Online provider of Workplace-as-a-Service launches new website allowing full-time offices to be selected and transacted online
While people have learned to work-from-home and their corporate offices are moving fast towards extinction, many still need to access a professional workplace for concentrated work, for social reasons… and for their sanity! Just not an office that involves any long, dreaded commute.
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CloudVO, the San Francisco-based online provider of Workplace-as-a-Service, unveiled today a new e-commerce site with a wide array of workplace solutions that can be perused and purchased online. This includes virtual offices, meeting room bookings, coworking passes, and also full-time private offices at any of CloudVO’s 900 affiliated locations worldwide that can be reviewed, selected, and transacted on CloudVO.com without even touring the office space.
CloudVO’s new website integrates four previous websites–CloudVirtualOffice.com, CloudMeetingRooms.com, CloudTouchdown.com, and the previous version of CloudVO.com–in one powerful, fully integrated platform where professionals can find a complete suite of workplace solutions that support mobility, work-from-home, and distributed workforces.
As a new feature, private offices can be booked online for an hour, for a month, for a year, or more, with full price transparency. Offices are furnished with a shared infrastructure that has all the tools and amenities one would expect in a modern corporate campus.
Andy Coan, CEO of Palo Alto-based company Splice Communications, who has secured full-time office space in several CloudVO affiliated locations in Northern California said, “When we needed a satellite office in Sacramento, we had very specific location requirements by Watt Avenue and HWY 50. CloudVO had a new location that fit our needs perfectly well and we did not have to see it to reserve the space, because we have established a track record of trust with the provider, the price was right, and we knew it would work. And in fact, it did!”
Michael Bower, CEO of San Jose-based Lifeguard Solutions who has purchased CloudVO virtual office plans to scale his business and reach global markets, said, “Most recently we purchased a plan in Toronto for our two-person team. It gave them a place to meet regularly outside of their home office and provide us a secured local base. Once I got the chance to visit the Canada team, a few months later, I was quite impressed by the quality of the space. CloudVO gave us an affordable way to scale our business into new regions.”
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A virtual office plan gives the users access to remote workplace services connected to a physical location, such as digital mail services, business identity, access to private offices, hot desks, and meeting rooms on a part-time basis, under a subscription plan.
CloudVO uses stringent criteria for independent flexible office space and coworking operators to join its network, including:
- On-premise staff
- Blazing fast Internet (often 1 gig, and soon more)
- Free Wifi
- Furnished offices
- Fully-equipped meeting rooms
- Professional design with strong ergonomic considerations
- Private offices and open coworking
- Monitored customer reviews
- Membership with reputable workplace associations such as GWA and GCUC
- Robust Health & Safety Protocols
“People are becoming more comfortable purchasing workplace solutions online,” said Laurent Dhollande, CloudVO’s CEO. “The confinement has accelerated this trend out of necessity, but buyers need to feel comfortable that they are not sold a bill of goods.”
Amanda Leffew, CloudVO’s Director of Operations, added, “That’s why our selection criteria and our monitoring of the quality of service are paramount elements of our value proposition, beyond the e-commerce component of it, full price transparency, and our vetting of buyers via web notary services, such that our workplace providers can feel comfortable with their new member. In this case, ‘trust but verify’ works both ways.”
Often, a corporate workplace manager will execute the transaction to support multiple users. CloudVO’s ability to provide a trusted and efficient interface with single-point of billing and support is also critical.