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  • Introducing Eporta: The New Trade Only Platform That Enables The Global Design Community To Do Business Online

    eporta is a new online sourcing platform exclusively for trade buyers, that is revolutionising the professional home furnishing sector by allowing interior designers, architects and retailers to connect directly with product designers, furniture and furnishing suppliers globally, and do business online.

    The members-only platform is a B2B marketplace which solves many of the daily issues faced by buyers, such as, dealing with multiple suppliers and business transactions, as well as tracking individual orders, deliveries and payments. eporta radically transforms these administrative tasks and streamlines the sourcing process.

    eporta offers a huge range of suppliers and products; from big brand names such as Content by Terence Conran, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Tom Dixon and Jake Dyson, to emerging talent, such as Conker Brown, Alexandra D Foster and James UK. Now working with over 500 brands from across the globe, eporta provides trade buyers with access to the largest and most diverse range of products from home furnishing suppliers.

    The platform helps trade buyers in three key ways:

    • Find and connect with suppliers
    • Access up to date product information on thousands of products
    • Manage and track orders efficiently

    eporta was developed to enable the community of trade buyers and suppliers to connect more effectively and communicate directly with each other, facilitating strong working relationships. This means professional buyers can, for the first time, access detailed product information, negotiate trade discounts and order products from multiple suppliers in an efficient manner, all in one place.

    As Aneeqa Khan founder of eporta explains: “We are hugely excited to be launching eporta which we believe will radically change the industry for the better. eporta helps the creative industries thrive by delivering a unique solution; a simple and efficient way to search for products, connect directly with sellers and efficiently manage the buying process. We have received an overwhelming response from brands, designers and artisans, enabling us to offer access to an unprecedented range of items directly from suppliers to our trade buyer community.”

    Created for Professional Buyers

    eporta is the first online sourcing platform exclusively for trade buyers. Interior designers, retailers and architects can use the professional search to access almost 30,000 unique products from over 500 suppliers, from more than 40 different countries. Trade buyers receive free membership (on approval) that will give them access to the supplier’s catalogue. Buyers then curate their own personal collections by selecting the products for their specific projects. They can then use the platform to negotiate trade discounts with suppliers directly, get quotes, and place and manage orders.

    eporta is free to join and easy to use, buyers simply:

    • Search by Brand or Product
    • Connect with suppliers
    • Access product information, trade prices and place orders

    “One of my favourite things about being an interior designer is sourcing,” comments London-based interior designer, Anna Burles. “I love discovering up and coming designers and new products, and eporta is a great new tool for us – giving access to really good prices for brands we already know and introducing exciting new talent. On the admin side, it makes it easy to manage orders and trade relationships in one place, which gives us more time to enjoy the fun side of sourcing and making our design projects look amazing for the Client”.

    An online Showroom for Suppliers

    eporta delivers a unique platform for suppliers to sell to the trade, giving them a quality outlet to showcase their products, while retaining complete control over who they work with and who sees their product pricing.

    As well as being a platform for well-known design brands, eporta also enables emerging, cutting-edge new designers to showcase their products and create their own international network of buyers.

    “I’m in the process of establishing my business and keen to market myself to buyers,” says Alexandra Foster from luxury handmade cushion brand, Alexandra D Foster. “eporta gives me a captive audience of trade buyers who are interested in my products and enables us to connect directly with each other to discuss bespoke requests and pricing.”

    The platform launched to the design community at an event on Thursday September 17th in the inspiring surroundings of Material Lab, 10 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1.



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