Health & safety + a whole lot more!

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The team at Brant Basics are always working to bring you the products you need, when you need them. We have years of experience in the field, and our team of helpful staff members are highly qualified to help you find the solutions you need to support your home or business productivity. We are always sourcing and expanding our offering with new, in-demand office supplies and office design ideas. We want to highlight some aspects of our 2017 product offering which you may not be aware of.

In the ever important Health & Safety category we offer a broad scope of quality products. Did you know we offer sanitation/maintenance supplies? As well, did you know that ladders and shipping supplies are part of the line-up? As well, we have a full range of fire extinguishers, respirators, paramedic blankets, bandages, safety gloves, crutches and even wheelchairs.

The needs of an office are always changing and highly diverse, and we work to meet the needs of a very wide range of clients, from one and two person home offices, to major employers with more than 500 on staff.

So, give us a call or drop by the store and showroom on George Street in Downtown Peterborough. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are here to help.

5 reasons to choose Brant Basics?

  1. Quality products, selection and competitive pricing
  2. Free Parking off Water Street
  3. Free Delivery on orders of $25 or more
  4. We operate in an environmentally friendly way, treating the earth with respect
  5. We are locally-owned and family-run, supporting many community organizations in the place where we work and play

 

Design Case Studies – March 2017

Following are some recent installations by our furniture and design team. We’re a collaborative and problem solving bunch – who enjoy a challenge. We love to create spaces where people feel able to work, socialize and be productive. See below, and give us a call next time you’re got a project which needs some thoughtful eyes. We are proud of the work we do, and our customers are equally excited at their new spaces.

Case Studies #1

All Saints Catholic Secondary School  – Working with a really large space, the mandate demanded we create different environments within. With a learning commons, it’s important to cater to all types of people and work – introverts and extroverts, private and group study. Person A might like studying in private (enter the Steelcase Brody) and person B might learn best by working with their classmates (enter Steelcase Verb tables).

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Another important factor for the librarians at All Saints was mobility – the ability to quickly transform the space from one setting to another, affording a wide range of uses – teaching classes, larger presentations, small group work and individual study. Everything from the chairs, to the tables and even the library stacks are on casters. The arrangements are endless! It’s awesome to see the space being used to its full potential. We offered products that support group, individual, social and teaching scenarios.

Products in the photo:
Steelcase Node Chairs
Steelcase Move Chairs
Steelcase Jenny Chairs
Steelcase Buoy chairs
Steelcase Ology height adjustable tables
Campfire Glass Table (like a whiteboard – top available in paper, too)
Custom mobile book shelves

Case Study #2

Durham Catholic School Board IT Department – The challenge was to integrate a traditional office with more practical spaces for the specific work being performed, including a social space, which was lacking. The department often had visitors – people who would drop in, but had nowhere to work – rather like a co-work space, therefore this space would not only act as a touchdown area for those workers, but as a casual meeting space. The table pictured is called the Campfire Big Table – the design was inspired by residential tables that draw people together. It is 40”H meaning people can both sit and stand at the table, making it a great area to collaborate.

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Products in the photo:
Campfire Big Lounge
Campfire Glass Table
Steelcase Buoy
Turnstone Scoop Stools
Campfire Big Table

Case Study #3

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School – This project shared some similar traits to the All Saints learning commons (see above) which was to create different learning environments within one large space – collaboration, teaching areas, private study space. The Brant design team, working with the architect, had a vision with this project and played a large role in choosing the product and colours. Mobility of the furniture was not as important in this case, but some of the tables and chairs are equipped with casters for easy reconfigurations. The soft seating you see is Coalesse Circa – it is available in many configurations and is great for both individual work and casual collaboration.

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Products in this photo:
Coalesse Circa
Custom mobile shelving
Steelcase Move Chairs
Custom shelving and lit signage on the far wall

On Community Outreach, Both Locally and Beyond

Our own Sue, along with other local and district Rotary Club members travelled to Honduras to implement the first of many literacy and education projects in remote Honduran villages. The first initiative was to distribute water filters. By improving the quality of water, the health and attendance in schools will improve for the young children who attend up to grade 6.

Team members also painted the Spanish alphabet (previously absent in all the school rooms) and numerals from 1-100 so children can improve their counting and math skills.

For fun we built tire swings, tether ball games and a climbing ladder at each school which were void of any play equipment.  We hope this will entice children to attend school more often as it adds an aspect of fun.  

On another note, a larger project is in the works for a teacher training centre in a village.  The training centre will train teachers and act as a central resource area for educational supplies. Students and teachers also received lots of office and school supplies to help them with their studies. A second and third trip to Honduras are being seriously considered by the group.

As a company, we feel it’s our duty to give back to the community – and working through Rotary is just one way we give back. Follow us on social media for info on our monthly community partner program, or stop by the George Street window and learn about things and organizations worth supporting in our own community.

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Innovation Cluster and Movable Walls

In-progress pictures from the Innovation Cluster here in downtown Peterborough. Featuring a product called Privacy Wall by Steelcase. It’s a modular wall system that uses glass, fabric and whiteboard panels to create space division, much like our office. It’s a great alternative to traditional construction because it can be altered and moved in the future (ie, if someone wants a larger office, the walls can be taken down without having to completely disrupt the office).

We are so pleased to be working with The Cluster on this amazing project which will work to guide business innovation in the region for years to come.

Brant is your local dealer for Steelcase office products. Give us a call – we’d love to work with you.

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Office Design Renaissance

These days, workers (you, me – you know…people) are rejecting the uninspiring sea of sameness that has come to be known as “the office.” Standardized for efficiency, this uniform approach limits potential for inspiration, expression and social connection with others. This office rebellion is causing organizations to rethink their workplaces — from a singular focus on efficiency toward a pluralistic approach that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. Thoughtfully curated destinations blend design, materiality and performance, and give people freedom to choose where and how they work. These destinations deliver a more human experience while still providing the tools and resources people need to actually get work done.

Small renovations, and big overhauls – at Brant we’re your partner in making liveable, workable office solutions that make you productive and happy. We think that’s a great combination. Give us a call and book a consultation today – our design team is here to help.

Contact David Cox here!
296 George St N, Peterborough, with handy, free parking off our Water Street entrance.

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New Technology – Nov 2016 Edition

At Brant Basics, we’re working hard to bring you the technology you need, to run your office in the most efficient, advanced way possible. To that end, we wanted to share some items from our new flyer.

The first is the Verbatim iStore ‘n’ Go – USB flash drives for Apple Lightening Devices. These are quick, and always at hand when you need to take files to-go!

The second is a couple choices in new, Bluetooth speakers. Firstly, check out the Alurtex Bump, and secondly, the Verbatim Mini! Both produce great sound, good for office music or to give a better voice in Skype calls or other purposes.

A complement product – the Vertbatim Wireless, 6-Button Deluxe Mouse is sure to put leading-edge convenience at your fingertips.

All these items and more are available from our newest flyer. You can shop on-line or drop by the store. Note, free parking off our Water Street entrance.

 

Check out the flyer here, and see specific product info on the items mentioned above, down below.

 

http://www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/bluetooth-speakers/mini-wireless-waterproof-bluetooth-speaker-/

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http://www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/mice/mice-notebook/deluxe-mice-sku-99016/

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http://www.verbatim.com/prod/flash-memory/usb-drives/everyday-usb-drives/istore-n-go-usb-drive-sku-49300/

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http://aluratek.com/bump-portable-bluetooth-mini-speaker-with-built-in-lithium-ion-battery

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Meet Stacie Tasker

Stacie is a recent addition to our talented Furniture and Design team. Give Stacie a call and book an appt. for your next renovation or when you have an office design inquiry.

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Born and raised in Peterborough, it’s an honour to be part of the team at such a well-known business in our community. I have been in sales since I graduated from the advertising program at Sheridan College in 2009. Being in the promotional products industry for 6 years, switching to the furniture industry earlier this year has been quite a change! My job at Brant isn’t just to sell filing cabinets, office chairs and desks, but to provide you with the information, research and products that support employee wellness – all which contribute to creating an office environment that your employees want be in every day. From my initial site visit, to evaluating the wants and needs within your office space, creating concept drawings and finally, the installation, I enjoy seeing a concept become reality and ultimately, having a happy customer. My goal is to provide you with not only quality products, but an overall great experience and superior customer service.

Stacie Tasker Office Furniture & Design Specialist
t. 705.748.2291 x 29
c. 705.930.7506
Brant Basics | www.brantbasics.com

Meet Heather Paquette

We’re happy to welcome Heather to our great team of customer service specialists. 

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Heather comes to Brant with a great foundation of customer service experience. We’re pleased she’s putting those skills to work for our clients – you!

Take a few moments and get to know Heather:

Heather grew up spending her summers in Bobcaygeon which formed her love for the Kawartha Lakes communities. Prior to working with Brant Basics, she was a Facility Services Sales Representative for a corporate company located in Calgary, Alberta where she worked for over 2 years. A previous career path as a Registered Veterinary Technician combined with her prior sales experience allows Heather to perform detailed account assessments to analyze a customer’s needs and provide them with a full program solution. Heather is a member of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough with Brant Basics as she loves to develop new relationships, as well as grow current relationships. She is very pleased to be part of such a great team at Brant Basics where customer service and valuable customer relationships are paramount.

Sincerely,
Heather Paquette
Office Products Specialist
Brant Basics
296 George St. N.
Peterborough, ON  K9J 7H6
O: 705-748-2291    Ext. 49
C: 705-868-5125

Meet Curtis Wong

We’re happy to welcome Curtis Wong to our great team of customer service specialists. 

Curtis has some great experience in customer service, and we’re sure he’ll make a great addition to our existing team. Curtis’ contact details are below.

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A few words of introduction from Curtis:

I am locally born and raised in the Peterborough Community. I come from a work background where quality customer service has always been front of mind. My most recent experience comes as a Financial Advisor. My focus was to create financial plans, save the customer money and provide this service in a timely manner. I had the chance to identify customer needs and provide solutions for them. I plan to use these skills moving forward with Brant Basics. I strive to build and maintain quality long-term relationships with the customers I get to work with. I am very excited for this opportunity with the Brant Basic team. The team is full of friendly and experienced people that have the customer as the number one focus.

Welcome aboard Curtis!

Curtis Wong,
Office Product Specialist
Brant Basics
705-748-2291  Ext 47

cwong@brantbasics.com

Ergonomics

Ergonomics (the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population and is sometimes described as Human Factors Engineering.)

First, some facts:

  • Did you know, that on average, 95% of an office workers’ day is spent sitting in front of the computer.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor workplace ergonomics account for 34% of all lost workday injuries and illnesses.
  • When done right office ergonomics can increase productivity on average by 11%
  • Ergonomics in the workplace is crucial for job efficiency and productivity, workplace health,
  • reducing the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries, and keeping company morale high.

and some questions:

  • What are your core business objectives this year? How about improving workplace productivity?
  • How about improving product/customer service quality and service?

Addressing these should be top of your list for this year.

5 Benefits:

  1. Reduced costs.
  2. Improved productivity.
  3. Improves quality.
  4. Improves employee engagement.
  5. A better safety culture. When we’re all safe and producing at a high level, the company
    and employees all benefit.

Facts:

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”  (Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University in an interview by The Los Angeles Times)

How the experiences team at Brant Basics can help you address ergonomics in your workplace:

Here at Brant, many visit our Ergonomics Centre in the showroom and test drive chairs, sit/stand options, monitor arms, foot rests, keyboard drawers, lighting and copy holders.  We are unique in the area because of our showroom.

Many customers are asking for our advice on how to retrofit their existing desks so they have the option of sitting and standing. We often try to use existing parts of their desks, where possible, and add new height adjustable bases, monitor arms, keyboard drawers.

We offer advice to customers regarding the options available
to make their workspace more ergonomic. 

Here is an interesting graphic which speaks to many of the facts we’ve researched from our wonderful supplier Steelcase.

Testimonial: “Yes I love my new adjustable desk.  I do not feel so confined to one position.  I can move my keyboard anywhere now that I can lower my desk and I can also stand instead of sitting all the time however standing and thinking is proving to be interesting!” – Sharon