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Free Freight - What You Need to Know

Although the term “Free Freight” is often used in the eCommerce world, it is a misnomer. More properly “Free Freight” is “Dock-to-Dock Prepaid Freight”. Additional delivery (sundry) services may be added for additional cost.

Fulfillment of goods purchased online, such as office furniture, is a two-step process. The first step is straight forward.

Customer purchase goods from an online dealer (distributor) who, in turn, purchases from a manufacturer. When the goods are shipped, title of the goods passes from the manufacturer to the dealer to the customer (FOB Origin: Freight On Board). Now, the first step is completed and the second step begins.

Transportation is the second step. In this step, there are three legal entities involved:

  • Consignor (also called the shipper) is the manufacturer
  • Carrier is the shipping or Freight Company
  • Consignee is the customer.

The Consignor creates instructions for and pays the Carrier. The Carrier transports and delivers goods to the Consignee in accordance with the instructions Consignor's. The Consignee is responsible for receiving the goods in accordance with industry best practices which includes:

Although the dealer is not part of this group, the dealer will serve as an agent for both the Consignor and Consignee if there are commercial changes and adjustments to be made. For example, if after goods ship and the customer chooses to add delivery services, the dealer would collect the appropriate fees from the customer and pay the Consignor who will process a change order and pay the Carrier. Likewise, sundry services such as:

  • Delivery delayed by the customer
  • Change of delivery address
  • Re-delivery
  • Delivery appointments
  • Guaranteed date of arrival

... are typically chargable and available at additional fee, which would be collected by the dealer who will pay the Consignor to pay the Carrier. Whenever there are fees involved, the dealer will act as the agent between Consignor and Consignee.

For local logistics issues like time of day delivery, or delivery date preference, customers should contact the carrier directly and work out a mutually agreeable plan.

Conference Room Planning


The Greek philosopher Plato once said:

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Benjamin Franklin later wrote:

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Although these famous quotes apply to many things, they are no less important in the proper planning of your conference room.  Investing a small amount of time planning your conference room furniture needs will save countless frustrating hours trying to choose from the thousands of conference room furniture combinations.  Not only will proper planning save time, it will also assure that your purchase will exceed the expectations of your conference room users.

Conference room planning can be divided into 4 basic steps.

  1. Determine the conference room table size to support your seating requirements (Seating Calculator)
  2. Plan your space (space planning) - arrange the conference room table/chairs and accessories
  3. Choose the right conference room table style & Finish Color to project the right message
  4. Select complementing conference room chairs
  5. Add conference room accessories for improved functionality

The logical starting point is determining your table size and shape for your conference room.  Once the size is determined, make sure your room size supports the table size/chairs and accessory furniture.  Then, choose the conference room table style: a traditional design with choice hard wood veneers or more economical style made with laminate.  Specific chair selection follows because chairs need to complement the table style.  Finally, accessories such as a white board, buffet credenza, podium, or guest chairs with side table may be added to increase room functionality.