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Let's face it. Work isn't always fun. But that doesn't mean it should never be fun. The SupplyGeeks Office Blog is here to a) help you get more done at work, b) help you choose the right office products for the job, and c) bring a sense of fun back to the office environment. Because fun is good.

Welcome to the SupplyGeeks Office Blog. Let's light this candle.

The Way to Your Coworkers' Hearts...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

… Is through their stomachs. There is no faster way to become the office favorite than by being the bearer of baked goods! So, break out the spatula and channel your inner-Betty Crocker. Here are a few springtime treats to try!


Mini Fruit Pizzas

Fruit Pizza


Spring Burst Cake Mix Cookies

Spring Burst Cake Mix Cookies


No-Bake Chocolate Bird Egg Nest

No-Bake Chocolate Bird Egg Nest


Strawberry Lemon Cake Pops

Strawberry Lemon Cake Pops



Reasons to Mail-In Those Rebate Offers

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Raise your hand if you’ve ever mailed in a rebate offer. Now put your hand down if you’ve ever regretted that decision. If you take a look around, you’ll notice that all hands that began up, are still up. And that’s no coincidence; that’s purely a demonstration of how beneficially awesome rebates are.

If you’re new to the rebate world, it’s nothing to think twice about digging into. In fact, there’s no need to think at all. We did all the thinking for you and put together a quick list of reasons to mail-in those rebate offers.

1. Money Back. Many rebates offer their customers partial refunds. You could almost consider it a delayed bargain - the store asks for $100, but ultimately you’re only paying $75 - score!

2. Gifts Cards. Sometimes gift cards are more fun than cash. Cash always has the option to be used responsibly. A gift card, on the other hand, is a surefire way to assure you spoil yourself every now and then.

3. Easy. There’s not much to it; fill in a few blank spaces, check a box or two and include any required paperwork. For a few more tips on completing a rebate form, check out our past blog - Be The Office Rock Star: How To Use Office Supplies Rebates To Get Discounts.

4. Snail Mail. We are as big of technology fans as you’ll find, but kicking it old school is more than okay in our books. Just imagine opening up your mailbox to something other than bills.

Whether you already were, or if we just made a rebate fan out of you, head over and check out the SupplyGeeks rebates and offers that are going on now. Geek on!



Office Advice: Same Outfit Solutions

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Office Advice: Same Outfit Solutions

Dear SupplyGeeks,

Apparently my co-worker and I have the same taste in style, because there’s been more than a time or two that we’ve shown up at the office with the same outfit. Any tips on how to handle this?

Sincerely,

Two People - One Closet

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Dear One Closet,

Ahh yes. We’ve seen it happen before and we’ll see it happen again. You wake up, toss on some spiffy clothes, give the mirror version of yourself a nod of approval and head out the door to the office - only to find him/her brewing the morning cup of joe in the same get-up you’ve got going on. Well, here are a few ways to handle the situation.

1. Inside Out. Not all shirts are designed to be reversible, but a healthy sum of tees have the ability to be reversed. Toss a coin; winner keeps their outfit as is, loser is going tag out.

2. Sync Up. Be best buds with that co-worker for the day. Eat lunch together, join forces for that big presentation or at the very least, take a few Instagram buddy shots. #sames #WhoWoreItBetter

3. Use Office Props. Post-its come in all sorts of flashy colors these days. Stick a few of those bad-boys on you and boom - new style plus a walking note dispenser!

4. Photoshop. Can you photoshop real life yet?

5. High Five. This is probably the easiest way to deal with the situation. Just treat it like any other day of the week aside from a bonus added, “good morning, nice outfit” *high five*.

Hope this helps. If nothing else, you’ll get use to matching outfits, we sure have. Not a whole lot of suspenders to choose from :) 

Dress for geek-cess,

The SupplyGeeks


SupplyGeeks Awarded Google Trusted Store Badge

Friday, March 28, 2014
SupplyGeeks - Google Trusted Store

SupplyGeeks, which offers the coolest office supplies, business products, office furniture and anything tech related, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

When visiting the SupplyGeeks website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. SupplyGeeks has a 100% rating for excellent service and 96% rating for on-time shipping.

"We are very honored and excited to be awarded the Google Trusted Store badge. Our main priority has always been and will continue to be ensuring super fast shipping along with top-notch customer service," said SupplyGeeks Director Of E-Commerce Matt Jones. "Moving forward as a Google Trusted Store, we will continue to challenge ourselves to make the customer experience even better and geekier," Jones added.

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with SupplyGeeks and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like SupplyGeeks attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

SupplyGeeks serves with honesty, integrity, quality and accuracy. Knowing office supplies so the customer doesn't have to, SupplyGeeks carries over 35,000 products and is available to chat and share their expert advice to simplify the customer's shopping experience.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, SupplyGeeks.com is an online seller of office supplies, business furniture, tech gear and more. Backed by a parent company with over 60 years of experience in office supplies, this innovative company aims to make your work experience more efficient, and whenever possible, more fun. For more information about SupplyGeeks, please contact Matt Jones at mjones(at)supplygeeks(dot)com.


Office Tested, Geek Approved: Kensington Headphones

Monday, March 24, 2014

SupplyGeeks Office Blog - Product Review - Kensington Headphones

The open office environment can be riddled with nasty elements that you just want to tune out – such as the loud-phone talker sitting next to you, and the chronic cougher down the hall. Like a nerdier version of Consumers Report, SupplyGeeks took
Kensington Noise Canceling Headphones for a spin. From the test run, we give you 3 pros and a con:

Pros:

- No Scissors required! An easy-open pull tab on the back of the thick plastic packaging made the product quick and easy to access.



- They really do block outside noise! The big test came when plugging the headphones into my iPhone and turning my music to half volume. The combination of comfortable padding that cups each of your ears helping to seal out noise and switching on the noise-canceling feature drowned out any external noises. But be fully prepared to not sense co-workers sneaking up around you, and jumping when they tap you on the shoulder because you couldn’t hear them calling your name (not that that happened to me or anything…)

- Convenient storage! The headphones fold up so that they don’t take up a ton of room in your desk drawer or your bag. And they come with a carrying pouch to help keep them untangled and scratch free.


Cons:

Seriously, I only found one flaw. And it’s vanity, not functional. The sizing tools on these headphones don’t make it possible for the arch of the headphone to sit directly on your head, and the fit makes it look like the headphones are kinda floating above your head. Weird for me, but maybe not for you!






Think. Select. Repeat.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Think. Select. Repeat. 2014 Tourney Essentials

The bracket is set. Time to fill it out.

Who doesn’t enjoy putting their psychic powers to the test by filling out one, two or 12 brackets in anticipation for the upcoming tournament?

The SupplyGeeks have all of your tournament essentials - from printing out your bracket(s) and erasing selections after second guessing your coin-flipped based decision to tossing drafts one through 11 in the garbage.

It’s the actual game selections that we may not have the right answers to. However, if the heads-or-tails, favorite color or city you’d rather destine approach isn’t your style, there is always the never failing which mascot would survive longest in the wild strategy.

Your Tourney Essentials

Printer
You can have too many speeding tickets. You can have too many throw pillows. You CAN’T have too many brackets. 

Brother HL-2240D Laser Printer

Pencil/Eraser
You’ll need something to fill out those empty brackets; just make sure you can erase away those unsure picks once or twice before the big dance begins.

Pentel Cometz Automatic Pencil


Highlighter
The easiest way to keep track of which games you get correct is to mark those games with a nice bright highlight.
Integra Pen Style Fluorescent Highlighter

Shredder
After round one goes by and your cinderella story team falls short of a win, it’s time to shred the evidence and move on to bracket number two.


Compucessory High Security Shredder




The Most Ridiculous Desk Accessories (That You Need to Invest In Immediately)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


Want to add a little more geek pizazz to your desk? Of course you do! Naturally, we decided to search the internet (yes, the entire internet) for the most ridiculous desk accessories that'll be sure to make you the talk of the office and earn you +1XP of office c
red.


Ephipany onE Puck: Heat-Powered Cell Phone Charger

When we say you need it immediately, we mean NOW – this product is available for pre-order on Kickstarter only until April 6. A tiny Stirling engine (a steam engine rival) is placed inside the Puck, which charges a USB-connected device with nothing put the heat of your Coffee cup or cold of your iced Drink.


Ephipany onE Puck: Heat-Powered Cell Phone Charger



USB Mini-Fridge

The only way to assure no one steals your Diet Coke from the Breakroom fridge. This tiny retro-looking refrigerator sits on your desk and when plugged into your computers USB port can cool a standard 12-ounce soda can. It’s available on usb.brando.com, along with other quirky USB goods.





Dine Ink: Pen Cap Utensils

Where all our desk eaters at?? The Dine Ink set is a twofer – 3 stick pens with fork, knife, and spoon caps. They’re food-safe, reusable, and sturdy. These can be purchased at fredandfriends.com. And don’t forget to pick up your pen refills at supplygeeks.com!





USB Fishquarium

There is so much going on here – pencil cup, light, clock, but most importantly, THE FISHTANK. This will take office pets to a whole new level (sorry, pet rock). A low-voltage fishtank runs entirely off your computer’s built-in USB power. Just add water and fish (beta and minnows recommended). Who knows, it might be motivational… you know what that one famous fish says, “Just keep swimming…” Available on thinkgeek.com.






Geek Spotlight - Arthur Chu

Monday, February 24, 2014





From time to time, we like to feature a superstar geek here on the SupplyGeeks Office Blog. And if you're a Jeopardy fan, you're probably already familiar with controversial champion Arthur Chu. What makes him so polarizing? He might have hacked Jeopardy. And it's working like gangbusters. So far, Chu has won over $100,000 in just four appearances on the show.


(Image courtesy of Jeopardy/Mental Floss)

You see, Chu has been using game theory to play the odds and try to outsmart Jeopardy, no small task. His unorthodox approach involves hunting for Daily Doubles, which are usually found in the lower two rows of the Jeopardy board. By controlling the Daily Doubles, Chu's statistical chances of winning the game skyrocket. It also keeps the other players off balance.

This unorthodox style of play has bristled some fans of the show used to watching contestants start at the top of categories and work their way down, gradually increasing in difficulty. But we applaud Chu's disruptive, innovative tactics.

Arthur Chu has also employed an interesting betting strategy for Final Jeopardy: playing to tie. We'll let the geeks over at The Final Wager explain how that works:



To read more about Chu's strategy (Fun fact: IBM supercomputer Watson used the Daily Double approach as well), check out this great interview with him over on Mental Floss. Keep at it, Arthur. The geeks are rooting for you!

Office Advice: How To Deal With Office Stress

Wednesday, February 19, 2014





Dear SupplyGeeks,

My job is crazy stressful. Do you have any tips on how to deal with stress in the office?

Sincerely,

Stressed in Schenectady

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Dear Stressed,

We get this one a lot over at SupplyGeeks HQ. Stress can be a very harmful force in the office and left unchecked can lead to health problems, spontaneous combustion, and violent outbursts at unsuspecting fast food workers. We've seen it a million times. Luckily, we have a few tried and true ways to manage stress in the workplace.

1) Exercise: Every 15 minutes, take an hour exercise break. Walk around the building, do squats in the conference room (preferably during a meeting with the board of directors.), ask everyone in the office if they even lift, bro. HR is totally cool with this, by the way.

2) Naps: If you've never taken a sweaty car nap on your lunch break then you've never lived! So refreshing. Next-level nappers should explore the Constanza method of in-office napping.

3) Sick Days: Everyone has at least one friend who grew up to be a doctor. Milk them for illegible notes diagnosing you with real-sounding diseases like “Inskeep Palsy” or “Kai Ryssdall Syndrome”. Then sit back and enjoy a stress-free Scandal marathon on Netflix.

4) Bourbon: This is sort of our go-to answer to any question, really. Relationship problems? Bourbon. Kids won't pick up their rooms? Bourbon. Stub your toe? Bourbon. Bulleit is a good mid-shelf option but anything brownish and aged in a charred-oak barrel will do in a pinch. Just don't dilute it with anything silly like soda, water, ice, or lunch.

Hope that helps, Stressed. And remember, when all else fails and you feel like you've hit your limit...bourbon.

All the best,

The SupplyGeeks.

SupplyGeeks Office Playlist: Office Romance

Tuesday, February 11, 2014




In honor of Valentine’s Day, the SupplyGeeks have compiled a special office romance edition of our “working jams” playlist series. Just call us your cubical cupids! Maybe you locked eyes across the Copy Room, or brushed hands reaching for the same Pen. So, to all our Legal Pad lovebirds, this one’s for you.

Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Chris Brown – Forever
Coldplay – Yellow
Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Katy Perry – Unconditionally
Keith Urban – Cop Car
Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
Lana Del Ray – Young & Beautiful
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing
Sam Cooke – Bring It Oh Home to Me
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Zac Brown Band – Colder Weather



Office Olympics

Friday, February 07, 2014





It’s here! The Sochi 2014 Olympics are upon us. In most offices, it’ll be the small talk du jour – but don’t just talk… do (at your own risk, of course)! Some of your favorite winter Olympic events can be modified to your office’s specifications. Grab some of your favorite co-workers (and maybe check that the boss is gone) and go for the Gold!

Speed Rolling 

Participants sit in Desk Chairs and propel themselves with their feet in a circle around the office. Bonus tip: use Masking Tape to create lanes.



Biathalon

Part I: “Ski” - Inspired by the “Flonkerton” game originated by season 2 of The Office. Strap some boxes of Copy Paper on your feet and get cross-office shuffling.




Part II: “Shoot” – arm your pinkie and pointer finger and fling a Rubberband at a target.

Water Barrel Bobsled 

Lay down a long row of Water Cooler barrels in a hall… and, uh, just watch what this guy does…




SupplyGeeks Office Playlist: Working Jams For The Corner Office

Tuesday, January 28, 2014





The corner office is reserved for the head honcho… big cheese… grand pooh-bah… you get it. The extra windows and floor space comes with the extra responsibility of being the visionary, senior decision-maker, motivator, and productivity-booster. Whether you’re there now, or hope to be there later, here is a playlist of songs to make you feel LIKE A BOSS.

Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Lose Yourself – Eminem

Make the Money - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Wake Up – Arcade Fire
Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
On To the Next One – Jay Z
Happy – Pharrell Williams




Office Advice: How To Change The Office Radio Station

Wednesday, January 22, 2014





Dear SupplyGeeks,

My office plays the worst radio station all day, every day. What do I do? Help me stop the madness!

Sincerely,

Not So "Easy Listening"

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Dear Not So "Easy Listening",

We feel your pain. But to answer your question as accurately as possible, we conducted a scientific (& totally legit) study that proved that too much “easy listening” music in the office can actually make you insane. Okay, well maybe not insane, but it does hurt your creative mojo. Luckily, we know a little trick that might work. Be warned though, this tactic may also be a little risky to your office reputation.

Now that you understand the risk, here's what you need to do:


Step 1: Go to the radio station's website and write down their entire playlist. (or simply recall from memory in extreme instances)

Step 2: Memorize all the lyrics to every song on the playlist

Step 3: Wait for a playlist song to come on the radio

Step 4: Sing the memorized lyrics. This is important because of the fine line you'll be walking, but you'll need to sing the words low enough where you're not considered crazy, but loud enough to be slightly irritating. To maximize efforts, feel free to add finger/foot drum taps.

Step 5: Sit and wait.


If done correctly, your office manager should have no choice but to change the radio station based on uproar from the cubes.

Now, like we said above, this is a tricky and risky maneuver with a lot of potential to impact your office reputation. However, the reward by far outweighs the risk. Simply put, at the end of the day, there are situations in the office that just need to be handled by a office hero like yourself, by any means necessary.

Best Wishes,

The SupplyGeeks.

So Hot Right Now: 4 Items to Incorporate Into Your 2014 Office Wardrobe

Monday, January 13, 2014


1. STYLISH SPECS
Warby Parker frames are priced so reasonably that you can pick up a new pair on the reg. You can stick to the basics with a wayfarer, or go daring with some trendy round frames. Conveniently pick your favorite 5 online and have them shipped to you for a free home try-on.
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2. BROGUE KICKS – You can’t go wrong with a classic wingtip. Boots or oxfords. Dress them up or dress them down. Either way, they’re a great investment. 


(Clockwise from left: Ted Baker London Sealls Wingtip Boot, TOMS Brogue Wingtip, Qupid Vinci Oxford, Ralph Lauren Collection Vilinda Bootie.)

3. DARING PRINTS – Here’s your chance to express your individuality to your co-workers and make a statement. Add a pop of print under a jacket and slip it into your outfit rotation with the rest of your wardrobe staples. 


(Love Skater Dress in Digital Mirror Print, ALLSAINTS Strategy Shirt.)

4. RADIANT ORCHID – The Pantone color of the year 2014! If you were ever to rock a bold purple, this would be the time to do it. But don’t go overboard. Add just one orchid accessory or piece to a basic monochromatic outfit to avoid being mistaken for Barney the dinosaur…

(Clockwise from left: Madewell Softfleck Sweater in Multi-lilac, Michael Kors JetSet Crossbody Bag in Pomegranate, JCrew Slim Shirt in Purple Check, Michael Kors Silk Bow Tie in Purple.)


Merry Christmas from the SupplyGeeks!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013




Merry Christmas from all of us at SupplyGeeks. We hope you got something super awesome!

We Have A Winner!

Friday, December 20, 2013


Congratulations to John Carmen from AddisonMcKee in Blanchester, Ohio for winning our iPad Mini Giveaway! His name was randomly chosen from a pool of eligible orders and entries. Keep an eye on your mailbox, John. There's a some geeky tech headed your way courtesy of the SupplyGeeks. 

Thank you to everyone else who entered and helped share the giveaway across the interwebs. Stay tuned, we have some cool stuff planned for 2014.

Stay geeky!

Three Awesome Desks For Under $500

Friday, December 13, 2013




A sturdy, attractive desk is the focal point of any office. It may be the most integral piece of furniture for your space, but you don’t have to break the bank finding the perfect one! The SupplyGeeks stock a desk for every need, at every price point. Here are some of our awesome favorites under $500.



Lorell Laminate Computer Desk



This sleek and modern steel frame desk is designed with slanted, square tube legs for plenty of legroom. There are 2 slanted drawer fronts and a pullout keyboard shelf for convenience. ($115.00)


Lorrell Durable Single Pedestal Desk

The grey steel frame and cherry laminate top is a classic! It features a durable laminate top and radius edges, and a file drawer that accommodates letter and legal-size files. ($398.00)


Lorell Mahogany Executive Desk

This elegant double-pedestal desk in espresso is perfect for an executive office suite or even the corner office. It’s a sturdy investment - the surface is burn and impact resistant. It has lots of storage options with 4 drawers for files and supplies. ($454.91)

 

Office Supply Couture

Thursday, December 05, 2013


Reality TV series Project Runway has been known for some crazy unconventional design challenges – but the latest is something us SupplyGeeks can definitely get behind! The Season 3 All-Star cast was challenged with “keepin’ it classy” by creating an outfit made of School Supplies. Supply-savvy designers utilized Rubber Bands, Rulers, Protractors, Thumb TacksPlastic Folders, and more.

The winning design, by Christopher Palu, was constructed from Binders, Scissors, and Magnets. Stunning!




This other top design was made out of Construction Paper, Paper Clips, and Pencil cases. Ooh-Ahh!



How cool!? If you want to see even more, check out all of the other closet “staples” Here.

 

Top 5 Holiday Gifts For Any Geek

Tuesday, December 03, 2013





‘Tis the season! Everybody knows a SupplyGeek but do you know what to give them come the holidays? Here’s a list of our top 5 holiday gifts for any geek in your life!


Zenergy Ball Chair





It’s basically a toy! Perfect for the geek who likes to play, this chair is designed with an exercise ball covered in mesh, so your seating experience can come alive. It provides movement that not only helps you sit comfortably, but also helps you concentrate and supports better posture and balance. The mesh cover comes in three colors (Crimson, Grass or Black) and a pump to help you inflate to a better state of mind. ($149.00)



Day Runner Deco Planner
 




So sleek and made for the geek who likes to stay on schedule. This refillable deco planner features a simulated leather cover with contrast inset stripe, and modern silver zipper closure, which gives this binder a sophisticated appearance. The three-ring binder features business card slots, pen loop, and inside front pocket. It includes an undated 12-month calendar, weekly planning pages, notepad, telephone/address tabs, page marker/ruler and storage pouch. ($34.90)


Qi Bamboo iPad Protector
 

For the green & techy geek! This iPad Protector is made of earth-friendly bamboo, a sustainable and renewable material. It’s a strong, slim, and durable marriage between technology and nature. Encase your iPad while gaining a sophisticated, modern edge. This iPad Protector looks great and travels even better and the accommodating design allows opening slots for ports and camera lens. ($27.90)


Sonnet Fountain Pen
 



For the fancy geek! This refillable fountain pen design includes an 18 karat gold nib, gold trim, gold pocket clip and a matte black finish. Ooh-Ahh! ($95.90)


Microsoft Laptop Carrying Case
 




For geeks on the go! The lightweight, water-resistant sleeve is designed to protect your laptop when carried alone or in your bag. The attractive design features thick neoprene material with molded EVA Cushion Cell lining, and trimmed with orange accents. Plus, it complies with TSA guidelines - checkpoint friendly sleeve eliminates the need to remove your laptop while going through airport security. Top double zipper opening offers convenience and easy access, and the sleeve features webbed handles for easy gripping. ($19.00)


As you can see, no matter what type of Geek you're shopping for, the SupplyGeeks can hook you up. The best part? We have even more super awesome (& geeky) gift ideas for you. Just make sure to check out our Office Gifts hand-selected by the SupplyGeeks!

Why Choose Microfiber? A New Clean!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013




What’s your Cleaning weapon of choice? Sponges? Brooms? Here’s a Geek secret – microfiber cleaning tools make cleaning faster, better, and safer. Microfiber Mops & Refills are super lightweight and easy to use. The innovative design boosts performance and you can clean over 45% faster.  Yes, 45% faster!


Microfiber tools provide an environmentally-friendly solution. Plus, they require less water and almost no chemicals, so you save money. The ultra-fine fiber pads grab and hold dirt and remove bacteria. And a Bucket With A No-Touch Wringer prevents germs from spreading.




So if you're looking for a new (and cool) way to clean your office and breakroom, make sure you check out microfiber solutions.