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The SupplyGeeks Office Blog

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 Best Pens – According to Gawker

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Who better to judge writing utensils than writers? In a recent Gawker.com blog post, (what we assume to be) professional pen reviewers highlighted what their team deemed “the best”.
Literally, “This Is The Best Pen”: Pilot G2 Gel Ink Rollerball Pen





This is “The Second Best Pen”: PaperMate Flair Felt-tip Pen [beware, lefties]




And here are some pens that got honorable mentions:
Pilot Precise Rollerball Pen



Uni-ball Jetstream Retractable Pen




Zebra Pen





What do you think? Were they ON POINT? [Get it?? Pen joke.]









Choosing the Dry Erase Board That Best Fits Your Needs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Whether you're giving a presentation, creating a daily to-do list, holding a business meeting or brainstorming ideas - a dry erase board is a perfect tool to use. And with so many different sizes and styles, there's bound to be a dry erase board that fits your need. On the other hand, with all those sizes and styles to sort through, you may struggle to decide on the board that's just right for you or your business.
So, let the Geeks try and help with a breakdown of some of the dry erase boards that we offer.


PORCELAIN DRY ERASE BOARDS Great for frequent use in settings such as: Meeting Rooms Collaboration Areas Manufacturing Floors Offices Classrooms Open Office Environments

Frame Styles Classic Elegant Widescreen
Popular Size Options 3' x 2' 4' x 3' 5' x 3' 6' x 4' 8' x 4' Finish Options Aluminum Mahogany Magnetic Surface 
Yes - great for calendars, communications and personalization A Few Porcelain Options Classic: 3' x 2' Aluminum | 4' x 3' Aluminum | 5' x 3' Aluminum | 6' x 4' Aluminum | 8' x 4' Aluminum
Elegant: 4' x 3' Mahogany | 6' x 4' Mahogany | 8' x 4' Mahogany | 4' x 3' Aluminum | 6' x 4' Aluminum | 8' x 4' Aluminum
Widescreen: 4' x 3' Aluminum | 6' x 4' Aluminum | 8' x 4' Aluminum

MELAMINE DRY ERASE BOARDS
Great for occasional use in settings such as: Offices

Frame Styles Elegant Widescreen Popular Size Options 2' x 1.5' 3' x 2' 4' x 3' 6' x 4' 8' x 4'
Finish Options Aluminum Graphite Light Cherry Mahogany Magnetic Surface No


A Few Melamine Options
Elegant: 2' x 1.5' Mahogany4' x 3' Mahogany6' x 4' Mahogany8' x 4' Mahogany
Widescreen Aluminum: 3' x 2' | 4' x 3' | 6' x 4' 
Widescreen Mahogany: 4' x 3' | 6' x 4' | 8' x 4' 
Widescreen Graphite: 3' x 2'4' x 3' | 6' x 4' 
Widescreen Light Cherry: 6' x 4' 









The SupplyGeek Guide To Work-Related New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oh, New Year's. Filled with so much promise and so many goals. Almost half of all Americans make resolutions to better themselves personally and professionally in the coming year. Improving your career is a popular resolution, and if you’re looking for ideas on how to break that down into manageable goals to keep throughout 2015, here’s a quick list:

  • Join a professional group and network regularly
  • Improve your relationship with your boss
  • Keep a clean and organized workspace
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Think more creatively
  • Befriend a co-worker you do not habitually interact with
  • Take a class or seminar to improve, or learn, a new skill
  • Respond promptly to emails and phone calls
  • Keep a calendar to best manage your time
  • Stop eating lunch at your desk
  • Don’t check your phone during meetings
  • Get up from your desk more often to talk face-to-face with co-workers instead of emailing them
  • Prioritize your projects







  • How Does Coffee REALLY Work?

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    In the U.S., there are 100 million people who drink coffee daily. 60% of these coffee drinkers claim that they need a cup of coffee to start their day. As I waited for MY daily morning coffee (yeah, I’m one of those), I thought to myself – how does this REALLY work… what is it about this drink that makes me so happy and functional? Maybe you’ve wondered this, too. So, I did some Googling for us, and here is what I found:

    1. Your brain accumulates adenosine, which slows it down throughout the day making you tired.

    2. Caffeine is like a trick-adenosine - when you ingest it, it works through your bloodstream to your brain, battles your adenosine and wins making you feel energy instead of fatigue.

    3. At the same time, caffeine also stimulates your adrenaline and dopamine levels – getting your heart pumping and happy.

    4. As caffeine levels decrease and you begin to feel tired again, sip and repeat because it is basically impossible to overdose on caffeine.









    Geeky Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

    Monday, December 15, 2014
    The holiday season is a time for giving - everyone knows that. But what everyone doesn’t know, is what to give. If you’re struggling to find the perfect present to place under that glowing tree this year, then you’ve landed on the right page! The Geek’s put together a list of the items that they would greatly enjoy opening on Christmas morning. 5 Geeky Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season Keurig Brewer Ahh coffee - making mornings more manageable for years. This Keurig Brewer provides fresh cup after fresh cup. Easy to clean and simple machine - this gift is prefect for any and all coffee drinkers. Zenergy Chair Add a little bounce to your day! Designed with an exercise ball, the Zenergy Chair supports better posture and balance. LED Table Lamp A slick looking table lamp with a built in USB charger. Compact design also features one-touch dimming to three settings. Wireless Keyboard and Mouse No more cluttered and tangled wires surrounding your computer. This wireless keyboard and mouse offers up to a 10 meter range! Smart Charge Pencil Cup This is a great addition to any office or home. With a built-in USB hut, this pencil cup is designed to fit (and charge) any smart phone, e-reader or tablet.

    Holiday Playlist

    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Holiday Playlist


    ‘Tis the season! Are you jolly? We’ve put together a new playlist to put you in the holiday mood!








    Color Your Way To A Stress Free Day

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Color Your Way to a Stress Free Day Well, color us excited! There’s a Huffington Post article being shared around on the interwebs that is making us very nostalgic --- Apparently, “Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.”


    In the early 20th century, psychologist Carl Jung was among the first to use coloring as a form of stress relief. Psychologists have since found that coloring stimulates two of our brain – the action of coloring heightens activity in the cerebral cortex (logic, vision, motor skills), while lowering activating in the amygdala (emotion).


    Always one’s to look out for our fellow geeks – here are few shortcut links to get you started on that relaxation:

    First, choose your utensil(s):

    - Crayons
    - Colored Pencils
    - Markers


    Then, pick one of these free printable coloring pages:

    - Print Mandala
    - Coloring Pages for Adults
    - Enjoy Coloring







    SupplyGeeks Guide to Surviving Cold and Flu Season

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    cold and flu season October marked the start of cold and flu season – have you come out unscathed so far?  Whether you’re looking for germ avoidance or cold relief, SupplyGeeks has just what the doctor ordered.
    Hand Sanitizers
    Look how happy this little guy looks to be protecting you from germs!




    Tissues
    Soothe your sniffles with something soft!




    Medication
    Some temporary cold relief for that congestion, cough and fever.





    Playlist Refresh – SupplyGeeks on Spotify

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Office Playlist Refresh


    We’ve created a lot of playlists over the last year, so it seemed like the right time for a refresh! Have you had a chance to check out the jams we’ve been pumping out? New songs have been added, so now is the time to get caught up:


    Working Jams for the Number Cruncher





    Working Jams for the Creative Mind





    Working Jams for the Receptionist





    Working Jams for the Corner Office





    Mellow Office





    Office Romance







    Office Advice: Too Close For Comfort

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014



    Dear SupplyGeeks,


    Unlike most people at the office, I enjoy the company of my cubemate. We actually get along and share a lot of the same interests outside of work. Well, then what could be the problem you ask? Let me tell you. They give a 1-2 punch to my comfort zone. Not only are they an extremely close talker that gets all up in my business, but they tend to have not so pleasant coffee breath at all times of the day.

    How do I keep my space and freshen their breath without being obvious? Help!

    Sincerely,

    Don’t Bring It In For The Real Thing

    Dear Don’t Bring It In For The Real Thing,

    We feel for you on this one. The combo of an invasion of personal space AND coffee breath can be killer. As always though, the SupplyGeeks can help.

    Let's start with your personal space:

    1. Caution Floor Sign - A perfect way to keep your cubemate at bay is by using a wet floor sign. Just stick one of these between your chairs and enjoy your space. Floor carpeted? No problem. Just come up with an elaborate story about how the janitor is using a brand new carpet cleaner that makes carpet slippery. Works every time.



    2. Isolation Mask -
    Nothing says "give me some personal space" like wearing an antiviral face mask. The key here is to Google and diagnose yourself with a long, hard to pronounce medical term. Remember, the longer, the better. Pro tip: You just want space, not an HR nightmare, so make sure you choose a non-life threatening condition.



    3. Caution Tape -
    Treat your side of the cube like a construction zone with some handy dandy caution tape. For the safety of your cubemate, they will be forced to stay on their side. Note: Hard Hat and Safety Vest are optional, but are encouraged for believability. 




    Now, let's knock out that coffee breath:

    1. Mints - A mint should always be your default go to choice for the quick, emergency stanky breath situation. Keeping a free for the taking jar of these bad boys in the the cube is a first line of defense used by the pros.



    2. Gum - For a moderate to heavy threat of bad breath, sometimes mints just don't cut the mustard. That is where our trusty friend Gum comes in. The best part? Not only is gum more effective, but rarely will anyone turn down a free piece of gum. Not only that, but give yourself a pat on the back for being a super cool cubemate by sharing.



    3. Listerine - Desperate times call for desperate measures. Hasta la vista, coffee breath.




    There you have it - the SupplyGeeks way of taking back your cube. Now, just sit back, relax and enjoy a little space and fresh air.

    Signed,

    The SupplyGeeks








    Trick or Treat!

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014


    Boo! Who's ready for Halloween?! Stocking up on sweets is a sure way to be the favorite around the office; and, like always, SupplyGeeks has you covered! Here is our quick list guide to a sugar rush:

    Bubbaloo Bubble Gum

    Bubbaloo Bubble Gum


    Double Bubble

    Dubble Bubble Chewing Gum


    Dum Dum Pops

    Dum Dum Pops Original Pops Candy


    Fruit Slices

    Office Snax Assorted Fruit Slices


    Jelly Belly

    Jelly Belly Trial Size


    Jolly Ranchers

    Jolly Ranchers


    Laffy Taffy

    Wonka Laffy-Taffy


    Life Savers

    Wrigley Life Savers


    Riesen Chewy Chocolate

    Riesen Chewy Chocolate


    Soft and Chewy Candy Mix

    Soft and Chewy Candy Mix


    Starburst

    Starburst


    Tootsie Pops

    Tootsie Pops


    Tootsie Rolls

    Tootsie Rolls


    Twizzlers

    Twizzlers Strawberry


    Wonka Mix-Up Candy

    Wonka Mix-Up Candy





    SupplyGeeks Kensington Giveaway!

    Monday, October 20, 2014



    Has your keyboard and mouse seen better days? If you answered yes, the SupplyGeeks want to help you out.

    We know that you spend most of your day using the dynamic keyboard & mouse duo. We also know that in order to rock it at work and be successful, you need a desktop combo that's not from when Beanie Babies were a "thing."

    That's why the Geeks @ SupplyGeeks.com are giving away a Kensington Pro Fit Wireless Comfort Desktop Set! Awwwwww yeaaaah! Here's just a few of the sweet specs:

    - Includes keyboard, mouse and 2.4GHz wireless technology so you can position both in their optimal position with up to 30' range.
    - Soft rubber mouse grip and cushioned keyboard wrist rest provide all-day comfort.
    - Instant plug-and-play design with a simple USB connection requires no drivers or software.
    - Comfortable, full-size keyboard features dedicated Internet and multimedia keys to boost productivity 
    - Features optimal ergonomic adjustments with multiple positive and negative tilting positions.
    - Midsize, right-handed mouse features forward and back buttons and selectable high-definition optical sensor (1000/1750 dpi) for responsive control.

    Now through November 21, to get a shot at winning this awesome combo, all you need to do is enter via the giveaway box below. There are 4 ways to enter and all of them are super easy and take less than 5 minutes. The winner will be announced on November 24. Good luck!





    Legal Mumbo Jumbo (Official Rules):
     No purchase necessary. This sweepstakes is open only to legal US residents living in the contiguous 48 states who are 18 or older as of October 15, 2014. This sweepstakes is sponsored by SupplyGeeks.com, 4722 50th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (the "Sponsor"). Employees of SupplyGeeks.com, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each employee are not eligible. The sweepstakes runs from 12:00 AM EST on October 20 to 11:59 PM EST on November 21 (the "Entry Period"). During the Entry period, there are four ways to enter. Method 1: "Like" SupplyGeeks on Facebook through the hosted Rafflecopter raffle entry box on the official giveaway blog post, Method 2: "Follow" SupplyGeeks on Twitter through the hosted Rafflecopter raffle entry box on the official giveaway blog post, Method 3: "Tweet A Message" on Twitter through the hosted Rafflecopter raffle entry box on the official giveaway blog post, Method 4: Take a picture of your keyboard and mouse and email to customer service@supplygeeks.com through the hosted Rafflecopter raffle entry box on the official giveaway blog post. On November 24, Rafflecopter software will select one (1) potential winner in a random drawing of all entries received. If that winner does not respond within 72 hours, SupplyGeeks.com will select an alternate winner at random. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winner will receive a new Kensington Pro Fit Wireless Comfort Desktop Set, approximate retail value of $75. The winner is responsible for taxes and any and all other costs and expense not listed. A list of winners can be obtained on November 24 at www.supplygeeks.com. Void where prohibited. Rules subject to change. SupplyGeeks is not responsible for entries that are lost, misdirected, or fail to enter into the system, or are processed, reported, or transmitted late or incorrectly; or for any other errors or problems of any kind, whether typographical, printing, mechanical, human, electronic, or otherwise, relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, any error or problem that may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Sweepstakes-related materials All rights reserved. Stay geeky.




    The Way to Your Co-workers’ Hearts: Fall Edition

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Earlier this year we showed you some springtime treats to win over your coworkers' hearts (and bellies). But really, the best time for baked goods is the fall time - hellooooo, pumpkin spice. Here are some ideas for goodies to whip up this season!


    Carmel Apple Cookies

    Caramel Apple Cookies


    Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns


    Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns


    Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

    Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins







    5 Crayola Markers You Didn’t Know Existed

    Thursday, October 2, 2014
    SupplyGeeks - New Crayola Markers

    Sorry, Crayola Classics, there’s some new kids in town…

    Multicultural Markers - Offers colors for diverse skin tones. The 8-pack includes beige, bronze, golden beige, mahogany, sienna, tan, tawny and terra cotta.

    multicultural markers


    Crystal Effect Window Markers - Turn an ordinary window or mirror into a colorful crystal canvas. Watch as marker colors glaze over and crystallize before your eyes. Colors wipe off windows with a damp paper towel.

    Window Markers


    eXtreme Markers – An 8-pack of vibrant, ultra-bright colors like Electric Blue, Neon Yellow, Fiery Orange and Infra Red.

    eXtreme Makers


    Super Tips - Features a versatile tip that draws both thick and thin lines. BONUS: These Silly Scents Markers contains 20 different colors with five different scents.

    Super Tip Markers


    Bright Fabric Markers – Color on cotton or polyester clothing and accessories. No ironing is required. Simply apply the marker and toss the fabric in the dryer.

    Fabric Markers





    Office Art

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Well be still our SupplyGeek hearts! We’ve seen some art made out of unusual objects, but here is some unconventional art we can get behind. Some incredibly talented artists have created sculptures out of some of our favorite everyday office supplies. We’re in love.


    Staples - Jerry Bleem creates abstract sculptures using found objects and staples. This one is made of ads from art magazines, thread and staples:

    Jerry Bleem


    Crayons - Herb Williams is one of the only people to have an account with Crayola. To create his colorful art he orders each crayon color individually packed and cut the sticks down to the length needed. Then bonds the paper—not the wax—to a form carved or cast, completely enveloping the form.

    Herb Williams


    Pencil Lead – New Zealander Peter Trevelyan created intricate, geometric sculptures out of pencil lead designed for mechanical pencils. He creates the fragile sculptures by fusing the graphite lead with glue.

    Peter Trevelyan






    SupplyGeeks Office Playlist: Mellow Office

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    SupplyGeeks Office Playlist: Mellow Office

    Feeling stressed? Take deep breaths and throw our new Mellow Office playlist on. These are not your mama’s adult contemporary tunes. These modern, dulcet and smooth sounds will help calm any nerves or aggression. Check it, and chill!








    Office Advice: The Unassigned Parking Spot

    Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Office Advice: The Unassigned Parking Spot

    Dear SupplyGeeks,


    For years I’ve been parking my car in the same spot - 8 a.m. sharp. But as of late, I pull up and my spot is taken. How should I go about getting my un’assigned’ parking spot back?

    Sincerely,

    Missing My Two White Lines

    ---

    Dear Two White Lines,

    Just as you sleep in the same bed and sit at the same Desk on a daily basis, cruising into the same parking spot should be a part of your comfy daily routine as well. Here are a few ways to steer yourself right back in-between those two white lines.

    1. Earlier Riser. The sooner you get to the office, the better chance you have at that desired spot. Just simply set your Alarm Clock a little earlier.

    SupplyGeeks - Clocks


    2. VIP Only. Sometimes you have to play bouncer and only allow the right crowd in through the Black Ropes. The right crowd in this case being your vehicle. 

    SupplyGeeks - Crowd Control Stanchions/Ropes


    3. Taste of Their Own Medicine. They may beat you to your parking spot, but there’ll come a time in the day where you can swap Chairs, trade Coffee mugs or maybe you’d really like a Harvard Diploma hanging from your wall.

    SupplyGeeks - Frames


    4. Hire a Traffic Guard. All the guard needs is a whistle, a Safety Vest and a directing Flashlight and the spot is all yours.

    SupplyGeeks - Safety Vests


    There you have it - 4 ways to win back that section of the parking lot that both you and your car long for!

    Signed,

    The SupplyGeeks




    Mr. Sketch - Blueberry Fart

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014


    Ever wonder how Mr. Sketch scented markers capture the smell? Hint - it involves farting fruit.







    How It Got Made: Pens and Pencils

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    How it Got Made: Pens & Pencils You use them on the reg., but do you REALLY know how your Pen and Pencil came to be?  Leave it to the Science Channel to show you how it’s done. These clips from “How It’s Made” show the ins-and-outs of ballpoint pen and wood pencil making. Teaser: It entails writing test machines and lead sandwiches.

    Retractable Pens




    Pencils




    Bonus Video - Colored Pencils







    What Does Your Favorite Ink Pen Color Say About You?

    Thursday, August 21, 2014
    What does your favorite ink pen color say about you?

    You know that old adage... “The pen is mightier than the sword.” But do you know what your “weapon of choice” says about you? Each color suggests different personality traits. Is your color of choice correctly reflecting your character?

    BLACK
    Power. Prestige. Independent. Determined. Dominant. Authoritative. Non-emotional. Methodical.

    BLUE
    Trustworthy. Sincere. Sensitive. Harmony-seeking. Cautious. Serious. Welcoming. Calculating.

    RED
    Optimistic. Active. Confident. Determined. Impulsive. Competitive. Passionate. Enthusiastic. 

    GREEN
    Introspective. Analytic. Compassionate. Strong-willed. Observer. Practical. Stable. Gentle.




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