Companies that have chosen to adopt a hybrid or fully remote business model are considering auctions to sell office supplies, from furniture to electronics. In some cases, even the office itself is for sale.
The move reflects companies’ decision to use the telemedicine system even as COVID-19 vaccination progresses. Executives said the decision touched on issues ranging from improving the quality of life for employees to reducing operating costs, keeping part of the team at home.
One of the country’s largest pension funds, Petros, owned by Petrobras employees, has held auctions of furniture and electronics this year, after choosing a hybrid business model. Things like tables, chairs and sofas were offered for sale, as were electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and printers.
“Auctions are part of the policy of administrative efficiency, cost reduction and revenue research. In doing so, Petros seeks to recoup some of the investment made in acquiring these goods, in addition to saving on potential storage costs, given that we have adopted a hybrid business model, ”said Leonardo Moraes. , Director of Risk, Finance and Technology at Petros.
Kantar Ibope Media has also decided to keep the remote format completely for some regions and embrace the hybrid model for others (most people will spend 2-3 days a week in a home office). With this, the company trades desktops for laptops, making it easier to work under these conditions.
The president of the company, Melissa Vogel, explains that a policy of modernizing technologies, in particular workstations, mice and “headsets” (headphones with connected microphones), has been implemented. Although replaced, the old equipment is in perfect condition for personal use, and therefore the idea of auctioning it off to employees was born.
“The objective is not to secure the resources necessary for the purchase of new assets, but a means of making the acquisition of this equipment possible by our employees, especially those with low incomes, because the initial offer is to ‘about 20% of the market value,’ adds Mélissa Vogel.
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Sato Leilões, one of the main companies in this sector, has organized around thirty specific auctions to de-energize corporate spaces, a record number. The auctions held ranged from office items, such as chairs and tables, from R $ 50 to R $ 200, to goods valued at several million R $.
According to Antonio Hisao Sato Jr., founder of Sato Leilões, the deactivation auctions are not taking place because of the failure of the company, but because of the possibility of working remotely. The most common clients are European multinational companies, although there are private national companies and funds among the clients.
“The employees of these companies end up having coworking spaces for weekly meetings. And these spaces have their own furniture, ”explains the founder of Sato, which operates in São Paulo, Rio and Brasilia. “The auction market is very hot, including in other sectors, along with the auto market.”
Another company responsible for conducting the auctions is Superbid, based in São Paulo. Anna Matthews, Commercial Director of Superbid Group, explains that buyers are small businesses looking for cheaper furniture and equipment, as well as individuals who want to set up a home office.
“We are seeing a very high demand, mainly for chairs, because everyone is creating a small home office in the house, for every workstation, the bigger ones, where some of the smaller companies are remodeling the desk and buy smaller furniture. ,” he says.