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  Today's Date: Saturday August 30, 2014    Current MMQB Index: 5170.47 +24.10 (+0.47%) on a volume of 977,042 shares. Year to Date Change: -2.11%
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Steelcase Dealer: WorkLab by Custer
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday August 4, 2014 
WorkLab is a separate idea, a spin-off from the dealership, and one that is tapping into the democracy of work.

Standards: Testing Seating for really Big Users
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday July 28, 2014 
Some companies like KI are doing their best to test for higher weights even though BIFMA standards are not yet in place.

Credible Furniture Testing Helps Manufacturers Design Better Products
Monday July 14, 2014 
Like with most anything, it seems as if the trajectory for furniture testing points to even more complexity.

Curiosity of NeoCon 2014: Rustbelt Reclamation
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday July 7, 2014 
Rustbelt Reclamations products tell the story of America's rich manufacturing legacy one piece at a time, by taking the abandoned industrial flotsam and turning it into beautiful furniture for the office and the home.

Curiosity of NeoCon 2014: FreedMan Chair
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday June 30, 2014 
It might have been the funkiest looking contraption at the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon, though that's not necessarily a bad thing when one considers most of the chairs on the market look alike.

NeoCon Seating Notes
Monday June 30, 2014 
NeoCon 2014 was a relatively quiet one for the seating majors, certainly no significant high dollar volume newbies like the Steelcase Gesture last year.

Aeron Head Test
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday June 2, 2014 
The facelift for my Aeron came in the form of the Atlas Headrest, a new add-on product designed to add comfort to a chair already known for it.

OfficeDNA: Taking the Stir for a Spin
Monday June 2, 2014 
I'm sold when it comes to the technology and height adjustability of the Stir Kinetic Desk, a product I've tested for the last two weeks in my home office.

Birth of Bold One
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday May 26, 2014 
Bold One is a classic story of the delicate dance that happens every year between designer and manufacturer in this industry.

Dealing with an Aging Industry pt 3
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday May 26, 2014 
The office furniture industry has worked hard to attract young, talented people into its ranks, but it has been, perhaps, most challenging for dealers and rep groups.

Dealing with an Aging Industry - part 2
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday May 19, 2014 
Imagine this is an employment advertisement: Wanted. Young, hard working individuals looking to make an difference in the world by helping people feel better and work better.

Dealing with an Aging Industry / part 1
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday May 12, 2014 
Steelcase recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Since it took the company a few decades to find its footing and really start to grow, it makes sense that many who grew up in the burgeoning industry are now retiring from it while those who founded it are passing away.

File Cabinet in the Cloud
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday April 14, 2014 
As the technology market moves toward storage -- even virtual -- and furniture makers move toward technology, there is bound to be a meeting and the Sharp Cloud Portal Office might be it.

Office on Wheels
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday April 7, 2014 
The XchangE concept combines two concepts: the future of autonomous driving and what that free time will allow us to accomplish in our vehicles as they drive themselves. In Rinspeed's world, that means a truly mobile office and living room on wheels.

One Space
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday April 7, 2014 
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on earth with commercial real estate prices that can reach $300 a square foot. Add to that short leases -- averaging about three years -- and you have a combustable market that makes office design a challenge, to say the least.

Out of Sight: Managing the Unseen Employee
Monday March 17, 2014 
Work/life researchers have spent most of the last 10 years focused on identifying and measuring the benefits of workplace flexibility on an organization's bottom line.

Health Product Declaration - wrap-up
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday March 10, 2014 
Because designers and customers are demanding these "nutrition labels" for products, there's not much to do except comply.

Health Product Declaration - Part 3
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday March 3, 2014 
The intent of the group is to start a conversation around materials and to ultimately move to healthier, cleaner options.

Health Product Declaration - Part 2
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday February 24, 2014 
Some manufacturers contend suppliers are not willing to share the complete list of everything that goes into their parts, citing proprietary information.

Health Product Declaration - Part 1
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  Monday February 17, 2014 
Environmentalists cheer HPDs as the next step toward creating healthier products by shining a light on what goes into everything.

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