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Do your people regularly have to go from one place to another in the building, carrying all sorts of things around? In most offices, it's an integral part of how business gets done. Sharing files, restocking the kitchen, bringing equipment to meeting rooms… With a high-quality utility cart, nothing ever has to be out of reach—or too cumbersome to move around! Read More
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Some things can't be overstated...

Utility carts provide a great way to increase your organization's efficiency and make your people happy (who wants to carry heavy equipment and paperwork all day?). Like all the best inventions, it's a simple idea: mobile carts not only enable people to group all their supplies in one practical place, but also to bring them where they're needed and do the job.

Increased safety for your staff and your equipment

Rolling carts improve people's safety by preventing them from having heavy office equipment around the workplace. By reducing the risk of injury, you're reducing absenteeism.

Did you know that in many office and institutional settings, it's mandatory to use the appropriate utility cart because of safety regulations? Mandatory or not, it's a good idea for your staff to use the right mobile cart for the job. And let's not forget your expensive equipment—it's not cheap to repair or replace a digital projector after it's been dropped on the floor...

The right cart? Well...

There are as many types and models as there are work settings and tasks to perform. The first thing you'll ask yourself is what kind of workplace you're in. For instance, if you work in a medical office or legal firm, file security should always be a priority—even when files are being moved from one room to another.

The second aspect to consider is the physical properties of the items being moved around. A basic cart may suffice if you only need to restock the vending machine once a day, but you may need something a little more robust if you're transporting delicate or valuable items, like AV equipment or medical supplies.

Getting around in the wheeled world

Most utility carts are mounted on swivel casters, which are quiet, roll smoothly and are often lockable, so that you can ensure the cart won't move when it shouldn't. They also have varying weight capacities—up to 400 pounds—for a wide array of needs, so make sure to check the weight capacity in the product description.

Carts can have one, two or three shelves, creating different levels of spacing to accommodate boxes, bins, or office equipment. Some feature adjustable shelves, while others have open sides for oversize items. If you work with small equipment or materials, you may want to consider a model that incorporates drawers, hooks and storage compartments so you can organize and protect items that would otherwise rattle around when the cart is in motion.

Generic or specialized?

A good number of models are specialized to accommodate certain types of files—be they legal, medical or other—or have added capabilities, like storing and charging electronic tablets and laptops. But most are generic-yet-versatile: they'll accommodate pretty much anything you want to carry around!

Of course, mobility is a principle rather than a standalone product, so it's usually a smart idea to complement your carts with a selection of equally portable equipment in order to create a smooth-running workplace. Consider mobile file cabinets, mobile display easels and mobile activity tables as great places to start.

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If you've been shopping with us for a while, you probably know a few good things about us, like great prices, fast shipping and a customer-friendly return policy. You can also get expert counseling from our furniture specialists, including product consultation and design services to help you maximize day-to-day efficiency in your work environment. Find out more right here.

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