Brin Perryman, national sales rep for Manna Freight Systems has more than 20 years in the furniture industry. He is a native born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, the heart of the US furniture industry for the last century. Perryman has worked for a major trade magazine covering the industry Furniture Today, with trucking companies in North Carolina, and has several years with Orion Air Ride providing furniture logistics solutions for furniture manufacturers and retailers.
High Point, North Carolina is the home of one of the world’s largest showcase events for furniture and home decor, it’s called High Point Market and is held twice a year, once in the Spring and Fall. It is a city that fully embraces its heritage in furniture and nurtures its future by leading in the changes taking place in the industry. For example, world renowned interior designers and HGTV celebrities regularly attend High Point Market as this event has become a venue for product introductions and trend setting ideas in the industry. Take a quick tour of the heartland of US furniture with Brin Perryman in this video.
Perryman cites the growth of eCommerce in the furniture industry as an additional channel to supplement brick and mortar stores. Logistics, he says, plays an increasingly important role in customer satisfaction, profits, and distribution over the last few years. “The more retailers and manufacturers expand their sales channels the more important it is to have a reliable logistics partner,” says Perryman.
New materials and combinations of materials such as metal, concrete, and acrylics present challenges to many shipping companies who do not have an expertise in furniture logistics. Orion Air Ride is a member of the Specialized Furniture Carriers a group of a couple of dozen shippers dedicated and trained in the unique handling techniques that provide the best possible protection for furniture pieces during shipping. These techniques include, no use of forklifts for certain categories of furniture, unboxing and inspection of furniture, blanket and shrink wrapping of pieces for the final mile to the residence, and deluxing of furniture prior to delivery.