Orion Air Ride General Manager Mark Fierek is speaking on a panel at the 2016 Logistics Symposium sponsored by Furniture Today and the American Home Furnishings Alliance held on June 7 and 8 at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. The Symposium will cover a wide range of logistics topics, including:
Time and money are the primary drivers of logistics, especially in the furniture industry. When you listen to Fierek’s comments in the accompanying video on this page, you’ll hear how the delivery of mid to high-end furniture requires greater care, and greater care takes time. “When consumers invest in whole bedroom or living room sets, we as logistics providers believe that furniture needs to be handled with care. For example, no motorized forklifts should touch a box, each piece should be received at the final delivery center for unwrapping, inspection, blanket and shrink wrapping.” These are just a few of the details that carriers dedicated to furniture logistics do differently than shippers in general.
Consumers likely aren’t aware that government safety regulations affecting the length of time drivers can be behind the wheel or even sleep in their trucks might impact their delivery. Those regulations will be among the topics discussed at the 2016 Logistics Symposium. Fierek is joining other industry notables on the panel titled Shrinking the Supply Chain: Best Practices and Breakthrough Innovations Ray Kuntz (Watkins Shepard), Ron Borgman (Lodeso), Jason Bohannon (JB Hunt Transport), and Freddie Davis (Global Shippers Association).
Fierek is also the First Vice President of the Specialized Furniture Carriers a division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance. It is an elite group of shippers specifically dedicated to furniture handling and logistics.