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Business of Furniture - September 19, 2018

  •   Steelcase Expands Relationship with Danish Design Company Bolia - Steelcase and Bolia, a contemporary Danish furniture designer and maker, has announced plans to expand their relationship to the Americas and Asia Pacific.
  •   AIS Reopens Renovated Washington, D.C., Showroom - The showroom features the newest AIS products, offering inspiration for the diverse ways that people work today.
  •   Sunon: A Company that Exemplifies the Meteoric Rise of the Chinese Office Furniture Market - The company is growing at 20 percent to 25 percent a year and it will be a $1 billion office furniture maker in five years time.
  •   Constellation to Power Herman Miller's Spring Lake Manufacturing Locations with 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Long-term electricity supply agreement leverages innovative CORe offering to help Herman Miller meet its clean energy goals.
  •   What We Learned: CIFF Shanghai - China is moving from a "made in China" model to a "created in China" model where products aren't simply conceived there, but created there as well.
  •   Inscape First Quarter Sales Drop 9% - The first quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended with a loss of $3.2 million or 22 cents per share, compared with a net income of $3.1 million or 21 cents per share in the same quarter of last year.
  •   Virco Reports Second Quarter Sales Rose 3% - A challenging environment of late orders, rapidly escalating raw material costs, and unexpected shifts in demand led to mixed results for the second quarter and first six months ended July 31, 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "Expecting Multiple Job Offers? You are in the Driver's Seat" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Pearson Packaging – Airway Heights, WA
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from from Landscape Forms and Okamura
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2018

  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BELLAGIO'S PATTISSERIE - I had heard good things about the Bellagio Conservatory Botanical Gardens, so with a renewed determination I decided to check it out since it was only across the street. The gardens are beautiful, and I would recommend a visit but it definitely is not a place to get any work done — there is no place to sit. Undeterred, I decided I would check out the rest of the Bellagio to see if I could find a quiet corner.
  •   THE NEW AGE OF CALL CENTERS: SO FUN, WORKERS CONSIDER IT A CAREER - Bryce Maddock and Jasper Weir did not grow up "dying to revolutionize the call center industry," said Jarrod Johnson, chief customer officer of TaskUs. Yet, the pair inadvertently did just that, and the Santa Monica, California-based TaskUs has become the ultimate millennial office space, catapulting call center work out of dark, dingy cubicles into the hot jobs market.
  •   OFFICE PLANTS ARE MORE THAN DECORATION - Studies show plants can reduce absenteeism, make workplaces more attractive to potential hires, boost creativity and improve indoor air quality. Another benefit is adding a touch of coziness to an otherwise professional setting.
  •   LUXOR QUIETS THE OPEN PLAN OFFICE WITH HOST OF PRODUCTS - Open offices can help creativity, but workers also need space to get away from it all. That's where Luxor and the RECLAIM product come in. "Historically, there has been nothing in this (product) category at all," said Paul Roche, president. "There are a lot of stories in the media about the open office — whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. RECLAIM is the solution for the open office. With the open office, you get that communication and collaboration.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and test products for the workplace this month include the Charge Dock which is capable of charging six devices at once. Four cables on the front of the dock can be extended two feet from the station. A slight pull on the cord retracts it back into the dock's housing. Each of these four cables provide 2.4 amps for rapid charging. The G-Hold is a circular attachment approximately four-and-a-half inches in diameter that attaches to the back of the tablet. When folded flat it only protrudes about a quarter of an inch. When used, it allowed us to comfortably hold the tablet. Sensel Morph is a pressure-sensitive touchpad that gives users a choice of overlays so you can swap between video editing, painting, music creation, gaming, coding and other tasks. These are job-specific overlays — sold separately — designed to reduce keystrokes and other input hassles. We found they work very well for the specific tasks associated with them. The Todoist app takes you from overwhelmed to on top of it. Everything's organized and accounted for so you can make progress on the things important to you. Best of all, Todoist helps you easily prioritize your tasks and projects so you'll always know exactly what to work on next.
  •   SURVEY FINDS WORKING PARENTS RANK WORK-LIFE BALANCE AHEAD OF SALARY WHEN EVALUATING JOB PROSPECTS - Work-life balance rates are more important than salary when people are considering whether or not to take a job, according to a recent FlexJobs survey.


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