bcipotterydirect.com is Border Concepts (BCI) online direct container ordering system which gives garden retailers the ability to customize their own pottery containers from a selection of several different manufacturers from China, Vietnam, Malaysia and full truckloads from Mexico.
The manufacturers chosen for this program have been long standing partners with Border Concepts and stand by the same principles of quality, value, service, and selection that has made BCI a leading Lawn & Garden distributor for over 30 years.
With a 15 year (plus) proven track record of success, BCI has been offering direct container purchasing to retailers and our leading North American Independent Garden Center customers. Our attention to detail and customer service make importing containers a simple process for the retailer. We communicate, handle the logistics and process the custom labels with our factories, giving our customers the satisfaction that all details are being managed by a highly regarded and established company.
In 1990, Neil Miller and Tony Ferguson founded Border Concepts, Inc. in Charlotte, NC as a steel landscape edging systems manufacturer. Through the years, this grass roots business grew organically, expanding its product lines based on the needs of the company’s customer base: garden centers, growers, contractors, landscape supply yards, and other independent retailers.
In 1994, BCI introduced Iron Edge, the country’s first galvanized steel paver restraint. The following year it developed a ball cart, which earned national recognition and led to a new line of tree carts, nursery carts, and retail carts. In 1995, Border Concepts also launched its first decorative steel and wrought iron products, including hanging baskets, window baskets, hooks, trellises, arbors, and plant stands – all in a wide range of prices. This product line expanded BCI’s manufacturing facility in Lexington, NC to over 90,000 square feet.
Ten years later, Border Concepts introduced a line of quality pottery, which led to the company’s acquisition of the International Pottery Alliance. Before long, BCI was importing the best pottery worldwide from manufacturers in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico. Once again, Border Concepts expanded its facilities with a brand new 100,000 square foot distribution center to compliment its manufacturing plant.
Today, this multifaceted company also offers the following products to its independent retail customers created by its own designers: tracking trailers, commercial and residential tools, plus a full line of store display fixtures. Border Concepts continues to carry its nationally recognized reputation as a premier commercial supplier of steel landscape edging into each of its product divisions.
When we design and manufacture a Border Concepts product, we offer the best quality and price point for our customers. We’re innovators when it comes to developing and manufacturing specialized products for the lawn and garden industry. At BCI, we’re about providing creative solutions, with exciting new ideas, new designs, new sizes and new shapes.
Our focus on customer service and flexibility is made possible by the dedicated work force staffing our 90,000+ square foot manufacturing facility in Lexington, NC. This “Made in the USA” manufacturing team’s capabilities include welding, bending, cutting, stamping, assembling, punching metal and steel products.
Is there a highly customized project or distinctive lawn and garden product you’ve been thinking about? Enlist the help of Border Concepts designers, facilities, and experience to work for you. We’d love to be your partner in creating an original solution, tailored to meet your specific needs.
Our overseas contacts are a valuable resource for our company and our customers, opening global capacity and competitiveness. Our team members travel throughout the world to scout potential partners. Border Concepts works solely with companies that share our high standards of quality and integrity. The excellent relationships we have with our overseas partners have developed based on good communication, visiting their factories regularly for in-person consultations and our product quality verification.
Each country offers unique skills, styles, and price points – so it’s critical that we import from a broad range of countries. In doing so, we’re able to provide our customers with an outstanding variety of products and styles to satisfy all tastes and budgets. This is especially true for our largest import item which is pottery. We import hundreds of containers from all over the world, virtually guaranteeing that we can provide you with the product you need, when you need it.
Border Concepts has the infrastructure necessary to provide our independent retailers with the superior service they deserve. Our 100,000 square foot distribution center in Lexington, NC compliments the manufacturing side of our business. We manufacture and import a wide range of products – it is essential that we maintain a full warehouse so that the product you need is in stock.
Because we have the ability to ship directly to you, there’s no need for a traditional distributor. We’re able to keep the exclusivity of our multiple product lines available to you as a retailer.
The result? Our customers get more for their money. There’s no pricey middleman. By combining the varied items such as ceramic pottery, hanging baskets, wrought iron trellises, nursery carts, tools and arbors, customers save significantly on freight costs. BCI customers are able to buy from a single supplier, further reducing costly duplication of products and vendors.
We supply our customers with more than just products – we offer them selection, quality, service and exceptional value that can be passed on directly to the public.