Avoid Unpleasant Freight Cost Surprises

By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | February 18, 2009

Quick - how much was the freight cost for your most recent FF&E order? You can probably remember the price you paid for each of your television sets or for the carpeting in each of your hotel rooms, but shipping is usually like sales tax - it's an "invisible" charge that seems to disappear or blend into the overall invoice.

So how you can keep your freight costs reasonable, avoid shipping surprises, and stretch your FF&E budget? Consider these suggestions.

Types of Freight

There are three types of FF&E freight:

How Should You Ship?

When selecting the best way to ship your FF&E products, you and your purchasing firm should evaluate several key factors, including:

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