Fellowes Wins Adex Platinum Award for Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation

The 2018 Platinum Adex Award went to the Fellowes Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation, continuing the successful award accomplishments of the innovative new standing desk.

The honor comes on the heels of other high profile design awards as the Lotus offers benchmark features to a growing sit-stand workstation market.

Most highlighted among  the outstanding design features noted by the Adex panel of industrial designers was the  Smooth Lift Technology™ which allows the sit-stand workstation to rise and fall effortlessly from sitting to standing positions.

A signature waterfall work surface creates more space, seamlessly connecting the keyboard tray with the monitor riser and provides easy access to phones and digital devices, documents and reminder notes. The Fellowes design team made a point to consider the user’s point of view when creating the design.  All the lines were sculpted so the movement would be seen from multiple points of view. The comprehensive design fully integrates into any office environment. Nothing like it exists in the market today.

Learn more about the award-winning Lotus.

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Features 22 different height settings and 17” of vertical adjustment.

 

About Adex

ADEX stands for Awards for Design Excellence and is the largest and most prestigious awards program for product & project design in the A&D industry.

Designjournalmag.com is the international trade resource for interior designers, architects and facility managers since 1988 and the proud sponsor of the ADEX Awards.

ADEX Judging

An anonymous panel of professionals representing a cross section of the design industry conducts all voting for the ADEX Awards.

ADEX judges are among the A&D industry’s most respected in their respective areas of expertise. The ADEX Award represents the best product and project designs of the year in the opinion of those who matter the most.

Each category has potential for three award levels of platinum, gold or silver. Judges award points in several categories for each entry. Total points earned determine each product’s score. Minimum scores are needed to qualify for each award level. Winners are announced each April in Design Publications.

 

Fellowes Brands Wins GOOD DESIGN Award for Lotus™ Sit-Stand Workstation

Competing with thousands of companies within the office products category, the Fellowes Brands Lotus™ Sit-Stand Workstation won the GOOD DESIGN® Award for 2017. A panel of professionals in the product design field noted the Lotus for its distinctive Smooth Lift Technology™ that transitions the workstation effortlessly from sitting to standing positions—a feature that set the Lotus apart from other standing desks. The innovative cord management and device charging slot, which allows the entire workspace to move freely with the user, was another remarkable benefit that earned the Lotus recognition from this respected design program.

Learn more about the award-winning Lotus.

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About the GOOD DESIGN®  Awards

Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN® remains the oldest, prestigious, and most recognized programs for design excellence worldwide. For 2017, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design received submissions from leading manufacturers and industrial design firms in 55 countries, representing the critical mass of influential corporations worldwide in the design industry.

Fellowes Launches New Sit-Stand Workstations onto the Global Wellness Marketplace

The successful launch of the Lotus™ and Extend™ Sit-Stand Workstations has prompted Fellowes to expand and diversify its sit-stand portfolio with two new distinctive Lotus models. The new Lotus DX and Lotus VE bring new value-added features to sit-stand design, creating an exciting new offering to consumers and businesses in the growing $43 billion global workplace wellness market.

Lotus DX

The new Lotus DX features a spacious work surface with a wireless QI charging pad and a two-port USB charging station, allowing for personal devices to be seamlessly integrated into the everyday use of the standing desk.  Additional rear USB ports provide handy connectivity for peripherals and the cord management keeps computer cables under control. The DX also features Microban® antimicrobial technology, providing continuous product protection against bacteria. The trademark SmoothLift Technology™ available in the first Lotus is an essential feature of DX as well, providing the same effortless transitioning that made the Lotus distinctive in the sit-stand market.

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Lotus DX features 22 different height settings and 17” of vertical adjustment.

 

 

Lotus VE

The new Lotus VE takes sit-stand design into a new direction with a slim design for compact works areas and black ash wood veneer finish that complements any office décor. The dual work surfaces provide a versatile, efficient workspace, including a channel rail for displaying electronic devices at your fingertips. The single clamp engineering allows for easy mounting to any work surface. SmoothLift Technology and cord management are also included in the VE design. Both single monitor and dual monitor models are available.

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The Lotus VE features 15” of vertical adjustment so you can work in a position that’s perfect for you

 

 

Learn more about the entire Fellowes Sit-Stand Workstation Collection

Fellowes Brands Acquires ESI Ergonomic Solutions.

Itasca, IL November 14, 2017-Fellowes Brands, a global leader in business products since 1917, announced today its acquisition of ESI Ergonomic Solutions, of Phoenix, Arizona.  ESI is a leading provider of monitor arms, height adjustable tables, sit-stand workstations, lighting, and other ergonomic. solutions which promote a healthy working environment. The combination of Fellowes Brands and ESI advances Fellowes Brands’ strategic expansion toward broad business solutions that help professionals be at their best through organization, productivity and wellness.

Earlier this year Fellowes launched the Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation which was recognized with an Industrial Designers Society of America Award for its innovative design. In July, Fellowes took an equity position in Posturite, a U.K. Based Ergonomic Furniture Company. The ESI acquisition represents Fellowes’ commitment to further strengthen its position in the growing office wellness space.

“We are excited to welcome the ESI Ergonomic Solutions team into the Fellowes Brands family.  ESI is a high-growth company serving the increasingly health conscious professional who is seeking a work environment which promotes wellness.” notes John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands. “ESI principally serves the contract furniture market which nicely complements Fellowes strength in the business products channel.  ESI strategically expands our portfolio and further establishes Fellowes as an emerging leader of workplace wellness solutions both in the US and internationally.”

Carol and John Keogh have been owners of ESI for the past 20 years.  They have built a culture of dynamic growth and strong partnerships.  “We are very pleased that we have been able to find a partner like Fellowes which shares common business values and an entrepreneurial spirit to drive the business forward. As we move into the next phase of life, it gives us confidence that the business will continue to grow and prosper and our people will have great opportunities”, commented Carol Keogh.

ESI will continue to operate from Phoenix, Arizona, under the leadership of Mark Rhoades, who joined ESI as President 2 years ago. “The ESI team is proud to be a part of the Fellowes family of brands. We look forward to the continued leverage of ESI’s outstanding independent rep sales force and strong dealer relationships.” stated Rhoades. Fellowes envisions ESI continuing as a channel specific division serving the contract office furniture segment.

About Fellowes:

Celebrating its 100th year under the ownership and executive leadership of the Fellowes family, Fellowes Brands is a global leader of broad based business solutions which help office workers be their best. Based in Itasca, Illinois, USA, about half of Fellowes revenues come from international markets.  For more information, please visit: www.fellowesbrands.com

Media Contacts:

Jeff Dryfhout, Vice President, Global Branding

1789 Norwood Avenue Itasca, IL 60143-1095

Phone: 1-630-539-5642

jdryfhout@fellowes.com

Are You Less Active Than Your Grandpa? You might be if you work in an office.

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We think of our grandparents to be at a stage of life where a sedentary afternoon spent sitting down is understandable and acceptable. Yet with the growth of digital technology at the workplace, sitting still for long hours is no longer reserved for the elderly.

Recent research from Edinburgh shows that many desk jobs lead office workers to spend up to thirty minutes more sitting down each day than members of our  retired population. That means most of us with desk-bound careers are more sedentary than those over 75.

The study revealed that middle-age men especially vulnerable to senior-level immobility, spending close to half an hour longer in their desk chairs every day of the work week. Working women under 45 are not far behind their male cohorts, spending only six minutes less than seniors sitting away the work day.

Don’t Let Your Body Take an Early Retirement

Take short, active breaks. Go for a walk. That pedometer app on your smartphone comes in handy for helping you realize how little you move. Use it to motivate extra steps throughout the day.

Engage with a standing desk workstation all day long. Standing up gets the blood flowing and keeps the body stimulated. When you feel that two PM slump coming on after lunch, stand up and work. The body intuitively associates stillness with sleep. Standing up with a sit-stand desk prevents you from nodding off like grandpa.

Stretch, bend, and move in place. You don’t have to run a marathon around the office to stay active. Use micro-movements like stretching exercises to stay flexible and keep feeling productive.

 

A Green Shredder Solution That Saves Consumers Money

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Fellowes Brands was looking for ways to manage paper shredder inventory with greater sustainability in mind. Here is how their refurbished paper shredder program improved sustainability and offered consumers savings on paper shredders.

A Greener Solution That Saves Green

The United States produces more electronics-based waste (also known as e-waste) annually than any other country. Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics every year. According to the EPA, only 12.5% of that waste is recycled. The remaining 87.5% of that e-waste ends up in landfills across the country.

In an effort to help combat this wastefulness, Fellowes Brands began refurbishing returned shredders, instead of disposing of them, and offering these machines to consumers at a special price. This initiative has greatly reduced the number of shredders that end up in landfills and gives savings opportunities to shredder users. Due to the success of this program, Fellowes now offers a variety of refurbished shredders in their online outlet store, allowing consumers to get a quality shredder at a great price.  Select a Refurbished Paper Shredder.

Quality Intact

Refurbished machines are often new shredders that were returned because the original purchasers changed their minds about the model they bought. Without a refurbished policy, these new shredders would end up in the trash. By establishing a strict testing standard for all returned shredders, Fellowes Brands can ensure the same reliable quality for refurbished shredders that has become to be expected from new machines. Each refurbished shredder is rigorously tested by Fellowes technicians to ensure lasting performance and comes with a one-year warranty.

A Recent Refurbished Shredder Review

“I purchased this as a refurbished unit directly from the Fellowes online site. It was shipped right away for free, and I received it in just three days. I was very pleased with the packing and condition of the shredder… it didn’t look at all like a refurbished unit, but like a brand new one.”   Dzpilot

A Win For Consumers

Small businesses and start-ups on a budget can now get quality shredder protection for less. Consumers with a commitment to sustainability efforts can feel good about purchasing a Fellowes Brands refurbished shredder purchase.

Learn about other  Fellowes Brands Sustainability Efforts

 

Fellowes Brands Wins the Platinum for AeraMax™ Professional AM II Air Purifier

 

Fellowes Brands won the platinum level ADEX award for the AeraMax™ Professional AM II air purifier. Platinum is the highest level among the ADEX nominations.

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Presented by Design Journal Magazine, the ADEX award represents the best product and project designs of the year based on the evaluation from a panel of industry experts. ADEX judges recognized the AM II for its combination of slim design and functionality. Only 4″ inches deep and with a recessed installation option, the AM II is ideal for purifying air for smaller commercial spaces. The AM II features a hospital-type filtration system including a True HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter to clean air in areas between 150-300 square feet. The patented EnviroSmart technology also detects the air quality in the surrounding environment and automatically adjusts performance.

The AeraMax Professional AM II Air Purifier is part of a broader commercial air purifier product offering from Fellowes Brands, which addresses the important issue of indoor air quality in the workplace.

Learn more about the AeraMax Pro II

Adjustable vs. Static Standing Desks

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Many static standing desks seem to be a simple and economical fix for those who want to stand and work. However, a lack of adjustability can do more harm than good. Here’s why:

Pain Points of Static Standing Desks

  1. Static standing desks cannot adjust to your height, leading to a stooping posture if you are to tall or an unnatural positioning of the arms to reach “up” to the keyboard if you are of shorter stature. In both instances, back pain, neck pain and arm pain may be the result.
  2. Ergonomists recommend that when at a standing desk, elbows should be at a 90 degree angle, virtually impossible if your standing desk does not adjust. Eventually incidents of elbow, wrist and arm strain may start to occur.
  3. Your fingers should be gently touching the keyboard for optimal comfort. Without the freedom to adjust your keyboard tray at a static standing desk, you will be adjusting to your keyboard’s rigid position, leading you down the path of carpal tunnel issues.
  4. Even with standard workstations, monitors should be adjusted so that your eyes look across the top third of the screen. Most likely, with static standing desks, you will be raising or drooping your head and neck to see your computer screen, which may explain persistent neck pains and headaches you experience when using your desk.

Adjustability Should Be Effortless

Standing desks that effortlessly adjust to any position allow you to position your work surface to you, not you to it.  The Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation features Smooth Lift Technology, which allows you to easily and effortlessly adjust to 22 different heights and 17″ of vertical height adjustment. Perfectly match your height and stature so you can avoid the pain of a fixed work surface.

 

 

 

Fellowes Brands Wins Industrial Designers Society of America Award for Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation

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The Fellowes Brands Lotus™ Sit-Stand Workstation won the bronze level award from the Industrial Designers Society of America. Winning in the office and productivity category, the Lotus Sit-Stand was judged on the excellence of its functionality and design by a panel of professionals in the product design field. The distinctive Smooth Lift Technology™ feature that transitions the workstation effortlessly from sitting to standing positions set the Lotus apart from other standing desks. The innovative cord management and device charging slot, which allows the entire workspace to move freely with the user, was another remarkable benefit that earned the Lotus recognition from this respected design organization. Learn more about the Lotus Sit-Stand. 

About Industrial Designers Society of America
Founded in 1965, the nonprofit Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations for industrial design professionals. IDSA has thousands of members in dozens of Student Chapters, Professional Chapters and Special Interest Sections in the United States and internationally. IDSA sponsors the annual International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA), the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competition. IDSA

 

The Benefits of Micro Breaks

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What are micro breaks? Rather than take a long lunch or 15 minutes during the day, imagine a short five-minute rest from work that could involve a variety of activities. It’s like the joke: “I told my doctor it hurts when I do this. My doctor said, then don’t do that.” It’s actually that simple. Stopping what ails you helps your body bounce back. You can also apply micro breaks to specific deskwork related issues.

A Break from Wrist Pain Relief

Typing and data entry tasks 8 hours a day can inflict long-term pain on wrists, including the lasting effects of carpal tunnel. Take 5-second micro breaks every 30 minutes. If you use extra padded wrist supports for your keyboard and mouse, you may extend your typing periods to 45 minutes before taking a micro break.

Simply Stand Up

Sitting glued to your computer terminal eventually leads to back pain and leg pain. Standing up for 5 to 10 seconds every 30 minutes keeps your muscles from becoming frozen in their sitting positions. If you feel that 5-10 seconds is an absolute loss of productivity, incorporate a standing desk into your routine. Recent Smooth Lift standing desk technology makes it easy to rise and sit easily throughout your day, making micro breaks effortless.

Take a Break and Stare

Long periods staring at your computer monitor means your eyes are probably adjusting too much to the screen’s illumination and possible glare. Most likely you will feel eye strain and headaches later and not relate it to your long day engaged with your flat screen.  Take micro breaks to literally stare off into space for 5-10 seconds every 30 minutes to help your eyes adjust to something more than digital two-dimensional space. Do you notice dry eye? Working at a computer actually reduces how much we blink, which can lead to eye dryness.  Your eye refresh micro break will do wonders.

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