What do all the different Green Certifications really mean?

As you may know, April has come to be known as Earth Month. With Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 25, a lot of attention is brought to “being green” during this month. One easy way to “be green” is to purchase “green” versions of the products you use – we all know there are green versions of virtually every product in the marketplace today, the labels showing different “green certifications” that these products hold. But with so many green certifications out there, I can honestly say that I don’t even know what most of them mean! So we’ve come up with a handy little guide to explain the meanings of each type of green certification in our industry.

Check out the guide below – click on the image to download a larger version.

Green Certifications guide

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5 things to avoid doing if you want a promotion

no promotionIf you’re aiming to get promoted at your current job, you need to realize that you’re always being watched – not in a creepy, weird way… but your actions are noticed by others and they can make or break your dreams of a promotion.

Here are 5 mistakes you want to make sure to avoid if you are striving for a promotion:

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Another Great Story of Hope from the City of Hope

City of HopeCity of Hope is a new model of cancer center, focused on rapidly transforming scientific discoveries into better treatments and better prevention strategies for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. This marks the 10th year that City of Hope has been listed in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” as one of the best cancer hospitals in the nation. Continue reading

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The growing problem of “sitting disease” and what you can do to avoid it

When you think about how much time each day we spend sitting down, it’s actually kind of scary. You might have an hour commute to work, you’re at the office for 8 hours, you have an hour commute home, and then you might be sitting on the couch for a least some portion of the night. So that’s 10+ hours each day spent sitting down. Sadly, the negative effects of this sedentary lifestyle have become so much the norm, that there’s even a name for it – sitting disease!

According to JustStand.org, a site dedicated to fighting “sitting disease”, excessive sitting can have so many negative impacts on our health – cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and lots of other illnesses.

Below is an infographic from the JustStand.org website. 86% of Americans sit all day at work – that’s a crazy number to think about!

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4 Reasons why Ninjas don’t get fired

office ninjaProcurement Ninjas are hard to find and highly sought after by savvy managers and business owners. Here are 4 reasons why.

  1. Knowledge. They know how much they are spending and what they are spending it on. They utilize knowledge and leverage supplier expertise to create $ saving strategies. CEOs and CFOs love when expense questions are answered quickly and accurately.
  2. Stealth. They have a nimble supply chain that empowers employees to shop.  Shoppers find and receive what they need quickly to stay productive and happy. Happy productive employees make happy managers.
  3. Control. They have an automated approval and budget monitoring system. Expenses are easily approved and monitored without impeding the process or adding extra time.
  4. Selflessness. Ninjas are open to change and don’t worry about automating themselves out of a job. They look forward to new responsibilities that will come because they can be trusted to make things better.

Master these traits to become a Procurement Ninja and gain some job security. But I guess Ninjas don’t really worry about job security, do they? Find out how you can become a Ninja by downloading our guide….


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Ever wonder why the keypads on phones and calculators are the opposite?

phone and calculator numbersHere’s a fun little “Did You Know” blog post for ya. Did you ever even notice the numbers on a calculator (or number pad on a computer)and a telephone are the opposite? I will be honest here and say I never really noticed it (or I just never thought about it) – when someone told me this fun fact recently, I had to turn on my iPhone and compare it to the number pad on my computer to confirm!

We use calculators, computers, and cell phones on a daily basis – so why isn’t the layout the same on all of these devices? Well the answer is that no one really knows for certain why this is – but there are a few theories out there. One of the most popular theories is that the numbers on a touch tone phone are modeled after the old rotary phones – the 1 is at the top and the 0 is at the bottom – since people were so used to using rotary phones when touch tone phones were introduced.  Another theory has to do with the numbers on a phone matching up with the alphabet. According to ABCnews.com – “When it came time to match letters of the alphabet up with the numbers, putting 1-2-3 across the top made a lot more sense because it was the most natural way to get ABC in the top row. If 7-8-9 had been at the top, one of two things would have happened — the letters and the numbers would have run in opposite directions, or PRS would have been the first set of letters. Either arrangement would have seemed very odd.”

Just a fun little piece of trivia for you to impress your coworkers with! :)

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4 ways you could be losing money in the bathroom

When companies look to tighten budgets and save money, the restroom isn’t typically one of the first places that comes to mind…but it should be.  There are several ways that your company restrooms could actually be losing your business money without you even realizing it. Here are 4 ways that your company could be losing money in the bathroom and how to stop your money from going down the drain:

wasting paper towelsYou are using multi-fold instead of roll towel dispensers.

Multi-fold towels are more expensive than roll towels and don’t always pull evenly. Have you ever pulled a multi-fold towel and had all remaining towels fall out? It happens more often than not. Roll towel dispensers require users to pull one towel at a time which minimizes waste.



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OP Industry is Getting No Love: 6 Reasons Why

sad puppyI recently saw this list of The 100 Most Loved Companies by Apco Insight and was surprised to see no traditional office products distributors. We have some pretty large competitors with sales in the multi-billions and websites ranked in the top ten worldwide, but not one on the list. So for fun I put together my own list of reasons why OP gets no love. I’m not saying any of these were used as criteria but it’s all about delighting customers and these tactics are less than delightful.

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Planning or updating a conference room? Our free guide can help!

Whether you’re updating a current conference room or have been tasked with planning a conference room from scratch – there are a lot of important decisions that need to be made. And with important decisions, also comes a margin for error.

When planning a conference room you need to consider the following:

  • The size of the space you’re working with
  • The size/shape of the table that will fit into that space comfortably
  • The number of people who will need to sit at that table
  • Do you need additional furniture for storage? For giving presentations?
  • The seating that will go around the table

Conference Room coverEach of these decisions is an important one and needs to be evaluated properly. If you don’t measure the space properly for example, you could end up with a table that fits into the room, but doesn’t allow enough space for additional furniture or enough space for people to walk by. Or you could wind up with a conference table that isn’t big enough for the number of chairs you need.

To help guide you on the right path in your conference room planning and make things a little easier on you, we have created a Conference Room Furniture Buying Guide. Click here to download the free guide!

Our furniture team is also here to help guide you in your conference room planning -  to talk to someone on our team about your conference room project, click here.


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New Video: the life of your order

Online ordering makes everything so quick and easy these days. Just a few clicks and your order is on it’s way – but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you might not even realize. Check out our new video to find out how your order goes from our warehouse to your desk the next day!

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