There is an ever increasing push for people to “buy local, Made in the U.S.A.” products and adopt “environmentally friendly, green” business practices. That’s not always easy from an FF&E perspective. There are challenges inherent with each, but there are companies within the FF&E industries that are striving to adopt these principles.
Buying local can be easy or difficult, depending on your definition of local. If you’re buying your hotel, motel or resort’s furniture, fixtures, equipment and supplies from local suppliers you are buying local. You’re helping that local business employ members of your community and keeping money in the local economy.
The furniture and fixtures you’re purchasing may or may not have been made in the U.S.A., but you are still patronizing a local business. The idea of “American Made” is further muddied by the materials utilized in fabricating everything, from beds and faucets to automobiles and computers. Many suppliers you’ve likely purchased furniture and fixtures from in the past have assembly facilities in the United States, but they may be purchasing fabrics, lumber and hardware manufactured in other countries using components sourced abroad.
There aren’t that many FF&E suppliers that truly sell “Made in the U.S.A.” products that are entirely sourced in the United States. Many employ American workers in assembly facilities and at showrooms and warehouses, but they’re also likely sending money overseas every time they purchase a bolt of upholstery from one of their suppliers.
We live in a global economy, and that’s very apparent in the FF&E industry where mass manufacturing and wholesale bulk purchases are a requirement for every job. Still, sourcing your FF&E services and materials locally, from American companies, does in fact benefit your community, even if every component wasn’t produced here and every dollar doesn’t stay in your neighborhood.
From a green perspective, the FF&E industry has made leaps and bounds thanks to companies like Cash Liquidations. It wasn’t too long ago when the majority of the industry’s waste ended up in landfills, filling up our precious natural resources with discarded furniture and fixtures from countless hospitality businesses. That no longer has to be the case.
Working with companies like Cash Liquidations offers multifaceted benefits that make a lot of sense for the clients we serve. Updating FF&E is never cheap, but it also doesn’t have to be a total loss anymore. Instead of paying extra to have the moving company haul away and dump all the old furniture and fixtures you’re replacing in your establishment, you can now make your outdated and discarded assets work for you.
Even traditional recycling of plastic bottles and cardboard creates a carbon footprint, but selling off used hospitality-industry table or nightstand to a private individual who will take it home and use it for years doesn’t really add anything to anyone’s carbon footprint that wouldn’t already be there. You’re saving money by selling an asset you would otherwise entirely write off, and you’re saving it from the dump by selling it to someone else who will continue to make use of it. The Cash Liquidations approach is truly a win-win for the industry, defraying your cost of getting rid of old FF&E while ensuring your business is being as green as possible.
If you want to schedule a consultation to discuss your FF&E needs and our process, please give us a call at 478-992-9901 to speak with Allen Moore for more information and a service quote. We would be happy to discuss our process and how we make FF&E procurement and services
as efficient and affordable as possible for our clients.