IT Simply-Our Tech Solution

ITSimplifyWe are excited to announce the launch of a new technology-based division for our customers–ITSimplify!

What is ITSimplify? ITSimplify offers support to our customers’ technology needs along with solutions from more than 2,500 manufacturers including the major computer and networking manufacturers.

ITSimplify is an authorized reseller of technology products including:

  • Desktops, Laptops, Workstations,
  • Servers
  • Network Equipment including switches and routers
  • Printers
  • Storage Equipment including Tape Libraries and Tape Drives
  • Software and Software Licensing
  • UPS and Data Center Equipment (racks, cooling equipment, etc.)
  • IT Peripherals (hard drives, memory, cables, etc.)
  • Technology Services including a full suite of Cloud-based services that include Backups and Disaster Recovery

What makes ITSimplify different from other IT sources?

  • 42 warehouses across the country to ensure quick delivery
  • ITSimplify helps consolidate and simplify customers buying process
  • All in stock orders are delivered in approximately 2-3 days
  • Buys products at today’s prices to ensure you get the best overall value.

Through this new division we are able to meet your computer based needs with the support of qualified ITSimplify account managers. Want more information? Call us today at (205) 290-9303 to talk with one of our representatives to see how this service can benefit you!

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Go Ergonomic!

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We all know that once the discomfort starts it is hard to focus on your daily tasks, because all you can think about is the pain which leads to distraction and minimizes your productivity for the day. In desperation you come up with quick fixes. You have a pillow stashed at your desk or a rolled up blanket to place behind your back when needed. However, these seem to only provide temporary relief because as time goes by they lose their shape and cause nothing but frustration.

Ergonomic chairs are quickly gaining popularity as they are specifically made with a lumbar support curvature as a part of the chair in order to add support to your back while seated. This support allows for users to sit comfortably without slouching or leaning forward all while alleviating pressure on the lower back.

There a five features an individual should be mindful of when choosing the right ergonomic chair:

  1. Seat Height- AdjustableHS Chair
  2. Seat Width- Enough width and depth to support a user comfortably.
  3. Lumbar Support- Adjustable lumbar support (height and depth) so the user can get the proper fit to support the inward curve of their lower back.
  4. Back Rest- Your back rest should be 12 to 19 inches wide. If back rest is separate from the seat is should be adjustable in height and angle. If attached it should be adjustable in forward and back angles.
  5. Seat Material- The chair should have enough padding to be comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time.

Not really looking to buy a new chair but could use other ergonomic products. On our website we carry over one hundred ergonomic chairs and accessories. Offering brands such as 3M, HON, and Lorell to name a few.There are a number of ergonomic accessories found on the site that can change the feel of your office chair with a few minor adjustments. Go Ergonomic! 

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Comfort at Work: The Importance of Proper Back Support

ErgonomicWhen it comes to office chairs comfort and support are a must when it comes to promoting productivity! According to research, workers spend on average around five hours and forty-one minutes at their desks daily. Wow! That’s quite a bit of time that we spend sitting in one spot every single day. In spending this much time sitting at our desks it is important that our chairs offer maximum support. The more support we have while at our desks the more likely we are to use our time productively.

We all have fallen victim to that point in the day when we start to feel that dreaded pain. That slow aching feeling that starts at the base of your spine and works its way up. You struggle to find a comfortable position, yet no matter what you do you just can’t find relief. After shifting your weight numerous times you finally come to the resolution that the problem is a combination of your posture and office chair. It is quite common for us to sit in chairs that do not offer proper back support. So, what can you do to counteract the inevitable pain of the day? Evaluating the positioning of your office chair and your posture are two quick solutions that will help you begin the process of understanding the causes of your back pain.

According to an article found on Spine-Health.com, these are some tips that can help you insure your office chair provides proper back and lumbar support through the correct positioning of your chair:

  1. Office chair should be equipped with elbow supports and your elbows should rest comfortably on the supports at a right angle (90 degrees).
  2. Knees should also rest at a right angle (90 degrees) on the ground.
  3. Eyes should be focused straight ahead at your computer while your are seated.

So, now that we know a little more information on how to position our chairs in order to provide support for our backs let’s look at how we can properly position our bodies. Posture plays a large role in contributing to back pain when sitting at your desk. As time goes by our posture tends to slip as we become more lax while working.

According to Spine-Health.com article Posture to Straighten Your Back, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain:

  1.  Make sure your back is aligned with the back of your chair. Try not to slouch or lean forward when sitting.
  2. If you sit at your desk for an extended amount of time try an ergonomic chair (We’ll discuss the advantages of ergonomic chairs in the next blog entry)
  3. Try to keep you arms flexed at a 75 to 90 degree angle.
  4. Make sure that your knees are even with your hips or slightly higher when sitting.
  5. Keep your feet firmly resting on the floor.
  6. Sit with your shoulders as straight as possible.
  7. Get up and walk around or stretch whenever possible. Even in the best chairs your back will need a break.

Spine-Health.com is a great source for information concerning your spinal health in to your workplace environment. If you would like more information about office chair set-up or proper posture while sitting at your desk visit: http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics.

These are a few ways in which you can begin the process of ending your work day back pain. You no longer have to suffer through back pain while at work by simply following these tips. Be sure to look out for our next blog entry in two weeks where we will be discussing the benefits of purchasing ergonomic chairs!

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Why Buy Promo Items

6590623Promotional items play a large role in company recognition. Think about it how many times have you written on a notepad, used a pen, or poured coffee in a mug with a company’s logo on it? As often as customers use these items they become a valuable source in reinforcing the value of a company and their services through the usefulness of their promotional item.

Over the past few months our newsletters have featured a sampling of the promotional items we offer that would be great for any company to have on deck to further promote their services. Promotional items can potentially be a company’s secret weapon as every time a current or potential customer uses the item they are reminded of the company and the usefulness of the item they have provided. Your company information is readily available whenever they find themselves in need of your services.

So, you might still be asking yourself do I really need to employ promotional items as a part of my advertising strategy? Well…

Here are five reasons why Promotional Products would be an asset to your company:

1. Promotional products keeps your company logo and information in front of current and potential customers for an extended amount of time.

2. Promotional products provide potential customers the opportunity to equate your services as valuable which in turn increases the chance of your company gaining their business.

3. You don’t have to shell out big bucks! You can purchase quality products for low costs.

4. People love free stuff especially when it’s useful!

5. Easier customer access. This goes back to company recognition. If a current or potential customer finds themselves in a bind and your service is what they need they will already have your information readily available.ProductImage

  • Recap of Why Buy Promotional Items… All in all promotional items are useful, desirable, and informative.

Want to add promotional items to your company’s advertising repertoire? Visit http://bpsorder.espwebsite.com/ and find the right products for your company today!

 

 

 

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Paper Beats Cancer

St Jude Paper Beats Cancer banner ad_170x105As November is a month of thanks and giving BPS is promoting a campaign that is the epitome of these two words. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. This campaign allows children and their families to focus solely on treatment without having to worry about the costs.

According to Hammermill Paper’s press release, “St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Created by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $387 million for research and treatment in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer. Kicking off Thanksgiving week and running through the end of December, this year marks its 10th anniversary of asking the public to, “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”

In 2011, Hammermill became a corporate sponsor of the Thanks and Giving Campaign and has raised more than $521,000 to date. Beginning November 1st, customers who buy select reams of Hammermill paper will see original artwork on the front of Hammermill reams, drawn by St. Jude patients.  Customers can also read the patient’s story on the back of the reams. Also, Hammermill Paper will donate $1.00 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every new fan they receive on Facebook. If they are able to reach 20,000 fans by December 31st, they will donate an additional $10,000! So, when you buy Hammermill Paper during the months of November and December you help contribute to saving a child’s life.

Remember these donations allow St. Jude’s to continue to conduct basic/clinical research and the treatment of catastrophic childhood diseases.

So, you might be wondering in what other ways can I do to help? For more information and to learn how to donate visit:

www.stjude.org/volunteers  (Volunteers)

www.stjude.org/donate (Donations)

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Facebook (click here)

Hammermill Facebook (click here)

 

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Heating Things Up: Workplace Space Heater Safety

Chilly WeatherIt’s that time again and there is a chill in the air! Chilly weather equals big coats, layers, and breaking out the space heaters at the office. The use of space heaters within workplaces is quite common as employees try to stay warm during the winter months. However, it is important to remember the use of portable space heaters pose a potentially major workplace safety hazard. The incorrect use of space heaters within the office can lead to fires and let’s face it no one wants to start a fire at work! Here are a few tips that are important when using portable space heaters in your office.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers the following space heater safety tips:
  • Employees should be required to obtain approval from a supervisor or facility manager prior to using a space heater at work.
  • All space heaters should have the certification of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Operating space heaters should never be left unattended. They should be turned off and unplugged at the end of the work day or whenever the employee leaves the room.

- Want to know more about electrical safety visit: http://esfi.org/

Now you are equipped with a few helpful tips that will enable you to properly use portable space heaters in the office. So, if you are looking to stay warm while at the office this winter check out our Lorell Space Heaters!

 

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Office Supplies for a Cause

breastcancerribbonIt’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and the BPS website is turning Pink! This month our site will highlight some of our products that benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There are so many ways one can support this important cause including buying your office supplies. Check out this month’s Hot Specials at www.bpsorder.com!

Support the incredible efforts being made to find the cure and improve the odds! For information on Breast Cancer Awareness visit ww5.komen.org and www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

Wanna Get Involved?

1. Uncorked on the Green at Ross Bridge Oct. 12, 2013

2. Komen North AL Race for the Cure Walk Oct. 12, 20131. Uncorked on the Green at Ross Bridge Oct. 12, 2013 Linn Park in Birmingham, AL For more information visit http://www.komenncalabama.org

3. 8th Annual Belk Private Shopping Night Oct. 13, 2013

Visit www.bcrfa.org for more information on how you can volunteer, donate, and other upcoming events.

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

Tips for a Healthy Workplace

aHealthyWorkplaceIn the Fall and Winter months it seems as though it is an uphill battle in keeping ourselves healthy. It seems as though no matter how hard you try that ever elusive sickness somehow manages to creep in and attack! Here are some ways in which can aid you in creating a healthier workplace:

 

1. Identify Germ Hot Spots that are unique to office space settings.

  • Breakrooms: Constant touching of coffee pots, faucets, sinks, microwave buttons, cabinets, and refrigerator handles.
  • Conference Rooms: this area is rarely cleaned and contains numerous surfaces that individuals constantly touch such as tables and chairs. Also, an area where food is consumed makes it a breeding ground for germs!
  • Desks: Huge breeding ground for germs! Studies show that your desk can be covered with parasites, fungus, and bacteria/viruses that can cause colds and flu.According to a Kimberly-Clark Professional study your desk contains 400 times more germs than an average toilet seat.

2. Keep things Sanitary 

  • Breakrooms: It is important to have anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning materials that are easily accessible. Remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” People are more likely to wipe up/clean up after they have finished eating if these items are in their line of sight. 
  • Conference Rooms: Since these areas are rarely cleaned it it key that if you are going to have lunch meetings that you disinfect these areas after each use. This will help tamp down on the spread germs.
  • Desk: Keeping your desk clean is as simple as keeping it stocked with hand sanitizer and if you are a desk eater make sure you disinfect after each time you eat. Remember your desk is dirtier than a toilet seat!

Keeping work spaces clean and germ-free can lower the rate of sickness within your office as germs are less likely to be passed around!

 

BPS Birmingham is your one-stop shop for all your office needs. And because we’re the big box alternative, you can always count on a real person to answer the phone, friendly service and fast delivery. Order online at bpsorder.com.

New and Exciting at BPS!

17328863-the-word-exciting-in-a-colorful-burst-of-stars-to-symbolize-fun-surprising-new-announcement-and-commIt’s been a while since our last blog post and in that time many new and exciting things have happened on our website. There are new active tabs on www.bpsorder.com that will make ordering with us that much easier. Customers can now use the Most Popular and Best Products tabs to see must-have products for other local businesses.

Also, we are happy to announce the launch of our new promotional items website www.bpsorder.espwebsite.com! On our site customers can browse over 47 product collections with thousands of items to choose. One of the great aspects about our promotional website is customers will be able to create virtual samples in order to to see what the item will look like once the item has been imprinted with their logo. We hope that you will allow BPS Birmingham the opportunity to fulfill your Promo Item needs!

Just what does “white glove service” mean?

white glovesAt BPS Birmingham, we talk about our “white glove service” a lot. But what does it really mean, and how can it benefit you?

“White glove service” is simple – it’s the concept of treating our customers the way we’d want to be treated. It’s the “Golden Rule” of our business.

When you do business with BPS, you’ll reap the benefits of our “white glove service,” including:

  • Free next-day delivery
  • Free furniture assembly
  • 24/7 easy internet ordering
  • Huge product selection
  • Free needs analysis review
  • No minimum order charges
  • Every item discounted
  • Superior service Read more