Even the best vendor may occasionally run into delivery issues beyond its control: for example, weather delays that impact shipping schedules or shippers that encounter their own problems. Choose your restaurant furniture vendor with care. Quick ship may be an option that can help you get your goods in a shorter timeframe. If you are ordering custom pieces—finishes, upholstery, and so on—be sure you and your vendor account for these specifics in the agreed-upon delivery schedule.
If you have an opening day in mind, always build in wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Be realistic, and above all, keep your various delivery dates coordinated—from dishes to linens to staff start dates to furnishings.