Join Source Markham for a Night of Networking!
Are you a business owner in the Markham area? Looking for something to do after work on Thursday May 23, 2019? From 5 to 7 p.m., join Source Markham at its showroom for an evening of networking and refreshments. This event is a great opportunity to explore Source’s product offerings and meet like-minded business owners. A live oyster bar, wine, beer and appetizers will be provided by Jake’s Grill and Oyster House. Source Markham’s staff, including Area Manager, Paul DeSouza, Administrator Jen Ku, and Account Executive Rodney Carvalho, (pictured below) can answer any questions or inquiries at the event. Additionally, Monty Tuck, Principal of Source Office Furnishings, and Joanne Grindley, Marketing Director will be in attendance and happy to chat with you.
We hope to see you there! Both members and non-members of the Markham Board of Trade are free with pre-registration.
The event will be held at Source Markham’s showroom at 250 Steelcase Road E. #5. Find more information about the event here, and to register, email email@example.com or register online.
From left to right: Rodney Carvalho, Monty Tuck, Paul DeSouza and Jen Ku
Make a Lasting First Impression with Reception Furniture
The reception area is essential in all office environments. Don’t miss out on your chance to make a lasting first impression. By using unique reception furniture, it’s easy to showcase your corporate image and decorating style. Source offers reception chairs and sofas to bring comfort and durability to any reception area. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Unique Reception Areas Around the World
Make your reception area stand out by taking some inspiration from these unique layouts. For example, Spotify’s office in New York City utilizes its signature green colour, in both the lighting and furniture pieces. Additionally, Google’s reception area features playful bean bags and bench seating, which aligns with its fun corporate image. Whether your corporate tone is serious or relaxed, Source has reception furniture to match your style.
Furniture to Fit your Office
We understand that reception areas come in different sizes and shapes, that’s why we offer customization options, such as our Brighton Modular Reception Seating. The Brighton’s clean, modular pieces include a club chair, single-arm, and armless components that come together in endless configurations. New pieces to the collection include wedge chairs, and round ottomans. With a fresh and modern grey fabric, this furniture solution works well in any office. The Madison Loveseat and Madison Sofa offers an alternate look with durable bonded leather, giving this series a sleek and sophisticated feel.
Looking for additional design inspiration? Check out Source on Instagram, @sourceofficefurnishings. Our Instagram account is always being updated with the latest trends and designs in office furniture.
Have you created a unique reception area using Source furniture? We would love to see it! Tag us on your post for a chance to be featured on our account. Additionally, you can always find inspiring layouts on our website. Visit one of our showrooms today and start planning a stylish but functional reception area.
Source Kelowna is proud to be a silent auction donor to support the Kelowna Art Gallery event, “Appetite for Art Fundraiser 2019.” Join the Kelowna Art Gallery on May 11, 2019 for a spectacular gala with all proceeds going towards its educational programs. “A Night in Casablanca,” is this year’s event theme. Attendees can therefore expect a 1940s experience with colourful fabrics as well as unique Moroccan architecture. Featuring both a live and silent auction, unique packages are available for attendees to view and bid on. Additionally, local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be on-site serving delicious food and beverage pairings. Each ticket includes: a glass of sparkling wine, food and beverage pairings, live auction, and entertainment.
Source is committed to giving back to the community with its Community Spirit program. Additionally, Source Kelowna proudly supports The Kelowna Art Gallery’s Family Sundays. This weekly event is designed for children and their families to experience hands-on art activities. Learn more about the program here.
To learn more about Kelowna Art Gallery events, visit its website. We admire its commitment to teaching youth and adults about the importance of art.
This week, we sat down with Account Executive, Rob Visnjak from Source Kelowna to learn more about his role and gain insight into commonly asked questions from our customers. Rob has been an employee with Source since November of 2012 and was excited to share his experiences with us. Continue reading to view the full interview.
Q: What are three words you would use to describe Source?
A: Family-friendly, Family-business and caring. The owner of the company puts us as people first, ahead of our contribution to the company. Meaning if my wife was sick, I would never be told, “Too bad, you have to be here.” The reason those words come into my mind is because its that important to me. The work environment is inspiring. Never in my time here have I felt like I don’t matter or I’m just another number. It’s a comforting feeling.
Q: Describe your role at Source.
A: My official title is Account Executive, which is another term for Outside Sales Representative. I seek and find new business, as well as manage existing customers. New business represents 25% of my job, and the rest is maintaining our current clients.
Q: What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
A: I really enjoy seeking and securing new business. It’s sort of a “hunter” mentality. It feels good to feel that I have conquered that business as opposed to it just came to me. I also really enjoy consulting with the clients and finding them what they want. I find it more satisfying than a customer who knows what they want and just gives me a list or an order. I’m happy to fulfill an order, but at the same time I prefer to collaborate with them and consider different products and design options. I enjoy finding ways to make the space something that I’ve put a bit of my thumb print on.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your position?
A: I would say time-management. It’s easy to get bogged down in administrative and data entry details. I find myself not able to seek new business as much as I would like to because I’m busy entering in an order, or taking care of a problem.
Q: What makes Source unique in the market? A: From a competitive advantage standpoint, what makes us unique is our Performance laminate line. I think our price point of the Performance laminate products, combined with our relationships with other manufactures, makes us stand out. Additionally, Source acts as a dealer for other mid to higher-end products. I feel well positioned to offer that quality, lower priced option, or if I’m putting my thumb print on a project and getting more involved in the design, I’m able to offer some higher-end options.
Q: What do you see in the future in terms of up-coming trends?A: More height-adjustable options, moving away from just your typical rectangle desk shape. I think there will be more unique combinations and unique products.
Q: Explain the customer experience at Source. How do we build and maintain positive relationships with our customers?A: I feel it’s important to make customers aware that we have offerings beyond the standard Performance line that we showcase in our catalogue. I recall facing some comments in the beginning where people didn’t realize that we had those mid to higher-end offerings. I believe listening, communicating and understanding is important. Customers have needs and wants and we want to fulfill them.
Q: What are the most commonly asked questions from customers?
A: We get a lot of people asking how they can integrate sit to stand desk options into their existing work space or incorporate them into their new layout. There are a few different ways we can help them, whether it be an electric option, or a desktop unit. We have a lot of discussion with the customer about the pros and cons of each option. Especially if there’s an existing ergonomic issue, such as an injury, then we have to be a little bit more considerate on how we’re creating that sit-stand situation. The desktop option may raise their monitor to a certain level that’s not appropriate based on where their neck position needs to be. There are quite a few different details that result in certain products not working for their needs.
A: People also often ask, “Can you give me a discount?” However, unlike some dealers or industries, the advertised price or the MSRP isn’t so high that it’s designed for a 40% discount to be given. All that work has already been done for you, so the best price is already put forward. There are certain discounts we can give on large orders.
Q: Do customers ask how they can they can transition into an open-concept office layout?
A: It depends on the industry of course. It’s almost a trend that has passed already in some respects. I’ll ask people who want an open-concept office, “Are these people that you want to create an open concept for, do they collaborate consistently all day long?” Because if they don’t, we’re going to have some serious challenges providing them with enough privacy or semi-privacy. It’s often the case that people want that open concept, but when they’re presented with its challenges, they realize that maybe they need back-off on that idea.
There’s also the challenge of visual noise. If I’m working at a bench with seven other people, its one thing that they’re going to be distracting you with their normal human noises, like coughing or sniffling, but there’s also the visual distraction of noticing every time they move. There are definite considerations. However, we have a lot of different product options to help with that.
Experience Exceptional Customer Service at Source
Learn more about the latest trends in office furniture and custom workplace designs by stopping into one of our showrooms. Visit this page to find the location nearest to you. Additionally, you can browse our product offerings online at Source.ca as well.
At Source, we’re passionate about giving back to the local community. Source Calgary recently paid a visit to the Ronald McDonald House charity and donated $7,500. Last year, 1,220 families stayed at Ronald McDonald Houses in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer from 198 communities in Alberta. Above all, these houses provide a home-away-from-home for families with children receiving vital medical treatment. We are so grateful that this organization is available to help families when they need it the most. We’re proud to support this amazing charity.
Pictured below from left to right are: Morgan Scott, Special Events Manager with the Ronald McDonald House, and Kelly Gammel, Manager of Source Calgary.
Take a look inside our new spring flyer!
At Source, we think our products should speak for themselves. Designed to inspire, our new spring flyer highlights our products in a new light. The Tayco, Logiflex and Artopex collections featured in the book offer clean and modern design options. This new supplementary flyer aims to highlight Source’s product offerings beyond our traditional products. Start designing your dream office today by checking out the flyer here on our website. Additionally, you can visit your nearest Source showroom location and speak with a furniture sales expert who can help bring your vision to life.
Have Fun at Work with the Mario Gaming Chair
Showcase your personality in the office by adding unique office furniture. The new Mario Gaming Chair from Source Office Furnishings is sure to make your space stand out. The exclusive chair features a quilted back and durable black bonded leather, coupled with flip-up arms. The black and red detailing makes you feel like you’re in the front seat of a race car. The Mario Gaming Chair let’s you take control! Regardless of whether you’re playing a fast-paced video game, or filing documents at work, this chair is guaranteed to make co-workers stop and take a second look as they walk by your cubicle.
Personalize your Space
Do you need inspiration on how to personalize your cubicle with unique items? This article has some great ideas. Choosing a colour scheme or adding framed art are great ways to make your space stand out. Moreover, on Source’s website, you’ll find our collection gallery, which is a great visual resource for putting together unique office spaces. Our Elements Plus collection and Logiflex Level Open Space collection feature pops of colour and elements that add visual interest. Personalizing your office space can be as easy as framing personal photos, or as unique as adding a gaming chair!
For even further design inspiration, follow us at @sourceofficefurnishings on Instagram. Additionally, please tag us if you create an office layout using Source products. We would love to see your examples and you could be featured on our account!
Visit source.ca today or visit your nearest showroom location for the latest office furniture trends and design inspiration.
At Source Office Furnishings, we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to update our showrooms. This month, the exterior at Source Saskatoon got a refresh. The amazing team at Pelican Signs installed these beautiful window graphics featuring our products. If you’re in the Saskatoon area, be sure to stop by our showroom and check out the new installment! The products displayed on the windows are the Elements Plus Collection, and the Classic Plus 71″ Bowfront U-shaped Executive Desk.
Additionally, for further design inspiration – check out Source on Instagram for the latest trends in office furniture. Also, our team loves to see how customers utilize our products to create beautiful office layouts. Tag @sourceofficefurnishings on Instagram with a photo of your office space for a chance to be featured on our account, or in a post such as this one!
Cubicle Friendly Plants that Thrive in Low Light
This year on Earth Day, celebrate by bringing new life into your cubicle. Having plants in your office can make you happier, healthier, and more productive. Evidence shows that plants reduce stress, help you focus, and improve air quality. Although, only certain plants will be able to grow in a cubicle environment with limited lighting and a short supply of fresh air. Moreover, below are some great options for cubicle friendly plants.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Design a Space Both You and Your Plant will loveAt Source Office Furnishings, we have endless cubicle configurations to fit your needs, your team, and your new foliage friend. For example, our Elements Plus V-Leg Team Station with Storage provides a spacious work area that encourages collaboration with its open design, but still provides enough space for storing files and personal items. Additionally, Source’s Classic Height Adjustable Standing Desks are an ideal choice for a variety of office environments, and in this situation with your new plants, this desk promotes a healthier and more productive work setting. Looking for more cubicle designs and configurations? Check out Source.ca for endless office design inspiration. Equally, our Instagram page has creative work space solutions designed to inspire. Follow us at @sourceofficefurnishings.
Let Source Plan the Perfect Space
Did you know Source offers complimentary office space planning and design services? Deciding how to arrange spaces and create unique configurations can be confusing, that’s why we’re here to help. Good space planning is recognized as a key to employee satisfaction and office efficiency, so giving an extra thought to design and layout is a business decision that will pay off in the long run. Learn more about our space planning services here.
As well, you can always visit your nearest Source showroom. Find your nearest location here. Additionally, visit us online at Source.ca to browse our unparalleled selection of office furniture solutions.
Trends to Transform any Office Layout
Changing your office layout may appear to be difficult and expensive. However, simple changes can enhance corporate culture and employee productivity. For example, start-up companies can benefit from utilizing standing cafe tables and couches. Fortunately, at Source Office Furnishings we offer a selection of bistro tables that offer flexibility and function, ideal for start-up environments. Recharge rooms, which are spaces for employees to have quiet time and relax are another new office trend. With this in mind, converting break rooms or conference rooms into recharge spaces is easy. To accomplish this, just add elements to make employees feel comfortable, such as bean bag chairs. Additionally, a simple way to create a fresh office space is to add company colours throughout the office. Some suggestions are painting an accent wall or adding coloured pieces of furniture.
Have you had a chance to check out Source on Instagram? Follow us at @sourceofficefurnishings for design inspiration, featured products, and stunning office layouts. If you create an office space using Source furniture, we would love to see it! Tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured on our account.
Design and Plan a Unique Space
A great way to transform any office is to freshen up the reception area. Create an inspiring and comfortable entrance space with Source’s Brighton Modular Reception Seating. Dream, design, and discover the perfect modern space with endless configurations. Brighton’s clean, modular pieces include a club chair, right or left single-arm, and armless components. However, we recognize creating an inspiring office layout can be intimidating. Let us do the planning for you with our office space planning and design services. Source’s space planning specialists help you through the process and allow your business to get the most out of its office furniture. Visit source.ca today to find the store closest to you, and discover a unique office layout that will inspire your employees.