Color, shape, textures are a designer's palette, but logistics is the “pain” that a furniture designer and manufacturer must address. Mark Fierek, General Manager of Orion Air Ride, knows first hand the challenges of furniture designers and manufacturers. Fierek is the second vice president of the Specialized Furniture Carriers Association. It is a group of logistics companies and shippers that are focused on the specific handling requirements unique to the furniture industry.
The task of moving furniture seems simple, but when you consider the variety of materials from marble to glass, solid woods and asymmetric designs, furniture, particularly high-end design furniture, becomes a complicated task to get from origin to the consumer’s home.
Mark highlights his appointment to the second vice president position and the challenges of shipping furniture that only a segment of trucking companies are trained to handle.
Fierek works with furniture manufacturers and designers on the details of transporting the vast variety of furniture pieces, including packaging, assembly, inspection, blanket and shrink wrap, hardware installation and yes, final placement in the consumer’s home. “We are not shipping parcels here that you place on the front porch, ring the doorbell and leave,” said Fierek.
See some of the Orion Air Ride videos for more about the details in furniture logistics and how designers work with us to provide the highest level of VIP handling for high-end furniture.