This article was originally emailed as issue 156 of our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 09/11/2022. You can register here to receive them monthly.
I attended my first Orgatec in 1994. At the time, I was overwhelmed by the scale of the event. It was certainly the largest exhibition I had ever attended, with a couple of manufacturers even occupying their own complete hall. It was also the year that Herman Miller launched the Aeron chair. Orgatec occurs every two years but, due to Covid, this year’s event was the first since 2018. It was about half the size I remember, many major manufacturers did not exhibit and the most innovative design I encountered was an unfinished product presented by a component manufacturer! However, as a bellwether for the furniture industry, there was still a lot to observe. [read more]
We decided that the company’s sixtieth anniversary warranted a month of celebrations, rather than a single day so you may have noticed that we were more active than usual on social media. It was fun looking back on our various adventures and milestones through the years, although there were some pretty dodgy mugshots dragged out of the archives! The net impact was that a couple of our most successful posts on LinkedIn achieved nearly 4,000 impressions and our October reach was more than double our highest previous month. What that actually means for the business, I’m not altogether sure, but it was fun anyway. You can see some of our reflections in the October blogs.
YEAR END ORDER CUT-OFF
With more manufacturer price rises scheduled for January 1st, there is still time to fulfil most orders before we close for the year end break. The last order deadline for individual items to be delivered before Christmas is noon on December 20th. For larger enquiries, please start the conversation with me or your Customer Development Manager as a matter of urgency.
LOGISTICS PROBLEMS OR SUPPLY ISSUES?
We are receiving a steady flow of enquiries from clients who are being let down by their existing supply partners. It seems that some furniture dealers took on homeworker delivery commitments during Covid, assuming it would be much like office worker supplies but ‘with a few extra drops’. From our 12+ years of homeworker support, we know that communications and logistics are far more complicated and require bullet-proof systems and processes – as well as a reliable supply of products to deliver! Contact us if you’re being let down, even if it’s for a short-term solution until you get everything back on track.
OCTOBER FACE-TO-FACE EVENTS
Following the success of our July DSE Assessor Event, we repeated it in October and added a similar day for Facilities Managers and Health & Safety professionals. Feedback was very favourable with an average satisfaction score of 9.3/10 across all 3 events. We now have a proven format with lots more content still to share. In particular, there is no doubt that all delegates enjoyed the opportunity to meet other professionals face-to-face and discuss common problems in a relaxed and supportive setting. We are working on more events for 2023. Watch this space.