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Posted on March 20, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

For most of us who work in a busy office, listening to music is a must. Whether you’re looking to focus or drown out your neighbor’s busy phone, here are some things to consider before purchasing any listening device.


Ear buds or headphones?
Choose ear buds if you’re looking to multitask. You can easily keep one ear free, keeping yourself engaged in your current environment of phone calls, emails and other alerts while still offering an opportunity for you to escape into music.


Choose headphones when you want to listen to something in greater detail or drown out an office noise that’s driving you up the wall. (It happens!) But caution – make sure to choose headphones that have a hefty amount of cushion for comfort, as those steel frames can be headache prone.


To Bluetooth or Not?
If you’re constantly on the go, bluetooth devices are a natural solution to listening to music. The pros of this option are obvious. This technology keeps you cord-free, and you are able to seamlessly switch between work and relaxing beats.


Cons? Make sure you keep them charged! There’s nothing worst then missing a beat in your day.


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Posted on March 13, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Today, we’re talking EnerGel and why it’s one of our favorite office pens. Besides the fact that it is environmentally friendly by being made from recycled content, these pens also have what we consider the three MUSTs for a balanced pen.


1. A grip: This is very important for long writing stints in meetings. A grip helps steady your writing style.


2. Light in weight: Despite what you may think, the weight of pens does a lot in our workday. Often, you may find stress in the wrists due to pens, keyboards and the like.


3. Available in multiple sizes (.5 and .7mm): Everyone can agree that it’s important to have choices – a variation in pens helps transition a workday from proofing to writing.


You can find EnerGel at GetGarveys.com by shopping below. Let us know if it brings you an inner pen balance too!


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Printer Inks
Posted on March 6, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Let’s face it: Paper still reigns in the office. And while we all hope that one day offices will run completely digital, here are a couple suggestions to offset the costs of printer inks in the meantime.


Get a Good Printer
Rule of thumb: You get what you pay for. If you pay for a cheap printer, you will end up making up for it when you go to buy ink. This is because cheap printers usually have specially designed inks. So, it’s better to just pay for a quality printer from the start.


Consider Compatible Cartridges
If you have a good printer but just aren’t happy with the price of the name brand inks, it may be worth your while to consider compatible cartridges. One of the most popular ones out there is a brand called Aster. When exploring compatible options, make sure to not only look at price, but how many pages you receive per cartridge.


Try the Kodak Brand for Quantity
According to PCWorld.com, Kodak ink is one of the best deals on the market. Usually you pay around 3 cents per page, regardless of the model you are printing from. If you have an office that’s geared towards heavy printing, this will be your best bang for buck. However, keep in mind that print quality may not be ideal for presentations. If you’re looking for quantity and quality, we’d recommend the Brother or HP Brand.


Lookout for Rebates
Many ink companies provide rebates for cartridges. The trick is knowing where to look. At GetGarveys.com, you can always access our rebate portal to see the latest mail-in rebates for inks as well as other categories in the office supply industry.


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Posted on February 27, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

The office supply industry is constantly innovating. And if you don’t believe us, take a look at Pilot’s FriXion Erasable Pens. It’s a pen that writes like a pen, but erases like a pencil. How? That’s what we wanted to know too and what we discovered would fall into Bill Nye science category.


It turns out that the magic of the pen is all within the ink. The way it works is that when you rub the ink with a hard rubber eraser, that eraser creates heat. The heat then causes the ink’s compounds to activate which neutralizes the pen’s dye. Thus making the ink erase.


The concept behind this product has taken pens to a whole new level. It makes you wonder what’s in store for office supply this year. Until then, settle by shopping some of FriXion’s amazing erasable pens below.


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Cumulus Media
Posted on February 20, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a furniture installation that starts with the bare bones. For Cumulus Media, this was the case. The office had just recently moved to the NBC Tower in Chicago, and it had nothing but potential.

And we mean nothing.  No walls, no doors and certainly no office furniture. The project spanned over two floors with a combined total of 30,000 sq. ft.












Pictured: Culumus Chicago office, pre-construction.


With every project, our furniture specialists’ main goal is to pair a solution to the client’s vision. With Cumulus, the challenge was to make an office that would relate to the company’s brands. We’re talking big names in the radio industry such as the Loop, Mancow, WLS 890 AM, WLS-FM and WKQX. The challenge was to furnish traditional offices as well as open workstations, collaborative spaces, performance rooms and broadcasting hubs.


Pictured (left to right): Culumus Chicago office's collaborated space and WLS broadcasting room, post-contruction.


By working with the talented staff at Cumulus, our specialists were able to outfit over 27 offices, 97 workstations, 3 conference rooms, 3 lounges, 1 digital collaborative space and 1 break room. The Nice Guy team used pops of color throughout the installation with a base pallet of neutral tones.  As pictured above and below, you can see how color choice mixed with furniture selection creates an overall timeless effect, pairing personality with function.


Pictured top (left to right): Cumulus Chicago office's break room and conference room, post-construction. Pictured bottom (left to right): Cumulus Chicago office's private office and cubicle, post-construction.


For more information on how to contact a Garvey’s Office Products’ furniture specialist or to learn more about the Cumulus project installation in general, please reach out to Sales@GetGarveys.com. And lastly, a big “thank you” to everyone at Cumulus. It was a pleasure to be a part of this iconic furniture installation.


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Valentine's Crafts
Posted on February 13, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

In honor of the month of love, we’ve compiled a few easy and last minute ideas for February 14th. With a little bit of office supplies and imagination, you can wish those closest to you a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Supplies: Reclosable Poly Bags, Paperclips, Construction Paper, Scissors


Supplies: Highlighters, Construction Paper, Scissors, Twine


Supplies: Construction Paper, Scissors, Ribbon


Supplies: Reclosable Poly Bags, Binder Clips, Construction Paper, Scissors, Ribbon

Furniture Clearance Sale
Posted on February 6, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We know you’re out there. The entrepreneurs. The start-ups. Those who think that they don’t need a shredder in their life and who rely heavily on tech.  But before you decide that the shredder is obsolete, consider these two benefits.


1. Privacy: With everything linked, it’s hard to find privacy in the digital world. Forget confidentiality. Everyday, we hear about cyber breeches that cost millions of dollars. When you shred, you are no longer a target for identity thieves – imagine saying that in a client meeting!


2. Being Green: A lot of people link shredders to wastefulness, but that entirely depends on what you do with your shreds. Shredded paper can be upcycled into new products or be donated to be recycled into money for charity, making it a great green option for your business.


So you see we may have a couple points. But what kind of shredder would you get?


Well, that depends on how much you would shred, the bigger the job, the bigger the shredder. Commercial shredders are meant for everyday use whereas a personal shredder could be used as little as twice a month.


Visit our Choose Your Shredder App to determine what’s right for you.

Posted on January 31, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

After every remodeling project is completed, we like to feature some of the choices that made the design a success. In our most recent project, featuring Tricoci University, it was hard to choose, but we finally narrowed it down to three.



Floor Plan
Tricoci University is all about innovation, and their corporate vision is reflected in their office cubicle floor plan. The workstations remain open – inviting communication among staff and making the space seem overall light and airy.



















Color Scheme
Tricoci University’s brick and mortar office is contrasted by pops of bright green HON® Mesh Chairs. This bold choice gives the space a positive energy and creates an overall inviting look.



Conference Rooms
Within Tricoci University’s conference rooms, we learn the value of not only sitting in style, but comfort. The choice of HON® Executive Work Chairs makes the space chic and radiate leadership.


Big thank you to all the faculty and staff at Tricoci University that made this project possible. For more information on furniture remodeling or updating, please contact one of our Furniture Specialists at Sales@GetGarveys.com.

Furniture Clearance Sale
Posted on January 23, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Limited time furniture warehouse clearance sale going on at GetGarveys.com. Many of the pieces we are selling were showroom items – barely used and practically brand new. We are getting rid of these items due to bringing new pieces into our furniture showroom, and we simply don’t have the room.


Other items were part of remodeling or updating projects and were returned due to being extra or simply because the fabric of the item did not match the design.


Due to the circumstances, we have priced all the pieces at bargain deals and will not be able to provide more at these prices, even if we wanted to. In almost all of these sales, we are limited to one or two pieces. So hurry and shop below while supplies last!


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Posted on January 16, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

At Garvey’s Office Products, we’re always excited for the New Year. While part of that excitement comes from new gadgets in the office supply world (We know, we’re nerds), the other part comes from being able to announce a new recipient for our Recycle for a Reason program. For 2017, we are proud to introduce you to AgeOptions.


For those of you who don’t know, AgeOptions is a local Chicagoland nonprofit. Its mission is to improve services that help people thrive as they age, believing that quality of life is essential to everyone. Remarkably, this organization serves 130 communities in suburban Cook County, and it’s our personal goal to see that this quarter’s Recycle for a Reason donation reaches every one of those communities!


There are two ways you can make a difference:


Current customers (because Nice Guy customers get special treatment)
If you are a current customer, the process is downright easy. First, collect any used toners, flattened cardboard and old electronics you have lying around the office. Next, call your Nice Guys rep (800-621-1503). A Nice Guys driver will pick your donation up free of charge on his next delivery to you.


If you are not a current customer, we ask that you drop off your donation at 7500 N. Caldwell Ave., Niles, IL 60714. Collections will be accepted during open office hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5 PM. Please make sure you check that your donated items are on our list of acceptable things before dropping them off!


Collections for AgeOptions end March 31, 2017. Let’s make this quarter the best yet!

Sharpie Highlighters
Posted on January 9, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We’ve all been there. Highlighting something in a presentation only to have the yellow color smear the words into something unrecognizable. Turning the page and discovering that you not only highlighted one line, but three pages worth!


The experience is annoying to say the least. Frustrating if you’re on a deadline and need to present. Enter Sharpie’s Gel Highlighters. We were excited to test out this five pack with its claim that it doesn’t bleed or smear. And it didn’t disappoint. The gel glided across the page and smearing was minimal.


As far as our Nice Guy rating goes, it was the best in the category that we’ve seen yet! We’d definitely recommend it as an office supply staple if you love to highlight.


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Organize Filing
Posted on January 3, 2017  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

It’s a new year! For many administrative professionals, this can mean wrangling the file cabinets into a system that is usable and clearing out the clutter from last year. If you’re at a lost of where to start, try these three simple tricks to organize like a pro.


Alphabetize your drawers.
It’s the one filing system that everyone is trained on in grade school and can understand. Every file cabinet should be alphabetized by department; every file within that cabinet should be alphabetized by subject.


Invest in folder tabs that work.
Anyone who works in an office knows what we are talking about. Avoid buying folders with tabs you have to latch on with those little paper inserts. Instead, invest in folders with the tab already build in. You’ll thank us.


Label folders with…. labels.
Although you may be able to distinguish your handwriting, the likelihood that someone else may not is high. Avoid the confusion all together by investing in a labeler. Brother labellers are super easy to operate and read.

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