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The Pier Review

Hi there!

I hope this message finds you well. This month’s release promises to be short and sweet while still full of useful information about our products, market trends, and industry news.

Along with that, this will be my last newsletter I address to you all. I’m not leaving U.S. Futaba, Inc., but our new Marketing Coordinator, Elizaveta, will replace me as the newsletter’s author. She has already done most of the work on the two latest releases. So, fear not, you will be in good hands!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at or myself at Want to call us instead? You will find all our contact information below.

Product Highlight

Handrail & Utensil Rail Kits

This year we introduced a couple of new products, and we are excited to share those with you.
Here is some of the features both products share:

  • Each product is sold as a kit.
    • Complete with all the components and instructions for a simple installation.
  • The packaging used is made of environmentally friendly materials.

Utensil Rail Kits, rail diameter ø: ¾” – a perfect fit for the kitchen, but suitable for a variety of applications.

  • Stainless steel rail and die cast supports
  • Available in 2 lengths
    • 23-5/8”
    • 39-3/8”
  • Available in 4 finishes
    • antique brass
    • antique copper
    • brushed stainless steel
    • matte black

Handrail Kits, rail diameter ø: 1-9/16” – an ideal fit for the DIY crowd or a homeowner looking to upgrade the aesthetic of their stairways.

  • Each kit comes with three rails, each rail is 15-3/4” in length and a total length of 47-1/4”
  • Indoor Handrail Kits – Powder coated steel rail, which has anti-bacterial properties too.
    • Finish: matte black
  • Indoor & Outdoor Handrail Kits – Stainless steel rail, which can be installed indoors and outdoors.
    • Finish: brushed stainless steel

Here is a video demonstrating a handrail kit’s installation:

For more information, please visit our contact page or send an email to

Industry News

The Evolving Landscape of E-Commerce

As mentioned above, the internet has become an extremely important force in driving consumer demand. Both companies and their customers are more interconnected than ever before. As a result, e-commerce has been on the rise, estimates suggesting $7 trillion in growth by the end of this decade. However, it is not without its own challenges.

Many of the larger firms have already begun to adjust their approach to the market. There are plenty of practices looking to be implemented, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and even radar technology. These are only going to be in support of the main priority, fulfillment centers. Specifically, a type of fulfilment center and they are being labeled micro fulfillment centers.

Both newcomers to, and those already involved in, e-commerce have started to challenge the standard warehousing practice. There has been an effort to invest in facilities that are decentralized, downscaled, and sometimes third party owned. A much more specialized solution to the demand of e-commerce’s customer base.

Please contact me for additional information or any questions you may have.

Charlie Fournell-Ferrall

Mobile: (757) 478-5587
Work:  (877) 293-0584