Have you ever been in a position where your company’s lease is up, you have to move, but all of the furniture you have isn’t able to be reused or you’re getting new furniture and aren’t sure what to do with the old furniture? Are you stressed at the prospect of buying all new furniture because it’s expensive and you don’t know where to begin? You won’t believe how many times we get this call from companies and how excited we get when the call comes in.
As a workplace solutions company, we are commonly asked if we sell furniture. While it would be a natural extension of our services, one of our core values is always being an advocate for the client, which means staying within their budget and finding furniture that meets their needs instead of just supporting our bottom line. That’s why we decided to do something else instead; we built I.D.E.A.Ⓡ, a proprietary application designed and owned by Relo for the purpose of Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FFE) inventory management. From desks, chairs, and cubicles to markerboards, artwork, A/V, and other miscellaneous items, we’ve inventoried thousands of square feet FFE for our clients.
This platform has literally saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for clients who were moving, upsizing, or downsizing. Abby Hunt, the Executive Director of Healthcare Education Training (HCET), recently gave us a call saying the organization was moving, they found a new space and would need new furniture, yet they had a restrictive budget since they are a nonprofit. The next day we got a call from another company who had a full floor of furniture because they were downsizing. We took Abby to the space where she selected what she wanted and she saved over $75,000 in furniture costs for her move. We were able to inventory the furniture, create install drawings, and move it to her new office. She was so thrilled and absolutely loves her new furniture.
That isn’t the only example of where I.D.E.A.Ⓡ made a critical difference for clients. In the past, we helped Duke Realty Corporation save over $400,000 by reusing 15% of their existing furniture, selling over 100% of the unwanted furniture, and bidding their move. Recently, we helped the City of Indianapolis save approximately $1,000,000 by reusing furniture and also finding gently-used solid wood furniture from Faegre Drinker on the Criminal Justice Center project. We also inventoried over 600,000 square feet with I.D.E.A.Ⓡ on that project!
Collectively, we’ve helped save over $3.5 million in furniture costs by using our proprietary I.D.E.A.Ⓡ software:
- Citizens Energy
- Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
- Stanley Security
- Wilhelm Construction
- Duke Realty Corporation
- City of Indianapolis
Instead of having to purchase all new furniture and dispose of past furniture in a non-environmentally-friendly way, I.D.E.A.Ⓡ is an opportunity for companies to help each other.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We don’t sell furniture because it conflicts with our mission to be an advocate for the client and help them find the best solutions. We reimagine spaces so they can be productive, effective, and engaging. The future of the workspace is changing and will need to be reimagined. We’re here to help you find the best workplace solutions for your business.