Professional Purchasing Is a Wise Investment
By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | May 06, 2010
By definition, choosing your FF&E means making choices - and the right choice for many owners and property managers is to assign purchasing responsibilities to an outside source. So when people claim that they can do effective buying of products for you, how can you be sure you're selecting a reputable purchasing agent for your FF&E needs?
The short answer is "reputation, reputation, reputation."
The longer answer is to evaluate the company's track record on such important points as:
- portfolio of recent projects
- references from owners and vendors who are associated with these projects
- length of time in businessYou want a purchasing agent that can bring your design decisions to life in a realistic manner - without overspending and without sacrificing quality. It is your designer's job to make sure all colors, furniture, and accessories will work together effectively in specific areas of the hotel, as well as throughout the property as a whole; it is then your FF&E supplier's job to obtain all these items within your deadlines and budget.
In short, with a designer's direction, a qualified FF&E purchasing agent will help transform individual furnishings into a coordinated "look." For your guests, it will translate a hotel "stay" into a hotel "experience" - and for you, it will translate into the referrals and repeat business you want.
All this means that your FF&E supplier must know not only what to shop for, but where to shop.
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