Once the decision path is chosen and the purchasing committee nominated, the next step is to examine the synagogue furniture and furnishings and evaluate the different manufacturers. Lavi suggests how to define parameters.
But before going into the factors themselves, a few things need to be mentioned
Good housekeeping: For most people, the phrase “good housekeeping” means spending as little as possible. If you are part of this group, you can skip ranking manufacturers and concentrate on the companies producing the cheapest products, usually of lower standard and quality. It should be taken into account that buying poor quality benches will result in your needing to repeat the purchase process far sooner than you expected. At Lavi, we use only the highest quality raw materials, in manufacturing furniture of the highest quality.
For others, “good housekeeping” means getting the best possible quality for their money, or in other words, they are looking for high “value” in return for their investment. In this case, the purchase price will be only one of many considerations in the process of selecting the preferred quote. Remember – buying furniture for a synagogue is basically similar to any other purchase. You can find a large variety of products on offer, of varying standards and quality. It is a well known rule that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” – at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. Our quality is second to none, and the value you will obtain is unlike any other.
At the stage of obtaining price quotes, you need to ensure that the quotes all relate to the same item. The items comprising the specification offered need to be examined and compared: the bench model, external form of the bench leg, design for placement of the seats, number of seating places, type of upholstery cloth, compliance with quality and safety standards, such as fire resistance, ancillary items etc., are critical elements is creating high value in the purchase. If the quote given by one of the companies is significantly cheaper than the other quotes, you should compare the various components to ensure that they are indeed the same. At Lavi, we do not compromise on quality in order to win the order.
In order to deal with the factor of quality with due seriousness, you will need to deal with and look into a lot of professional information. The source of the raw materials, production processes and technologies, finishing materials, product assembly methods and so on, these are only some of the significant factors influencing the obtaining of the desired quality. It is thus of benefit to acquire a basic understanding of the relevant issues, and thus better understand and classify the information you receive. Our sales personnel have been highly trained and are imbibed with a corporate culture that demands high quality and high integrity, and a willingness to explain every part of the process. Our top management team is always available for consultation.
Following these introductory remarks, we suggest five factors that will assist you in comparing the quotes that you have received from the various manufacturers:
Further along in the guide, we have added information which will assist you in understanding what lies behind the terms “quality”, “comfort” etc.
Just before ranking the factors – from the most important to you to the least important – you need to once again bear in mind the weight of the decision you are about to take. The furniture that you will be purchasing will serve the worshippers for many a long year. The price factor, which is often deemed to be of prime importance – is regarded in a completely different light when looking forward and taking into account the length of time that the furniture is going to be used by the synagogue worshippers. Take this into account and make your ranking from a wide and realistic perspective.
The synagogue in the Jewish center, located near the home of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was designed and furnished by Lavi Furniture Industries from Kibbutz Lavi.