Airport equipment is a tremendously crucial part of the operations of an airport. It ranges from the airport desks that are used in the terminal building to the signs that are used for directing the planes out on the runway area. Since these are equipments that are bought quite rarely, it can be difficult to know how to secure exceptional deals on them. It is not uncommon to find that airport officials tasked with buying such equipment get overcharged. This can be easily avoided if you know how.
Use one supplier for all equipment
Most companies that provide equipment for airports will provide the full range of solutions that these facilities need from airfield signage to check-in desks. When you select a single supplier, it becomes a bulk purchase automatically, and this allows you to negotiate for better bulk discounts for the equipment. The suppliers will be willing to provide significant reductions in per unit prices of any of the items that you are selecting. Furthermore, this allows you to build a rapport with the supplier which will be beneficial for future transactions for any other equipment.
Go for prefabricated solutions
There are airport desks, for example that are made from prefabricated parts and are, therefore, less costly than their bespoke counterparts. In reality, there is really no need for custom made equipment for airport equipment as it is unlikely to make any useful impact on the clients. Furthermore, most of the customization on the equipment will go into the labelling used on the desks and such. This, therefore, makes it pointless to spend more money to acquire custom designed and built solutions for the facility.
Compare prices online
Gone are the days when to compare prices meant that you had to walk from one shop to another. This is the era of online shopping and the companies that provide airfield signage amongst other products are well aware of this. It is, therefore, possible to use the internet for a thorough price comparison. It is important to note that most suppliers will not post their prices online but will provide channels for enquiry. You can, therefore, request price quotations for the equipment that you need to be emailed to you. This will enable you to compare the prices that different companies offer and pick the most affordable one.
Lastly, it is possible if you have a design department to make your own designs and, therefore, eliminate design costs on the supplier end.