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

Moving offices has started

Our big moving days will be this Friday and Saturday, but as we finished all the renovation of our new office already, our office fairies already moved down to the new office. Gabi, Maggie and Bianca are already working from our new office while the rest of the team is still in the old one. They really like it, although it is a little strange to be in that big office by themselves. Today photographer Ho will join them and move down his studio to the new office.

The real challenge however will be the moving of the whole warehouse with our kawaii stuff on Saturday.

Please don’t forget that we can’t ship any orders on Friday, August 10th, due to our office move.

The 3 desks look still quite lost in the new BIG office

The 3 desks look still quite lost in the new BIG office

Everything is already unpacked so the girls can start working

Everything is already unpacked so the girls can start working

Suddenly photographer Ho is all by himself in the office area of the old office

Suddenly photographer Ho is all by himself in the office area of the old office

No shipping on Friday due to moving offices

This weekend we’re finally moving offices and will move all our warehouse stock and office stuff into our new office that is twice the size of our current one. In order to do so we won’t be able to ship any of your orders this Friday, 10th of August. We need that day to pack all the several thousand products into boxes, so we can move them on Saturday. Thanks for understanding!

We’ll try our best to catch up with the shipping next week, so please be patient. Your orders will get shipped as soon as possible.

We can't ship any orders this Friday, August 10th

We cannot ship any of your orders this Friday, 10th of August

We found a new office

Wow, things are suddenly going super fast. Sandra & Alan looked at a new potential office earlier this week and decided yesterday to take it. So we will be moving in 3 weeks! The new office is just one floor below our current one in the same building but twice the size. We all took a look at it and it was just incredible. The office area and warehouse area will finally be separated from each other. Currently there is even a whole reception counter installed in the new office are, but this will be removed as we don’t really need it. As you can see on the pictures there is still some work to do. The dirty carpet in the office area has to be removed and lots of cleaning has to be done too.

It’s so super exciting! And of course it’s really great that we only have to move down one floor, how easy is that? On the other hand we really have lots and lots of products, so it will still be loooots of work. It’s abolutely amazing that we are able to move before Christmas time starts. So we have lots more room for all the new products that will be arriving within the next months!

The new office even has two entry doors - office on the right, warehouse on the left

The new office even has two entry doors – office on the right, warehouse on the left

There is lots and lots of warehouse space

There is lots and lots of warehouse space

Everybody is strolling through the new warehouse

Everybody is strolling through the new warehouse

What a huge office area with 2 separated little offices

What a huge office area with 2 separated little offices

The carpet is really dirty and has to be removed

The carpet is really dirty and has to be removed

This reception desk will be removed

This reception desk will be removed

San-X visits us in the office

Most of our business partners are located in Japan or the US, so it is always very special when they come to our office in Hong Kong during their business trips. This week Shigeo from San-X visited us. We have known him for many years already, but of course we don’t see him a lot in person, so it was nice to meet him again. It was the first time he saw our current office and was very impressed how big it is. Of course he also enjoyed seeing how many San-X products we stock and took a lot of pictures of our warehouse. The next time we visit Japan, Shigeo wants to show us the San-X warehouse. That would be totally awesome and a dream come true for us.

And as we thought it should be kind of mandatory for a San-X employee to take a picture with Rilakkuma we photographed Shigeo, Sandra and Alan with our huge office mascot.

Alan, Shigeo and Sandra with our huge Rilakkuma office mascot

Alan, Shigeo and Sandra with our huge Rilakkuma office mascot

Shigeo from San-X takes picture of our warehouse

Shigeo from San-X takes picture of our warehouse

Coffee fight in our office: Starbucks vs Nespresso

It was an exciting week for the coffee lovers in our office. Until now they mainly relied on instant coffee to satisfy their caffeine needs, but this will be yesterday’s news from now on. Because this week a Starbucks coffee shop opened right next to our office. It was a big thing for us, as there hasn’t been one in the area where our company is located. So the whole team took a little trip to the coffee shop on the opening day to enjoy a high quality coffee… or a chococlate drink for the non-coffee drinkers. It was really busy there as everybody wanted to check it out.

But just one day after the opening, Starbucks already lost the modes4u team as a daily customer. Because then a wonderful Nespresso coffee machine arrived at our office. Now we’re in coffee heaven and don’t even have to leave the building. There are so many different coffee capsules and also many different variations from Latte Macchiato to Espresso. Once it was set up everybody gathered around the machine to get a coffee. Especially our Chinese colleagues liked it a lot, as it not that common in Hong Kong househoulds to have professional coffee machines like that as it is in Europe.

The only thing that’s missing are some kawaii mugs, as we just have a wild mug mixture with many different designs.Maybe we have to buy some of the cool Rilakkuma Chococlate and Coffee cups we got some weeks ago for ourselves. Wouldn’t that be the perfect combination?

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Out team pushed to one side of the new and highly packed Starbucks coffee shop

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Our powerful little caffeine dispenser: A Nespresso coffee machine

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Everybody gathers around to get a cup of coffee

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Karen shows Sylvania how to use the Nespresso machine

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

Rilakkuma bear cup with chocolate & coffee San-X

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