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

New sticker walls in our office

Although we moved into a big office last year we already just have little warehouse space left as we get new products all the time. So now we came up with a new idea to use our space more effectively. We bought a lot of grids and built sticker walls at the sides of our shelves. It looks really professional, like in a real stationery shop.  Another advantage: We can find the right stickers much faster, as we don’t have to pull out boxes of the shelves anymore. And of course it is also much prettier than to keep the cute stickers in boxes. Don’t you think?

One of our new sticker walls on the side of our warehouse shelves

One of our new sticker walls on the side of our warehouse shelves

Now you can see all the lovely designs very well

Now you can see all the lovely designs very well

it looks soo pretty - and is really handy too

it looks soo pretty – and is really handy too

Chinese New Year surprises in your orders from now on

For Chinese New Year we have a surprise for all our customers again. As it is a tradition to give away red pockets – small red envelopes filled with money gifts – we will give some to you. Well, they won’t contain money but a little surprise. The next 2500 orders that we ship from January 20th on will get a cute red pocket with an adorable dragon design (2012 is the year of the dragon). This may sound a lot, but as we’re getting really many orders each day, we expect them to be gone really soon. So be quick if you want to get one of those cute little pieces of Chinese tradition. The whole team was preparing the envelopes today, it was a lot of fun doing it together.

Another reason to hurry: The next 20 orders over 80 Euros (102 US Dollars or 67 British Pounds) will get a super cute Rilakkuma Fai Chun on top (just valid when you order directly via our website www.modes4u.com)! Fai Chuns are paper decorations with good wishes for the next year that people decorate their homes with. There are two different designs with two different wishes, one wishing good fortune for the new year and one wishing to move on to a higher step (e.g. of success). Get your share of Chinese New Year.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 23rd to January 25th we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Thursday, January 26th we will start shipping again.

The next 2500 orders will get one of these cute red envelopes with a surprise

The next 2500 orders will get one of these cute red envelopes with a surprise

Adorable Rilakkuma Fai Chuns for the next 20 orders over 80 Euros

Adorable Rilakkuma Fai Chuns for the next 20 orders over 80 Euros

modes4u team packing the red envelopes together

modes4u team packing the red envelopes together

Cute visitor in our office

We are surrounded by cute things everyday, but this one beats them all. We have an adorable visitor in our office at the moment. Our managing director Sandra is on Christmas holiday in Austria and all the remaining modes4u staff takes care of her cat. That super sweet animal really can’t complain about not getting enough attention, because everybody is stroking her constantly. Still, her favourite thing to do is sleeping. Her favourite spot for that is an empty box where she cuddles up and naps for hours. So cute!

Unfortunately this cat isn’t for sale – otherwise we would have bought it ourselves already – but if you can’t get enough of those soft purring animals, take a look at all of our cat products. In particular we added a lot of new Kutusita Nyanko items recently. That black cat with the white paws is really sweet.

Our office visitor in her new favourite spot

Our office visitor in her new favourite spot

The cute cat sleeping (what else?) in one of our warehouse alleys

The cute cat sleeping (what else?) in one of our warehouse alleys

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case with cat

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case with cat

Kutusita Nyanko grey cat plush cellphone charm

Kutusita Nyanko grey cat plush cellphone charm

kawaii squishy charm with pink cat's paw

kawaii squishy charm with pink cat

cute small stickers with many cats Japan kawaii

cute small stickers with many cats Japan kawaii

Michael Miller fabric Contented Cats with colourful cat

Michael Miller fabric Contented Cats with colourful cat

cute bookmark stickers colourful cats on roof Post-it

cute bookmark stickers colourful cats on roof Post-it

blue-white polka dots ballpoint with cat

blue-white polka dots ballpoint with cat

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

This is a chance you only get once a year. For the second time in the modes4u-history we have a Black Friday Sale. Today you’ll get 20% discount on EVERYTHING (except shipping costs and items on sale).  So start shopping now and take this opportunity to buy your favourite items, Christmas presents for all friends & family or just the new product that you always wanted to have.

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days in the US and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Last year we followed that tradition for the first time and as you guys really loved it, we wanted to do it again this year. The advantage in our Black Friday Sale is that you don’t have to leave the house and can comfortably shop from home on modes4u.com between at 00.01 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST, New York) until 23.59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST, Los Angeles).

What’s important to mention: To get the 20% discount on the order, every customer has to provide the coupon code “BlackFriday2011? during checkout.

Enjoy your shopping day!

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

More than 450 items on sale

We want to make room in our warehouse for all the new deliveries that we are expecting in the next weeks. That’s why you find more than 450 items on sale with discounts up to 80%! This is your opportunity to shop for special Christmas presents such as fabrics, deco tapes, erasers and more for your family, friends or for yourself. Once the items in this category are sold out we will not get them again, so be quick if you see something you like. Stock is limited. Here are just a couple of the items that are on sale right now:

More than 450 items on sale

More than 450 items on sale

beautiful colourful pears fabric blue Robert Kaufman

beautiful colourful pears fabric blue Robert Kaufman

cute poodle Deco Tape dogs hearts kawaii

cute poodle Deco Tape dogs hearts kawaii

blue laughing flower fabric button Robert Kaufman

blue laughing flower fabric button Robert Kaufman

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

Today we got a Chinese Pool Table for our office and immediateley had to have a little game during our lunch break. Chinese Pool is very popular among teenagers and young people in Hong Kong and very similar to Pool Billard – it’s all about shooting little pucks into the 4 holes on the table using a cue. There are many different ways to play it and it’s really fun, as you learn it very fast. Even Bianca and I, who have never played it before, scored some points. We had a fun time playing it and had to drag ourselves back to work after lunch. But there is much to do at the moment, as we got new deliveries, e.g. new Japanese Washi Tapes, that we want to add to our online shop as soon as possible.

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

Chinese Pool Challenge in the office

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