Black Friday Sale 2013: 15% off all items for 4 days!

This year we’re having a gigantic Black Friday Sale, because it will last for 4 days until Cyber Monday!! So between Friday and Monday (midnight), you’ll get 15% discount on EVERYTHING on modes4u.com (except shipping costs and items on sale). We have never granted a discount on all our stuff for that long, usually just discontinued products are on sale.

And there’s more great news: We are offering shipping by FedEx Express now, so no matter where you live in the world, shipping just takes between 1 and 5 business days. Your orders will definitely get to you in time for Christmas. During checkout you can choose between FedEx Express or our regular shipping by Hong Kong post.

What’s important to mention: To get the 15% discount on the order, every customer has to provide the coupon code “BlackFriday2013” during checkout. So start your Christmas shopping now or treat yourself to your favorite products from our shop.

In our Black Friday Sale everything on modes4u.com is 15% off between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

In our Black Friday Sale everything on modes4u.com is 15% off between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Huge San-X delivery blocking our office

Fortunately we were prepared, so it didn’t hit us by surprise. We received a gigantic San-X delivery containing 2 tons of stationery delivered on 10 pallets and packed in more than 200 boxes. A day before the delivery we took some time to clear as much space as possible. We were really worried that we might not be able to fit everything in here, but it worked out fine. But now our office area is really blocked, our office ladies are sitting right next to big piles of boxes. What a funny sight!

You can already look forward to items from the Rilakkuma Wonderland edition, hundreds of new San-X stationery items and lovely new Decole products.

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office is blocked by hundreds of boxes

Our office ladies now work right next to the hugte San-X delivery

Our office ladies now work right next to the huge San-X delivery

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

We received 2 tons of products in more than 200 boxes

Cute Rilakkuma office bathroom

We would have never guessed that one day we would show you the modes4u office toilet. Why should we? Usually office toilets are boring and really not worth being the centre of attention. But at modes4u it’s not just a regular office toilet anymore: We now have a Rilakkuma bathroom! Both our ladies toilets are now embellished with the cutest Rilakkuma plush toilet paper holders. One is in white bear design, the other one depicts the brown bear. When washing our hands we now get the soap from the most adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser which we also sell in our shop. And to stick signs on the doors we use adorable Rilakkuma deco tape. The modes4u office toilet is now very kawaii.

Super cute Korilakkuma toilet paper holder at the modes4u office

Super cute Korilakkuma toilet paper holder at the modes4u office

It looks cute and has room for a second roll of paper

It looks cute and has room for a second roll of paper

The brown bear Rilakkuma toilet paper holder

The brown bear Rilakkuma toilet paper holder

It looks so cute

It looks so cute

Now the modes4u office toilet is so much cuter

Now the modes4u office toilet is much more kawaii

Our adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser

Our adorable Rilakkuma soap dispenser

Washing hands is now a pure joy

Washing hands is a pure joy

We use Rilakkuma deco tape on the toilet doors

We use Rilakkuma deco tape on the toilet doors

What a cute Rilakkuma forest design

What a cute Rilakkuma forest design

More than 1,400 products on sale

If you’re looking for a kawaii bargain now is the time. We went through all the products in our shop and put more than 1,400 of them on sale. What a crazy number! The products in our ‘On sale’ category have discounts from 10% to 40%, some single items are even 80% off the original prize. So it’s definitely worth looking through all those pages. And don’t hesitate if you spot something you like, because we won’t get any of the items which are on sale again. Of course there will be hundreds and hundreds of new products coming in the next weeks and months, after all we’re creating new space on our shelves by putting so many items on sale ;-).

Currently you find more than 1,400 products on our sale category

Currently you find more than 1,400 products on our sale category

5 years modes4u.com: 5% discount and free gifts for every order today!

Yayyyy, it’s our birthday! On March 20th 2008 we launched our online shop www.modes4u.com, so we’re 5 years old now. To celebrate we have some special gifts for you:

Today you’ll get 5% discount on EVERYTHING on modes4u.com (except shipping costs and items on sale) until 23.59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST, Los Angeles). It’s a really rare opportunity, as usually we just grant discounts on discontinued products. Also every order on March 20th will get 3(!) kawaii surprise deco tapes as a free gift.

Today we’ll also start a kawaii Easter Giveaway on Facebook, so this is really an exciting day with lots of things happening.

Happy Birthday to us and thanks for all your support through the years.

What’s important to mention: To get the 5% discount on the order, every customer has to provide the coupon code “Birthday2013″ during checkout.

On our birthday you get 5% discount as 3 deco tapes as gifts when ordering from modes4u.com

On our birthday you get 5% discount as 3 deco tapes as gifts when ordering from modes4u.com

Red Pockets for Chinese New Years for all orders

The “Year of the Snake” will start in a couple of days, and as the time around Chinese New Year is a time full of traditions, we want to share one with you. Like in the last years every order will get a super cute “red pocket”, starting today. The little red envelopes are usually filled with money gifts for friends and relatives, ours will be filled with a little surprise. All the envelopes have super cute snake designs to welcome the “Year of the Snake”, and also contain lots of gold and red – very important colours for Chinese New Year.

We have 2,700 red pockets to give away, so if you want one, be sure to order in the next couple of days, as they will be gone fast.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from February 11th to February 13th we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Thursday, February 14th, we will start shipping again.

A first glimpse at the kawaii red pockets we are giving away with each order for Chinese New Year

A first glimpse at the kawaii red pockets we are giving away with each order for Chinese New Year

Inventory at the modes4u office: Counting from 1 to 13

The year 2013 is already 13 days old and and as the beginning of the year is often used for inventory, we also started counting some things. Check out some fun facts about the modes4u office.

He is our hero and beloved mascot, the one and only giant Rilakkuma bear

He is our hero and beloved mascot, the one and only giant Rilakkuma bear

One Rilakkuma

We couldn’t wish for a better mascot. Most of the times our beloved giant plush Rilakkuma just relaxes lazily in his office corner, but we’re more than happy that he joined our team.

Two office entrance doors for modes4u - you can already tell from outside where to get to the warehouse or the office area

Two office entrance doors for modes4u – you can already tell from outside where to get to the warehouse or the office area

Two entrance doors

Since we moved to our new office last August not just the office size doubled but also the number of entrance doors. When you enter the right door you get to our office area, the warehouse is on the left side.

Our three packing ladies pick and wrap your orders

Our three packing ladies pick and wrap your orders

Three packing fairies

Our youngest staff member Veronice joined our team in 2012, so now we have three packing girls who make sure that you get all the cute things you ordered.

The four desks in this working area belong to the office heroes

The four desks in this working area belong to the office heroes

Four desks for office stuff

This little island of desks and computers is the work home for the part of our team that’s responsible for customer service, photography, copy writing and internet marketing.

Already five rows of shelves are completely filled with fabrics

Already five rows of shelves are completely filled with fabrics

Five rows of fabric shelves

We already have more than 1,000 fabrics, so by now already five complete rows of shelves in our warehouse are filled with those lovely textiles.

Six air cons scattered throughout the whole company help us to stay cool in summer

Six air cons scattered throughout the whole company help us to stay cool in summer

Six air conditioners

Hong Kong gets incredibly hot during the long summer, without a good air con working is really no fun. Luckily we have 6 different ones scattered throughout the whole place.

If you have ordered from our shop before you got your items in one of these seven bags

If you have ordered from our shop before you got your items in one of these seven bags

Seven wrapping bags

To protect your orders, we always put them in plastic bags before putting them into the envelopes. The seven different plastic bags make sure we have the right size from very small to super big orders.

Every shelf in the modes4u warehouse consistes of eight stories full of products

Every shelf in the modes4u warehouse consists of eight stories full of products

Eight trays in each shelf

As we have lots of small stationery items we could put eight trays into each shelf to use the space available in the most efficient way.

Everyday we combine those nine different stamps to get the right amount on all the packages

Everyday we combine those nine different stamps to get the right amount on all the packages

Nine types of stamps

We ship to almost every country in the world, so of course the postage on each envelope is always different. Every day we have to pick the right amount of stamps of these nine different types when sending your packages.

What a great variety, there are 20 different flavours for our coffee machine

What a great variety, there are 10 different flavours for our coffee machine

Ten different coffee flavours

Since we got a super cool Nespresso coffee machine last spring we can be even more productive. And it’s great to have a big variety of flavours. At the moment we have ten different ones, as all of our staff members have a different taste.

In autumn thirteen major product categories are online on our website

In autumn eleven major product categories are online on our website

Eleven product categories

In our online shop modes4u.com you can always choose between several thousand products. To help you find the right thing quickly we divided all our stuff into eleven different product categories. Most of them have sub categories too. Of course some of them you can only see at certain times, for example our Christmas our Halloween categories.

Twelve different office chairs, although not all of them are used constantly

Twelve different office chairs, although not all of them are used constantly

Twelve office chairs

Our whole team eats lunch together every day at our big table. In order that everybody can sit we have 12 different office chairs. Not every one of them is taken yet, but our team is growing regularly.

Thirteen sticker shelves, and soon we'll need more again

Thirteen sticker shelves, and soon we’ll need more again

Thirteen sticker shelves

Last year we decided to reorganize our stickers and hang them on the wall instead of keeping them in boxes. It looks a lot better and makes picking them a lot easier too. We already have 13 shelves full of stickers, soon we need to add more.

Christmas gifts for the office

Unless you’re really close with your work colleagues you probably won’t bother getting them Christmas gifts. But with our Christmas gift ideas for the office you’ll have the perfect little somethings that don’t cost you much and are a perfect thing for big groups.

1. Folders

These folders look adorable with their colourful designs and where could they be used better than in an office environment? There are always some papers laying around.

white Hello Kitty A4 plastic file folder colourful ribbons

white Hello Kitty A4 plastic file folder colourful ribbons

5-pocket A4 plastic file folder white Korilakkuma bear

5-pocket A4 plastic file folder white Korilakkuma bear

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

2. Erasers

Your colleagues will love the Japanese erasers, even if they don’t use pencils at all. But who can resist the charm of these little rubber items? You might see a lot of them on the desks of your colleagues if you decide to go for this option.

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

cool black eraser American Football

cool black eraser American Football

French fries eraser from Japan by Iwako

French fries eraser from Japan by Iwako

3. Pencil Caps

A super funny little gift, especially because you don’t get to see something like this a lot. The pencil caps are really just for decoration, but look super lovely and give your pencil a unique look!

kawaii forest animals pencil caps with stickers

kawaii forest animals pencil caps with stickers

kawaii Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

kawaii Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

pencil caps with Piggy Girl pig & dots San-X

pencil caps with Piggy Girl pig & dots San-X

15% off all items in our Black Friday Sale 2012

We’re doing it again. For the third time already we’re having a Black Friday Sale. Today you’ll get 15% discount on EVERYTHING on modes4u.com (except shipping costs and items on sale) between 00.01 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST, New York) and 23.59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST, Los Angeles). Usually we just grant discounts on discontinued products, so this is really a huge opportunity.

Start into the Christmas shopping season and buy your favourite items, Christmas presents or our newest products. Today you’ll definitely make a bargain.

What’s important to mention: To get the 15% discount on the order, every customer has to provide the coupon code “BlackFriday2012″ during checkout.

Just today! Get a 15% discount on all things on modes4u.com

Just today! Get a 15% discount on all things on modes4u.com

 

 

Impressions of moving offices

We did it! Last weekend we moved our whole office and warehouse one floor down to our new office, which is twice as big as the old one. Luckily we just had to move one floor down, still it took us 2 whole days as we had to pack and unpack thousands of products. Fortunately we got a lot of support from our friends, who helped to carry all the stuff. Once everything was moved late in the evening, we all went out for a big dinner. Everybody was really exhausted but also happy that it all worked out well. We have so much more space now, although it will probably fill up quicker than we think. Here are some impressions from our moving weekend.

This is how it started: We're unpacking the very first shelf

This is how it started: We are unpacking the very first shelf

Big Rilakkuma relaxed well protected on a pile of fabrics while everybody else was working

Big Rilakkuma relaxed well protected on a pile of fabrics while everybody else was working

One team is packing all the boxes in the old office

One team is packing all the boxes in the old office

More and more shelves are empty

More and more shelves are empty

Everything is packed on pallets

Everything is packed on pallets

Another team is unpacking the boxes and puts the products back to the shelves

Another team is unpacking the boxes and puts the products back to the shelves

Looks quite good already, right?

Looks quite good already, right?

New furtniture has to be build too: Gabi and Bianca are building an IKEA table

New furniture has to be build too: Gabi and Bianca are building an IKEA table

Some parts of the warehouse got a new floor

Some parts of the warehouse got a new floor

Everybody really enjoyed the food at the restaurant in the evening

Everybody really enjoyed the food at the restaurant in the evening