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Business of Furniture - September 20, 2017

  •   UPFRONT: What We Learned: CIFF Shanghai - What you think you know about the Chinese office furniture industry is almost certainly wrong or at least changing. The Chinese furniture market of the past was focused on serving the North American and European manufacturers. Now it is heading to market with ideas of its own and has turned toward serving the end user.
  •   Steelcase to Partner with FLOS; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams - The relationships with the two companies will give Steelcase dealers easier access to the ancillary products becoming more and more important in the industry.
  •   Out of Darkness Came Light: Sensitile Interactive Lighting Surfaces Designed to Engage and Delight - For Abhinand Lath, out of the darkness came light. To which he added shadow and created a sense of movement.
  •   CoLaboration - Al Everett - "I'll be your CAD Monkey .... Just Keep the Checks Coming"
  •   Stephen Says - "Your President Can't Commute By Plane! If They Won't Move Their Lives, They Shouldn't Get the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Echo Global Logistics Offices – Chicago
  •   BoF NEWS - Steelcase Reports Flat Second Quarter Results
    The current quarter reflected increased discounting and incentives, higher commodity costs, investments in support of product development and manufacturing agility, and unfavorable shifts in business mix.
  •   BoF NEWS - Virco Reports Improved Results
    Strong order rates in spring and early summer translated into profitable revenue growth for the second quarter and first six months.
  •   BoF PULSE NEWS - Trendway Employees Support Hurricane Survivors / Karndean Designflooring Hurricane Relief / SurfaceWorks Awarded Purchasing Group Contract / Knú Contract | La-Z-Boy Meets BIFMA Certification / National Office Furniture Recognized / Level Reps & Flipside Join ESI / Kimball Personnel Addition / MRL New President
  •   Whiteboard - Approachable Technology in the Workplace / It's the Workplace, but not as We Know It / What Workplaces Can Learn From College Campuses
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest in products from Okamura and Innovations
  •   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, 2017

  •   WHERE I'M WORKING - It is a cute place, but Little Cupcake Bakeshop is definitely not set up for a mobile worker. There are a few marble tables pleasant enough to work on for a short spell, but I could find no plugs along the wall for charging a laptop or phone.
  •   THE NEXT DRIVER OF WORKPLACE DESIGN? COLLEGE STUDENTS - Young professionals have spent the last four to six years on college campuses, where they've been socializing, studying and working. Fast-forward to graduation. Their expectations for corporate work environments are strikingly different than the average workplace in which they will start their professional careers.
  •   CAPITAL ONE WORK ENVIRONMENT SURVEY FINDS PROFESSIONALS WANT CHOICES TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY - The Capital One survey asked 2,500 full-time office professionals to share their preferences and priorities when it comes to workplace design, environment and benefits. They were given questions about what workplace features are most important to them, if their office accommodates their preferred work styles and how important workplace design is relative to the location of the office.
  •   IF SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING HERE ARE 7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER WORKFORCE - Most companies still haven't taken some of the easiest steps to attract and retain great people while simultaneously improving the health and productivity of their workforce.
  •   IS YOUR JOB SAFE FROM AUTOMATION? NOPE. (BUT THERE IS HOPE) - Are American communities vulnerable to automation? Yes, they are, but that's not necessarily a bad thing according to Dr. Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.
  •   SMARTDOLLAR MAKES SENSE OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE WORKPLACE - Within the workforce, plenty of generational differences exist between millennials, Generation X and baby boomers, including discussing the issue of money in the office. According to surveys by SmartDollar, today millennials actually expect their employers to assist them with financial education.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at the Mophie powerstation USB-C XXL, Tech Armor MacBook Pro Privacy Screen Protector, and Liquid-Armour, a product to help protect your various screens from being scratched.
  •   HOW A FURNITURE SHOW IN SHANGHAI WILL SHAPE YOUR OFFICE - Chances are furniture being shown this month in Shanghai will end up in your office and home. Other shows might better define trends in the office, but CIFF is where those trends become actual pieces of furniture.
  •   ENDMATTER: IN MEMORIAM: MAX DE PREE, 1924-2017 - The last member of a generation that helped usher in modern design in the workplace, passed away.


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