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Busy Busy!

Wardens Office - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Busy Busy!

Two National Industry Conferences in one week!

It was one "busy" week last week in the office products industry!

First, the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings Trade Show - NeoCon - took place in Chicago with all the major manufacturers introducing their latest and greatest in office furniture design and functionality.  The show was attended by over 40,000 people, including our own Janice Bridgeford and Rebecca Green.  You can check out some of their fun photos here.

By coincidence, the Advantage Business Conference was also last week in Nashville, TN. This event not only showcased hundreds of new office supply items, but provided industry specific educational seminars, as well.  Over 3,000 people attended this event with Warden's being represented by 6 individuals who made the trip to the "Country Music Capital of the World".  

These industry events help Warden’s compete, and often times, even beat out our Big Box competitors by keeping us up to date on the newest products and trends. We also use these opportunities to network with other independent dealers and our vendors from across the country to learn and benefit from the many “best practices” that are shared. 


Warden's Work Shop

(handy tip of the month)

Coffee Brewer running a little sluggish?  Check out the video below on descaling your Kuerig Brewer!



great WORK!

Warden's has had the privilege of being a sponsor of the American Red Cross "Heros Breakfast” for the last few years.   

Last Wednesday, June 11th, the Good Samaritan Youth Hero for our local Red Cross chapter was announced. Henry Hauschildt, a Downey High School student, was recognized for saving a child from drowning at Cedar Ridge Lake in Toulumne County.  

This incident motivated Henry to go through the Red Cross Lifeguard program. He received his certificate on Memorial Day and is now working a summer job as a lifeguard in the Twain Harte area. 



Customer Appreciation Day Raffle Winners

Wardens Office - Friday, May 16, 2014

Thank You!

To all you who were able to attend our CAD event on Friday May 9th!

We hope you had a terrific time, picked up lots of free samples, and were able to learn about some of the new products Warden's is now offering.



Raffle Prize Winners!

Beach Boardwalk 

Vacation

Elaine - Ratto Brothers


Yvette - AAI Ceramic Tile

Ryan - Calif Natural Products

Sabrina - WH Breasherars

Raelene - Chapter 13 Trustee

Keala - Modesto Steel

Alma - Cathedral of Annun.

Julie - Jackson & Mitchell

Andrew - Never Boring

Liz - Modesto Kidney 

Dennis - Chapter 13 Trustee

Terry - Yosemite Pathology

Mary - Champion Industrial Cont

Holly - Hilmar Cheese

Nathan - Bank of Ag

Beverly - Habitat for Humanity

Samantha - Cal Trus Frame

Lynn - Chapter 13 Trustee

Amber - Boyd Corp.

Kari - Med America

Veronica - Stanislaus Literacy Center

Maria - Del Monte

Rachel - Stanislaus Literacy Cent

Darlene - American Ag Credit

Terri - Hillmar Cheese

Krystal - Boyett

Kerrie - City of Riverbank

Congratulations to all our winners!


Thank you again and we look forward to hosting you next year.  2015 will be our

50th year in business! 


Customer Appreciaiton Day - Time is Running Out!

Wardens Office - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The pros and cons of using multiple monitors

The pros and cons of using multiple monitors

As personal computers become faster and more powerful, the number of programs you can run simultaneously has increased. What this means is that multi-tasking has become the norm.

Many of us have spent time toggling back and forth between open programs to get work done, but there are more efficient ways to work. Setting up multiple monitors is an easy—and surprisingly affordable—way to view different applications at the same time.

The pros and cons of using multiple monitors
You’d be surprised by the amount of time you spend switching between applications. Multiple monitors can help make work more efficient, but this solution is not for everyone.

Pros

  • Increase productivity—viewing multiple applications on one screen can break visual continuity and decrease your productivity. For example, setting up two monitors allows you to keep your email open on one screen while working on a presentation or spreadsheet on the other screen, avoiding the need to toggle away from the presentation just to read a new email.
  • Not just for desktops—setting up an additional monitor to your notebook allows you to utilize a greater viewing area, while still having the flexibility to be able to pack up your notebook when you need to work elsewhere.
  • More ergonomic—limiting the number of clicks and scrolls you have to make between applications creates a more comfortable work environment.
  • Use less paper—if you can see more documents on your screen, you’ll be less likely to print and throw away paper.
  • Easy to add-on—many of the latest HP commercial monitors have multiple input ports—including VGA, DVI-D, USB, and DisplayPort—for connecting to a desktop or notebook PC. Optional HP accessories open up even more connectivity avenues.

Cons

  • More distractions—having one computer screen is distracting enough, so there are potential downfalls to having more than one monitor. This can be controlled by adapting your work habits, but it’s something to be aware of.
  • Limited workspace—the most obvious issue with multiple monitors is the amount of space they take up on your desk. Consider dual monitor arms and free up the valuable space on your desk.
  • Consumes more power—many monitors are now energy efficient, but that won’t reduce the added cost of using more than one monitor at the same time.  Make sure your monitors have auto shut off or sleep mode to help reduce power usage.

You’ve weighed the pros and cons—now what?
If limited workspace is a concern, there are a number of space-saving solutions to consider. HP also offers an array of adjustable display stands, swivel arms, wall mounts, and docking stations designed for multi-monitor usage.

Having more than one monitor allows you to view documents like never before. For example, many monitors can be tilted to either a horizontal or vertical orientation—the latter being especially useful when viewing 8.5” x 11” documents on one screen.

Regardless of how you choose to position your monitors, or how many you choose to buy, there’s little doubt that you’ll appreciate the benefits of the change right away.

Customer Appreciation Day - 22 Days Away

Wardens Office - Thursday, April 17, 2014



HP Technology at Work!

#hashtags 101

#hashtags 101

It’s a simple symbol: two lines intersecting two lines. It’s been called the number sign, the pound sign and the hash mark. It’s used for different purposes in linguistics, mathematics and computing. Of course, we’re talking about the # symbol. It’s a simple sign, but one with growing influence.

 
Today, the # symbol is used to create “hashtags” in social media posts on sites like Twitter and Facebook. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word or phrase.
 
Hashtags create a system for grouping messages and allow social media users to see content, such as tweets, from people they do not follow. If you search #cats on Twitter, you’ll see cat content from around the world—and there is a lot of it.
 
Exploring topics using hashtags is simple. On Facebook and Twitter, hashtags are clickable—so you just have to select the hashtag within a post to view more about that topic. You can also search using hashtags (as opposed to traditional keywords), but there is a difference between keyword and hashtag queries. A hashtag is usually written without spacing and might not contain normal words. That means searches for “#ILoveCats” and “I love cats” will generate different results.
 
When you use hashtags, you’re more than simply sending a message into a larger pool for others to see; you are joining a conversation. Whether referring to sporting events, political affairs or breaking news, your voice can be heard.
 
How to use a hashtag
Hashtags are easy to use. However, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when using them.
 
It’s recommended that hashtags be short and concise, making it easy for messages to be grouped with others relating to the same topic. A search on Twitter for #cats delivers a long list of tweets sent out within the past 24 hours; while it takes more than five months for #mycatiscrazy to produce the same amount of results. In short, the simpler the hashtag, the bigger the grouping.
 
Hashtags can go anywhere—at the beginning or end of a post, or within it. It’s just as correct to use “I can’t wait to leave for vacation! #NYC” or “#NYC, here we come!” It’s also common to use multiple hashtags in one post. But, again, keep it simple: “I can’t believe the #ChicagoBlackhawks won the #StanleyCup” or “Next weekend will be so much fun #winetasting #NapaValley.”
 
It’s important to note that users can join topic groups without writing keywords in the message itself, as seen in our second example with Napa Valley being used as a hashtag outside of the message.
 
When a message is flooded with too many hashtags, it becomes difficult to read and loses meaning. “The #2012 #London #Olympics was so #amazing. Can’t #wait for #Rio. #athletes #goldmedal” doesn’t help people find your information faster—it just confuses them.
 
Trending now
Hashtags provide a glimpse into the topics that are important to people and the world at any given moment. In 2011, the top two Twitter hashtags were vastly different: #egypt and #tigerblood. One refers to a country’s unrest, the other to the antics of actor Charlie Sheen. Hashtags help us share our wide spectrum of thoughts and feelings.
 
Imagine if social media existed in the dynamic and turbulent 1960s. Popular hashtags might include: #TheBeatles, #MoonLanding, #MLK, and #VietnamWar. The voices of millions would’ve been easily recorded regarding key historical moments.
 
Hashtags for marketers
For companies, hashtags are a vital tool in measuring the impact of brands and advertising campaigns. Not only can a company gauge its popularity based on the number of times a specific hashtag has been used, but it can also view what people are saying about its brand. Hashtags provide both quantity and quality.
 
Today, many advertisers use hashtags as campaign anchors. Whether it’s a new promotion for Coca-Cola or a summer blockbuster movie, hashtags are essential. They are even used outside the online world. The habit of watching television and surfing the web at the same time is very appealing for marketers, so a television commercial for Coca-Cola might direct users to post to Twitter using #CocaColaHappiness.
 
And with the rise of mobile usage, a billboard can influence people on the go to post using hashtags as a way to further interact with their favorite brands or access discounts and information.
 
Real-time feedback
It’s just as easy for people to post negative messages about brands as they do positive ones. If a customer tweets about a bad experience at a retail store using the company’s name in the hashtag, it’s very possible that the company’s brand team will see it. The good news is that this gives the company an opportunity to reach out to that customer to try and resolve any issues.
 
It’s now common for TV viewers to tweet about a show while watching it, which allows networks to better monitor audience reactions. Hashtags create a focus group without having to physically gather participants behind a two-way mirror—all you need are the viewers, wherever they are, and the computer screen.
 
The future of hashtags
Remember, the hashtag is still evolving. In February 2013, its usage took a big step with the “pay by tweet” partnership between Twitter and American Express. By linking their American Express and Twitter accounts, people can pay for some products by tweeting specific hashtags. Each product—such as the Amazon Kindle—has its own hashtag. Users simply tweet the designated hashtag and receive a confirmation code. They then have fifteen minutes to tweet the code again to finalize the order.
 
In June 2013, Facebook launched its hashtag program, creating thousands of conversations for more than a billion users. Facebook hashtags give people one more reason to spend time on the network—and that means more opportunities for marketers to mine data on user interests.
 
#Thefuture
As our digital experiences continue to evolve, what will come next for the hashtag? Will email services like Gmail begin incorporating hashtags? Will hashtags become so pervasive that they lose impact or become a burden on users? Or will their expanding use only assist users in searching for useful information and become the default language of the web? It might be two lines intersecting two lines, but the hashtag is a true cultural phenomenon.


Join Us at CAD 2014

Wardens Office - Tuesday, March 25, 2014



HP Technology at Work!

7 security habits of highly effective PC users

7 security habits of highly effective PC users

You might not think about it when you’re browsing the web, shopping online and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defense against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer and more enjoyable for you and your colleagues.
 
The following 7 good habits take only minutes to learn and are easy enough to incorporate into your daily work life.
 
1. Create strong passwords
Passwords are usually the first, and sometimes only, protection against unauthorized access. They are the keys to your online kingdom, so keep these guidelines in mind.

  • Many websites will let you know whether your password is safe when you’re in the process of creating it. Pay attention to that, and if the site indicates that your password is weak or not secure, create a better one.
  • Do not use your name, common phrases or words or acronyms that can be found in the dictionary—including foreign languages.
  • Avoid prefixing or suffixing your password with numbers or using known keyboard patterns like “Qwerty2.”
  • Stop making sense. Create passwords that use a variety of letters, symbols and cases so you’re less predictable to hackers and password-cracking systems.
  • Use a random-password generator app like 1Password to create and store unique passwords.

For more information on passwords and password management, see our article “Create safer passwords.”

2. Lock your computer screen
You never know who might use your computer when you’re not around, so it’s important to lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access. In the office, a co-worker, guest or a service provider might view or use your unattended computer. This is an easy way for private information to become public.
 
It only takes a few seconds to lock your PC. Just press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and then select the option “Lock this computer.” For your smartphones and tablets, use the passcode feature, as these devices are just as vulnerable as your PC. 
 
3. Secure mobile devices from loss
While mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are valued for their portability, this convenience can become a security risk. It’s easy to lose or misplace these devices, so be sure to:

  • Make a list of phone numbers and email addresses to report stolen or lost devices
  • Use a hardware cable lock for your laptop, or store it in a locked drawer
  • Keep smartphones and tablets with you when in public
  • Never put devices in your checked baggage when traveling

4. Protect data on mobile devices and removable media
Mobile devices and removable media, such as USB drives, enable us to easily share and transport information, but can lead to the loss or misuse of data. Although it’s important to protect the actual devices themselves from loss, it’s equally important to protect the information they contain by:

  • Turning on and accepting software updates
  • Creating regular backups of important data
  • Erasing all data before you discard, donate or give away a device
  • Encrypting all data, if possible
  • Using anti-virus software and keeping it up-to-date

5. Identify URLs before clicking
Simply stated: think before you click. A malicious website that looks legitimate is a common method used by criminals. However, verifying the real destination is easy—just place your cursor over the displayed URL, and the true destination will reveal itself with a small pop-up. Don’t click if it looks suspicious.
 
For URL shorteners like tinyurl.com and bit.ly, simply add a plus sign (+) to the end of the URL to display its true source. For QR codes, choose a reader app that allows you to preview the destination before opening the link. And when it comes to mobile apps and software, download from a trusted source, like Google Play, Microsoft.com or Java.com. 
 
6. Use public Wi-Fi safely
Public Wi-Fi is riskier than corporate or home Wi-Fi because you can’t determine its setup and security features. So, take extra precautions when using it.

  • Do not access sensitive personal accounts, such as financial accounts
  • Ensure websites use HTTPS and display a lock icon
  • Watch out for “shoulder surfing” from people and security cameras
  • Never use a public computer, such as one in a hotel lobby, to access personal information
  • Use only for general web browsing, e.g., weather forecasts and restaurant reviews

7. Think before you post to social media
Social media provides a convenient, fun way to stay in touch with friends and family. But be cautious about what you post. Understand both personal and business risks, and take the following precautions:

  • Always comply with your company’s rules for business conduct
  • Ask friends and family to keep your personal information private, including relationships
  • Be cautious about participating in games and surveys or clicking on links suggested by others
  • Review and update your social media privacy and security settings often

Use daily
Bad habits might die hard, but good habits can protect you from cyber threats. You are the first line of defense in protecting yourself, your colleagues and your devices against security risks. And as criminal methods and tactics are becoming more advanced, it’s more important than ever to establish and maintain good security habits.

Save the DATE

Wardens Office - Thursday, March 13, 2014
Customer Appreciation Day
 Look for your registration invitation coming soon!
While "re-man" cartridges may look the same, on the inside they're completely different.  "Re-mans" can leak, producing low-quality prints or damaging printers and your business's bottom line.  Make sure you're getting the real Original HP Toner by checking for:
  • HP Logo
  • Sealed plastic outer wrapping
  • HP security seal with image and QR code verification
HP $50 Shell Gift Card



Should you enable BYOD printing?  The benefits of the BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon can be tremendous.  Team members can communicate and work on projects from anywhere, at any time.  However there are concerns...

Goals for 2014

Wardens Office - Friday, February 21, 2014
Have you already forgotten your Goals for 2014!
Most of us set our goals at the beginning of the new year and then go on with our day, month, or year!  We rarely strategize on how to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. Following these three easy steps might just help you see your goals accomplished.

1. Write your goals down.
Writing your resolutions down is the first step to taking them seriously. Putting pen to paper forces you to focus, and to identify the specific goals that you are working toward.
2. Be realistic with your expectations.
Whether it’s about weight-loss or ROI-growth, setting unattainable goals does not help your success, it hinders it. Set goals that, though they require hard work and perseverance, are, in fact, realistic. It’s better to set a smaller goal that can be expanded upon than something you feel you can never actually attain.
3. Establish milestones to track success.
A year is a long time to stay focused. Here’s where the planning comes into play. Think about what success looks like short term and keep yourself motivated. Be sure to set key performance indicators for each of the goals you set. Otherwise, how will you know if you’re on track? Give yourself a schedule and monthly (or, weekly, if you’re extra committed) milestones to know that you’re breezing through the things you want to accomplish.
Speaking of Goals!
Warden’s had a goal of launching our new website.  We did it!  We officially launched it last week. Please check out our new look at wardensworks.com. 
Congratulation to our Catalog Recycle Winner!
Cheryl from Banks Glass
Cheryl and her company our now the proud owners of B155 Keurig Coffee Brewer. Thank you everyone for helping Warden's work towards a greener footprint for the Central Valley!

Happy New Year

Wardens Office - Thursday, January 09, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2014 Office Supply Catalog is on it's way!

As Warden's begins distributing your 2014 catalog, we also want to remind you that our drivers would be happy to help us all remain "Green" by recycling your obsolete and outdated catalogs.  By participating in our annual recycle campaign, you can also enter our raffle to win a FREE Keurig Brewer! Ask your sales representative, our driver, or customer service how to enter!

In Gratitude!

Wardens Office - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In Gratitude!

During this time of year, when reflecting on gratitude, we give thanks for you!  We value your patronage and appreciate the confidence you have placed in us. Counting you, among our customers, is something we are grateful for.

From all of us at Warden's, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!


Supporting Our Community!

Wardens Office - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Together, Supporting Our Community!

In the month of October, Warden's was able to raise $2000 - which was presented to Bridgette Eilers - founder of the Chemo Crew.  A  local non-profit organization which provides assistance to cancer patients and their families facing the uncertainty of chemotherapy treatment.  

Our "Blue Crew" helping "Chemo Crew"