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Question: Hello Folusho. Nice to have you here. How can I transit from outdoor operations as a landscaping design company to purely retail of Gardenware considering most supplies must come from Europe and neither customs nor the forex situation are friendly. Do you have any advice for us please. Thank

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Hello Folusho. Nice to have you here. How can I transit from outdoor operations as a landscaping design company to purely retail of Gardenware considering most supplies must come from Europe and neither customs nor the forex situation are friendly. Do you have any advice for us please. Thank

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Good morning Mrs Ogunlesi, thank you for your question. My initial thoughts while reading your question were around the availability of local suppliers. I understand that most retail garden supplies come from Europe so I would recommend that you find trusted local suppliers and even consider your own cost effective production for your store if possible. Producing the supplies you will be seeking yourself could help to build you brand as a niche local gardenware producer. This could work to your advantage as the buyers of gardenware will also be looking for a local retail alternative as they will also be feeling the crunch as prices increase due to the forex situation. However, as I will be answering questions around HR capacity building, I would like to invite @NoirishingAfrica to take this one as I believe it would be best answered by an Expert in this particular area.

Foluso Agbaje

Jobberman - Nigeria