What is OS&E and what is FF&E?

OS&E is short for Operating Supplies and Equipment.

FF&E stands for furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

OS&E  is the small equipment which is manufactured off site and most if it  does not require  any installation. Most of it is “off the shelf” and chosen from websites, catalogues and brochures.   In brief the term includes  chinaware, bed linen, silverware, uniforms, housekeeping equipment and engineering tools, all loose kitchen and laundry equipment, loose health club equipment,

OS&E  does  not include  consumable supplies such as food, drink or paper products, wall coverings, hard floor finishes, wall tiling, plumbing fixtures such as faucets, washbasins, baths or wcs, built-in millwork such as the reception desk, PABX systems and handsets, or computer cabling. It does not include FF&E.

Robert’s  OS&E Procurement Package?

  • Guestroom (including  linen, towels, hangers, kettle, bins etc )
  • Conference and banqueting (including stackable chairs and tables, AV etc )
  • Restaurant and bar (including tableware, utensils etc)
  • Buffet (including display, mobile tables, chafers etc)
  • Front of house (including -trolleys, bins, show polishers etc)
  • Public washrooms (including- bins tissue box covers etc)
  • Room service (including trolleys etc)
  • Security and control
  • Office and training (including accessories, furniture )
  • First aid
  • Housekeeping (including trolleys, floor cleaners etc)
  • Back of house  (including kitchen utensils, shelving, tools etc)
  • External areas  (including flags etc)
  • Uniforms -(Not in the OS&E package) Usually specified and purchased   by hotel .

 

FF&E is not in the OS&E Package

  What is FF&E?

FF&E is short for Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment. Because there is considerable opportunity for costly confusion  a Definition of Scope document is essential which lists in detail what is and what is not FF&E.   The term often includes the hotel’s operating equipment such as chinaware, bed linen, silverware, uniforms, housekeeping equipment and engineering tools, all fixed and loose kitchen and laundry equipment including cold rooms and kitchen hoods, health club equipment, computers with their associated equipment and software, all loose furniture, decorative lighting, carpets, curtains and bed covers. It does NOT include consumable supplies such as food, drink or paper products, wall coverings, hard floor finishes, wall tiling, plumbing fixtures such as faucets, washbasins, baths or wcs, built-in millwork such as the reception desk, PABX systems and handsets, or computer cabling.

It is strongly recommended that a copy of the Definition of Scope Document is made available to all concerned with the project at an early stage. It may be appropriate to agree an exception to the Definition because of local practice, for example in some countries carpet supply may be regarded as a part of the General Contractor’s work. What is essential is that everybody uses the same Definition; if they do not it is very likely that some items may be double or nil supplied and that this will result in additional costs and delays

 

FF&E is short for Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment. It includes the following:

  • Casegoods (bedroom headboard, side table, coffee table)
  • Loose furniture eg Chairs Tables
  • Decorative Lighting
  • Chandeliers
  • Mirrors
  • Artwork
  • Curtains
  • Blinds
  • Bed covers
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Beds
  • Signage
  • Plants

 

Not in OS&E Package

  • Kitchen, buffet and laundry heavy mainly fixed equipment
  • IT /systems/software
  • Consumable supplies such as food, drink or paper products.
  • Wall coverings.
  • Hard floor finishes.
  • Wall tiling.
  • Plumbing fixtures such as faucets,washbasins, baths or wcs.
  • Built-in millwork such as the reception desk.
  • PABX systems and handsets.
  • Computer cabling.

 

 

Below is a presentation of what is in Robert’s OS&E and what is not.

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