We’ve all heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Is there actually any truth to this statement? Turns out there is! According to The Heart Foundation, a study documented 800,000 people and their sitting habits. The study found that people who sit the most, compared to people who sit the least, have a greater risk of disease and death. Now that’s heavy. With more and more people working from home since the pandemic, our sit time has only increased over the last year. So what’s the solution to warding off any negative side effects from sitting too long, you may ask? Here are a few tips to improve your health during the work day:

1. Remember to Stretch: Make easing aches and pains part of your work to-do list. Try an easy neck roll or standing side bend to get the blood flowing. Bonus points if you can practice a few yoga poses like cat and cow or downward dog.

2. Take a Break: Every 30 – 45 minutes, take a moment for yourself. Get up from your desk and go on a short walk. Not only will your body thank you for the relief, your mind will too. That’s a double win!

3. Posture is Key: Slouching tends to come naturally, especially since we all spend time looking down at our phones or at our screens at work. Try and elevate your computer screen to eye-level to keep your neck aligned with your spine. Keep your chest out and shoulders back while seated to maintain great posture.

4. Keep Essentials within Arm’s Reach: Your mouse and keyboard should always be closest to you during the work day. Don’t risk straining your back or wrists trying to reach further than your level of flexibility.

5. Consider A Standing Desk: OfficeSource can provide some sitting relief during your work day. The Standing Desk Collection is the perfect solution to get you on your feet! Avoid the harmful long-term effects of too much time sitting with OfficeSource’s Height Adjustable Tables. They are easy, quick and quiet to operate, and offer the optimal vertical range to accommodate people of all sizes.

The use of stand-up desks has been proven to boost the health of the workers who would otherwise be sedentary all through their work day. This standing desk collection includes all the essential pieces that come together to create an office space suitable for up to 8 workers. This collection includes storage and privacy solutions to ensure the comfort and productivity of each person. It’s a great choice to include in your professional office setting, and will also work well in an educational or medical setting.

Create a comfortable office that offers all the ergonomic and overall health benefits, while offering you the full functionality that you are looking for. This office furniture collection offers the benefits that come from periodic standing while hard at work, while also offering great practical storage and organizational space. This office furniture is offered in some great finish options, to include cherry, mahogany, walnut, espresso, white, maple, and more. The hutch gives you two great storage cabinets for neatly storing away items, while also offering you a shelf space for additional organization and display space where you need it the most. The hardware adds just the right contemporary touch you need.

The Wobble Board Collection is perfect for any executive who stands for most of the day. Pair it with a stand-up desk for the ultimate office setup. This collection will help your balance and posture, while also keeping you active throughout the day. Give your feet the comfort they deserve and shop the Wobble Board Collection today.

Want to browse the entire StandUp Collection? You can find more options here.

There’s no better time than now to take care of your health, and we hope you choose OfficeSource to help you along in your wellness journey. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! 

Innovation is defined as a new idea, method, or device.

At COE Distributing, innovation is at the core of what we do. We are always working towards improving and staying relevant in this ever-changing environment.
 
During the past 15 months, businesses faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company devoted to furnishing offices, the abrupt and prolonged closure of offices across the United States seemed especially daunting. Our team quickly pivoted to create COVID-19 environment products such as acrylic screens, anti-microbial seating options and other return to work safely products while continuing to strengthen our supply chain, factory partners and educate our clients on what’s happening in real time.
“We are focused on reacting quickly to market demands but also building a sustainable company that is positioned for long term growth and success for our teammates and our clients.” 
~ JD Ewing, CEO and Founder of COE Distributing
Seeing an urgent need for products to help make offices safer, COE plunged into manufacturing for the first time ever. We envisioned and created an expansive line of acrylic screens and dividers in-house, bringing the products to market within just two months under our private label, OfficeSource
 
OfficeSource is leading the office furniture industry by offering globally sourced best in class furniture. We source high-quality office furniture with forward-thinking, well-planned designs from around the globe. Our developers collaborate with skilled manufacturers to bring exclusive products to market, ensuring each piece meets unwavering quality standards. We’ve also produced new product lines, enabling us to nimbly adapt to rapidly changing industry conditions. While the work from home trend was a big shift in 2020, we are also adapting to provide solutions for people to get back to work and school safely with products that help with social distancing.
“Our focus is on developing items that are comfortable in both home and office spaces. Other items will continue to be focused on commercial in office use, while some will be strictly small footprint products for working from home.” 
~ Stan Idzi, Sr. VP Sales and Merchandising, COE Distributing

Getting Back to Business

It’s important for schools and offices to create a safe learning and work environment for students and employees who continue to travel to school and work. Social distancing should play a big part of this. Our selection of shields and panels can easily and quickly be added to any environment.
 
The OfficeSource Safeguard Barrier Collection is a complete social distancing solution. This collection features all-plastic corrugated barriers that are ideal for school desktops and educational institutions. Safeguard barriers are completely sanitizable and available in 2 styles and several sizes. 
 
The OfficeSource Borders II Collection is a modular desk mounted system that can be retrofitted to most OS Laminate Collection workstations in a manner that allows you to define your space the way you want. 
 
These solutions will help continue social distancing while returning to school and work. 

The New Corner Office (In the Home)

While some are returning to their regular office routine, there are still those that are working from home either full time or part-time as we’ve seen a trend of employers reducing their office space and only having employees come in a few days a week. We saw the need for more work from home solutions that would allow people to adapt and feel comfortable working from home.  
 
If you are creating an office space in your home, there is the infinite potential of a blank canvas. All you have to do is imagine… We are providing the solutions to create a comfortable environment for all spaces. 
 
Whether you have a dedicated room for a home office or need a small set up that can be incorporated into a shared space in your home, we’ve put together collections for every situation.
 
We’re proud to be an industry leader and look forward to continuing to innovate, so we can bring you the best quality furniture that will fit your needs. 
“Quality and service are two main components of COE that have always been a priority for new product development. COE was founded on excellence over 75 years ago, and we have stayed true to this notion. I believe tradition and innovation are also two key pillars that make this company special. We are deeply rooted in tradition, and yet there are things we do that are cutting edge for our industry.”
~ Melanie Ewing, CMO, COE Distributing

Learn more about COE Distributing and what makes our company special. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! 

For Immediate Release
UNIONTOWN (April 6, 2021) — Planning for future double-digit growth in revenue and profits, office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing has enhanced its executive team to support targeted initiatives and provide the ultimate client experience through hyper-focused customer service.

Effective immediately, J.D. Ewing will move from his role of president into the position of chairman, continuing his role as CEO. Ewing has grown this third-generation, family-owned business to one of the largest distributors of office furnishings in the United States with more than 100 employees. Under his
leadership, COE brought new products to market last year in the midst of a global pandemic and achieved its highest revenue months in company history in August and September, topping out for the first time ever at $10MM revenue.

Moving forward, he will focus on key customer relationships, refining company culture and big-picture strategy to move COE forward and position the company for explosive and sustainable growth.

“Over the past year, the COE team has navigated substantial challenges and repeatedly shown ourselves, our clients, our vendors and the world how we embrace change, becoming better and stronger because of it,” Ewing said.

“I’m particularly excited about the metamorphosis we’re now beginning. Our energized leadership team is committed to doing what’s best for the company and our redefined roles will allow all team members to leverage their strengths to achieve optimal performance.”

Former chief financial officer Mike Flaherty will transition into the role of president and chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day, core operations.

A CPA and finance executive with 30 years of experience and an MBA from Duquesne University, Flaherty has served COE Distributing as CFO for two years. Since beginning his career with accounting, finance and information technology positions with Westinghouse Electric, he’s spent 15 years in various executive
positions with Reynolds American before assuming the role of CFO for American Beverage Corporation. Flaherty was named Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the Year in both 2014 and 2020.

COE will hire a new CFO and has delineated several new positions to enable leaders to focus more intently on specific goals and continuous process improvement.

Jennifer Jubin has been named vice president of customer experience to oversee all employees and processes impacting customers. Jubin joined COE in 2016 as VP of operations. Skilled in strategic leadership, analytics, forecasting, budgeting and problem solving, she holds an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

John Townsend was appointed director of warehouse operations managing COE’s three distribution centers in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Texas. Jack Kramer was elevated to fill Townsend’s previous position as facility manager for the Pennsylvania warehouse.

Earlier this year, COE Distributing created two new positions and retooled its marketing department in anticipation of burgeoning demand for e-commerce services. “The move to online sales has accelerated over the past 12 months, and our team is prepared to provide the resources our customers need and want in this increasingly digital environment,” said Chief

Marketing Officer Melanie Ewing, who was elevated to that role in the recent department expansion. Melanie Ewing most recently served as marketing director and continues to shape the marketing team she built from the ground up as it develops to meet business goals and growth demands.

Scott Nichols joined COE as director of e-commerce sales strategy, a key position created to optimize and enhance e-commerce business by implementing best practices to maximize growth and sales and create best-in-class representation of products on e-commerce platforms. He joins COE from Milwaukee-based National Business Furniture, where he spent 13 years in a variety of roles involving merchandising, product management, e-commerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy and vendor relations.

COE’s Leslie Eldridge assumed Melanie Ewing’s post as marketing director in the recent restructuring. A skilled communicator leading creative teams in bringing strategic marketing initiatives to life, Eldridge brings an eye for detail and the ability to conceptualize the big picture to her new role. Eldridge has exceled in numerous capacities during her more than 20-year tenure with COE, most recently serving as senior graphic designer and web content manager.

Additionally, accomplished supply chain executive Bob Nau joined COE in December as director of supply chain. Nau brings expertise in reengineering business processes to optimize inventories to COE and has previously excelled in similar roles with Medrad, Respironics and Fenner Dunlop Americas.

“We’re poised to move forward with the right people in the right seats on the bus doing the right things,” J.D. Ewing said. “Change often can be difficult, but we have a culture of attacking change with positivity and success, always keeping our core values of customer service, teamwork, quality, transparency, safety and respect in view.”

COE Distributing, a distinguished national office furnishings distributor and manufacturer, with the mission to create inspiring work environments, has welcomed Scott Nichols in a new position as Director of eCommerce Sales Strategy. Nichols will be responsible for measuring and optimizing eCommerce business, educating both internal and external groups on the best practices to maximize growth and sales, and will work directly with eCommerce accounts to help them manage and create best in class representation of products on eCommerce platforms. With his 13 years of experience in merchandising, product management, eCommerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy, vendor relations, and supply chain management, he has all attributes desired to be successful in this role. He is proud to be a part of a company with both strong growth in sales and culture; one that matches his values and ambitions.

Nichols joins the company at a time when eCommerce is accelerated, and businesses are looking for strategies to prepare for the transition. His knowledge, dynamic forward thinking, and growth mindset, will help propel COE and their customers ahead in eCommerce and assist in navigating in an ever changing, technology-based world.
“I am delighted to bring Scott onboard to lead our eCommerce initiatives,” Chief Marketing Officer Melanie Ewing states. “As the move to digital/online sales has accelerated the past 12 months, the addition of this talent to our team will allow COE to be a better resource for our customers.”

Nichols hit the ground running on January 22nd, by connecting with COE team members, leaders, and sales reps, beginning to learn the processes and platforms of the business, and submerging himself in the culture by taking part in the leadership book group. COE is excited for him to start forming connections with all the valued dealers, and bringing new ideas onboard to assist in the continuous growth and company goals.

“I’m looking forward to working with a highly respected team that is poised for great growth,” Nichols states. “I’m bringing a diverse background of business knowledge in the furniture industry having worked at National Business Furniture for 13 years in different capacities. I’ve worked in merchandising, operations, eCommerce, and love pitching in wherever help is needed.”

COE Distributing welcomes Scott to the team and is ready to support him as he grows both himself and the business.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Dec. 7, 2020 – PRLog — For the seventh consecutive year, national office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing and its President and CEO J.D. Ewing are highlighted among the Pittsburgh region’s Smart 50, an elite honor recognizing leaders of flourishing companies as identified by Smart Business Magazine.

Since 2014, the Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies for their ability to build and lead successful organizations.

“It’s incredibly meaningful to be recognized with my team alongside so many of our region’s top companies, particularly during such a grueling year,” said Ewing. “Building a strong team has enabled our company to thrive during the most trying circumstances and reach our highest levels of success.”

Businesses face few trials as staggering as the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company devoted to furnishing offices, the abrupt and prolonged closure of offices across the United States seemed especially daunting.

Ewing encouraged COE’s marketing team to quickly pivot and promote work-from-home solutions right away. Seeing an urgent need for products to help make offices safer, COE plunged into manufacturing for the first time ever. The team created an expansive line of acrylic screens and dividers in-house, bringing the products to market within just two months.

The temporary foray into manufacturing paid off. COE achieved its highest revenue month in company history in August — and shattered that record in September, topping out for the first time ever at $10MM revenue.

While COE expanded its product offerings to meet emerging demand, it simultaneously expanded its already robust employee engagement programs to ensure team members stayed connected and felt supported. Not only did Ewing make good on promises not to furlough any employees or cut benefits, he increased pay for all eligible employees, hired 15 additional staff, gave employees an additional 80 hours of COVID paid time off and delivered one of COE’s highest profit-sharing payouts during the pandemic.

“If we don’t have a strong team of employees who are invested, we can’t make the shifts needed to keep the business moving forward,” Ewing said. “Keeping our team, not just employed, but highly engaged, is how we remain relevant.”

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