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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.

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 09, 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 02, 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 03, 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.




Show Your Fanhood - NFL Office Products

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
NFL Tape and Note Dispensers

You know what’s great about football? It makes it perfectly okay to hoot and holler at the tv screen, high five all day long and wear the same lucky tee week after week.

Know what is also great? Football season is here.

But hey, just because your favorite team is only scheduled to play once a week, doesn’t mean you can’t rep them all week long.

Aside from Painting the mascot on your face each morning, the Geeks have the perfect office products to showcase your NFL love every day.


NFL Helmet Tape Dispensers
Rip off a piece of tape from your favorite team's helmet and give it a good pat every time you do something exceptionally well.

NFL Helmet Tape Dispensers
Available for all 32 NFL teams.


NFL Football Post-it Dispensers
Next time you need to jot down a quick note, do so by reaching for the teed-up pigskin sitting at your desk. Side-Note: a good first note to jot down would be to remember to not spike the football during any office celebration dances.

NFL Note Dispensers
Available for all 32 NFL teams.


And no worries when the first string Tape-Roll and Post-it Pad run out, that’s what the backups are for!




Back-to-School Shopping Checklist

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
SupplyGeeks - Back 2 School Supplies

Don’t worry, summer isn’t over yet. But, we’re closing in on just a month left of sunny vacation. Sometime during that month, you may have a little Back-to-School Shopping to do. And if that’s the case, the Geeks put together a Free Downloadable Back-to-School PDF Checklist to make your shopping quicker and easier.

Rather than pushing a cart up and down aisles A through Z in hopes to find all the school supplies you need, we welcome you to use our nifty checklist with provided item numbers for a fast and accurate search.

Below are a few of the school supplies from the checklist to get you going!


Business Source 3 Ring Binder - BSN09976

SupplyGeeks - Binder


Elmer's All Purpose Glue - EPIE304

SupplyGeeks - Glue



Sparco 1-Subject Notebook - SPR83250

SupplyGeeks - Sparco Notebook


Business Source Ballpoint Pen - BSN37501

SupplyGeeks - Ballpoint Pen


Integra Highlighters - Assorted Colors - ITA30001

SupplyGeeks - Highlighters








SupplyGeeks - Back to School Checklist

Product Flashback - Sidewalk Chalk

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Product Flashback - Sidewalk Chalk Not too long back, as young Geeks, we didn’t find every answer online, we didn’t store files in the cloud and only those at your dining table ‘Liked’ the plate of food you were chowing on.


Though times are different, there are still those awesome little products that had it right, right from the get-go.


One of those products that our geeky selfs can’t get enough of is a tub full of colorful Sidewalk Chalk.


And for all those rookie chalkers out there not yet convinced of this chalk greatness we speak of, below are 10 fun ways to chalk up your day!



1. Hopscotch. Mark off those 10-squares, toss the rock and hop away!

2. 4-Square. A geek-game favorite. If this doesn’t ring your recess bell, we encourage you to read up on the rules and give it a go on the next sunny afternoon.

3. Tic-Tac-Toe. A simple game that brings out the competitor in all of us.

4. Messages. Whether you’re a business advertising tasty fries or just saying hi to mom, chalk gets the attention and the job done.

5. Masterpiece. In our eyes, even a stick figure drawing deserves a round of applause.

6. Hangman. You’re the sneaky one who chooses words with x and z’s - aren’t you?

7. Maze. Whip up a maze that takes some serious back-tracking to get through.

8. Autograph Practice. We all know you’ll be famous someday. Go ahead and perfect your John Hancock on the concrete.

9. Sidelines. Roller hockey or b-ball - it’s not an official game without some clearly marked sidelines and goals.

10. Tracing. Did you know that a traced hand often resembles that of a wild turkey?



There you have it. Go chalk-ing crazy fellow geeks!




Are You A Control Freak?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The SupplyGeeks Control Freak Test

Every office has a control freak. You know, the one person who HAS to make the Coffee, HAS to pick where to go for lunch, or HAS to run the powerpoint clicker thing in presentations. While control freaks can be highly annoying, most of the time, they hardly know they are acting a little cray-cray. Rather, all they really try to do (or think they are doing) is offer up a little friendly advice or constructive criticism. The only problem? A lot of people are control freaks and don't even know they are.

To be fair, we are all a little control freak-ish. And being a control freak isn't that bad or the end of the world. However, control freaks deep down, worry that if they don't have everything under their wing, that it will all go haywire. This can be bad. However, as we all know, the sun does come up and coffee does get made (thank goodness) without every aspect being controlled. 

To determine if you are a full on control freak, we have created a super scientific test. And by super scientific, we mean we gave it to our own SupplyGeeks HQ office control freak without them knowing. Let's just say they set the bar and gave a stamp of approval.

1) When things get a little out of hand. Okay, when things get a lot out of hand, do you try to take control or smooth things over?

2) Do you try to “rescue” people, offering solutions to problems, advise or suggestions – even if they tell you to talk to the hand or to kick rocks?

3) Do you feel insulted if someone strongly disagrees with you?

4) Do you think it's (insert your name here)'s way, or the highway!

5) Do you dislike or have a hard time delegating, depending on others, asking for help or letting others do things for you?

6) Are you drawn to emotionally fragile people, always trying to fix the broken things in their lives?

7) Do you super, mega overplan the most simple activities?

8) Is it hard for you to admit making a mistake, being wrong or acknowledging that you've changed your mind?


Control Freak Scale:

0 
You appreciated taking the test; whether you enjoyed it or not. Now you're moving on to whatever happens next.
Test Reaction: Nice work Geeks. That was a well written test - wouldn't change a thing.

1-2
You know what you want when you want it, but usually you just go with the flow.
Test Reaction: Sounds about right - after-all, you can't make these things up.

3-5
You're not surprised to be in the middle of the pack. You tug a little and let others tug a little back.
Test Reaction: That went really well... for the most part.

6-7
You're okay with taking the lead and actually prefer to do so. Most times you do it without even knowing. 
Test 
Reaction: This is a somewhat unexpected; are you sure this algorithm is correct? Let me check.

8
You're wondering who wrote this test and would like to speak with a geek in order to send your edited version over.
Test Reaction: Who wrote this test? I'd like to speak with a geek and send over my edited version.

Compare your “Yes” answers to the scale above. How'd ya do?

If you answered yes to 4 or more questions, don't panic. Apart from controlling behavior, control freaks also tend to be well organized, diligent, persistent and all around pretty awesome. The most important thing to consider? Being a control freak doesn't mean you are stuck that way for your whole life. With a little work, you can change your ways and start to focus that controlling thought pattern and turn it into a positive.




Breakfast on the Run

Thursday, July 10, 2014

You won’t be doing yourself, or anyone around you, any favors by skipping breakfast. It affects your mood, cognition and energy, and overall health. In our opinion, the best breakfast is one that buys you a few more minutes of sleep – the to-go breakfast! Here are some tasty, make-ahead options to grab-and-go on your way out the door.


Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

Overnight, no-cook refrigerator oatmeal


Bacon-Stuffed Pancake Muffins

Bacon-stuffed pancake muffins


On-the-Go Yogurt Parfaits

On-the-go yogurt parfaits


Make-Ahead Breakfast Omelette

Make-ahead breakfast omlettes




5 Creative Ways To Use Your Label Maker

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
5 Creative Ways to Use Your Label Maker

The label maker speaks to the OCD in all of us. First it’s file folders, then it's binder tabs… then it’s EVERYTHING ELSE YOU CAN STICK A LABEL ON. The labeling options are endless, and it is amazing. Here are five new ways to use your label maker:

1. Customized Binder Clips. Affix labels like “to do”, “to file”, “urgent”, etc. to a binder clip to keep your paper stacks organized.


SupplyGeeks - Binder Clips


2. Garden Markers. Identify your crops with some DIY garden markers; sticking labels to plastic knives or popsicle sticks.

SupplyGeeks - Plastic Knife


3. Cords. Pull the right charger out of your tangled pile of cords the first time, every time! Wrap a label around each cord identifying its purpose.

SupplyGeeks - Networking & Cables


4. Travel Bottles. Stop guessing whether it’s the conditioner or hand lotion you put in that travel bottle by labeling the contents of each container.

SupplyGeeks - Label Makers


5. Dog. Juuuuust kiddinggggg!

Label Maker




Office Tested - Geek Approved: Privacy Filter

Friday, June 27, 2014

Office Tested - Geek Approved - 3M Privacy Filters


Whether you handle super secret confidential files on a widescreen laptop or just like a little privacy from your three hour plane flight seat neighbor, this blog is for you. With a variety of sizes to fit most screens, the Geeks carry the 3M Privacy Filters that allow you to work and surf privately in public. Though the Geeks have nothing to hide, we took the privacy filters for a spin. Below are some of the Geeky reviews that we found great about the product.

SupplyGeeks - Privacy Filters

Your Eyes Only. Only someone who is directly in front of the monitor is able to view the screen data. When viewing from the side, the screen will either Darken or turn a Vibrant Gold (depending on the filter type).

Clear View. While directly in front of the screen, the filter doesn’t take away from a clear, crisp view as you have without a filter.

Protection. The filter helps keep your LCD screen free from scratches and fingerprints. 

Stays Put. Closing and opening your laptop a few times a day doesn’t mean reinserting the filter each time.

Reversible. Depending on the style, you have the option of anti-glare/gloss and gold/black.

Eyes on your own screen fellow Geeks!




Keep It Cool: A Guide to Office Fans

Thursday, June 19, 2014
SupplyGeeks Office Blog - Keep It Cool: A Guide to Office Fans

Meet your quintessential office buddy for summer – the fan. In the case that your office is A/C-free or if the breeze doesn’t quite make it to your desk, the SupplyGeeks have a few options to help you keep your cool.


Lorell Clip-On Personal Fan - $13.20
6" Clip-On Personal Fan mounts wherever needed. Strong, easy-to-open clamp with rubber grips, holds tight while preventing scratches. Fan is equipped with two-speed operation and adjustable tilt mechanism.

SupplyGeeks - Lorell Personal Fan


Lorell Quiet Oscillating Desk Fan - $28.34
12" Oscillating Fan features push-button control with high, medium and low settings. Turn oscillation on and off control. Fan operates quietly. Tabletop fan is made of high-impact plastic with metal safety grill.

SupplyGeeks - Lorell Quiet Oscillating Desk Fan


Lorell 3-Speed Tilt Box Fan - $36.27
Box fan offers three speeds for your cooling needs. Direct the soothing airflow with the tilting angle adjustment. Box fan also features a 7' power cord and plastic base and housing.

SupplyGeeks - Lorell 3-Speed


Lorell Wall Mount Fan - $41.08
16" fan with pull chain can be mounted to your wall. Fan offers a single pull-chain switch, three speed settings and an oscillating and adjustable tilt head. Mount to wood or metal support when attached to drywall. Fan includes mounting hardware and a 6' power cord.

SupplyGeeks - Lorell Wall Mount Fan


Lorell Floor Fan - $56.43
This floor fan is ideal for bedroom or living room use. Motorized oscillation and 16” fan blades designed to provide quiet and efficient operation. Remote control offers a four-hour timer with batteries includes.


SupplyGeeks - Lorell Floor Fan




Crazy Cool Customers - Chili Clipboard

Thursday, June 12, 2014
SupplyGeeks Office Blog - Crazy Cool Customers

Every day the Geeks get to talk on the phone or have a typed out conversation on LiveChat with some awesome people - our customers.

A customer recently sent the Geeks a photo of the clipboards that they ordered from us after they had screen printed a branded image on them for an upcoming chili cook-off. 

The customer’s excitement of how well the clipboards looked rubbed off on us (not to mention, made us hungry) and we wanted to spread that excitement on to you!

Nothing puts us in a geekier mood than seeing or hearing about our customers enjoying a SupplyGeeks product.

Are you enjoying your new file cabinet, computer riser, binder? Send us a fun picture of your SupplyGeek purchase being put to use and we’ll feature it on our blog! (customerservice@supplygeeks.com)

Screen Printed Clipboard




How to Properly Dispose of Your Old Copier (Hint: It’s not like “Office Space”)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

However much we might want to go all “Office Space” on our old printers and copiers




… there is a proper way to dispose of that kind of equipment. Electronics actually will take hundreds of years to decompose, and leak toxic chemicals into soil and water. You don’t want that detrimental environmental hazard on your karmic record – do you?

Greenyour.com, a great guide to green living, gives some great tips on how to appropriately recycle your used copiers.
  • Donation Sites: If it’s still in working condition, donate your machine to a school, non-profit organization or low-income community. For example, Recycles.org provides a secure and convenient exchange for donors and nonprofit recipients allowing businesses, schools and other organizations to donate used electronics for reuse.
  • Manufacture Take-Back Program: Visit your machine manufacturer’s website. Many companies, such as Sharp and HP, have collection programs that will accept used machines for reuse or recycling.
  • E-Waste Recycling Sites: Private recycling companies exist across the world that will help you properly dispose of technology. Visit eiae.org to identify programs in your area!



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