NEW DELHI, India/BOULDER, Colo.—Officials of Benjamin West, a global purchasing firm for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and operating supplies and equipment (OS&E), announced that the company has opened an office in New Delhi, India. The new branch will begin with an initial assignment for SAMHI, an India-based firm that is developing five, new-build hotels under the Marriot and Hyatt brands.
The hotels under agreement include the 178-room Hyatt Place, Gurgaon, the 171-room Courtyard Marriott, Bengaluru (ORR), the 161-room Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru (Outer Ring Road), the 153-room Fairfield by Marriott, Sriperumbudur, and the 148-room Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru (City Center).
“India remains one of the world’s hottest hotel development markets, which we believe will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Alan Benjamin, president of Benjamin West, in an announcement. “This projected growth compelled us to open our fourth international office to provide on-the-ground service and support to our clients. Every country has its own specific customs and regulations for purchasing. Our staff there has extensive purchasing background both in terms of specifying/regulations and local, regional and international sourcing.”
“Hotel development in India is complex, and we wanted to work with a purchasing firm that had the expertise to help ensure that our FF&E was properly managed from the early stages of sourcing through fabrication and delivery, all the way through project closeout,” said Mr. Ashish Jakhanwala, managing director and CEO, SAMHI. “Their knowledge of how to navigate the complexities of hotel FF&E purchasing and installation simplified our decision-making process.”
Located in New Delhi, the India office will host a team with more than 35 years of purchasing experience. The group’s accomplishments include the development of large, complex, commercial, corporate, convention and public sector projects.