Steelcase announces acquisition of Orangebox

Steelcase Inc. has announced the acquisition of Orangebox Group Limited, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of furniture for the changing workplace, the latest in a rapid expansion of products designed for the new ways people work. Established in 2002, in the village of Hengoed, South Wales, Orangebox created a concept they …

11 Books That Will Change Your Life, According to Highly Successful CEOs

Books have so much power. Their insights can make you rich, revamp your health, offer new perspectives or transform your relationships. These avid readers and Advisors in The Oracles share the books that are incredible additions to any library. 1. “About Face” by Colonel David Hackworth and Julie Sherman This …

Wellbeing, a pile of turtles, office culture and some other stuff

This week is Clerkenwell Design Week amongst other things, and as part of it I chaired a discussion on Tuesday about acoustics at work in the showroom of Flokk. We were fortunate to have a panel that involved the likes of Nigel Oseland, Michelle Wilkie of tp bennett, Joachim Schubert …

Franchisee Leads Japan's Seven-Eleven to Adjust 24/7 Hours

Franchisee Leads Japan’s Seven-Eleven to Adjust 24/7 Hours What with Japan’s labor crunch, Seven-Eleven (7-Eleven is spelled out by the company in Japan) franchisee Mitoshi Matsumoto, 57, found himself working longer and longer hours. Something had to give. He asked his franchisor to allow him to close his 24/7 store …

Best Ways to Learn Something New Every Day Using the Internet

Learning has become easier than A, B, C or 1, 2, 3. Thanks to the wonderful world wide web aka the internet. Long gone are the days when the library was the only source of information available. Who remembers having to spend hours in the library going through books to …

Apple finalizes Shazam purchase, promises ad-free app experience

Originally announced in 2017, Apple confirmed today that it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, the music-identification app that has been downloaded over a billion times since its release. Apple also announced that the Shazam app will “soon” go ad-free for all users. Shazam’s acquisition was the subject of a …

The IRS Just Made it Easier to Save for Retirement. Here’s How to Take Advantage

Savers can put more money into their retirement accounts in 2019. The IRS announced on Thursday that under annual inflation adjustments, the agency would increase the limits on 401(k) and IRA contributions for next year. The cap on annual contributions to a traditional and Roth IRA, which hadn’t changed since …

3 Compelling Reasons You Should Hire a Superb Bookkeeper

As a business owner, the more attention you pay to managing your money, the more successful your company will be. While you may currently enjoy an abundant revenue stream because your revenues exceed your overheads, you won’t position your business for long-term success until you also master the art of …

Don’t Get Left Behind in the Cryptocurrency Race

Cryptocurrency trading has been around for well over a decade, but for many of us it reached a zenith in December 2017. At its height, Bitcoin traded at $20,000 per unit, before plunging spectacularly. Today, this cryptocurrency trades in a tight range between $8,000 and $10,000. The relative stability of …

Khashoggi’s fate shows the flip side of the surveillance state

It’s been over five years since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on government mass surveillance programs, revealing, in unprecedented detail, quite how deep the rabbit hole goes thanks to the spread of commercial software and connectivity enabling a bottomless intelligence-gathering philosophy of ‘bag it all’. Yet technology’s onward march …

6 places to find stock photos of real, powerful women

Looking for realistic stock photos of women and feeling frustrated by the lack of choices? You’re not alone. Sadly, the selection of stock photos featuring women has been dominated by cliché and unnatural poses for many years. You’ve seen them: young women (usually Caucasian) smiling vapidly at the camera in …