Office Design Trends for 2018
Office Design Trends for 2018 With new technology, changing demands in business and design trends evolving, we chat to some of our biggest suppliers to find out what they predict the office design trends for 2018 will be. Collaborative Spaces ‘Collaborative working and helping customers find different ways of working is one of the biggestRead more
Spotlight on the Digitisation of Procurement Processes in Europe [Infographic]
Leading global provider of e-procurement solutions SynerTrade have conducted a survey into the digitisation of companies’ procurement processes in Europe. They interviewed 287 CPOs between November 2016 and January 2017 to gain insight into the current situation. Findings show procurement departments now play two roles: to deliver strategic advice and to reduce costs. In addition, althoughRead more
Three Golden Rules for Improving C Class Purchases
More often than not your purchases are categorised as Class A, B or C depending on the purchase volume. The ABC analysis method – derived from the Pareto principle*, can be used to organise a company’s purchases in to hierarchical order. The situation is reversed however, when these purchases are classified according to the administrative costsRead more
Manutan Own Brand – A Real Alternative to National Brands
In 2016, the Manutan Group launched its own brand of products. The goal is to offer high quality everyday products at the right price, to help businesses reduce the acquisition costs of their products. What types of products does the range contain? What are the brand’s main advantages? Check out the video to find outRead more
Back Pain in Children – Why Schools Must Invest in the Right Furniture
Children spend 15,000 hours sitting down during their school years & approximately 13% of children aged 10-16 experience significant recurrence of back pain with the main cause being poor posture (FIRA). In support of Back Care Awareness we take a look at the growing trend of back pain in children and how we can helpRead more
What Are the Health Benefits of the Back App Ergonomic Chair?
With back pain costing the UK economy £15 billion a year and resulting in 41% of all work related illnesses (HSE), it’s more important than ever to invest in the right chairs for your staff. The Back App chair was invented by Dr Freddy Johnsen. After years of back problems he discovered a new wayRead more
The Importance of Office Ergonomics
Ergonomics is the discipline of designing equipment to fit the users’ needs. The term ergonomics comes from the Greek word ergon meaning work, and nomoi meaning natural laws. A poorly designed workstation can cause employees musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, depression and even increase the risks of cardio vascular problems. What are the benefits of office ergonomics? Ergonomics reduces the health risks causedRead more
Make the RITE Choice for Flammable Storage Cabinets with Justrite!
Justrite cabinets are extra strong, sturdy & secure. They are FM approved, high performance and designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 10 minutes. Justrite Cabinets meet OSHA & NFPA 30 – Exceeding COSHH Standards. Designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 10 minutes Justrite cabinets have been constructed to limit the internalRead more
Don’t Step on a Bee Day
With the bee population dropping – even halving in some countries, it’s vital we take care to maintain bee populations, pollination and honey production. In support of Don’t Step on a Bee Day the With Love Forum at Key have been hard at work! Our team have been making space to plant wild flowers, lavender andRead more
The Ergonomic Chair – Why You Need One
Most office chairs are ergonomic in some way – they may adjust in height or come with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. But, do you have all the gear and no idea?! Sitting in the wrong position can cause aches and pains which can lead to long term health problems! DidRead more
Streamline Procurement with Vending Machines
Vending machines are ideal for streamlining indirect purchases. They offer 24/7 access to products and can reduce costs, raise productivity and improve safety. Benefits: Lower product consumption – they help control usage of certain items and require employees to use a swipe card to access products. This allows employees to be accountable for items they’reRead more
Henry & Friends – Meet the Gang
Henry – a household name and an icon. This little guy holds a special place in our hearts. He gives everything he can to make your workplace spotless and always with a smile. Whilst Henry caters for most cleaning needs, his close friends all bring something unique to the table. Henry Cordless HVB160 The newRead more
Our Unique E-Procurement Solution – All4You
For businesses that do not have an in-house e-procurement tool, but want to improve and rationalise their purchasing processes, All4You is the perfect solution. It is a free, modular e-procurement solution provided by Manutan & Key to benefit our customers. The tool provides total visibility, a secure login, personalised offerings, integrated transactions, dedicated modules & reporting tools to name aRead more
Streamline Products & Save with Manutan Own Brand
Distributors’ own brands represent an attractive alternative to national brands. Customers can make significant cost savings, whilst still purchasing goods with the same quality and reliability. One year ago, Manutan (our parent company) created its own brand of the same name. The own brand includes everyday products offering high quality at the best price. Manutan products come with a 10-yearRead more
How Businesses Can Optimise Class C Purchases
Company purchases can generally be categorised into 3 classes. Classes A and B are already integrated into corporate purchasing strategies. Class C, by contrast, is often under-estimated; and yet, if properly optimised, it can generate savings of up to 20%. Classes A and B Class A – covers all products and services directly related toRead more
Top Fatal & Non-Fatal Accidents At Work [Infographic]
To support the International Labour Organisations’ World Day for Safety & Health at Work we’ve put together the infographic below to highlight the importance of investing in the correct equipment to help prevent workplace accidents. View our workwear & safety products here.Read more
Locker Locks – Which is best for your business?
As standard our lockers come with cylinder or hasp locks, but can be fitted with a choice of the lock types below on request. Cylinder Locks These are one of the most common lock types for lockers. They are simple to use, economical and easy to replace. They are key operated and all lockers comeRead more
How are Key Fundraising this Red Nose Day?
This year Key are fundraising for Comic Relief by baking, quizzing & wearing red! Staff at Key have cooked up sweet treats & savoury delights for today’s bake sale; we’re running a comic relief themed quiz & will be encouraging everyone to donate & most staff have added some red to their outfit! ToRead more
Why You Should Streamline Your Supplier Portfolio
Streamlining your supplier portfolio reduces the number of them you have to manage and ultimately reduces management costs along with the number of orders issued. To start streamlining, everything will start by analysing which suppliers can potentially be replaced, followed by a list of products that they supply you with. You can then identify a single distributor offering theRead more
How Manutan & Key Simplify the Procurement Process
E-procurement is a value-added service available from Key & Manutan, it allows customers to digitise the procurement process, save time and achieve major cost savings across their business. Watch the video to see how E-procurement can benefit you…Read more
How will the new £1 coin affect your lockers?
28th March 2017 is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, you need to ensure your coin lockers are ready for the new £1! The change will affect those businesses using coin retain or coin return lockers. The old coin lockers are not designed to accept the new £1 and this could haveRead more
E-Procurement Systems – How to choose the best solution for your business
Electronic catalogues represent an effective e-procurement solution for reducing costs in a business, they offer improved spend visibility and control of purchasing. Two major types of catalogue are present in the e-procurement world: hosted catalogues (e-cat) and PunchOut. How do you know which solution is best suited to your company? And how does each solutionRead more
Storage Bins – how do you use yours?
Storage bins aka picking or parts bins, call them what you like – they are the unsung heroes of storage in businesses around the country. You may think you know them; but the supposedly ordinary plastic box – teamed with a strong louvre panel offers handy features to help any business. From large factories toRead more
Bike Parking – Why your workplace needs it
Call it the Bradley Wiggins effect; increased levels of congestion; or a greater focus on personal health and well-being. Whatever the reason – cycling has been on the up since 2008 (road traffic statistics). Here’s why it matters to you and why you’d be crazy not to have bike parking at your work place. WhyRead more
What Does Your Workbench Say About You?
Whether you work as part of a manic production line, have electronic assembly duties or find yourself in a super hi tech laboratory – the way your workstation is configured tells you more about your attitude and style of working than any other piece of equipment. Maybe more than you’d care to admit….. Get personalRead more
Celebrating 50 Years of Manutan
This September we are celebrating 50 years of Manutan being by your side. Our story is one in which you’ve played a big part in and we’d love to say a big thank you to everyone involved! This milestone has got us feeling a little nostalgic. So we took a look at where it allRead more
Don’t Gamble on Poor Customer Service
When the chips are down, Key is a winner. Buying something online can be a bit of a gamble. And no one wants a bad service experience. But if things do go wrong you want to feel that the person on the other end of the phone cares about the situation – you don’t wantRead more
Keys’ Pink Army are ready to take on Pretty Muddy!
Our team of girls are ready to conquer Pretty Muddy on June 18th in Poole Park, Dorset. The Race for Life Pretty Muddy event is a 5K non-competitive obstacle course for women only to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s about women of all ages and abilities coming together to tackle the course, supportRead more
Plastic Storage – How to Interpret Litres?! [Infographic]
Do you find it hard to visualise the size of a box when it’s measured in litres? It can be difficult to determine the actual size of a storage box is from a photo and a litre capacity alone. We’ve found a frequently asked question from customers is ‘what can I fit into this box?’Read more
5 Unique Features of Plastic Storage Boxes
Plastic storage boxes are never the most exciting purchase you’ll make. Whether we want to store belongings, move things or simply archive paperwork, these handy boxes are a staple in most of our offices or homes. To some it may just be a plastic box yet these containers have ingenious uses and unique qualities youRead more
Our top 5 office chairs
When your staff are at work, you want them to be as productive as possible. After all, that’s what they’re paid for. Nobody can concentrate fully on work if they’re uncomfortable and they can’t work at all if they’re off sick with a bad back. So, it is vitally important that you provide your employeesRead more
Key’s Summer Essentials
We are delighted to announce that summer’s here! To celebrate the warm weather we’ve all been longing for, we’ve put together a range of summertime essentials to help you make the most of everyone’s favourite season. At home or work, there’s something for everyone… Keeping cool The hot weather makes a very welcome change fromRead more
Office seating options and accessories
When you see the words ‘office seating’, what do you imagine? Are you thinking of a standard desk chair on wheels with a fabric seat and backrest? Great! That’s a brilliant choice for many office situations but there are plenty of options to consider before you make your final choice. Use this guide to exploreRead more
Grit Bins, Shovels and Spreaders – Keep Your Premises Clear of Ice and Snow
When the snow starts to fall keeping your carparks/walkways clear can be a challenge. Key have a fantastic winter range including grit bins, shovels and spreaders Snow shovels The most basic is the shovel, this is a versatile tool as you can use it to first clear away the excess snow and then spread theRead more
Ladders or Steps? – Daddy or Chips?
Daddy or chips is enough of a conundrum for most so whilst you’re pondering on that one out we’ll help you make sure that you’re not taking on feats worthy of a place in cirque de solei just to get that thing that you can’t quite reach. Seriously though – if you’re required to workRead more
How to Choose the Best Locker for Your Business
So, you’ve decided that a locker would be a sensible addition to your workplace. Great news! We’ve got a fantastic range of lockers to choose from including cube lockers, twin varieties, ones in different colours and even a range with clever antibacterial coatings. The question is: where do you start? A locker can be soRead more
Which Storage Cupboard is Right for You?
Cupboards are an all-time classic in the world of storage and there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want to sort out your office or get your workshop in check, we’ve got a great range for every storage related requirement. If you could use some guidance when searching for the right cupboardRead more
The Best COSHH Cabinets for Hazardous Materials
If you use hazardous materials at work, it’s essential that you’ve got the right cabinet in which to keep them safely stored away. It would be silly to keep flammable materials jumbled together in a messy drawer. Similarly, storing chemicals in a cupboard that might leak is asking for trouble. What you need is somethingRead more
What shelving is right for you?
Like people, every workplace is different and your needs will be unique to your situation. This applies to the products and services you require from Key in order to keep your office, warehouse, stockroom, factory or school well stocked and working well. In this article, we will look at shelving and how to decide theRead more
Safety in the workplace – how the right racking solution can prevent accidents
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) claims that poor housekeeping (tidiness, cleanliness and control of poor visibility at entrances and exits) need to be identified and addressed to prevent needless accidents and emergencies at work. Accidents occur frequently in the workplace, but many can be avoided simply by introducing simple, effectiveRead more
The Mighty Multi Use Truck
Trucks and trolleys save time and energy while reducing the risk of injury. Ideally, you’ll have a fleet of specially selected trucks and trolleys to hand, each perfectly designed for the specific job it performs. Your picking trolley, for example, could include built-in steps for swift picking while your sack truck is ever-ready for deliveries.Read more
The Best Trolleys for Your Office
You’ve been preparing this meeting for months. You’ve got all your folders together: your research, your graphs, stats and script. You stride confidently into the office…trip and drop the whole lot on the floor. If only you’d had the right trolley to carry everything safely, you’d have saved the red face and hours of reorganisingRead more
How to choose the right ladder or steps
Jobs where you are required to work from height also mean that you need to have access to the right equipment at all times, this isn’t just common sense it is part of the working at height regulations that employers need to comply with. If you are required to work from height then here is some informationRead more
COSHH, Cabinets and Chemical Storage
Storing chemicals and flammable materials requires careful consideration. If you use chemicals on a small scale, it’s essential that you address the various risks. Luckily, our friends over at the Health and Safety Executive have come up with some sensible guidelines on how to store hazardous materials safely. Now, many of us switch off whenRead more
Shelving – Know its Limits
To avoid shelving breaking in the workplace it is important to make sure that you’ve thought about what you intend to store on it; this will determine what type you should choose. To make things simple we have grouped all our shelving into suitable weight categories to help you determine what shelf capacity you need. TheRead more
More Than Just a Locker, it’s a Complete Storage Solution
Having a good locker system in place at your place of work is a very good way of making sure valuables and important work tools/supplies are kept safe and secure. Lockers aren’t just for employees to store their lunch and trainers in while they work; they can also be part of the way your businessRead more
The Four Trucks and Trolleys Your Warehouse Can’t Do Without
You wouldn’t use a hammer to tighten a screw and you wouldn’t use a platform trolley to ship stock to shops. Different tasks around the warehouse require different products to ensure maximum efficiency and safety, particularly if they’re being used on a daily basis. To make sure you’re ahead of the game, here’s our guideRead more
What lockers are right for my needs?
When running a business, whether it’s a shop, office, warehouse or factory, it’s so easy to focus on the tools you need to get the job done and keep customers happy that you forget about areas of the business that are not customer facing. Having a clean, safe and secure “back office” area is vitalRead more
Fire and Safety Signs For Your Warehouse
Warehouses are busy places with a lot going on and some extremely dangerous equipment moving around, so it is important to have all of your bases covered with regards to important fire and safety signs you need in your warehouse. It is a legal requirement to display certain signs in prominent spots around yourRead more