6 Ways Restaurants Can Use A Professional Moving Company

Restaurants are rarely need to move. In fact, the measure of a restaurant could be whether it has become an institution in its current location. Tacconelli’s Pizzeria in Philadelphia has been in the same spot since the 1920s and is still so popular that customers have to call ahead to reserve pizza dough. Tune In, a local favorite in Washington, D.C, has sat in the same spot on Capitol Hill  since 1947.  And, J.J. Foley’s Cafe in Boston has been a city-wide favorite for Irish pub food since 1909.

Clearly, moving usually isn’t a hallmark of the most successful restaurants. However, there is still a lot that a professional moving company can do for your restaurant. Here are just a few:

Updating Interiors

Old, cracked vinyl diner booths still hold just as much charm today as they did in 1950. However, not all old restaurant furniture can say the same. If you need to ditch your worn tables and chairs, a professional moving company can be very helpful. If you plan on getting rid of larger items like stoves, bars, large dining tables, and appliances, a professional moving company becomes crucial.

So, you’re getting rid of old furniture, what are you going to do with it? Common practice would be to just throw it out, but using a professional moving company means you might have other choices. Furniture is an under-looked but highly sought after donation to non-profit organizations looking to furnish public spaces. A professional moving company can remove unwanted furniture from your restaurant and then store it and transport it to those in need.

Installing New Interiors

Just as your old furniture in going out the door, new furniture is coming in. In that flurry of activity, you might realize that your restaurant lacks the space to accommodate a delivery of that size. Not to worry! A moving company like Olympia has the storage capacity to receive large deliveries and then delivery and install your new furniture or equipment in your restaurant.

Seasonal Furniture/Patio Furniture Storage

The same applies to patio furniture. It’s not likely to fit in the supply closet nor should it stay out to face the elements year-round. Olympia has provided many restaurants with winter storage for their patio furniture, with disassembly and reassembly included. Your furniture can be picked up at the first sign of frost and returned when spring has sprung.

Fire or Flood

Tragically, it’s not always a good thing when furniture needs to be moved. If your restaurant has experienced a fire or a flood and needs space to make repairs, a moving company can be on hand for removal and delivery to repair professionals or storage. Or, in the worst case scenario, they can be called on to junk ruined furniture so you can focus on fixing what survived.

Restaurant Logistics for Large Catering Events

If your restaurant is catering its own event, a professional moving company can help you handle time-consuming logistics. You and your staff need to focus on providing delicious food, so hiring a professional moving company relieves pressure.

For more information on outdoor events for your business, read some of Olympia’s best tips.

Moving In or Moving Around

A professional moving company can help a restaurant at all stages of life. If you are opening a restaurant, hire a moving company to take over furniture delivery and set up, allowing you to focus on all the other factors of a grand opening. And, after huge success leads to multiple locations, a moving company can transport large equipment like ovens or freezers between locations if a shuffle is required.

With just these six examples, its clear a professional moving company can do a lot to help restaurants of all sizes. Olympia Office Movers is proud to work with a range of restaurants in Greater Boston, Washington DC, Austin and Philadelphia. If you have a similar job or something totally unique to your business, it’s important to find a moving company that works for what you want.

If your restaurant needs logistic support, call Olympia to schedule a proposal meeting at 800-222-4744 or request a quote online.

L3 Inventory Services

With our Case Studies, we take you to the job site. Preview what it’s like to work with the Olympia team on a wide range of commercial moves and projects.

Company: L3

When: May 2019

The Project: Move and Inventory Sort

This spring, L3, a major technology company, moved its world headquarters to Tewksbury, MA. Olympia relocated six hundred employees from L3’s Woburn and Wilmington facilities to one central location.

Our team handled computer disconnect and reconnect, as well as the transport of lab equipment and rigging. We then set up cubicles and desks in the new office so that the move did not leave employees stranded for any longer than necessary. L3 is now completely up and running in Tewksbury. But, the story doesn’t end there.

Sorting Things Out

After the success of the headquarters move, L3 brought Olympia back in to to process their inventory. We now have a crew of ten people cycle counting L3’s inventory of over a million parts and pieces. L3’s employees are helping us with the re-inventory, but the project is expected to take two months to complete.

Three different warehouses are involved to this process, so three groups of inventory are being processed simultaneously. As such, our crews need to keep detailed records of each batch of items to streamline the process. New items are transferred from locational trailers and sorted, while current inventory is relabeled and sorted. All of this information is then uploaded to L3’s online inventory system.

Next Steps

As the inventory process goes on, each inventory group will be taken to its specific warehouse. The goal of the entire job is to have all of the inventory sorted, labelled, and uploaded to the database at the end of the two month period.

L3 is an international company that needs to be able to keep up with its different markets. Olympia provides the logistic solutions needed to keep companies like L3 up and running when they need it most.

Does your business need help with inventory logistics? Call Olympia to schedule a proposal meeting at 800-222-4744 or request a quote online.

9 Things Companies Just Don’t Need Anymore

We’re almost two decades into the new millennium, and some companies are still stuck like it’s 1999. Nostalgia might work for old records and bell-bottom jeans, but not for office spaces.

It’s time for a declutter. You company is likely wasting money on a larger office space to accommodate things you just don’t need. Olympia Office Movers is here to help you evaluate and move to a smaller, cost effective, and modern office space.

Here is Olympia’s list of things in your workplace that just need to go.

Fax Machines to Email and USB

Fax machines are out and digital transfers like email, local cloud storage, and Dropbox are in. Only Joe Shmoe at Radioshack is still using a fax machine, and he’s just doing it to be different.

 

 

Mail Rooms to Digital Communications

Mail rooms became obsolete with email, but some companies have kept them around gathering dust. All that wasted space is the best place to set up a game room or relaxation area.

 

 

 

Fluorescent Lighting to Natural Light

Not only are fluorescent lights an energy drain, they also hurt the eyes. Most offices try to do the most they can with natural sunlight these days, with LED bulbs as an alternative.

 

 

Analog Registers to Multi-Use Registers (Card tap and Apple Pay)

Cash rhymes with past for a reason! The classic push-button register is being retired across the country. Now full-digital systems like Square are taking over point of sale systems, as well as payments, capital management, and payroll.

(Disclaimer from the author: Actually, carrying cash is very important and you should still do it even if you don’t ever use it).

 

 

Water Cooler to Water Bottle Fountain

Though the water cooler is legend in the stereotypical office, more and more companies are switching to filtered water bottle stations. This reduces plastic waste from disposable cups. Encourage your team to convert to water bottles full time and access to crisp, filtered water.

 

Drip Coffee Machines to Keurigs and Tea Pots

The drip coffee maker lost favor with the caffeinated masses long ago. Keurig brewers are usually the first suspect in drip coffee’s decline, but traditional and electric teapots are also seeing a resurgence as tea reasserts itself.

 

Meetings Over Dinner

Nobody wants to talk business while they chomp on a medium rare steak. As the concept of ‘work-life balance’ gains popularity, less people are wooing clients in the evening.

 

Stationary Storage to Free Space

Physical marketing materials and company stationary are out of favor. Offices need less storage space than ever nowadays, so the old closets full of paper have lost their relevance. As email and social media marketing take over, say goodbye to the pamphlets of yesterday.

 

Closed Cubicles to Open Floor Plans

Cubicles are reaching the age of retirement in certain industries. Now, open concept offices are the cutting edge of innovation.

 

 

 

Are You Hanging On to Old Stuff?

If you read this list and felt called out, maybe its time to call in the professionals. Olympia Moving and Storage can help you declutter your office with our trained disposal crews. Unwanted furniture, appliances, papers, and trash will be out of your office without any hassle on your part.

 

If your company has thing it just doesn’t need anymore, contact Olympia Moving and Storage today at 800-222-4744 or fill out our free estimate form.

What Are the Benefits of Outdoor Business Events?

What Are the Benefits of Outdoor Business Events?

Weddings, baby showers, and barbecues all bring people together outside—why not a business event? Charity bike rides and 5K’s, employee parties, volunteering events, and networking are outdoor business events that offer unique experiences.

Activities Create Connection

Instead of sitting for an evening, outdoor business events give attendees the opportunity to engage with their peers in a variety of activities.

A charity 5K or a lawn networking event with cornhole and giant Jenga involve participants in memorable ways, all while building your own brand. Additional ideas include:

  • Lawn Bowling
  • Build-A-Plant
  • Charity Softball Game
  • Charity Kickball Game
  • Office Olympics
  • Bocce Tournament
  • Team Clean-Up Your Neighborhood
  • Concerts and Musical Acts

For more event ideas, read 20 Creative Corporate Event Ideas That Feel Anything But Corporate from Peerspace.

Grillmaster

Shake things up with a serve-yourself spread. Break away from the traditional ‘steak, chicken, and vegetarian’ menu with grilled fish tacos, grilled broccoli, and summer salads. Popular food trucks can also be hired to cater to larger events like 5K’s and bike races.

Food can make or break an event. Ensure that whatever your choice for catering is has the capacity to meet demand.

Making #Memories

Attendees are much more likely to share content about your outdoor business event in a more relaxed setting. Drive social media engagement with an event hashtag or geotag to increase awareness of your event and brand. Investing in a photobooth or photo props to increase the shareability of your event.

Necessities of Successful Outdoor Business Events

Regardless of the type of event you’re hosting, there are several basics you’ll need:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Trash Cans
  • Storage
  • Tents
  • Food Serving Equipment (grills, buffet containers, etc.)
  • Stereo Systems/Speakers
  • Port-a-Potties (if there are no bathrooms available)

These simple factors are key to hosting a successful event, especially when food is involved. Missing one can be an inconvenience for your attendees and a headache for you. Don’t let poor logistics keep you from capitalizing on day of fun and business development.

When Should You Call a Professional Moving Company?

Only you know your own capacity. Much like how caterers are called when you need large quantities of food, professional movers can assist you with the set up and break-down of an event.

Olympia can help by providing transport for event equipment or simply by providing labor. Even for a relatively small event, hiring a team of professional movers can take pressure off of you and your event organizers so that everyone can enjoy your event alongside your attendees. We can set up and break down equipment and supplies while you focus on what really matters: making good memories!

For all your event logistics needs, contact Olympia Moving at 800.222.4744 or get a free quote.

Downsizing Your Office

Downsizing Your Office for Increased Efficiency

Downsizing is a major reason companies move offices. When it comes to office space, less is sometimes more. With rent on the rise, downsizing your office can be an effective way to reduce fixed costs. If downsizing and relocating offices is a possible fit for your company, consider these reasons companies are making this move:

Photo by Alesia Kazantceva on Unsplash

Eco-Minded

Downsizing your office space means that less energy is needed to heat, cool, and keep the lights on in your office space. Not only does this save your company money, but it also reduces overall energy consumption.

Remote Work, Rotating Desks

A changing technological landscape allows many people to work from the comfort of their home. If your employees spend half of their days working out of the office, a permanent desk can be more of a placeholder than a necessity. One solution is to designate a certain number of desks as ‘free to use’ for a rotating crew of remote employees. This allows you to remove extraneous seating space without removing in-office work space entirely.

Downsizing Your Office with Open Space

Open concept offices can give the feel of more space without the extra expense. A balance between open collaboration and private work space can increase efficiency. Consider what would work for your company. For a deeper look into open concept office space, see our blog post Open Concept Office Positives and Negatives.

An Opportunity for Simpler Design

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Feeling cluttered? Changing the layout and design of your office can get employees out of a rut. Downsizing your office can provide the impetus to ditch the old, out-of-date furniture and decorations for something fresher. Don’t send those items to landfill, though—let Olympia Moving and Storage take them off your hands and Recycle Old Furniture Instead of Trashing It.

Choosing a new office can be daunting. If you’re not sure what is best for you, check out our post How Much Office Space Does Your Company Need?

If you are ready to downsize your office space, contact Olympia Moving and Storage at 800.222.4744 or fill out our form to schedule a free quote for your move.