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Ways to Make Your Office Space More Efficient

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Below you will find some of the ways that you can get your office working more efficiently for you. Try a few and see what works, and you may be surprised by how much more gets done, without an increase in effort.

1. Kill the air. Many offices are kept so cold that the employees are wasting time talking about how cold they are and trying to keep warm. If you do a better job of keeping the office temperature at a comfortable level, your employees will be more productive and you will save money on your bill.

2. Nix meeting rooms. A lot of wasted office time takes place in meeting rooms. Get rid of those and hold standing-room-only meetings by the water cooler or coffee pot.

3. Let there be light. Try to make sure that natural light comes into the office. Natural light, especially on a sunny day, can energize your employees and help them be more productive.

4. Ergonomics count. Because you spend so much time each week in the office, it is important that you be comfortable. Invest in ergonomic products that will make you more comfortable, and that will increase efficiency.

5. Go with the flow. Arrange the office so that it is in line with the traffic flow. A couple of minutes saved here and there throughout the day really add up, over the month, and year.

6. Keep kids out. Millions of people work from home offices today, and more of them get started every day! If you work at home, make your home office ‘off limits’ to the kids. The last thing you need is to be tripping over toys or having important work items misplaced or drawn on.

7. Think minimalism. The new thing, these days, is to be a minimalist, which entails getting rid of things you don’t need, and keeping only the bare minimum. This will work in the office environment as well as in other areas of life.

8. Headphone help. Keep an iPod or headset in your desk. Many people find that putting it on when there are distractions is a good way to focus and get more work done.

9. Stand up. Researchers have found that you are more likely to get work done if you are standing up. If this is a possibility for you, give it a try and see what it does for your productivity.

10. Hire an organizer. We all know that organization in the office is important, but most don’t want to take the time to get it done. Invest money in hiring a professional organizer to get it all done for you; then you can take it from there. With the increase in efficiency, it will pay for itself in no time.

11. Get a sign. Every time someone walks into your office to ask a question, it slows down your productivity. If you are busy working on something, hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door until you are finished.

12. Pace yourself. Forget trying to turn everything on its head in one week in the hope of making your office the most efficient one around. Instead, pace yourself and choose one thing to implement at a time. Master that, then move on to the next.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Boise Valley Warehouse Space: Why Are Warehouse Buildings Important?

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Warehouse buildings are so useful that they can be utilized for anything from an office space to manufacturing unit or a storage unit. Finding a warehouse building suitable to your business needs can be time consuming, but you can research online or contact us at The Sundance Company to get more information regarding different types of warehouse buildings available.

Ultimate Storage Option: Warehouses are mostly huge spaces or buildings that help you in storing different items or goods safely and in better way. Your offices or workplace can be cleared of all the unwanted things still having a supply of inventory all times.

Build Custom Office Space: With huge space comes huge advantage in warehouse buildings. You can install modular office walls whenever you need more offices. With much floor space you can use either little or more space as per your needs.

Store in Advance with Larger Quantities: Warehouse gives you an advantage of storing goods and materials in advance thus, you are ready to ship the material or goods whenever you receive an order.

Hassle Free Shipping: Warehouses often are constructed with large bay doors as well as built in truck bays that help you to load and unload all the materials or goods directly and easily onto or from the truck from the side of the warehouse building.

One Location: It’s always smart to keep all your merchandise, materials, goods, equipments at one single location for the convenience of your business. Warehouse buildings provides such an advantage of storing all your merchandise at one single place. This will help you in keeping good track of all your material, goods or equipments thus making it easier to look for them when you need them while working with your customer or in the middle of a business deal.

Manufacturing Space: Warehouse buildings have huge space that can be utilized to store as well as manufacture the merchandise. Thus, you can use a warehouse building both as a storage unit as well as manufacturing unit that will help cut your costs and increase profit.

Climate Friendly: In warehouse buildings, you are ensured that all your materials or goods are safely stored in a climate friendly environment. There are no chances of damage to your merchandise in warehouse storage facility either due to too warm or too cold conditions.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Plan Your Boise Valley Corporate Event at the Silverstone Amenity Center

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Meeting rooms and conference centers are become increasingly popular with businesses as it is nice to get away from the office for a change of scenery to help rejuvenate or inspire employees. Large and small companies across the country use these specialized spaces for meetings and conferences of all sizes, and with the end-of-the-year holiday party season just around the corner, the time is now to plan your corporate event. But now comes the hard part … picking the right location for your corporate event.

The Silvestone Amenity Center might be your answer. Located at the corner of Eagle and Overland Roads, in the Silverstone Park, the Silverstone Amenity Center is right in the heart of the Boise Valley, and the ideal location to help your company if you are hosting a business meeting, corporate retreat, or holiday party. No detail has been overlooked in any of the Silverstone Amenity Center conference and meeting rooms, which feature the integration of high-tech audio/visual capabilities, wireless internet, and video teleconferencing. The Silverstone Amenity Center is the perfect location for any occasion, and booking a room is a quick and easy process. The venues at the the Silverstone Amenity Center offer a variety of options. You will be able to choose the meeting room that is right for your purposes, whether you need a small room for an intimate board meeting or a large conference space with hundreds of occupants, the space for you exists.

Additional on-site services include:

• Business Concierge
• Food and Beverage Catering Arrangements
• Presentation Equipment
• Commercial Catering Station
• Free Parking

Organizing a corporate event can be a formidable undertaking, but with time and planning with the Silverstone Amenity Center staff, your event will be a great experience and a huge success.  Visit www.silverstoneamenitycenter.com for more information and to book a room for your next company meeting.

Online Retail Sales Will Boost Brick and Mortar Store Sales This Holiday Season

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Retailers should expect small gains in their 2011 sales this coming holiday season, and those gains will more likely come from non-store sales, Deloitte forecasted this week.

Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice expects total holiday sales to reach between $873 billion and $877 billion, representing a 2.5% to 3% increase over last season in November through January holiday sales, excluding motor vehicles and gasoline. This growth rate is smaller than last year’s 5.9% gain.

The bulk of the forecasted gain that Deloitte expects will come from a 14% increase in non-store sales. Nearly three-quarters of non-store sales result from the online channel, with additional sales coming from catalogs and interactive TV.

Deloitte’s forecast followed last week’s ICSC forecast that predicted about the same range.

“Double-digit growth in the non-store channel has given the industry a major boost, and retailers that put online channels to work for their physical storefronts have the advantage,” said Alison Paul, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. retail & distribution sector leader. “The brick-and-mortar store is still central to the shopper experience. Retailers that integrate the power of the sensory experience in-store with relevant, timely information via their websites and mobile applications are well-positioned to lead the way this holiday season.”

Paul added, “As many holiday shoppers will be researching online and on their smart phones both before and during their trips to the store, retailers need to be sure their digital strategy is both flexible and focuses on a personalized experience this season. Store associates can be a critical element to any digital strategy to complete and up sell once the customer comes into the store. It’s important that they are well versed on the latest products, promotions, pricing and competitor offerings that consumers receive through online and mobile channels.”

So is your online retail store ready for the holiday shopping season?

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

Commercial Real Estate Still an Excellent Investment

With the market having more ups and downs than a yo-yo recently, there are still viable alternatives to your investment dollars. A recent article discusses the reasons why investing in a commercial property is still an excellent choice. While the residential real estate market has been in a slump for quite some time now, the commercial real estate market continues to thrive for a number of reasons. Real estate has always been, and still is a great long-term investment. Here are reasons why investing in a commercial property is a great choice for both tax savings and growing your bottom line.

Less Competition

Residential properties attract not only investors but homeowners as well and the growing trends in real estate investment tend to focus on the best ways to buy, sell and flip residential homes. For this reason, commercial properties are often overlooked, despite the unlimited potential that any location may have.

Commercial Property Appreciates Differently

Residential properties are valued based on comparable sales in the neighborhood. This influence doesn’t directly apply when placing a market value on a commercial property. Rates for commercial property sales are determined based on how revenue is generated at that particular location, and then compared to that of similar commercial properties in the area. A small increase in revenue from your newly acquired commercial investment can bump up the value of that property significantly.

On top of this, there are other factors such as the progress of the wider economy, even as far out as the national economy of the country you are investing in. This in particular is a good reason to consider investment in other countries where economic growth is high.

High Potential for Income and Returns

A sound investment in commercial property generally provides significant benefits from long-term leases, business profit and/or capital gains. Not only can you create unlimited income potential with a great business plan, but you can also create long-term security of high returns on leases which range from 3 to 10 years in length.

Financing Options

Depending what plans are included in your purchase of commercial property, there are many financing options that can make it easier and less time-consuming to finish the deal. Not only are there many programs available to finance commercial real estate, but lenders typically look at a different set of data, including how well the property will potentially perform, when approving a loan. It’s not just about your finances but also whether they think the property will provide a reliable return for you.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.