Reducing Risk: Product Quality – Part 2, Accidents

April 30, 2009 - 1 Comment

Product Quality – Part 2, Accidents
As stated in the first part of this two-part entry, there two primary risks associated with product quality. The first was the regular replacement or repair of low quality products, addressed in the first entry. The second product quality risk comes into play when low product quality leads to product failure.

Chair collapses, table leg collapses, and dance floor separations are all too common. Legal fees associated with these types of accidents may be avoided or severely reduced with a well-designed product. Folding chairs with higher load bearing capacities, tables with features such as “gravity-lock” folding legs are much less likely to collapse, and dance floors with cam-lock fastening (especially with positive locking) are nearly impossible to separate. But as a purchaser, you need to have the data to prove high load-bearing capacities on your chairs and you must have proactive features to prevent injury to tables and dance floors. Without the proof, you are vulnerable to injury suits should a problem arise.

PS Furniture has developed products that help keep these risks to a minimum for our customers:

PS Furniture’s Reducing Risk Series highlights some risks that merit attention in the portable furniture industry. We encourage all of our customers to fully consider these risks before making product choices.

Reducing Risk: Product Quality – Part 1, Replacement/Repair

April 24, 2009 - No Comments

Product Quality – Part 1, Replacement/Repair
There two main risks associated with product quality which we will address separately.

The first risk related to product quality is in regular replacement or repair of low quality products. You will find manufacturers in the marketplace that offer incredibly attractive pricing. Many times the lower price is possible because the products are of lower quality. Portable furniture such as folding tables, folding chairs, and portable dance floor get used and moved over and over again and the number of times that they can be used is directly related to the engineering, component quality, and workmanship of the product. It is often a wiser long-term financial decision to pay a little extra for a product that has been engineered specifically to withstand tough conditions than to purchase the cheaper product that will not last as long. The upfront cost may be greater, but you will not have to replace the product nearly as often. Your return on investment of the more expensive, more durable product will be greater.

PS Furniture’s Reducing Risk Series highlights some risks that merit attention in the portable furniture industry. We encourage all of our customers to fully consider these risks before making product choices.

Wedding Classic Chairs are Now Greener

April 22, 2009 - 1 Comment

PS Furniture announced today an increase in the recycled content of their model C450 Wedding Classic folding chair.

The Model C450 Wedding Classic folding chair features a proprietary 2-part co-injection molding process that makes the chair lighter, stronger and a more brilliant white than competing chairs. This 2-part molded construction is now enabling the use of 100% recycled plastic to manufacture the chair’s core and seat insert components.

The result is that the model #450 now has over 30% recycled content. None of the key performance features of the chair – its brilliant white exterior, its strength or its lightweight – is adversely affected by this highly engineered use of post-industrial waste.

Roger Clark, President of PS Furniture comments, “We are really pleased with this change. To be able to attain such a high percentage of recycled material without compromising the product’s performance is fantastic. We are looking across our entire product line for similar engineered “greening” opportunities. We hold environmental sustainability as an urgent corporate priority.”

Reducing Risk: Containers

April 17, 2009 - No Comments

Containers
Ordering a container of products can pose tremendous financial risk. Some export companies require prepayment months before your order will be delivered. There are anecdotal accounts of purchasers of portable furniture prepaying for a container and never hearing from their supposed supplier again; they lost their money and never received their order.

Reputable suppliers will generally require payment when your order is ready to ship and only require prepayment in advance of production on custom orders.

You should strongly consider ordering with suppliers that you know and trust and that have been in business for a significant amount of time before taking on the hassles of importing a container yourself.

PS Furniture’s Reducing Risk Series highlights some risks that merit attention in the portable furniture industry. We encourage all of our customers to fully consider these risks before making product choices.

ACUI Expo

April 14, 2009 - No Comments

We recently exhibited at the ACUI Expo in Anaheim, CA. The show was terrific and we were very happy to meet and speak with everyone that stopped by our booth.

Reducing Risk: Matching Inventory

April 2, 2009 - No Comments

Matching Inventory
“My resin chair supplier is out of business and I can’t find a new chair that stacks with the ones that I already have.”

Supplier choice can expose your operation to risks when reordering products. Many products are designed to store, gang or assemble together. Additionally, in many cases, the shade of a product’s color can vary by manufacturer; for example, there are infinite shades of white. Products that often have significant differences amongst suppliers include folding chairs, wedding chairs, banquet seating, and dance floors.

A key consideration in choosing a supplier is if you will add to a product’s inventory in the future. A reputable supplier with a long business history that has weathered tough times can shield you from inventory matching risks. Any variation in product will affect inventory and use, so supplier consistency can be a critical decision factor.

PS Furniture has been serving the portable furniture industry since 1919; manufacturing the majority of our products in the USA at factories in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The small handful of products that we do import are manufactured by a trusted business partner who has demonstrated consistent workmanship.

We have weathered both recessions and depressions. You can have confidence that although this country is experiencing some economic hardships, PS Furniture will still be in business, selling the same products you know and trust for years to come.

PS Furniture’s Reducing Risk Series highlights some risks that merit attention in the portable furniture industry. We encourage all of our customers to fully consider these risks before making product choices.