Archives for the month of: September, 2016

Did you know that The HON Company participated in over 100 trade events last year?  We traversed the country, spreading product knowledge and “HON Ready-ness” at everything from college career fairs to dealer open houses to industry events, attracting thousands of attendees.  Through it all, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks that we like to call our “Tradeshow Survival Kit”.

HON's tradeshow survival kit

Plan Ahead
Start by printing out a hard copy of the show’s floor plan.  Prioritize which booths you’d like to visit, make appointments with your key contacts, and then develop a route.  This way you can ensure you’ll see everything on your list, and save yourself (and your feet) from backtracking along the way.

plan your route

Put your Best Foot Forward
Speaking of feet, they will thank you if you wear comfy shoes.  Go for something cushioned, supportive, breathable – and preferably already broken in.  Bring a spare pair if your suitcase allows, that way you can change it up a bit.  Don’t forget to charge up the ol’ fitness tracker so you can track all of the miles you log!

footwear is important at a tradeshow

Pack Like a Pro
Check the forecast for your destination, and keep in mind that even if it might be 110° outside, convention centers have a reputation for being sub-arctic.  In fact, chilly temps are often the top complaint of conference attendees.  Dressing in layers will keep you comfortable through it all.

packer layered clothing

Stay Sharp
A water bottle is essential, and you might consider packing an energy bar or light snack as well.  This way, when all the walking, talking and late nights take their toll you’ll be prepared.

stay hydrated

It’s in the Bag
Keep a small, lightweight tote bag handy for all of the swag that you’ll pick up along the way.  Bonus – a bag with your company’s logo or a fun design can be a great conversation starter!

carry a swag bag

Recharge
Worn out yet?  We’ve got you covered.  With comfortable and versatile lounge collections such as Grove, Endorse and Flock®, HON booths are great spaces to sit back and relax.  While you’re resting, take advantage of our power solutions to recharge your devices.  Just be sure to remember your power cords.

find a HON station to recharge

What are your tried and true tradeshow survival tips?

Low Carbon Footprint. Sustainability. PVC free. If you are in the office furniture world, these words are all too familiar to you. It seems like the majority of office spaces being designed or renovated today are working to achieve some type of green certification. Furniture (and even the fabrics used on your furniture) can play a large part in meeting these qualifications. For this reason, it’s important to be educated on the topic of sustainabillity so you can help consult your customer on making the right decision when designing a more eco-friendly work environment.

Office Furniture green certifications

As a sales representative in the office furniture world, customers frequently ask for products that are built using environmentally safe manufacturing processes or that are built from recycled or recyclable content. This is common on Requests For Quotes (RFQs) from large corporations or government buildings, but where do you start? The key is to look for green furniture certifications – and we aren’t talking about the color!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental design, is one of the biggest certifications in the office furniture world.  It focuses on how the product is manufactured by paying attention to the potentially harmful materials that go into making the product. LEED also looks at how much of those materials are recyclable and what potentially harmful chemicals may be emitted during the production process. There are several different levels of certifications furniture can achieve through LEED, but the bottom line is this: if it is LEED certified, it is produced in a way that is better for the environment.

The HON Company uses LEED guidelines when manufacturing furniture by using compression molded seat and back components made from 97% recovered wood fiber, which ends up saving over 2,800 trees a year. HON also recycles bales of fabric scraps which keeps 100 tons of waste out of landfills each year. There are several other processes embraced by The HON Company that have led to more than 75% of our products being LEED certified, which you can read more about in our Environmental Responsibility brochure.

HON is focused on sustainability and lean manufacturing

Beyond just our products, The HON Company takes LEED certification very seriously when it comes to buildings as well. The HON Company headquarters is LEED silver certified. When HON headquarters was renovated in 2007, becoming LEED certified was a priority. The HON Washington DC showroom is also LEED Silver certified. HON continues to invest in creating a more sustainable environment by LEED certifying both its properties and products.

Furniture and its materials can play a large role in creating a more eco-friendly and sustainable work environment. The more educated you are on this topic, the better you will be at guiding your customers to the best HON furniture solutions for their office!

 

Tranquility and optimism is the theme for Pantone’s Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report. Here are four ways to incorporate these colors into your next HON project.Color Blog 1

Fall for Jade

Fall for shades of Jade

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Centurion Jade CU83
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Continuum Cashmere SCFSCON06
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Revolution Fresh SCFSREV47
Laminate 1: Mocha MOCH
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Platinum Metallic T1
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Terrain Bayou TRRN35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Terrain Plateau TRRN15

Spice is Nice

Spice is nice

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Dapper Rose DAPR40
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sprint Rust SCFSSPT30
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Helix Spice SCFSHLX63
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh A5
Paint: Muslin T3
Shell Color: Shadow SD
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Oyster SRT18
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Mushroom SRT76

Fog Color Pop

Pop of fall color

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Inertia Fuchsia NR63
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sequence Silver Lining SCFSSEQ75
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Hive Slate SCFSHVE71
Laminate 1: Brilliant White
Laminate 2: Black P
Paint: Loft LOFT
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Tempest Zebra TP35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Tempest Slate TP45

Citron Road Trip

Citron road trip color inspiration

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Maharam Messenger Lumine SMHMGRM54
Seating Fabric Texture: New! Spin Seating Oat SPNN01
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Riddle Citron SCFSRID22
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Champagne Metallic T4
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Khaki LN20
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize LN40

Make finish selection a breeze with the 2016 Color Inspiration board on HON’s Pinterest page. How do you plan to use color this autumn?

 

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