Will the buyer of the future be a robot?
Pierre-Olivier Brial, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Manutan delves into the buyer of the future… New technologies and the impact of digital is transforming the procurement function in depth. Indirect purchasing benefits in many ways from digital technologies: Access to an unlimited range of products and services from a single purchasing tool Automation of transactions forRead more
The Impact of Office Design on Employee Performance
Office design has evolved over the years and is moving away from cubicle offices to more open plan and creative environments. In the past, organisations have assumed employees need to work in these types of environments. Businesses are now realising that they must create environments where people want to work (Forbes). Everything from office furniture and designRead more
Tweet Your Seat & Meet Cam!
This month on #TweetYourSeat we chat to Cam! Name – Cameron Elliott Position – Product Manager Nickname – Cam One word to describe you – Unique Favourite chair & why? The HumanScale Freedom Headrest Chair it’s like a giant cuddle throughout my working day Fun fact about you! Axe throwing champion Do you have a hidden talent?Read more
Store your chemicals correctly! Disasters caused by chemical substances…
Many businesses and companies are often ignorant to the true dangers of storing hazardous substances. However when the ignorance is coupled with a mentality of ‘Oh that will never happen to me’ it can become a dangerous game to play – quite literally! With very few of these incidents reaching the general media spotlight, thereRead more
The Living Product Challenge & Humanscale
Imagine creating a product that has beauty at its core in every aspect. A product which revives nature whilst improving the quality of life. Impressed? Humanscale have managed to successfully achieve exactly this, whilst gaining what is known as Living Product certification. The foundations of the Living Product Challenge (LPC) are built on this idea,Read more
Tweet Your Seat & Meet Hannah
This month on #tweetyourseat we chat to Hannah! Name – Hannah Williams Position – Outbound Team Leader Nickname – Hanwaaa One word to describe you – Bubbly Favourite Chair & why? The Verco Max chair – I sit on this chair every day and I find it so comfy. Every time we have recommended this toRead more
The most innovative office designs from around the world
With flexible working and new technology impacting the workplace, office design and furniture are evolving to keep up. We take a look at some of the world’s most innovative office spaces from around the world and how their office design helps to harness creativity and collaboration. The Superdesk at Barbarian Group, New York City Whilst manyRead more
How Procurement Departments Drive Strategic Purchasing Projects
Procurement departments are playing an increasingly strategic role in their company, especially when it comes to project management. Ivalua, a global provider of spend management solutions, reveals all the details, including the type of expenditure managed (OPEX or CAPEX), the systems used and their benefits, and the advantages of involving procurement departments in strategic projects.Read more
Tweet Your Seat & Meet Laura!
At Key, we like to rave about the chairs we’re using and products we get to test out for you on Twitter – #tweetyourseat But! We’ve realised you might not know a lot about those friendly faces in the photos. To change that we’ll be blogging each month so you can meet our incredible team! ThisRead more
Trends from the Consumer Electronics Show 2018
Martin Sauer, Group Digital Director, and Henri Adreit, Chief Information Officer at Manutan France took part in the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from 9 to 12 January. Showcasing the latest innovations and breakthroughs in consumer electronics, the show provides an insight into the technologies of tomorrow’s world every year.Read more
Supplier Relationship Management Trends in 2018
Risk management and compliance with payment times may still be the number one priority for procurement departments, however, a survey carried out by AgileBuyer* reveals a trend that is gaining traction in supplier relationship management: “pampering”. The main concern: risk management 75% of respondents claimed that they had targets this year in terms of managingRead more
How to Adjust the Humanscale Freedom Chairs
HumanScale are known for their iconic chairs. The chairs are designed with simplicity in mind and the functionality is almost invisible to the user. They have no clunky or heavy mechanisms and are made to adapt to the users body weight to encourage movement. The Freedom range was created by American designer Niels Diffrient. ItRead more
Six Steps to Assessing the Impact of GDPR
On 25 May 2018, the European Directive on the protection of personal information (GDPR*) will come into force. All companies affected will need to bring their processes into compliance or face a fine of up to €20 million or 4% of their annual worldwide turnover. In light of the risks, some companies may see the GDPR as aRead more
How is Procurement Trending in 2018?
AgileBuyer carried out its annual survey into trends and top priorities for procurement departments. The 2018 survey, entitled “Buyer-Supplier relations in a new light,” has new insights into measuring procurement performance and the difficulty in finding the necessary talents. Lets’ delve into the detail… Cost control: a waning priority Reducing costs is still the numberRead more
Sunseeker International Adopts the Vending Machine Strategy
After signing a new contract with Sunseeker especially aimed at streamlining the company’s work processes, we invited the luxury motor yacht manufacturer to trial vending machines. Available 24/7/365, these machines are installed as close as possible to users’ workstations in a bid to drive down costs, increase productivity and improve safety in the workplace. ARead more
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