Trends in FF&E That May Save You Money

  • By Cashliquidationsga
  • 15 Aug, 2017
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Updating furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) is an expensive proposition, and it’s no wonder you would prefer to cut costs wherever possible. At Cash Liquidations, we strive to stay up to date on the latest advancements and strategies in the FF&E industry so we can help our clients save as much money as possible when they get new FF&E.

Here are just a few relatively new strategies Cash Liquidations and other FF&E companies are utilizing to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Proximity Makes a Difference

As you know, hotels have a lot of furniture. The more rooms, the more furniture needs to be shipped. Shipping up to 300 rooms worth of beds, dressers, tables and chairs across the nation can be costly via truck. This makes the port of entry for overseas furniture shipments a vital decision in the cost savings process.

Generally, when case goods are shipped to the U.S., especially from Asia, they land in Long Beach, California. Everything from bookshelves to chests are considered case goods, most hotels are sure to have many of these items in their renovation plans.

Hauling that much furniture across the lower 48 is an expensive proposition. Alternatively, if you are scheduling FF&E early enough, a few extra weeks of travel by barge and an alternate port of entry, can mean substantial savings!

For example, If your hotel is in South Carolina, it’s much more affordable to ship your FF&E to the port in Savannah, as opposed to Long Beach California. Using this alternate port does require some extra travel time, as it will be traveling through the Panama Canal. However, traveling by ship is much less expensive than using the Long Beach Port of Entry and shipping it across the United States by truck. Cash Liquidations Inc, uses this method for many of our clients. Savannah is not the only alternative port – the East Coast in Miami, Norfolk, or Baltimore also offer transportation savings!

Trucking Isn't the Only Option

There was a time when FF&E professionals were hesitant to turn to rail as a viable option for shipping due to a reputation for damage-prone trips. Rail infrastructure and service has improved markedly, making it a much more realistic option than it was in the past.

Rail is another option that may require a bit of extra time, but if you can budget for a few extra days in your schedule rail is a viable option. Best of all there’s no fuel surcharge when you ship by rail, which can result in a cost savings between 20 and 30 percent.

Of course, rail is an option dependent on proximity as well. If there is no nearby freight rail then your hotel will likely continue to rely solely on truck-based shipping methods.

Skipping the Warehouse with JIT

Just-in-time (JIT) is an inventory management strategy many industries are adopting to save on storage costs. The concept is relatively simple – you order things as you need them instead of warehousing them in bulk.

For example, a car manufacturer needs brake pedals for their cars. If they know they’ll produce 100 cars a day they only need 100 brake pedals a day, so instead of having a warehouse full of thousands of brake pedals they can have a contract with a reliable parts supplier to deliver 100 pedals a day.

It’s relatively standard procedure for FF&E to be shipped first to a warehouse for holding and sometimes staging before being delivered to the hotel. If a project site can accommodate JIT though, that furniture can go straight from the manufacturer to the hotel. This can also provide cost savings on packaging, many items could potentially just be blanket wrapped instead of crated for temporary storage in a warehouse.

Let Cash Liquidations Simplify Your FF&E Experience

If you’re a hospitality industry professional who has FF&E needs, Cash Liquidations, Inc. has solutions . You can learn more about our FF&E processes and methods by calling 478-992-9901. We look forward to discussing how we can make your next hotel renovation an affordable, easy, worry-free process!

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Updating furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) is an expensive proposition, and it’s no wonder you would prefer to cut costs wherever possible. At Cash Liquidations, we strive to stay up to date on the latest advancements and strategies in the FF&E industry so we can help our clients save as much money as possible when they get new FF&E.

Here are just a few relatively new strategies Cash Liquidations and other FF&E companies are utilizing to cut costs and improve efficiency.
By Cashliquidationsga 28 Jun, 2017
The styles and placement of hotel furniture can have a surprisingly significant impact on the assumptions people make about the establishment. Smart design and furniture choices can elevate guest perception without necessarily breaking the bank.

At Cash Liquidations, we know all about the benefits of smart hotel design and furniture, as we’re often on the front lines of implementing modernization and design efforts. As a company that warehouses new and used furniture, moves new furniture into rooms according to designers’ specific instructions and handles the removal and liquidation of old furniture, we have an up-close view of some of the latest trends in the business!

Boldness and Personalization

Today’s trends no longer revolve around one particular design genre. Mixing and matching furniture can present a unique appearance that is both stylish and unusual. Hotels have strayed from the beaten path to combine wood, metal and multiple fabrics that highlight a unique aesthetic. When it comes to color, bold is welcome in hotel lobbies and rooms. Utilizing bright colors can boost the energy of the space and make clients feel more positively about their experience during their stay. Of course, no hotel is complete without a touch of sophistication. Bold colors are often offset with more neutral or subdued hues to maintain an air of intimacy and neatness.

Recycling

It’s more than just a blue bin. Many hotels are taking advantage of the recycled furniture and materials trend sweeping the nation. From mason jars to apple boxes to vintage furniture, hotels have begun seeing the beauty in recycling creatively and moving toward a more sustainable design plan. Today’s furnishings are no longer about opulence. Comfort and environmental awareness are at the forefront of hospitality.

Unique Focal Points

In both lobbies and private rooms, hotels are reinventing the “wow” factor. While hanging decorations or table centerpieces used to be the eye-catching features of the space, today’s focal points are much more adventurous. Entire walls and ceilings can be used as jaw-dropping attention-grabbers, making a room feel luxurious and unique. Some hotels choose to coat an accent wall in metal. Others may build a glass wall to separate the space without sacrificing light. Still others opt for unusual painted patterns or vintage furniture to accentuate the room’s head-turning style.

Dress Up Your Office with Cash Liquidations Inc. 

Hotels are some of the most fashion-forward establishments in the world. Their designers research trends new and old to create an environment dressed head to toe in elegance. Now, hotels aren’t the only ones taking advantage of high-brow design. When the biggest names in hospitality like Ritz Carlton and Westin start to redesign their spaces (which happens frequently), Cash Liquidations Inc. provides a turnkey solution for liquidating that old furniture by selling it to other people who can put it to good use.

As a hotel, that means you don’t have to worry about warehousing old furniture while you figure out a way to dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way. Best of all, you can even recoup some money on a depreciated asset you may have just written off otherwise.
To learn more about our furniture, fixtures and equipment services , contact us online or call 478-992-9901.

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