Tag: Office Furniture Logistics

October 30, 2014   Posted by: Indy

2014 Ventures ME Construction Report is now published and available for your download

The Ventures ME report, commissioned by DMG, the organisers of the INDEX exhibition in Dubai, details the activity within the construction, interiors and fit out markets for 2013 / 2014 by country within the GCC region. With overall market statistics and named project information, the report provides unique detail on the commercial, education and healthcare fit out opportunities available in the region.

As the US agents for the show, and in turn the organisers of the North American Campus at the show, we are pleased to now offer this for download from our website as below :

Full Report from here

Stat Tables from here


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September 19, 2014   Posted by: Indy

Make your own Hamster Wheel Standing Desk !


Here’s more evidence that our workday really is a rat race.

Behold the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk by San Francisco-based artist Robb Godshaw and developer Will Doenlen. The creators say they built it as an alternative to the treadmill desk, and they even made their design instructions public, so you can build your own.

If interested, instructions here !

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July 28, 2014   Posted by: Indy

Indy has moved !

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With effect from 1st Aug 2014, Independent Freight has moved to a state of the art logistics building, providing multiple door, all weather, concurrent loading access, and expanded on-site office and warehouse facilities.

With effect from Friday 1st August our new address will be :

Independent Freight International
580 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village IL 60007

Telephone and Fax numbers have not changed.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new facility !

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October 14, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

The first two days of the World Architecture Festival 2013 have been intense. Keynotes by Charles Jencks and Dietmer Eberle and several other lectures filled the auditorium and festival hall stage, while hundreds of architects watched the live “crits,” during which firms presented their projects in front of the festival jury and an audience. Following these two days the winners of each category were finally announced, and today the super jury will choose the World Building of the Year, followed by a lecture by Sou Fujimoto. Check the full list of winners, highly commended entries and the jury’s comments (so far) here



House — The Left-Over-Space House (), Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance


Housing — 28th Street Apartments (USA), Koning Eizenberg Architecture




Office — Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway) A-Lab




Higher Education and Research — University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects




Display — The Blue Planet (Denmark), 3XN




Religion — Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey), EAA – Emre Arolat Architects




Schools — Fontys Sports College (Netherlands) Mecanoo International




Shopping — Emporia (Sweden), Wingardh Arkitektkontor




Civic and Community — Women’s Opportunity Centre (Rwanda), Sharon Davis Design




Villa — Namly House (Singapore), CHANG Architects



Health — Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower (Chicago), Perkins+Will



Production, Energy and Recycling — A Simple Factory Building (Singapore), Pencil Office




Hotel and Leisure — Citizen M London Bankside (UK), Concrete




Sport — Splashpoint Leisure Centre (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects




New and Old — Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky (Austria), Baar-Baarenfels Architekten



Transport — Sydney Cruise Terminal (Australia), Johnson Pilton Walker Architects



Culture — Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia






Health –- New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) AGi Architects




House –- Meditation House (Lebanon), MZ Architects




Commercial Mixed Use –- New Office in Central London (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris




Office –- Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey), Tabanlioglu Architects




Leisure-Led Development – Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore), Singapore Sports Hub Design Team (DP Architects and Arup associates)




Master-planning – Earls Court Masterplan (UK) Farrells




Infrastructure -– Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects




Education -– The Urban School In Elsinore (Denmark), EFFEKT, Rubow




Competition Entries –- National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Rayner Architects



Residential –- Siamese Blossom (Thailand), Somdoon Architects Ltd



Experimental –- White Collar Factory (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Cultural — National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects



Courtesy of archdaily

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October 1, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Effects of the US Government Shutdown on International Trade

With effect from Midnight on 30th September, the US Federal Government has ‘shut down’ due to a lapse in federal funding. Essential services are being maintained, but those services considered non essential remain unfunded.

This will have an impact on the processing of government operations in support of international trade to and from the US, particularly where manual activities such as inspection may be requir

ed. Depending on how long the shutdown continues, we can also expect problems due to the lack of support for automated functions.

U.S Customs / CBP have advised on a recent teleconference that ports are open for business and that front line officers and agriculture officers are essential personnel and are in full force.  Revenue collection areas such as import specialists, entry specialists, FP&F, Seizure are all in full force.  All hours of service at all ports are normal at this time—which includes overtime.   The areas that could be impacted would be post release functions and there will likely be challenges due to the absence of mission support and technical personnel.

In addition, we are expecting issues with APHIS, EPA (97% of staff on furlough), FDA (65% of staff on furlough), FMC, U.S.Census Bureau,  US International Trade Commission.

Further general information on the effects of the federal shutdown can be found at the following websites :
General – www.usa.gov and www.whitehouse.gov
Customs – www.cbp.gov
Census Bureau – www.census.gov

We will of course keep everyone updated on the impact to specific shipments, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or queries.

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August 23, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Office 2013 Post Show

The 2013 exhibition attracted 5,314 unique visitors from 56 countries, representing a 19% increase in footfall compared to the 2012 edition of the exhibition.
The value of the interior contracting and fit-out market in the GCC’s commercial sector is set to grow in 2013 from US$1.15bn to US$1.43bn
As GCC governments continue to invest in social infrastructure, over US$9bn of education construction projects are expected to complete in 2013
Co-locating with the INDEX International Design Exhibition proved a complete success with over 3,600 INDEX visitors also visiting the Office Exhibition.
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August 8, 2013   Posted by: Indy

The Office Exhibition rebranded as workspace at INDEX


The Office Exhibition, the premier trade show for the commercial fit out and commercial interior design industry in the Middle East, has a new name, workspace at INDEX.

For the past 13 years, the largest commercial interiors fit-out and design exhibition in the Middle East has attracted the region’s architects, interior designers and projects managers, buyers and specifiers of commercial interiors fit-out projects. For its most recent show in May 2013, Office was co-located with the INDEX International Design Exhibition.

As the largest aH.E. Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qutami Opens The Office Exhibition 2012nd longest running interiors and design show in the Middle East, INDEX attracts the world’s leading interior designer brands and exhibitors as they compete for their share of the GCC’s US$9.2bn interiors and fit-out market across residential, hospitality, and retail sectors.

“This change in identity for Office is a very positive step and sharpens our focus on the expectations and demands of exhibitors and trade visitors,” said Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director – Design at dmg events. “The new workspace at INDEX brand confirms and strengthens the exhibition’s strong links to INDEX, and the natural synergy between the two concepts is evident.

The decision to run the two shows simultaneously, with commonality of branding, was taken in direct response to the feedback received at this year’s shows. In 2013, a quarter (24 per cent) of all INDEX visitors also attended The Office Exhibition and 27 per cent of our visitors were interested in commercial design products. Together, these two shows create the region’s number one destination for interiors; delivering the very best and the very latest in interior design solutions across all market segments. This realignment will help us to expand the commercial interiors event and its product offering and illustrate that the new workspace at INDEX show is about much more than just office furniture.”

An exhibitor at the recently concluded The Office Exhibition 2013, Marco Molinari, Executive Vice President, HNI Corporation and President, HNI International, said: “The Office Exhibition 2013 continues to be an important venue for HNI Corporation to effectively access clients and key influencers in the region. It is professional, growing and well organized and attracts international attention and participation.”



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June 6, 2013   Posted by: Indy

NeoCon 2013: Why West Michigan still dominates global office furniture industry

Courtesy of Shandra Martinez/ MLive


GRAND RAPIDS, MI — NeoCon hasn’t moved to Last Vegas, but expect the office furniture industry’s upcoming big trade show in Chicago to feature products that have the high-tech feel of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

Some of those products will include a digital wall offering up to 160 acres of virtual space, a chair designed for mobile device users, and wireless chargers built into desktops.

The high-tech theme marks a change of course for the industry as a whole, notes Mike Dunlap, a Holland-based office furniture analyst.

“We went a couple of decades of where technology was viewed as an accessory in the office world,” said Dunlap. “Technology was placed on, next, above or below desks.”

Now technology is being integrated into the furniture or even becoming a secondary element in the office, Dunlap added.

Full Story at MLive

NeoCon’s Michigan presence

Michigan companies with booths at NeoCon:

• 2/90 Sign Systems – Grand Rapids

• 3 Step Art – Grand Rapids
• ABCO by Izzy – Spring Lake
• Asahi Kasei Plastics North America – Fowlerville
• Beck Foley, LLC – Holland
• BIFMA – Grand Rapids
• Compatico – Grand Rapids
• Configura – Grand Rapids
• Euro-Locks – North America – Holland
• Gibraltar – Zeeland
• Gill Industries – Grand Rapids
• Grand Rapids Chair Company – Grand Rapids
• Gross Stabil Corp. – Coldwater
• Guardian Industries – Carleton
• Hekman Contract – Zeeland
• Holland Bar Stool – Holland
• Light Corporation – Grand Haven
• Markant USA, Inc. – Grand Rapids
• NSF International – Ann Arbor
• Pulse Design – Grand Rapids
• Sparkeology – Holland
• Stabilus Inc. – Sterling Heights
• Stiles Machinery Inc – Grand Rapids
• Symbiote Inc. – Zeeland
• TMC Furniture, Inc. – Ann Arbor

Michigan companies with showrooms in Merchandise Mart:

• Grand Rapids Chair Company – Grand Rapids
• CF Stinson – Rochester Hills
• Haworth – Holland
• Herman Miller – Holland
• izzy+ – Spring Lake
• Knu – Zeeland
• Leland International – Grand Rapids
• Steelcase – Grand Rapids
• Vanerum Stelter – Grand Rapids

Michigan Companies with permanent showrooms near Merchandise Mart:

• Trendway
• Brass Keeler



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January 22, 2013   Posted by: Indy

51 Billion Reasons to Exhibit at the 2013 Office Exhibition Dubai

$ 51 billion is the forecasted value of GCC commercial building construction projects due for completion in 2013

Last year saw unprecedented growth across all sectors of the GCC contract fit-out and interiors market, with the region still bucking the global trends with regard to economic recovery and growth.

This continuing growth and prosperity clearly illustrates the importance of establishing strong business foundations across the region; and what better way to do that than by exhibiting at the region’s largest and longest established contract and commercial interiors fit-out and design show … the Office Exhibition!

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November 2, 2012   Posted by: Indy

Superstorm Sandy Freight and Shipping Update Nov 2

Superstorm Sandy Freight and Shipping Update Nov 2

Offices within the affected region are generally open for business, but in many cases with restricted operations due to continuing power outages and problems with public transportation which is affecting the staff commute.

Data and Landline phone services are generally restored and operational, but cell services are still subject to interruption.

Airfreight operations JFK/EWR improve on a daily basis.

Port Status remains as per Nov 1st, ie New York and New Jersey remain closed, other East Coats Ports operational and accepting cargo. Shipping lines are generally skipping New York / New Jersey calls, and cargo being diverted to Norfolk or other ports. Maersk Line’s schedule as below is fairly typical :


Vessel Update:
The following vessels are being diverted due to the closure of the port of New York/New Jersey.
MECL Service – Maersk Carolina
Will reverse rotation to first call Charleston and Newark Last.   The new schedule is Charleston(11/2) , Norfolk (11/4) and Newark (11/6)
MECL2 – Maersk Iowa
Will arrive in Philadelphia on 11/2, Savannah 11/4, Houston 11/8, Norfolk 11/12.  All Newark cargo will be discharged in Philadelphia.
WESTMED – Holsatia
Will arrive in Norfolk today 11/1 and arrive in Savannah on 11/3.  All Newark cargo will be discharged in Norfolk.

TP3 – Axel Maersk
Will arrive in Norfolk on 11/3, and Savannah 11/5.  All Newark cargo will be discharged in Norfolk.
MEDGULF -Barcelona Express
Vessel omitted Charleston due to storm. Charleston cargo discharged in Port Everglades.
TA5 – APL Indonesia / MOL Destiny
Newark cargo discharged in Norfolk on 10/31.


We continue to monitor developments, and to update our clients on the progress of their specific movements.

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