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FSI Highlight- Letitia Gordon

Please welcome our newest customer service representative, Letitia Gordon – fondly known by everyone as Tish. Tish began her career at FSIoffice in 1999. For six years, she worked in the returns department and then moved up to order processing. During her nine years in order processing, Letitia met her husband and they have four beautiful children together. FSIoffice is Tish’s forever home because she plans to retire from here. She loves that FSIoffice is a Christian and family-oriented company.

If you ever want any tips for going on a cruise, Tish is your expert.  Surprisingly so, Tish has been on 15 Carnival cruises and is planning number 16! She has cruised all over the Caribbean from Mexico to Puerto Rico. Aside from sailing the sea, Tish loves to spend time with her family and friends.

We asked some fun and silly questions to get to know her a little more and here are her answers.

  1. Who is your celebrity crush?

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FSI Highlight – Gretchen Huffer

This week we’re excited to introduce you to one of our newer customer service representatives, Gretchen Huffer. Gretchen joined us a year and a half ago and quickly became a bright and cheerful face around FSI. Whether she’s helping a customer over the phone, decorating the department for Christmas or baking a killer dessert for the bake off, her enthusiasm is unmatched. In fact, check out her masterpiece from our “Christmas Cubes” competition last December.

Gretchen's cube

Gretchen grew up in the Concord/Midland area and currently lives in Mt. Holly with her husband Kyle and their two dogs Blue (a Catahoula) and Rambo (a yorkie). When she’s at work, Gretchen spends her time answering calls, emails, online chats, inputting orders and researching products-basically whatever it takes to take care of our customers. Customer Service is definitely one of our most lively departments-there’s always laughter to be heard on their side of the building-something Gretchen appreciates.

“The best part would be hearing the satisfaction and appreciation from customers for even the smallest things and all of the laughter that goes on in our department!”

When she’s not at the office, Gretchen enjoys trips with her husband to the bea
ch or Virginia. She also coaches gymnastics and judges competitions. Something most people don’t know about her, she used to be a competitive gymnast herself and was nationally ranked! She also has a twin brother!

Gretchen’s favorite foods are pickles and pasta (hopefully not togetherJ) and Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia are her top movie picks. When asked who she would trade places with for one day, it was an easy answer, “Betty White. I absolutely love her carefree and spunky personality.” Nice choice.

For a final, fun question-“What would you buy if you won the lottery?” Gretchen replied, “There are just so many things I would do. I would definitely pay off our house, give portions to our church and parents and then invest and save as best we can for the future.” A winning answer for sure.

If you work at FSI, you’re bound to know Gretchen by now and if you’re an FSI customer, you’ve probably talked, emailed or chatted with her at some point. Hopefully today’s FSI Highlight gave you a little better window into her world. Not only is she talented at what she does, quick to respond and always ready to help, but Gretchen also brings character and excitement to our office and we’re grateful to have her here.

Get Your Bic On!

We all love the tried and true, classic BIC stic pen-just about every office probably keeps some of these on standby. In fact, when you think BIC, that’s probably what comes to mind first. While we certainly have a lot of love for old faithful, BIC has dozens of other great pens and products that also happen to be a little more exciting. So without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite BIC products.

1. Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen (BICVCGC11BK)

BIC Atlantis Comfort Ball Pen

A new favorite of mine, the BIC Atlantis Comfort is a really quality ball point that writes incredibly smooth. It’s a good looking pen with a soft and comfortable grip. Oh and did I mention it’s retractable, and if you’re like me and lose pen caps like it’s your job, this is a must! A high quality pen at a reasonable price, so if you want to be the new office hero, pass out some of these guys…or keep them all to yourself, we won’t judge. J

2. Brite Liner Grip XL (BICBLMGP41ASST)

I couldn’t possibly write this list without highlighters, because they’re just so bright and cheerful and BIC happens to have some of the best out there. The brite liners feature a chisel point marker for broad or fine highlighting. My personal favorites are the XL tank style ones so you can really lay it on there when you need to! RE: CONTRACT DUE MAY 22! And if you love a little color variety, this assorted 4 pack is the perfect pick.

3. Wite-Out Ecolutions Correction Tape (BICWOETP21)

These neat little guys recently made their debut and they certainly created a buzz around our office (granted we are office product nerds). Same great wite out product but in a redesigned and environmentally friendly case. It’s a compact size making it easy to carry and store. I don’t even know if this was intentional, but the side grooves make for an easy to hold grip too!

4. BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Marker (BICGPM11BK)

Everyone needs a go to permanent marker. BIC’s Mark-Its provide a smooth ink flow with long-lasting, vivid color. It may not seem like a high priority, but I’m a sucker for a good pen grip and these make for a very comfortable writing experience.

5. Magic Marker Jumbo Window Marker (BICMWXP11WE)

Last but not least, these may not be an everyday necessity, but they’re too awesome to not make the cut. You can use the Magic Marker on dry erase boards, glass, windows or anywhere else you happen to have some impromptu brainstorming session. They come in varied sizes, but if you haven’t picked up yet, I’m a go big or go home kinda person, so my chart topper is the jumbo size.

Even better news than this list of awesome products, is our current BIC promotion! Now through 4/30/15 when you order $25+ of ANY BIC products, you’ll be entered to win one of three $50 gift cards. Check out our BIC Promotion Details and Get Your BIC On Today!

FSI Highlight-Selena Hines

This month we’re highlighting one of the most cheerful and friendly faces that grace the halls of FSI-the one and only, Selena Hines.  Selena started at FSI 11 years ago as an Order Processor in our Charlotte warehouse.  Two years ago she moved to the Advertising Department to become our first-ever Print Services Specialist.  Selena is now responsible for preparing quotes for customers on custom printing jobs including business cards, envelopes & letterhead, calendars and more!

When asked what her favorite thing is about working at FSI, she responded, “One of the best parts of my job is the people I work with in Advertising.  I work with a WONDERFUL group of people who motivate, help and encourage each other.”

When she first moved into her current role, Selena coordinated an exciting and memorable kick-off for the new Print Services division.

“My favorite memory of working at FSI was the June Sales Meeting in 2013 when fellow co-workers volunteered their time to help me with the presentation themed ‘We are on Fire for Print Services.’ We were able to dance and have fun while introducing Print Services to the company at the sales meeting,” said Selena.

Outside of work, Selena likes to hike, jog, volunteer at the homeless shelter and spend quality time with her family.  She is also an avid sports fan and loves to cheer on her Carolina Panthers! Selena is originally from Chicago, Illinois, however she was raised by Southern parents so she considers herself a country girl at heart.  Three years ago she married the love of her life, Marcus, and though they don’t have kids, she does have a niece and nephew that she considers her own.

Selena and her husband, Marcus, ready to cheer on the Panthers!

Selena and her husband, Marcus, ready to cheer on the Panthers!

Selena also has a great sense of humor. Her cat, a Maine Coon, which are known to weigh up to 30lbs, is named Kitty.

You’re likely to see Selena power walking through the building, always working her hardest to provide our employees and customers the best product and service possible. But she always makes time to enthusiastically greet everyone and you’ll never catch her without a smile on her face. Selena is a valuable member of our FSI team and has thrived in her various roles here, a true jack of all trades.

Get a Fresh Start

Happy 2015!! Get a fresh start this year with a new desk! Ok, so not a real new desk, but new accessories that will freshen up your office and make you more productive for the upcoming year.

First up, retire your old pen holder with this new desk organizer from Victor that includes a charging station! Holds any brand of smart phone and charges via USB port. Now you can always know where your phone is, and know that it’s charged.

Pen Holder Charger VCTPH600


Secondly, did you know tape dispensers can wear out? It’s true. The “teeth” on the dispenser dull over time and make it increasing difficult to tear the tape. Freshen up your work space with one of these dispensers to fit any personality!

Tape Combo

Keep important papers at hand and projects organized with the Smead Stadium file. Twelve tiered pockets allow papers to remain in sight, yet out of the way. Plus it’s made with Tyvek to ensure it will stand up to your year.



And lastly, maximize your desk area and encourage proper posture with a monitor riser. Most models have a drawer included to allow paper clips, correction tape, etc. to remain at hand but out of sight for a clutter free desk. We have a full line of models to fit anyone’s preferences and needs.



Here’s to a happy, healthy, and productive new year!

Can’t live without…

When you hear the word “thankful” I bet office supplies don’t come to mind.  But around here we live and breath office supplies, so what supplies are we most thankful for?  Some may surprise you!

#1) The Pen.  That may not sound very exciting or worthy of being a “most thankful for” supply, but imagine your world without it.  We can’t.  Whether it’s the old-school stick pen or a new ergonomically designed pen with a secret highlighter inside, we love them all the same!

#2) Correction Tape.  Think back to when correction fluid first came out.  You thought it was great!  You could cover up your mistake and no one would ever know!  But then you tried to use it, and you discovered it was a gooey mess that left an impossible to write on uneven blob on your page.  Shoot, now your mistake is even MORE noticeable.  Then the most amazing thing happened – correction tape. Now you can precisely cover up a mistake with an even, flat piece of tape that can be easily written on and no one has to know.

#3) Post-it tabs.  Again you say, “not too thrilling”.  But these little guys are amazing! They’re colorful, durable, and easy to write on.  You can use them to label folders, and then reuse the folder, or flag important papers in a file for easy searching.  We literally use them EVERY day.

And there you have it.  The Top 3 office supplies we are most thankful for from the people who know office supplies.  Please comment and let us know what office supply you can’t live without either.


Winter, Work Workouts

Daylight Savings Time has officially ended. We got our glorious extra hour last weekend but now we’re left with painfully short days for the next few months. Add that to the dropping temperature and our motivation to get outside for a little exercise just tanked.  If you’re like me and not a fan of gyms, you have to start getting creative during the winter to work in the fitness. As it turns out, there are lots of little exercises you can do at your desk throughout the day or on your breaks to keep the blood flowing and burn a few calories! Here’s a quick list of some simple, at-work exercises to combat the winter weight gain. And an added bonus, studies have shown that light exercises throughout the day improve concentration and productivity!

Secret Sculptors: If you’re feeling a little funny about your new work fitness, start with these exercises you can do subtly while sitting at your desk.

Leg extensions-Sitting on the edge of you chair, feet flat on the floor, lift one leg up, extended straight in front of you until it’s parallel to the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Alternate this with each leg 10 times.

leg extensions

Secret Handshake– With your arms in front of your chest, hold your hands in a handshake grip and pull hard against your hands for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 10 times.

secret handshake

Toe Raises-Keeping your heels flat on the floor raise your toes. Do 3 sets of 50.

toe raises

Stapler Curls-This can work with a number of office items, a stapler, tape dispenser, water bottle, etc. Find a slightly weighted object and do arm curls beside your body while seated. Try 3 sets of 10 with each arm.

stapler curls

The Paper Weight: Find an unopened ream of copy paper, place it between your knees and lift feet off the floor, holding it in place for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

paper weight

Toe Tappin’: While sitting at your desk tap your feet in place rapidly for 3 minutes.

Bolder Burners: If you’re feeling more confident about your new regime or get other coworkers involved, here are a few more exercises that aren’t quite as subtle.

Chair Dips: Be sure to use a non-rolling chair for this one! Standing in front of the chair, grip the sides of the seat behind you and take a steps forward until you’re lowered at about a 45 degree angle to the ground. Lower yourself slowly by bending your arms then raise back up by straightening them. Do 2 sets of 10.

chair dips

Standing Push Ups: Pushups can be done just about anywhere and you don’t have to get down on the floor! Use the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture to work on those biceps. Do 3 sets of 10.


Calf Raises: These are great to do when you’re standing around waiting at the printer or for a fresh pot of coffee to brew in the break room. Standing with your feet flat, slowly lift up on your toes and back down. Do 2 sets of 25.

calf raises

Air Chair Sits: Every time you come back to your chair lower yourself slowly and hold yourself a few inches off the seat for 10 seconds before you sit down.

Chair Swivel: This works if you have a chair on wheels. Back up so you can grip the desk with your arms extended. Pull your feet up in criss cross apple sauce position. Now use your core muscles to slide yourself back and forth in your chair. Your arms should just keep you straight; work your abs for the side to side movement. Move side to side 10 times.

chair glider

Still Need Halloween Plans?

It’s been a busy week and somehow despite the sugar overload, your overachieving neighbor’s Halloween decorations and pumpkin EVERYTHING, you forgot that it’s Halloween and you’re last minute scrambling to make plans. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of fun, festive activities in the Queen City tonight. Halloween falling on a Friday definitely has its advantages.

For the thrill seeker-there are haunted houses, maizes and graveyards galore all over the region. Check out a list of spooky sites to visit this weekend.

Family Friendly-If you’re looking for something kid-friendly, there are plenty of fun, family activities to choose from. From fall festivals to craft fairs to pumpkin pie eating contests, there’s fun to be had for all ages!

Penny Pinchers-Looking for a good time that doesn’t cost you a dime? You can find plenty of free activities around town this weekend at Charlotte on the Cheap.

Music Fans-The NC Music Factory has a whole lineup of Halloween weekend activities for a variety of different interests and tastes.

So whatever it is you’re looking for, you won’t have to look far for a good time this weekend. Stay safe, splurge on some extra candy and enjoy your weekend!

We want you to stay COOL!

It’s no secret that it’s been pretty toasty lately.  Get these products today to help stay cool at work –

Lorell Clip-on Fan



This is a great option for work, especially if you have limited desk space.   It can be mounted anywhere, has 2 speed options and an adjustable tilt option to make sure you get it positioned just the way you want it.


Nestle Water



Be sure you stay hydrated with refreshing Nestle water.  Case includes 24 .5 Liter bottles.


Keurig K-Cups

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View Entire Selction


Ok, stay with me on this on.  Experts say that drinking a HOT beverage will actually help you cool off faster than a cool beverage.  I’m not sure how that works, but who am I to argue with the expert.  So if you want to try it for yourself, check out our K-Cup selection.


Fellowes Laptop Lift



Don’t just keep yourself cool; keep your laptop cool to with the Fellowes I-Spire Series Laptop Lift. Features include an innovative design that elevates your laptop for enhanced viewing comfort and helps to reduce neck strain and shoulder tension. The built-in curved design helps keep your laptop cool, while tabs on front hold the laptop securely in place.


Macey Thomas | FSIoffice



How safe is your office?

Did you know that June is National Safety Month?   And believe it or not, the office is full of potential accidents just waiting to happen.  Below are several simple steps you can take to help make sure you and your co-workers stay safe and injury free.

According to CDC the most common office accident is a fall, and the most common causes of office falls are:

  • Tripping over an open file or desk drawer, electrical cord, loose carpeting or objects in walkways or hallways.
  • Bending or reaching for something while seating in an unstable chair.
  • Using a chair in place of a ladder
  • Slipping on wet floors
  • Inadequate lighting

Help avoid these accidents by following these safety tips:

  • Always pay attention and look where you are walking.
  • Keep file and desk drawers closed when not in use
  • Don’t stretch to reach objects from your chair – get up to get them.
  • Report any lose carpeting or electrical cords to the proper personnel to correct.
  • Immediately clean up any spills, and put out wet floor caution signs.
  • Use a step ladder, not a chair to reach items overhead.
  • Avoid leaving items in walkways and hallways.
  • Make sure all areas of your office have proper lighting.

Following these tips may not prevent all office accidents.   The best practice is to be prepared just in case an accident occurs.  A great place to start is making sure that your office has the proper size First Aid Kit for the number of employes on site.   In honor of Safety Month, we have our 10 person First Aid Kit on Sale!  Buy now to take the first step toward a safer office!

~Macey Thomas