Each year my team and I load up a truck full of CORT’s newest products and ship them to Alderman Company, a marketing services firm with a large photography facility located in the furniture capital of the world: High Point, North Carolina. CORT’s merchandising team spends two weeks at the studio, capturing images to showcase the new products and help customers envision the images they see on CORT’s website, advertisements and in product brochures across the country. Each individual studio is approximately the size of a football field. You can customize the studio space for your needs by painting the walls, changing out the flooring and even selecting different windows, giving each room its own personality and style. The space’s versatility is appealing because it allows CORT’s merchandising group to shoot the products a number of ways and in different environments to help customers envision them in a variety of spaces.
Labor Day means barbeques and all of the fun that comes with them! Make your party a standout success by revamping your outdoor entertaining space with these outdoor design tips to make your outdoor gathering the best barbecue on the block! Design for easy clean up: As any entertainer knows, parties come with messes. Ensure that your furniture withstands the ketchup spills and food stains by choosing surfaces and materials that are easy to wipe down or throw in the wash. Also, don’t forget to keep trash bins easily accessible to help minimize the mess. Conversation matters: The layout of an outdoor entertaining space is critical for ensuring that your party is full of laughter and good conversation. Make sure to arrange your furniture in a functional way that allows party goers to mix and mingle.
We are proud to announce that CORT was selected as a platinum award winner at this year’s Brookfield Forum! With the theme of “Performance Thru Execution,” this year’s event brought together nearly 500 professionals from the relocation and real estate industry to discuss solutions for improving service delivery. During the event, Brookfield announced the winners of the 2014 Brookfield Forum relocation awards, which are given to suppliers that have displayed outstanding service. CORT was awarded a Platinum Award for the Multiple Product Services category. Thank you to Brookfield for selecting CORT as one of the award recipients of this year’s Brookfield Forum Awards. We look forward to our continued partnership together in an effort to provide excellent service delivery. Visit the CORT website to learn more about our relocation services.
Is your living space feeling a bit cramped? If you find yourself constantly bumping into furniture or stepping over clutter, you may need to take an innovative approach to enhancing the functionality of your space. Fortunately, there are ways to create the home of your dreams, even with less square footage. Be strategic – Draw your floor plan to determine the most functional layout for each room. This will cut out the headache of rearranging furniture through trial and error! Make sure to take the “less is more” approach to the design to make your space feel more open and less cramped. Go vertical – Confine items that would otherwise clutter your space such as mail, books and other personal items by adding bookshelves and storage containers. With limited square footage, you’ll want to keep your floor as clutter-free as possible.
The start of another school year is right around the corner! Whether you are returning for another year or beginning your very first semester, the process of moving into college housing or off campus apartments can be stressful. Often times, it is hard to figure out where to even begin! To help you through the process, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. 1. Consider your distance from home. How far you are going to be traveling will impact your packing list. For instance, if you are traveling across states, make sure to focus on packing the most essential items like your computer, clothes and bedding. You can always purchase the smaller items such as toiletries and decorative items once you are all settled in. This will also help cut down on the amount of packing. On the other hand, if you will be close to home, focus on what you will need for those first couple of months. Don’t worry about bringing your winter coats and heavier clothing since you can always make a visit back home later into the school year.
The summer may be more than half way over, but it is not too late to create a fashionable yet functional patio or outdoor space to help you soak up the rest of the warmer months. In addition to serving as a great way to relax or entertain guests, patios are an extension of your home so it is important that they reflect your personal style. To help you get started, we’ve put together design tips for creating the outdoor space of your dreams. • Stick with the style of your house: When designing your patio, take into consideration the design of your house. For example, if you live in a modern home, choose furniture and materials that reflect that style. • The convenience factor: Take into account where your electrical outlets are located while arranging your furniture in order to optimize flexibility in lighting or other outdoor appliances. This will allow you to keep your patio well-lit even as the days are getting shorter. • Materials matter: The sturdiest outdoor furniture is typically made from metal, teak, cedar or all-weather wicker. Stick with these durable materials to have a look that will stand up over time. • Choose dual …
A few words of praise about America’s older industrial cities: they sometimes receive a bad rap from the press, and unfortunately from some relocation folks. But it’s important to understand that places like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis offer many attractive lifestyle options from downtown lofts in lively neighborhoods to leafy suburbs. There are usually excellent cultural amenities, professional sports teams, great architecture, waterfronts, park systems, interesting ethnic mix and food variety, university communities, and excellent health care institutions.
Recent studies show a correlation between poor health and sitting for long periods of time. Many medical experts have even referred to sitting as the new smoking! As a result, more and more workplaces are providing diversity in their workstations, allowing employees the mobility they need to improve their productivity and wellbeing. To meet these challenges, CORT’s designed a series of new workplace products that address recent work design trends such as sit-to-stand versatility, maximizing collaboration opportunities, and ensuring workplace furnishings and accessories complement the latest technology.
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Recently moved your sofa up three flights of stairs? Stuck with outdated or hand-me-down furniture? That’s when you should’ve called CORT! We can help with all of your furniture and relocation needs – from renting furniture to helping you move and set up your new place. If you have a similar story, share it with us to be eligible to win a trip for two to the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival from October 10-12!
Start-up companies are often met with tremendous opportunities and challenges. CORT worked with iCORE Global, a leading full-service commercial real estate provider, to compile top tips for start-ups and entrepreneurs to conserve revenue. A key step towards success for start-ups is to minimize overhead investments to ensure revenue and investments can be reinvested in the company. These top tips don’t just apply to start-ups in their preliminary phases. Any company experiencing growth has many of the same challenges as small start-ups. Plan Ahead for Real Estate – Real estate is a daunting consideration for start-ups and a very complicated and strategic investment overall. Look for a commercial real estate provider who is focused on your long term growth, not just selling you space. By planning real estate and space layout early on, start-ups can ensure their real estate strategy is a competitive advantage rather than disadvantage. Flexibility is another key consideration. Keeping space flexible enables your company to grow or relocate with ease. Lean on Partners and Fellow Entrepreneurs – Starting a business can be overwhelming, but many people have been in your shoes before. Consider attending meet-ups with other local start-ups or even reaching out to an entrepreneur you …