Excess of Office Furniture Being Used to Measure Recession's Reach

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Chicago Retailer of Used Office Furniture May Hold Important Key to Interpreting the Depth and Course of Current Recession.

Cubicle Index - Used Office Furniture

Attractive pricing helps revitalize any economy, and both new and recycled furniture will soon enough be filled with a new economy's expanded work force.

The economic downturn has resulted in a flood of used office furniture hitting the re-sale market all at once -- so much so that Rightsize Facility Performance, LLC., a large Chicago retailer, is counting on growing industries and availability to move product.

But in a more important light, the sheer volume of second-hand cubicles, workstations and office desk sets on the market at the present time is viewed by economists as one very important economic indicator -- one that has been noted both by economists and government decision makers seeking to quantify and understand the flow of the economy.

For want of a better term, it has been called the "Cubicle Index."

In tallying the number of workplace cubicles and other used office items on the retail market at any given time, researchers find an uncannily accurate indicator of the health and direction of the overall economy. Combined with other statistics such as unemployment, housing starts and vacant office space, the Cubicle Index helps paint a fuller picture of just where the economy's headed.

As Rightsize Facility Performance's president, Mason Awtry, recently told the Chicago Tribune, "Last year we had access to 30,000 to 40,000 office cubicles across the country. We're estimating that by the summer our national distribution channel will be able to handle in upwards of 250,000 cubicles nationwide."

That's a very telling set of statistics, by any measure. At least one television network, Fox News, plans on covering a Rightsize March 20th sales event live as part of a national report on the current state of the economy.

For Awtry's company the sale marks a single event in an evolutionary process which will convert the detritus of today's economic bust into the trappings of tomorrow's economic boom. "It's natural enough," reflects Awtry. "Attractive pricing helps revitalize any economy, and both new and recycled furniture will soon enough be filled with a new economy's expanded work force."

About Rightsize Facility Performance, LLC: Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Rightsize Facility Performance is a nationwide provider of new, refurbished and used office furniture by top manufacturers. Their 200,000 sq. ft. showroom and warehouse facility is located at 5000 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago, housing workstations, cubicles, desks, chairs, filing, reception and conference furniture. Other services include furniture buyback, facility decommissioning and nationwide delivery & installation. For more information call toll free, 877.842.9468 or visit their website at OfficeFurnitureCenter.com.


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