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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.

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Reception Desk Style

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The most common type of reception station is an office desk with reception accessory. The accessory sits on top of a 72 inch width by 30 or 36 inch depth office desk in much the same way a hutch sits on a credenza. Most reception accessories are between 15 and 16 inches high which brings the counter top to a 45 to 46 inch height. Desk designs are ideal for small to mid-size offices.

The advantage of a reception desk design is twofold:

  1. The reception station can have the same finish and style as other office furniture. Matching conference room furniture provides a consistent look and feel for guests.
  2. Desk designs share accessories available in the product collection. Complementing pedestal files, returns, shelves and storage units are common.

Free standing or dedicated reception stations are typically larger. They occupy more space and are more expensive. Most dedicated designs are circular or semi-circular in nature so they can accurate multiple receptionists and guests at the same time.

In some circumstances, a custom reception station is the right answer. These stations are much more expensive and are engineered to customer's specifications.

wood veneer colorsFinish Materials and Construction

Finish materials vary among furniture collections and manufacturers. The two most common finish materials are:

  • Wood Veneer
  • Laminate (both High Pressure and Thermally Fused types)

Quality wood veneers start with AA-grade hardwoods from North America. Typical selections include Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. These veneers are glued to engineered wood products that serve as the primary structure. The most common structural wood product is Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) [not to be confused with particle board].

Wood veneers are sanded and stained to the desired color, then treated with 2 coats of a catalyzed lacquer for a hard and durable surface finish.

Laminate surface finishes are lower in cost and offer more durability but lack the look and feel associated with a quality wood veneer reception station. Yet laminate surface finishes are available in a wide range of colors, many that mimic real wood grain.

Counter Top

reception glassThe counter top of a reception station is the "business end" of the furniture. It is the surface that guests most often see and use as part of your receiving process. Because the counter top surface receives the most usage, they are offered in a variety of materials.

  • Wood veneer counter tops offer an elegant look but are prone to scratching from constant usage
  • Laminate counter tops are more durable yet lack the finish touches offered by other alternatives
  • Glass counter tops offer a classy touch to the reception station while offering durability
  • Stone counter tops are the most elegant and work well with wood veneer designs while offering superior durability.

Returns and ADA accommodation

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Returns are very common among reception desk designs. Most returns are available with modesty panels and screens to provide a cohesive look. Reception station returns offer 3 important advantages:

  1. Returns provide additional security for the receptionist. Returns are most often placed toward the front door leaving the station's entrance toward the office. A return with screen also makes it more difficult for guests to see the receptionist's desk work surface.
  2. A return offers more working surface for the receptionist. This is ideal for reception stations that require one or more computer screens.
  3. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations are satisfied with special ADA returns. These requirements are local dependent so check with your accessibility codes if ADA requirements.