoy living with a bold, trend-led piece of furniture that they may not want forever, to easily change style, size and type of furniture if they are moving to a new rental property, or just need a stylish desk to temporarily work from home. All with the peace of mind that they are making more sustainable choices.”
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