Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Contract Office Reps of Southern California!

There is a lot of hype and controversy about Black Friday deals and retail locations opening earlier, including Thanksgiving Day. Contract Office Reps of Southern California would like everyone to remember that the most important thing is spending time with family and friends this season.

We are truly grateful for all the people that support us. Thank you to all of our dealers and their amazing teams for all the support this year. Without you all we wouldn't have a successful company. We would also like to say thank you to 9to5 Seating, Right Angle Products and N-Wall for trusting in us to represent their product lines in Southern California.

Here are some Thanksgiving Fun Facts from Yummly.com

1) Approximately 46,000,000 turkeys are sold annually just for Thanksgiving. Since the average weight of each bought turkey is 16lbs, all the turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving could equal the weight of almost 750 filled Boeing 747-8 airplanes.

2) 20% of all cranberries eaten in the US are eaten on Thanksgiving Day!

3) The very first Thanksgiving menu included deer, small fowl, corn, and several types of fish. Almost all the dishes we know to be traditional became so at least 200 years later.

4) Pumpkin was used as an ingredient for the crust of some pies during the colonial period, but not the filling!

5) Part of why Swanson invented the first TV Dinners in 1953 was because they needed to use up all of their Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers!

6) This year, 2013, marks the first time that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have converged since 1888, and the next time these two events align might not be for another 79,043 years!

7) Despite that George Washington supported setting aside a day of Thanksgiving in 1777, the US did not officially recognize Thanksgiving Day until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared that it should be held on the last Thursday of November every year.

(Note: In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt was convinced by the National Retail Dry Goods Association to change Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November in order to extend the holiday shopping season. This decision was very unpopular and was officially reversed in 1941). 

8) Sarah Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” campaigned for almost 2 decades to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday, and it was in part because of a letter from her that Abraham Lincoln declared it so. She also came up with an outline of suggested Thanksgiving dishes that likely set the tradition for our modern menus!

Duck Dynasty, Ergonomics and Height Adjustable Desks

Duck Dynasty and Ergonomics

A&E's most-watched series, Duck Dynasty, is back for a third season. The show features a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. On a recent episode the guys were introduced to a sit stand desk. It looks like the boys over at Duck Dynasty care about ergonomics and it was great to see the height adjustable tables in the office. Willie is right height adjustable workstations can help with improved blood flow, increased productivity and reduce back strain. Based off the success of the show the boys need to work longer hours and these desks are perfect for them. I especially like the camouflage laminate. Checkout the short video below.

If you would like height adjustable desks for your office please visit wwww.corsocal.com browse our entire collection by Right Angle Products.

Buying Office Furniture Locally

Buying Office Furniture Locally

Buying office furniture requires practical considerations that go far beyond aesthetics. The comfort and safety of your employees and your guests must be factored into every decision. When buying office furniture consider the following:

Start With a Plan and Budget

Determining what items your office may need can be a strenuous task. However, prior to visiting a retail showroom make notes of what items are truly needed for your office space. Take rough dimensions of the offices and work area for employees being affected. Layout a set of objectives you plan to accomplish with the sales rep assisting your purchase. Breakup each room and determine the style and type of office furniture that needs to be included in each. If the area is filled with cubicles, consider ergonomic task seating instead of modern or trendy office chairs (trust me your office employees will thank you, as well as potential workers compensation claims). The more information you can provide the sales consultant initially the easier your buying experience will be. Plus the final result will please everyone in the office.

Office Furniture Dealers

Office furniture dealers can be found in any major metropolitan area. A simple Google maps search can easily assist. A few points to consider when visiting office furniture dealers, so time isn't wasted hopping from store to store.

  1. Read reviews - Read all the reviews listed about a company, some can be fake. 
  2. Geographic Location - We recommend office furniture dealers within a 50 mile radius. This allows you to have a one on one interaction with someone for a significant purchase, plus if issues arise you'll have someone to discuss solutions with.
  3. Contract Dealers or Big Box Stores - Contract dealers have an in depth knowledge of space planning, interior design and access to hundreds of manufacturers. Typically an account rep will be assigned which can help furniture choices. Big box stores are convenient however the quality of furniture offered is typically not rated for commercial use.
  4. If you're having issues finding the right office furniture dealer contacting a manufacturer will always be willing to make a recommendation.

Value Over Price

Consider the cost of ownership over the expected life of the furniture. Here’s an example: a chair that’s designed for occasional use will generally cost less than one that’s designed to withstand heavy wear and tear. While it may be tempting to purchase the lower-priced chair, that would be a mistake if the chair will receive heavy use. Repairs and replacements could easily cancel out any initial savings and could even make the product more costly over time.

Standardize Your Office Furniture

Once you've established specs for items like task chairs, you can simply specify “task chair” the next time you order. It’s a lot easier than digging back through your files for the correct fabric description, item number, chair rating, etc.

Ask Questions

Don't be afraid to ask tons of questions. If your company is looking for office furniture in the Orange County California please free to contact me directly with any questions. Although Contract Office Reps of Southern California only represents 9to5 Seating, Right Angle Products and N-Wall Demountable Walls; I can still assist with pointing your company in the right direction to ensure your office furniture purchase is enjoyable.

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